Every Sunday should be so lovely, I tell ya. Clearly I will be doing this again but next time I'll probably shove less Oreo popcorn into my face. Probably.
In the meantime, I share with you the "recipe" for Mini Chili Dip cups. These little gems come courtesy of my friend Laura who brought these to a mini baby shower this summer. It was the perfect light meal, and is ideal for an informal get-together with friends or for when you need to bring a little something to a party or a pot-luck. Bring along tortilla chips for dipping or cut up carrots and celery for healthy chili scoops instead.
Word to the wise: the less "watery" your chili is the easier it will be to spread on the guacamole layer, so you may want to go a little lighter on the liquids your chili recipe calls for. And my apologies for the vague ingredients measurements. I didn't really keep track as I went, I just know how many jars/packages I ultimately used up.
Mini Chili Dip Cups
Inspired by Pinterest and Laura Musselman
Makes 12 individual cups
1 batch of your favorite homemade chili (I used Ellie Krieger's recipe)
1 batch of homemade or store-bought guacamole (I used storebought but for 12 cups you'd need about 3-4 avocado's-worth)
2 jars of mild salsa
1 package of shredded Mexican blend cheese (preferably low-fat)
3-4 scallions, finely chopped
1 bag of Tostitos or your favorite tortilla chips (I adore Trader Joe's Reduced Guilt tortilla chips)
Carrot/celery sticks (optional)
Prepare your chili per the recipe instructions (potentially reducing the amount of liquid by about 1/4 to make a really thick chili). Let cool.
Prepare your guacamole if making from scratch.
Fill a small, clear plastic cup about 1/2 of the way up with your chili. Then spoon about 2 tbs of guacamole on top of the chili and spread to form an even layer. Repeat with the salsa. Then sprinkle about 1 tbs of cheese over the salsa and top with about 1/2 tbs of chopped scallions. Garnish with a tortilla chip.
Repeat this process with the remaining cups, and serve at room temperature with the rest of the tortilla chips and carrots/celery if desired.