Feb 6, 2015

Best Tomato Dip, Salsa and Guacamole

By request 
here are the recipes for the three dips we served on Super Bowl Sunday, 
as seen on my Instagram and Facebook feeds.






Tomato Dip
Manna to the Gods!  
I have two kids who hate tomatoes, but they’ll still practically drink this dip. 
I got this recipe when I was pregnant with #4…he’s 14 years old now.  
My friend Sherri brought a huge bowl of it to a Relief Society dinner
and after just one bite I didn’t care what else was on the menu.  
Sherri was also very pregnant at the time.  
We were just two big pregnant ladies downing a bowl of heaven on a chip!

I suggest doubling, or even tripling this recipe if you’re taking it to a get-together that has more than 3 people.

Tomato Dip
8 oz cream cheese, softened
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 tsp Beau Monde (the secret ingredient)
1 tsp garlic salt
Mix, then add:
3-4 chopped tomatoes
1 bunch 6-7 chopped green onion

Mix and serve with Scoops tortilla chips cuz you will want to scoop up a bunch in each bite!
Beau Monde is the secret heavenly ingredient in the tomato dip.
Also very great in any cheese ball. 
I’m tellin’ ya, it’s amazing!   I don’t even know why. 
It just IS.
Why yes, I DO buy this in bulk through Amazon. 
I can’t find it in the grocery stores anymore.
Boo to that, but yay for bulk!  
Go in with a friend or two and split it if you can. 
If not, then oh well, get it anyway.




Super Easy, Super Fast, Super SUPER Good Salsa
I’ve had legit Mexicans born in Mexico tell me this is as good or better than their mama’s salsa. 
You be the judge.
We have some on hand almost all of the time.  
It’s great on eggs, baked potatoes, anything, 
but my favorite is just good old-fashioned tortilla chips.  
It’s like our ketchup.  
I got this recipe from a sweet local gal Chelsey, 
who always seemed to have just made a batch when I showed up to her MIL’s house.  
(musta had my good-salsa beacon on).  
So yeah, I ate way more than my share at their house.  
I’m curious where Chelsey got this recipe because 
she’s white as snow and blonde.  
Pretty sure it didn’t come from her Latin descendents.  ;)

Salsa
2 regular sized cans of chopped tomatoes (just plain)
2 green chiles (I buy the big can of Hatch Chiles from Costco and just use two big chiles and a little juice from the can)
½ bunch of rinsed cilantro
1 bunch green onions
Garlic salt to taste
8 (AND I MEAN 8) Tepin chili seeds 
(if you like your salsa REALLY hot, then go ahead and put 10-12 in there…I dare ya!

6 ingredients… 2 from a can, 2 fresh, 2 seasonings…that’s it!
Put everything in the blender and only blend for a few seconds…just til the veggies are chopped really well.  You don’t want it to be a blob of foam...just a blended bunch of veggies. 
The tepins are the secret spicy ingredient in this salsa and it’s the only thing I’ve ever used tepins for.  It’s getting harder and harder to find these too.  What is wrong with grocery stores these days?  I found it last time at Fry’s and bought several bags…it’s super cheap.



Guacamole

Avocados are another food that I could eat on just about anything.  And really, when it comes to my guac, I’m just wingin it.
Also, when you’re cutting up an avocado, there’s a ridiculously easy way to do it.  Cut the avocado in half, twist and pull on the seed with a big sideways knife, then with a little knife  cut lines in both directions down to the skin and scoop out with a spoon.  There!  You already have your chunky avocado!

Guacamole
4 ripe avocados, chunky chopped
¼ cup sour cream
Garlic salt to taste
Pepper
Finely chopped jalepeno to taste, canned or fresh (if using canned, then add a little of the juice too)
Chopped tomato (I use the tiny romas, so I usually cut up about 2)
Diced fresh yellow or white onion

Mix lightly so that the avocado is barely creamy.  I like it best with a bit of chunk still in it.


These are all super easy recipes and worth every bit of effort.  
You will definitely be a success at your next social gathering with any of them. 


ENJOY!













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