3 Easy Recipes For Delish Party Dips

24th Feb 2014 / By Maggie E


As the weather begins to show subtle signs that we’re finally (and hopefully!) moving into a new season, I start to load up my spring food arsenal with new, delicious recipes that I can whip up quickly! As I’ve mentioned before, I love to host parties and generally find any excuse I can to have people over. Well, believe it or not, today is National Tortilla Chip Day so that gives me exactly the excuse I need to get the girls together and make some of my own favorite dips! Of course, when it comes to last-minute fetes I’m certainly not knocking the “just pop a few frozen pizzas in the oven and go” method, but I do find that it’s so much more enjoyable as the host(ess) when what you serve is what you create. And that’s why I love DIPS (aka anything that requires you to use more food, instead of a fork, to get it in your mouth)! Easy, fresh and fun, there are a bajillion different recipes out there that’ll satisfy just about any palate and below are a few faves that I just keep coming back to. Enjoy and happy celebrating!

Strawberry Mango Salsa:
Best with salty scoop tortilla chips!
Ingredients
•    1 pint strawberries
•    1 large mango, preferably manila or champagne
•    ¾ cup chopped fresh cilantro (one small bunch)
•    ¼ red onion, minced
•    1 whole jalapeno, minced (seeds removed if you prefer less heat)
•    juice of 2 limes
•    1 tbsp honey
Directions
1.    Chop up the strawberries and mango into very small bits.
2.    Place in a bowl with the cilantro, minced red onion and minced jalapeno.
3.    Add honey and lime juice and stir well.

Watermelon Fire & Ice Salsa
Best with tortilla chips or chopped veggies!
Ingredients
•    3 cups chopped watermelon
•    ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
•    2 tablespoons lime juice
•    2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
•    1 tablespoon chopped green onions
•    1 tablespoon chopped jalapeno pepper
•    ½ teaspoon garlic salt
Directions
1.    In a large bowl, combine the watermelon, green bell pepper, lime juice, cilantro, green onions, jalapeno and garlic salt. Mix well and serve.

Spicy Bean Salsa 
Best with lime tortilla chips or pita chips!
Ingredients
•    1 (15 ounce) can black-eyed peas
•    1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
•    1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
•    ½ cup chopped onion
•    ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
•    1 (4 ounce) can diced jalapeno peppers
•    1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
•    1 cup Italian-style salad dressing
•    ½ teaspoon garlic salt
Directions
1.    In a medium bowl, combine black-eyed peas, black beans, corn, onion, green bell pepper, jalapeno peppers and tomatoes. Season with Italian-style salad dressing and garlic salt; mix well. Cover, and refrigerate overnight to blend flavors.

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