#52NewEats :: Week 33 :: Copycat Chili’s Salsa

Copycat Chili's Salsa

One of my daughter’s favorite restaurants to eat at is Chili’s.  Personally, I also love Chili’s!  Chili’s holds a special place in my heart.  When my husband and I first started dating (way the hell back in the last century, in 1998), it was the “nice” restaurant that we would go to when going out to eat.  I used to love ordering their cheeseburgers – one time they had an amazing cheeseburger that had chipotle sauce and blue cheese dressing on it (I made a knockoff //here//), but their regular cheeseburger was also always good!  We also love the boneless buffalo wings, and chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes… so many great memories at Chili’s!

Now that my daughter has joined us, HER favorite meal quickly became probably the cheapest thing on the menu – the bottomless chips and salsa.  This girl LOVES chips and salsa.  We no longer order anything for her off the kids menu, because this is her meal!

So when I finally found a recipe for copycat chili’s salsa, I knew I had to make it.  She, of course, was reluctant to try it, because she’s a picky 7yo, but after much prodding she finally did and guess what?  Couldn’t stop eating it.

You can find the original recipe //here//, and I can assure you, it is the real deal!  It tastes JUST LIKE Chili’s salsa.  We definitely love this recipe!!

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#52NewEats :: Week 8 :: Salsa Baked Cheese

Salsa Baked Cheese

Chips and salsa is one of our FAVORITE snacks around here.  And //this salsa// is one of our favorites.

My daughter is so picky.  SOOOO picky.  SO.  PICKY.  And I don’t even know how she got that way because her father and I are pretty good eaters.  But she does like chips and salsa.  If you count, dipping your chip into the salsa and shaking off all the chunky veggies, ‘liking’ chips and salsa.

Anyway, that’s one of the reasons she really loves THIS Frontera salsa, because it doesn’t have giant chunks of tomatoes or onions – they are pretty small chunks, and I’m pretty sure she has absent-mindedly accidentally ingested vegetable matter while eating chips with this salsa.

So, what sounds better than creamy cream cheese and tangy goat cheese mixed together, covered with salsa, and baked?!  To her – so many things.  She wouldn’t touch this.  Even though she likes a) cream cheese, b) goat cheese, and c) this salsa.  She has major issues with eating foods she likes that are all mixed together.  However, hubby and I both really enjoyed this dish.  It would be great to have out at a party, and I think I might do it differently next time…

You can find the original recipe //here//, or on the back of the jar of salsa.  🙂

🍴  The recipe calls for pumpkin seeds but I omitted them bc ew, pumpkin.

🍴  The recipe also instructs you to form the mixed cheeses into a disk – next time I make this, I might spread it around the bottom of a baking dish.

Salsa Baked Cheese

4 oz cream cheese, softened
4 oz soft goad cheese, softened
1 jar Frontera Jalapeno Cilantro Salsa
Minced fresh cilantro, as desired
Tortilla chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Mix the cheeses together until well combined and form into a disk. Place into a baking dish and pour the jar of salsa over top.

3. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until piping hot.

4. Sprinkle with fresh minced cilantro if desired, and serve with tortilla chips.

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