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I always love a challenge and was thrilled to be able to offer not one, but two recipes for this Get Ready For Game Day with PACE® post. I am a huge salsa fan, though I do prefer it mild and chose to create two very different recipes using exactly the same ingredients. Both are vegetarian, though you could easily make them vegan if you’d prefer.
4 INGREDIENT CHILI BEAN SLIDERS:
The first recipe is this 4 ingredient chili bean slider made with PACE® Chunky Mild Salsa, tortilla chips that have been placed in the food processor, cream cheese and canned chili beans, drained of most of their juices. They form and hold together beautifully and with that salsa made with handpicked jalapenos in there, taste amazing! This recipe would also make great veggie “meat”balls. They are placed onto any small slider-sized bun that is slathered with avocado mayonnaise. I used a bit of lettuce and topped with the tomato, red onion and corn mixture. All that’s left is a sprinkling of your favorite shredded Mexican cheese. You’ll also notice I served them with tots covered in the Hot Chili Bean & Cheese Dip below!
I shopped for and found the PACE® Chunky Mild Salsa at my local Scottsdale, AZ Walmart. It’s located in the Hispanic Foods aisle. Plenty of sizes to choose from, including 138 oz. or what I like to call “party-sized” 🙂
HOT CHILI BEAN & CHEESE DIP:
My second recipe uses all of the same ingredients as the first. This Hot Chili Bean & Cheese Dip begins with the cream cheese. PACE® Chunky Mild Salsa is up next followed by the chili beans. I baked them until they were all hot and bubbly. Top with the tomato, corn and red onion mixture as well as the shredded cheese. Heat just until the cheese melts and top with green onions and your favorite tortilla chips. It’s so delicious!
I found that these little pie plates (or a larger pie dish) work especially well for this layered dip. Just be sure whatever dish you are using is oven safe to 350 degrees.
If you have any of the leftover PACE® Chunky Mild Salsa, consider adding it to your lunch roll up or even as a topping to a baked potato or as an alternative to salad dressing, using the tortilla chips as croutons 🙂
If you make either of these recipes, let your fellow readers know what you thought by commenting below. I really appreciate your feedback. How do you Get Ready For Game Day with PACE®?
- FOR THE 4 INGREDIENT SLIDERS: makes about 12 sliders
- 1/4 C PACE® Chunky Mild Salsa
- 1/2 C Canned Chili Beans Pinto beans in a mild chili sauce, drained of most juices
- 1/2 C Tortilla Chips processed into crumbs in the food processor
- 1 Tbl Cream Cheese softened slightly
- FOR SERVING THE 4 INGREDIENT SLIDERS:
- Diced Tomato
- Red Onion
- Slider Rolls
- Shredded Mexican Cheese
- FOR THE AVOCADO MAYO:
- 1/4 C Tbl Mayonnaise or vegan Mayonnaise
- 2 Tbl Mashed Avocado or you can use a prepared Guacamole as well
- FOR THE HOT CHILI BEAN & CHEESE DIP makes 1 standard pie plate serving
- 8 oz . Cream Cheese or vegan Cream Cheese
- about 1/2 C of PACE® Chunky Mild Salsa
- 1 can Chili Beans 15 oz., pinto beans in a light chili sauce or you can use your favorite beans
- 1/4 C Corn frozen and defrosted is fine
- 1/4 Tomatoes diced
- 2 Tbl Red Onion diced
- 1/3 C Shredded Mexican Cheese
- Tortilla Chips for serving
TO MAKE THE 4 INGREDIENT SLIDERS:
Drain the chili beans and mash roughly with a fork, leaving some whole pieces.
In a food processor, add the tortilla chip and process until the texture of bread crumbs. Add to the beans along with the cream cheese and salsa.
Mix until combined.
Preheat a saute pan over medium high heat and add 1 Tbl of oil.
Using a small scoop, portion the bean mixture and shape each into a patty.
Cook until the first side gets slightly golden. Flip and repeat. Do not overcook.
Cut a slider roll in half and spread some of the avocado mayo mixture onto each half.
Place some lettuce, if desired.
Add your slider and top with a diced tomatoes, corn and red onion. Finish with a sprinkling of shredded Mexican cheese.
TO MAKE THE HOT CHILI BEAN & CHEESE DIP:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Spread the softened cream cheese into the bottom of the baking dish.
Next add the salsa followed by the chili beans.
Bake until bubbly and golden.
Now add your corn, tomatoes and red onions. Top with shredded cheese.
Bake just until the cheese melts and serve with your favorite tortilla chips and a dollop of that avocado mayonnaise.