This Chili Refried Bean Cheese Dip makes a hearty and healthy after-school snack, and is also great for Game Day.
My son eats lunch at 10:00AM at school (which is crazy!), so by the time he walks in the door after school, he is famished. Now that school has settled in, we’ve gotten into a routine of feeding him a hearty snack as soon as he gets home, and dinner later in the evening after homework and sports activities. I try to make sure he eats something that has a good amount of protein which also satisfies his snack attack. My son loves dips and nachos, which is fortunate because I can usually dig up some leftovers in our refrigerator and transform them into some sort of hearty dip. I know if I melt a little cheese on top of almost anything, he’ll eat it.
This Chili Refried Bean Cheese Dip is an example of one of the snacks I made for him recently. Leftover refried beans from breakfast and leftover Cincinnati chili are layered in a dish and cheese is melted on top. A sprinkling of chopped red onions (my son loves onions) and a few pickled jalapeno peppers add some kick. Top with a dollop of Greek yogurt if you like.
This recipe should feed two people, but it can easily feed one hungry pre-teen boy. Double or triple the recipe for a bigger crowd on Game Day.
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Chili Refried Bean Cheese Dip
- 1 cup Refried Beans
- 1 cup Cincinnati Chili
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
- pickled jalapeno peppers optional
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In an ovenproof dish, spread refried beans on bottom. Layer on chili, then sprinkle with cheese. Bake 20-25 minutes until hot and cheese is melted. Sprinkle with onions and garnish with pickled jalapeno peppers, if desired.