Watch video above to see how to make Skillet White Chicken Chili Dip!
It’s the middle of December and my instagram feed is filled with people enjoying their holiday traditions – cookie baking, tree lighting, sledding and party filled evenings. I can’t help but love this time of year, even if a little hustle and bustle comes with it. Between Brian and I, we have four families to celebrate with, meaning lots of good food, fun and love.
On Christmas Eve we head to Brian’s mom’s, all 25+ of us (and growing!) for a day filled with hot toddies served in her original set of Tom & Jerry mugs from the 1970’s and the annual Shuv-unda game (more on that soon). We forgo a big meal with lots of prep and instead everyone brings their favorite appetizers, a tradition I’m totally a fan of.
I probably eat more cheese around the holidays than I should, but I’m quite alright with that. Last year I brought this (love how pretty it looks stuffed with pomegranates) but this time I’m bringing the heat – White Chicken Chili Dip served piping hot in a skillet.
I don’t know about you, but I’ll take white chili over red any day. The combination of soft white beans, lots of garlic and zesty salsa verde is just so perfect. Sometimes with chicken, sometimes without. Either way, it’s just how I like to warm up on a winter day.
This cheesy dip version came about as I was looking to use up some leftover rotisserie chicken (side note: Whole Foods now roasts organic ones daily). And it was Sunday – chips and dip are kind of a required thing for watching football around here.
I ended up having a can of white beans and half a red pepper handy, along with a jar of my homemade salsa verde. There was only about a cup left of a mozzarella/cheddar cheese bag, so to give it a little more volume I pureed 3/4 of the white beans with a some sour cream and garlic. Let’s just say that might have been one of my better ideas.
I fell in love with its smooth base and surprise bites of chicken throughout. And coincidentally, the pops of color from the peppers and cilantro is quite holiday-esque. The salsa verde gives it some tang and the way the cheese bubbles and browns……. dang, so good. And nobody will even know it’s a little lighter thanks to the bean puree.)
I’m not lying when I say we fought over who got the last scoop (these Food Should Taste Good chips are my go-to, sturdy and made from simple ingredients) and we had no intentions of eating all of it. That being said, if you bring it to a party, make sure you grab some right as you set it out. It won’t last long.
*updated with video (collaboration with Annie D. Souza) and photos 12/27/2016 As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
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