Mouthwatering Mexican Appetizers in under 15 Minutes
My wife and I both love Mexican Food. I even like Taco Bell! Not long ago I learned to make these quick appetizers and they have been a favorite at our house ever since. My sister-in-law even requested I make some this year for our Christmas Dinner get together!
The process is simple. I will list the ingredients and then describe the process.
Tostito's Bowl Chips (These are the ones shaped like a bowl for scooping up dips and salsa)
Sour Cream (Low fat if you wish)
Black beans (drained and rinsed)
Mexican Shredded Cheese or any cheese of choice
Sliced jalapeno (the pickled kind, though raw would definitely heat things up!)
Assembling the Appetizers:
Lay out the chips in a single layer on a large baking sheet. They can be placed close to each other, even touching. The more the merrier!
You can make two differing sour cream fillings. My wife likes the sour cream and taco seasoning mix, while I like the sour cream and salsa mixture. Go ahead and try both and see which one you like better.
Taco Seasoning Mixture:
Start with 1 Cup of sour cream and place it in a small bowl. Add 1 Tbsp of taco seasoning and stir till mixed completely. Set aside
Start with 1 Cup of sour cream and place it in a second small bowl. Add up to 1/4 cup of chunky salsa. Be careful not to add too much as the liquid in the salsa will thin down the sour cream and make the chips soggy. Use your best judgement.
Assembling the Appetizers:
1. Place a slice of jalapeno in the bottom of each chip. (leave this part out if you don't like spicy!) Go ahead, you'll like it!
2. Using a regular kitchen spoon, spoon some of either filling into the chip cups. You are not looking to overflow or even completely fill the cups. At least half full is plenty.
3. Place two or three black beans on top of mixture.
4. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of mixture. Use enough to cover the top of the chip bowl and mixture. Don't be afraid to pile it on (within reason) as this will help to hold everything in.
That's it! your ready!
Place the baking sheet on the top rack of your oven with the broiler set between 400-500 degrees. Allow to broil until the cheese melts. Remove and serve immediately. This option will heat the chip and cheese but leave the sour cream mixture cool, which is a really tasty way to eat them!
Place the baking sheet on the top rack of your oven with broiler set between 400-500 degrees. allow to broil until the cheese is melted and the top edges of the chips begin to brown. (not burn, but brown) This will help to warm the sour cream mixture and will produce an extremely crispy chip. My wife loves them this way.
Either option you choose, you are going to love these things! Don't worry about the jalapeno. The sour cream really does a great job of balancing the heat of those little guys! I can't express how much different the two sour cream mixtures taste. You will love them both, but they taste totally different. My wife is partial to the taco seasoning mixture, while I love the salsa mixture. However, when she isn't looking I steal some of her's as well!
I would love to hear if you try these and how you like them. They are unbelievably easy to make and they tast soooooooo good! Enjoy!