Disclosure: Today’s post is sponsored by HORMEL® Chili; however, all experiences and opinions are always 100% my own as this post is written by me in its entirety.
There are many wonderful things about living in Miami, Florida. The Latino culture you find on almost every corner, and in many restaurants, is blissfully inescapable. The music, the food, the language – it’s everywhere! The experience of eating in a Cuban restaurant is not one you will find in any American restaurants. For starters – pun intended, there are no chicken wings and loaded potatoes. Nope, instead you get empanadas, croquetas, and mariquitas – crispy plantain chips, served with savory garlic sauce. Beans, beans, everywhere, especially in Miami. So naturally it would stand to reason that your local Cuban joint may want to consider adding Hormel Chili with Beans to their appetizer menu.
Plantain chips are a staple in all Cuban restaurants, just as cafecito’s are served day and night. Using plantain chips in place in tortilla chips for dipping brings an entirely new eating experience to your taste buds. In Florida where the sun shines, the chili shines, too! I’ve had chili with many pairings in the past (especially when I have a coupon for it!); crackers, tortilla chips, even French fries, but never with plantain chips. Naturally it was time to give it a try! Plantain chips bring big flavor as a dipper for chili. It’s time to show how Florida is part of the Hormel Chili Nation serving up chili with plantain chips as a delicious duo that satisfies all kinds of cravings.
I jumped taste buds first into the #HormelChiliNation by putting together my famous Cheesy Chili Dip – Florida Style, replacing tortilla chips with flavorful plantain chips! Bringing together my love for Chili and Mariquitas; for a combination that incorporates not only my home State of Florida, but also my family’s Latino heritage. Be sure to visit the Hormel Chili website for a sampling of recipes and chili pairings from every state, and check out the videos, quizzes and even print coupons.
So how can you make Mamas world famous Cheesy Chili recipe? It’s easy and requires only 3 ingredients!
1 – 15oz can of Hormel Chili (With Beans or No Beans)
1 – 12oz Velveeta Cheese
1 – 40z Cream Cheese
Cube the Velveeta Cheese and cream cheese. Pour your Hormel Chili into a microwave safe container (or into a pot to be placed on the stove) and add in your cubed cheeses. Heat until cheeses melt together, stirring frequently. We don’t own a microwave so everything we make is on the stove. This was my first time making the Cheesy Chili without a microwave so I should caution you to keep a lose eye on your pot because the cheese will start to burn eventually.
It’s been a while since we’ve had Mamas Cheesy Chili and the first time trying it with plantain chips. Hubby was hesitant at first and questioned the plantain chips, but in the end the Hormel Chili with plantain chips was a hit with everyone. For your next get together I encourage you to become a part of the Hormel Chili Nation and incorporate Hormel Chili with Beans or No Beans into your next party dish.
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- 1 - 15 oz can of Hormel Chili (With Beans or No Beans)
- 1 - 12 oz Velveeta Cheese
- 1 - 4 oz Cream Cheese
- Cube the Velveeta Cheese and cream cheese. Pour your Hormel Chili into a microwave safe container (or into a pot to be placed on the stove) and add in your cubed cheeses. Heat on low until cheeses melt together, stirring frequently.
- We don't own a microwave so everything we make is on the stove. This was my first time making the Cheesy Chili without a microwave so I should caution you to keep a lose eye on your pot because the cheese will start to burn eventually.