Baked chili cheese dip is a favorite of mine and will be yours for multiple reasons;
- Chili cheese
- and did I mention baked
I love baked and make ahead dishes especially when it comes to party food because I can throw it in the oven and clean up or get ready while it’s baking. My guests get to enjoy it hot, fresh, and melty right out of the oven. Thats why this baked Philly cheesesteak dip is another favorite of mine for get together and parties.
You want to allow time for the flavors to get all cooked together and release all their flavors. I tend to lean towards using cannelli beans because I find them to be creamier, but feel free to use kidney or black beans, or a combination. You really cannot go wrong with meat, spices and beans all cooked together.
You can serve this with a side of middle eastern sumac guacamole for a nice spin on the traditional guacamole. You can also try our cheesy buffalo dip in puff pastry thats pretty, delicious and pretty delicious or our Kofta nachos for another fun appetizer/party food.
If you're like me, you prefer to bake when you're having guests over. This super simple baked dip comes together in no time and is the perfect amount of melty cheesiness and flavor.
- 1 Tbsp oil
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 small onion diced
- 2 celery stalks diced
- 14 oz can diced tomatoes
- 6 oz can tomato paste
- 14 oz cannelli beans drained and rinsed
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chili powder omit if you don't want it spicy
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 1 cup shredded peppered jack cheese
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
- 1 avocado diced for garnish
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a 10 inch skillet add oil, onions, celery and beef
- Brown beef until no longer pink
- Add tomatoes, tomato paste, cannelli beans, and spices
- salt to taste
- Bring to a simmer
- Add shredded cheese
- Transfer to oven and bake for 20 minutes
- Top with diced avocado
- Serve hot with chips
- Obviously, omitting the chili is ironic for a chili cheese dip. But my kids don't like it spicy so I did not add chili and it still tasted great. There is still a little heat from the peppered jack but it is much tastier with the chili powder.
- Feel free to get creative with your toppings; raw onion, sour cream, jalapeño, avocado, cilantro, diced tomato etc. You really can't go wrong.