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.
Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes says
I love to make dips for my girls too. This is a great one because of the protein as you mentioned. So loving this for football too! Pinned!
Genius! Why aren’t all chilis re-invented with a little bit of cheese on top and some tortilla chips?!
Great idea to use up leftovers for this dip. Looks so good and it sounds perfect for snacking on game day!
Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits says
I love this dip for Game Day! Love that this is a repurposed dish from leftovers!
Alyssa (Everyday Maven) says
I would love this as an afternoon snack! Why do they make him eat lunch so early? he must be starving by the time he gets home!
This sounds like such an awesome way to re-make leftovers! 😀 I can’t believe lunch is at 10 a.m. for them now!
Laura O |Petite Allergy Treats says
These sounds like great snack or appetizers for any occasion. Love all the protein from the beans too!
Angie@Angie's Recipes says
This is the kind of dip I will enjoy too.