Dips are a staple of parties, picnics, pot lucks and office staff tables. Common recipes include 7- layer dip, onion dip, clam dip and Ranch Dressing dip. While attending a party, Ken sampled a simple block of cream cheese topped with salsa. For some reason, it sparked a creative nerve and Party Chili Bean Dip was born. According to Ken, it has garnered rave reviews.
Party Chili Bean Dip
This Party Chili Bean Dip recipe is a creative inspiration of my brother's, Ken, who generously allowed me to reproduce it here.
Party Chili Bean Dip
A Dip Served with Chips
Prep time 2 min - Total time 12 min
Ingredients for 25 servings
2- 14 oz. cans chili with beans • 1- 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese • 1- 24 oz. jar of chunky or thick salsa
Mix all ingredients in a 2- quart saucepan. Place over medium to low heat and stir until the cream cheese is melted and ingredients are blended thoroughly. Serve hot or cold. Refrigerate overnight if you want to serve it cold. Serve with chips.
It also makes a great topping on a baked potato.
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No matter what kind of party you're throwing, planning is necessary down to the most casual of parties. Follow a set of hostess etiquette rules and your party will earn rave reviews:
- Make the invitation detailed. Let your guests know what kind of party to expect: casual or formal and suggest appropriate attire. You don't want to embarrass your guest by having someone show up in casual attire when everyone else is dressed for a cocktail party.
- Lower your stress level by considering who you are inviting. If John and Mary just went through a bitter divorce, you don't want them both showing up at your party.
- Prepare everything far enough ahead of time so you can relax when guests start arriving.
- Greet guests warmly and make them feel welcome. If you see a guest standing alone, looking uncomfortable, give them some extra TLC. Introduce them to people and draw them into conversations.
- If someone brings an uninvited guest, be gracious. Make them feel as welcome as the invited guests.
- Thank your guests as they leave. Let them know how much you appreciate their coming.
Just like the hostess, it's important for the guests to follow some rules of etiquette. Nobody wants to be the talk of the town the next day for being an obnoxious bore. We've all met someone like that, and they're no fun to be around. These tips can help:
- RSVP as soon as you receive an invitation. It's the considerate thing to do.
- Arrive on time but not early.
- Be gracious and participate in games if asked. Watch the hostesses vacation movie if asked to.
- Go easy on the alcohol. You don't want your hostess worrying about you getting home safely.
- Thank the hostess twice and enthusiastically as you leave. Let her know what a great time you had.
Don't Double Dip
If you notice that you're the only person at the party eating the dip, it's probably because others have noticed you double dipping. Not only is double dipping crass, it spreads germs. Don't double dip. Take small portions of dip and be aware of other people. There may not be enough to go around if you are scarfing it down like you haven't eaten in a week. Use this courtesy with all food.
Did You Ever Wonder
Did you ever wonder who made the first party dip? As the story goes, French onion arrived in the 17th century. Sour cream, a U.S. invention came somewhere between 1815 and 1825. I guess that means French onion dip didn't appear until after 1825.
Did You Know
Did you know that hummus, a dip prepared with chickpeas, garlic, vinegar or lemon, dates back to antiquity in the Middle-East? Some culinary experts claim it to be the first known prepared food.