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Cheezy Chicken Enchilada Dip

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This is one of those recipes that brings me back to potlucks gone by.  The first time I had this dip was when my neighbors  brought it to a yearly block party and had me wishing I thought to ask the recipe.  Since then I’ve scoured the net and found some recipes bearing resemblance to the remembered dip… only to find them fall a bit short of what I found satisfying.  So what was a girl to do?!

Well… get creative of course!  I’ve tweaked, and tugged, and made a version that satisfies both memory and my palate!  Heck it makes the family and friends we share this dip with happy as well.  Warm, filling, spicy, and satisfying it’s a good start to any South of the Border food fest or just a great appetizer to share with friends on a low key movie or game night.  I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do, wishing you love and Delicious Things this New Year has to bring!

Ingredients:

1 lb Chopped Cooked Chicken Breasts
1 8 oz Brick of Softened Cream Cheese
2 cups of Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 cup of Mayonnaise
1 can of Rotel with Green Chiles
1 finely diced Jalapeno (if you want to omit this you can)
1 Tablespoon Taco Seasoning
1 teaspoon Onion Powder
1 teaspoon Garlic Salt
2 teaspoons Chili Powder
1 teaspoon Cumin
1 teaspoon Cayenne Chili Powder (Omit or add more based on your love of spiciness!)

Serve with:
Your choice of dippers, but the best in my opinion is tortilla chips!

Directions:

1.  Cook and chop your chicken.
2.  Add all ingredients (except chicken) into a food processor and let it blend until completely incorporated.  (You can also do this with a stand mixer, or with a hand mixer.)
3.  Add the chicken, and pulse till combined but don’t overdo it or you’re going to lose the chicken’s texture.  (Again, you can also do this with a stand or hand mixer).
4.  Pour into a baking dish or crock pot.  If with a crock pot let it go on low for at least 2 hours and stir every hour to make sure everything’s heating evenly.  If in the oven preheat it to 350 degrees, scatter some extra sharp cheddar on top, and bake until the dip is bubbly and the cheese is golden brown and delicious. (Around 30-45 minutes)
5.  Share and enjoy!

<3 Jenny

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