The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Jalapeno bean dip

Another great party recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 c onion, minced
  • 1 Tbl butter
  • 2 c (two  8 oz cans) refried beans
  • 1/2 lb Monterrey jack cheese, cubed
  • 1 (4 oz) can (1/2 c) green chilies, drained & chopped or approximately 8 jalapenos, chopped

Saute onion in the butter until translucent. Stir in remaining ingredients and heat through. Serve with tortilla chips. Serves 12.

yellow onions (3 lbs) – $0.99
tub butter – $2.38
refried beans – $1.00
Monterrey jack – $1.69
chilies – $1.19/can
Total – $5.20

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January 15, 2010 Posted by | -party ideas, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Chili cheese balls

With less than a month before the Superbowl, I thought I’d start posting some good party recipes. These are excellent. This recipe feeds 6 but it can be doubled or tripled depending on your party size.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 lb sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 c margarine, softened
  • 1 c flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 (4oz) can green chilies, drained and chopped

Mix all ingredients together well. Form into 3/4″ balls. Place 1″ apart on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake @ 375 degrees for 12 – 15 minutes turning over once halfway through baking.

cheddar cheese block – $3.98
tub butter – $2.38
all purpose flour – $1.25
chilies – $1.19/can
Total – $3.25

January 13, 2010 Posted by | -party ideas, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , | 2 Comments

Green chili sauce

Awhile back I promised you a recipe to use your fresh green chili peppers. I’m finally able to do that! Yay! This recipe uses your prepared green chili peppers and makes about 2 cups of sauce. Use on enchiladas, hamburgers or anything you like chili sauce on.

What you’ll need:

2 Tbl. vegetable oil
1 clove garlic
2 Tbl. onion, minced
1 Tbl. flour
1 c. water
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. prepared green chilies, diced

Saute garlic and onion in the oil until tender. Blend in the flour with a wire whisk and stir until lightly browned. Add the water, salt and chilies and simmer 5 minutes. Refrigerate any leftovers.

vegetable oil – $2.89
garlic cloves – $1.12
onion – $1.12
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
chili peppers – free from your garden or $1.08
Total – $0.73 with free peppers or $1.81 with store bought

November 13, 2009 Posted by | -sauces/toppings/marinades/dressings | , , , | Leave a comment

Preparation of fresh green chili peppers


If you’re a gardener, you probably have some peppers ready to pick right about now. Green chili peppers can be used to make sauces and in recipes to add spice. It’s really simple to get them ready to be used…

Rinse and drain the chilies. Using a fork or a toothpick, perforate the outer skin to allow steam to escape. Place on hot grill or under the broiler until they are uniformly blistered, turning them often to prevent burning. Place in a bowl and cover with a cold, damp dish towel for 5 minutes. Starting at the stem end, peel the outer skin downward. Remove the stem and seeds. Use in any recipe calling for green chilies (I’ll give you a good one tomorrow). To control the “heat”, remove the seeds and veins for mild, leave some behind for hot. All the heat is in the veins and seeds.

September 16, 2009 Posted by | -how to..., TIPS | | 2 Comments