Instant Pot Spanish Rice – Hello, Mexican For Dinner!

This recipe for Instant Pot Spanish Rice is ridiculously easy, and it’s a new family favorite. Let me know your thoughts on it, and click on the affiliate links I share to help support my blog. I get a small percentage from any purchase.

Easy peasy instant pot spanish rice recipe

We have a tradition in our house that each time one of the wee ones promotes in Tae Kwon Do, we go to their choice of restaurant for dinner afterwards. Two weeks ago, my daughter promoted again (she’s rocking this TKD thing!), and she chose a local Mexican restaurant near the studio.

My son? Well, he threw a fit because he doesn’t like that restaurant. We ate  there once years and years ago, and he recalls that it took forever and never forgave them. I don’t remember this at all, but his sister promoted, so she chooses. He reluctantly joined us, and the restaurant blew his mind.

Ironically, he has his promotion test tonight, and he insists that we go to the same restaurant. The service issue was a fluke, but more importantly, he discovered he loves Spanish rice. I don’t know why this was such a discovery for him, but it’s all he can talk about. He remained convinced only this restaurant has Spanish rice like that until I proved him wrong with the Instant Pot Spanish rice I made to accompany my “cheater” chicken enchiladas. The earn the name cheater because I feel like there’s no real cooking involved, just throwing them together and baking, which is unusual for me!

Granted, my Instant Pot Spanish rice has more ingredients than what you find in a typical quick serve Mexican restaurant, but they got a major thumbs up regardless. I’ve made Spanish rice in the past on the stove, but I don’t do it often because I knew my son wouldn’t eat it. This version is way faster, and I love that I can get it started, make the enchiladas (or my mile high tortilla pie or individual tamale pies) and have everything be done at the same time. No babysitting the stove. No stirring, just delicious, easy homemade Spanish rice.

Easy peasy Spanish Rice in the Instant Pot

My original recipe for stovetop Spanish rice includes turkey bacon in it, but I omitted bacon in this version, partly because I had none on hand and partly because I didn’t want to take the extra time to cook bacon. My concept of Instant Pot Spanish rice includes one pot only and quick prep time. This nails it. If you want the smokiness of bacon in your Spanish Rice recipe, feel free to add chopped bacon stirred into your rice before cooking.

Bowl of delicious easy gluten free Spanish rice from the Instant Pot

How to Make Instant Pot Spanish Rice

Dice onion, tomatoes, and red pepper. Add to your Instant Pot liner with tomato paste, 1/2 cup of the chicken broth, chili powder, and pepper. Stir to dissolve the tomato paste. Add rice and the remaining chicken stock, and stir again. You are making your own stock in your Instant Pot, right?

Turn Instant Pot to rice setting for 10 minutes. Be sure the vent is closed and sealed.

Once the time elapsed, let the rice do a Natural Pressure Release (NPR) for five minutes, then release the remaining pressure. This can remain under pressure and do a full NPR if you have another dish still cooking.

Stir the rice to fluff it, and serve immediately. This keeps in the fridge 2-3 days. You can easily make it vegan by swapping the chicken stock in this Instant Pot Spanish rice for vegetable stock.

Make Spanish Rice in your Instant Pot

What else to make in your Instant Pot?

I’ve had my Instant Pot for several months now, and I love using it. I purchased “just” the Duo, and recipes I share work in either. While I’d love the yogurt function and the ability to cook under low pressure, I have too many delicious options to regret my choice. Some of my favorites?

What would you serve with your Instant Pot Spanish Rice?

Instant Pot Spanish Rice

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Instant Pot Spanish Rice

Spanish rice is a delicious and simple accompaniment to any Mexican meal. Create your Instant Pot Spanish rice in a matter of minutes with a ton of flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 T tomato paste
  • 1 3/4 c chicken stock, divided
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 c rice (uncooked)
  • 1/2 t chili powder
  • 1/2 t pepper

Instructions

  1. Dice onion, tomatoes, and red pepper.
  2. Add them to Instant Pot liner with tomato paste, 1/2 cup chicken broth, chili powder, and pepper. Stir to dissolve tomato paste.
  3. Add rice and remaining chicken stock. Stir again.
  4. Turn Instant Pot to rice setting for 10 minutes. Be sure vent is closed and sealed. Let NPR for 5 minutes, then release the remaining pressure.
  5. Gently stir rice to fluff, and serve immediately. Store in fridge 2-3 days in a sealed container.

Notes

You can easily update this to a vegan recipe by swapping the chicken stock for vegetable stock. Or go the opposite way and add chopped cooked bacon to your rice before cooking for a delicious smoky addition.

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Your Beaches and Sandals Vacation Just Got Better With SNUBA

During my last stay, I had the pleasure of trying the brand new Beaches SNUBA program, currently rolling out at select Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts. Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.

Freedom of SNUBA at Beaches Resorts and Sandals Resorts

I am a certified diver, but no one else in my family dives. When we vacation, I generally have the choice to dive on my own or skip underwater activities. SNUBA is a relatively new option that allows those who do not have a SCUBA certification to experience life under water. It is more than snorkeling, as you breathe air under water and swim near the bottom to better see fish and other nature.

Beaches Resorts offers so many options to have fun. We adore this resort chain. Do you already have a vacation booked? Check out ten things you need to know before you visit. Enjoy the dining. Spend time in the pool. And definitely check out the Reading Roadtrip as part of the Sandals Foundation in addition to this SNUBA experience.

Who can SNUBA at Beaches Resorts?

As long as your kids are 8 or older, this is a great add on activity to try out at Beaches Resorts. You remain in shallow water, as your regulators remain connected to a raft floating above your group. The hoses are 20 feet long, which means the dive sites are generally around 12 to 16 feet deep and not the same sites certified divers visit. All those participating in SNUBA do need to fill out a health questionnaire, which is easily completed at the dive shop.

How do you sign up for a Beaches SNUBA excursion?

When you arrive for your Beaches SNUBA adventure, you pick up a pair of fins and a mask. Try on the fins to ensure they fit comfortably before you head to the boat. For SNUBA, you do not need a snorkel with your mask, and you are always free to bring your own from home. Grab a towel from the pool or beach to bring with you to dry off a bit once you finish your SNUBA excursion. Aside from that, you need just your swimsuit and an underwater camera if you choose to capture your moment. You receive your small “vest” and weight belt on the boat.

Once you check in and board the boat, the captain will provide instructions for the SNUBA experience. Though it is similar to SCUBA diving, there are some differences. You breathe air from one of two large tanks on a raft that floats with your as you swim under water, so you do not attach to a tank individually. Instead, you strap into a slight “vest” that ensures the hose stays with your as you swim.

What is a Beaches SNUBA excursion like?

The boat takes you directly to a SNUBA dive site. Once you arrive, the leader explains what you will see and answer any questions you may have. He also shares signals you and he use under water to communicate. You then clean your mask and put on your fins and weight belt. The weights ensure you easily go to the bottom to swim, and if you don’t know how many pounds you need, the SNUBA experts from Beaches help you. For certified divers, you generally need two pounds less than normal, as there is no BC.

As you carefully make your way to the back of the boat, the leader is already in the water to help. The captain remains aboard the boat at all times for safety reasons and will help you get into the water. The leader does a SCUBA dive to allow him more freedom to move amongst the group to assist as needed. In the water, you use the regulator to breathe even before you go below the surface. Get comfortable while everyone gets in the water, as you hold onto the edge of the raft.

Starting out with Beaches SNUBA activity

Once everyone is in, you descend to the ocean bottom, 12 to 16 feet below the boat. Make sure to not touch the bottom to avoid stirring up sand that reduces vision. You also want to avoid touching anything, especially coral. Touching coral kills it, and it grows incredibly slowly, just an inch a year. In shallow depths, you may see fish everywhere, but keep in mind that you may need to look under, through, and around coral and other formations to find sea urchins, lobsters, turtles, and more.

You may have to look for sea creatures during SNUBA at Sandals Resorts

During your Beaches SNUBA adventure, the leader will swim ahead of the group to guide you along the trip. Depending on how quickly the group uses the air in the tank, you may have 20-25 minutes under water to explore. Your leader will periodically surface to check on the pressure remaining in the tank on the raft you pull with you. If anyone struggles to descend, the leader assists to ensure everyone comfortably and safely makes it to the bottom.

Instructor works with those new to SNUBA tutorial

In that depth of water, you will need to clear your ears as you descend. The easiest way is to plug your nose and try to breathe out through your nose. This pushes air against your eardrums and relieves the pressure, just like you do on an airplane. If you descend first and wait for the remainder of the group, you can explore within the range of your hose.

As you swim, keep one hand on your hose and swim horizontally. As you swim, you pull the raft behind you. My SNUBA group had two who decided they couldn’t go down and instead go back in the boat, which is totally fine. Know your limits. That said, two people pulling the raft was a bigger challenge than having four people pull it. I would love to see another Beaches helper at the surface helping to push the raft in the direction we travel.

At the end of your Beaches SNUBA adventure, the leader signals that it is time to surface. You swim up slowly, again clearing your ears. Hold onto the raft, and the boat comes to you. Swim to the boat and hold onto it as you remove your fins and hand them aboard, just like SCUBA diving. Climb onto the boat, and gush over your amazing experience as you head back to land.

Would I recommend a Beaches SNUBA adventure?

This was my first time with SNUBA. I am really glad I experienced it, and I would love to do this with my family. This is a perfect bridge for those comfortable with snorkeling who are not SCUBA certified. It is a great one day experience with no classroom preparation needed in advance.

As a SCUBA diver, I definitely prefer SCUBA diving to SNUBA. It’s a freer experience, as you aren’t physically tied to anyone or anything else. I like going deeper, which often allows for a greater variety of sea creatures. That said, SNUBA was a blast and perfect for those who don’t have certification to dive.

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For the cost, I would love to see a second dive location added, giving guests two 20-25 minute experiences. This would also allow for a wider variety of sea life, making for a better experience. Until locations have a second raft and can take out two groups of four at a time instead of just one, I understand why it is so short, as Beaches SNUBA requires a boat, a diver, and a captain at a minimum for just four people.

The next time I head to the Carribbean, I plan to sign up with my family. I did it once, and I want them to enjoy a Beaches SNUBA adventure, just like I had!

Where can you SNUBA?

Right now SNUBA at Beaches Resorts is offered only at Beaches Ocho Rios and Beaches Negril in Jamaica, as well as Sandals Ochi Beach Resort and Sandals Royal Plantation in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The team plans to expand this to all Beaches and Sandals Resorts as they train throughout their locations over the next year plus. Definitely ask to see if you can SNUBA on your next vacation!

This is not included in the price of your Beaches vacation, and currently costs $89 per person for the trip. Sign up in advance, as each raft supports just four people doing SNUBA. Currently, each location has just one raft per trip. Beaches told us the goal is to move to two, allowing eight guests per excursion. As with all watersports activities at Beaches Resorts, you can sign up one day in advance. Be sure to show up ten to fifteen minutes before your departure to ensure you have maximum time on your adventure.

Have you tried the Beaches SNUBA excursion yet? What questions do you have?

All you need to know before you sign up for Beaches SNUBA activity. This new watersport is a cross between snorkeling and SCUBA diving. You can find it at select Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts for the ultimate vacation experience.


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Updated Instant Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken Recipe – A Better For You Version (That Doesn’t Lose Any Flavor!)

This Instant Pot updated honey bourbon chicken recipe quickly jumped to the top of the request list in my house. Let me know your thoughts on it, and click on the affiliate links I share to help support my blog. I get a small percentage from any purchase.

Bowl of Instant Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken new recipe

When I got my Instant Pot, I’ll admit that it sat in its box for a few weeks. I was so excited to get it, but once it arrived, I was completely intimidated. Does that sound familiar? I asked friends for their suggestion for what to make first. What no fail recipe should I make? What did they and their kids like? That’s how I developed this updated Honey Bourbon Chicken recipe. Of course, they pointed me to the recipe from Once a Month Meals, and as I perused it, I grew intrigued.

The recipe had flavors I would never have put together myself – pepper flakes and soy sauce and honey and ketchup and more. I admit I was slightly dubious of the combination, but with the repeated cry of “yes yes yes!” from my friends, I gave it a shot. Or I planned to. That’s when I realized I had no ketchup in the house. And not the full cup of honey the recipe required. And wait, how much soy sauce? More importantly, why do we call it honey bourbon chicken when there’s no bourbon in the recipe? I’m still stumped on that one.

Regardless, I put on my thinking hat, and I got creative. I started with an emergency honey bourbon chicken recipe and ended up with an updated honey bourbon chicken recipe. I love the flavor of this recipe, and so do my kids. Every time I say I’m making it, they jump up and down. Literally. It tastes fantastic, and like just about everything I make in my Instant Pot (the exception: my homemade chicken stock), this is ready in no time flat. The ingredients are somewhat “cleaner” in this updated honey bourbon chicken recipe, which means I’m willing to make it for my family more often. It still contains a lot of honey, but we never use all the sauce this generates anyway. I use this much because the chicken needs to cook in the liquid to absorb the amazing flavor on every bite.

Delicious Instant Pot Chicken Recipe better for you version

If I have no time, I make this with whole frozen chicken breasts and shred them while the sauce thickens. Simply adjust the cooking time to 15 minutes (and maintain the natural pressure release time). When I can, I prefer to cut the chicken into bite size chunks before cooking, as I find the flavor gets into and through each bite of chicken better that way. You do what works best for you, which is another benefit of the Instant Pot. The fact that I can get this started, then run out the door to my kids’ activities and have a delicious homemade meal ready within five minutes of walking in the door? Oh winner winner chicken dinner!

The key to developing some of the rich flavor is sauteing the onions in your Instant Pot before doing the ingredient dump. The onions start to caramelize just a touch, but more importantly, the tomato paste you stir into the onions develops a deep rich flavor you simply can’t match if you skip this step. It’s one of my favorite cooking tips. Anytime you see a recipe with tomato paste, add it to the step where you saute your veggies. It creates a sweeter flavor as they start to caramelize the same way your other vegetables do.

We could eat this updated honey bourbon chicken every night. It has less honey and soy sauce, and uses a little chicken stock to ensure you retain enough liquid for cooking. Sauteing the onion, tomato paste, and (at the end) garlic adds a great depth of flavor that you can taste through their stronger counterparts. The slightly smoky paprika adds just a little touch of a kick that takes this dish from good to perfection.

Delicious bowl of instant pot honey bourbon chicken

How to Make This Updated Honey Bourbon Chicken

Like so many Instant Pot recipes, you need just the Instant Pot and no other dishes. You can make this in either the Lux or the Duo, as it uses the poultry and saute settings only. Turn it to saute while you quickly chop you onion. Add oil to the pot and then the onion and tomato paste. Stir to distribute the tomato paste, then mince your garlic. Turn off your Instant Pot as soon as you add the garlic and stir.

Cut your chicken into bite size chunks. Add them to the Instant Pot with the honey, soy sauce, chicken stock, smoked paprika, and pepper. Feel free to use low sodium soy sauce, or substitute tamari to make it gluten free. Stir to distribute, then cover and close your lid. Make sure the vent is closed, and turn it to poultry for 7 minutes. You will need to adjust the time up to 10 minutes if you plan to skip the natural pressure release, but I don’t recommend it.

Once your chicken finishes cooking, use a natural pressure release for 10-15 minutes to ensure your chicken stays moist, especially if you cubed it. Make a slurry with the corn starch (or arrowroot powder) and water.

Open your Instant Pot, and turn it to saute. Pour it into the Instant Pot while stirring, and let it cook for a couple minutes. You’ll notice it start thickening almost immediately.

Serve over rice or quinoa.

Honey bourbon instant pot chicken recipe

Need some other great Instant Pot recipe ideas? Try this updated honey bourbon chicken, then check out my other favorites.

Updated Instant Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 9 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Honey bourbon chicken is an Instant Pot classic. This updated version makes it slightly better for you while deepening the flavors with some quick cooking tricks. This will quickly become your family's new favorite!

Ingredients

  • 1 T oil
  • 3/4 c onion, diced
  • 3 T tomato paste
  • 3 gloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds chicken, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2-2/3 c honey
  • 1/3 c soy sauce
  • 1/4 c chicken stock
  • 1/2 t smoked paprika
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 2 T corn starch or arrowroot powder
  • 2 T water

Instructions

  1. Turn Instant Pot to saute while you chop your onion. Add oil to the pot and then the onion and tomato paste. Stir to distribute the tomato paste, then mince garlic. Turn off Instant Pot after adding garlic and stir.
  2. Cut chicken into bite size chunks. Add to the Instant Pot with the honey, soy sauce, chicken stock, smoked paprika, and pepper. Stir to distribute, then cover and close vent Set to poultry for 7 minutes.
  3. Once the chicken finishes cooking, use a natural pressure release for 10-15 minutes. Make a slurry with the corn starch (or arrowroot powder) and water.
  4. Open the Instant Pot, and turn it to saute. Pour slurry into the Instant Pot while stirring, and let it cook for a couple minutes. Once it thickens, serve immediately over rice or quinoa.

Notes

You can easily make this gluten free by using tamari in place of the soy sauce. Arrowroot powder makes a great substitute for corn starch if you can't eat that, as well. Use whole frozen chicken breasts in place of the cubed pieces and adjust the cooking time to 15 minutes, ensuring you maintain the 10-15 minute NPR.

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Creamy Chickpea Tomato Soup: A Delicious Instant Pot Recipe

Did you get an Instant Pot for Christmas? Or did you pick one up on Prime Day, and you’re having fun finding new recipes to create with it? I’m thrilled with this chickpea tomato soup I created, and it’s in the regular rotation. If you like it, click on my affiliate links that provide me with a small percentage of any purchase you may make and help me afford to keep sharing recipes like this with you!

Don’t have an Instant Pot? That’s totally fine. You can make this on the stovetop, too. Check the notes in the recipe card near the bottom for instructions on how to convert this to a traditional recipe.

Enjoy a bowl of creamy chickpea tomato soup from your Instant Pot

This creamy chickpea tomato soup is one of my favorites now that the cold weather arrived in Chicago. It’s easy to make whether you use dried chickpeas or canned, and it’s easily a vegan meal if you swap out the chicken stock for vegetable stock. Regardless, it’s naturally gluten free and dairy free – just what you need for all those new year’s resolutions. The speed I can make this in my Instant Pot means this makes a great weeknight meal, too.

Creamy chickpea tomato soup recipe

How to Cook Dried Chickpeas in your Instant Pot

And yes, you absolutely can make dried chickpeas in your Instant Pot. As with most of my Instant Pot recipes (have you seen my balsamic tomato soup recipe yet?), you can make this with either the Lux or the Duo. Dried chickpeas cost less than canned, and they have no added ingredients. Make sure you soak them overnight in the liner first, then rinse until the water runs clear.

Return the chickpeas to your Instant Pot liner, and cover them with three to four inches of water. Close the lid and be sure the vent is sealed. Turn to bean/chili for 25 minutes. Let release naturally for 15 or more minutes, then release the remaining pressure. Drain the chickpeas, saving the water for other uses if you choose. Aquafaba is great in lots of dishes.

Creamy Chickpea Tomato Soup Recipe

Once you have your chickpeas cooked, set them aside for a few minutes. Turn your Instant Pot to saute, and add the oil while you chop your onion. Add the onion and tomato paste and stir. Cook for two to three minutes, then turn it off.

Return the chickpeas to your Instant Pot. If you use canned chickpeas, drain and rinse the chickpeas then add to your Instant Pot. Be sure you have a total of 3 cups of cooked chickpeas. Add the diced tomatoes with their juice, garlic, paprika, pepper, and chicken stock. Go ahead, get the most out of your Instant Pot and make homemade chicken stock in it, too.

Close the lid and seal the vent again, and set it to soup for fifteen minutes. Let it release naturally for ten to fifteen minutes, then release the pressure the rest of the way. Open the pot and stir in the coconut milk.

This works best with a high quality blender. I tried it the first time with my immersion blender, but I couldn’t quite get the texture I wanted. Moving it to my blender made it perfectly smooth. Make sure you add the soup to the blender slowly; don’t fill it more than a third of the way full at any time for safety. Use a kitchen towel to hold on the lid to ensure pressure doesn’t build up and push the top off.

Once some soup is blended, return it to the Instant Pot and ladle out more of the chunky soup. Repeat until all the soup is smooth, again being careful not to fill your blender more than a third full. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary. I like it thick, but add more chicken stock to create a thinner soup if you choose.

Instant pot chickpea tomato soup vegan

Serve immediately. My kids loved it as is, but I like sprinkling some fresh grated Parmesan over the soup. This will keep in the fridge in a sealed container for two to three days.

Have you ever had chickpea tomato soup? What’s your favorite Instant Pot recipe?

Creamy Chickpea Tomato Soup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Creamy Chickpea Tomato Soup

This delicious and creamy chickpea tomato soup is quick to make in the Instant Pot. You can also make this on the stovetop (instructions in notes). Naturally gluten and dairy free, you can make this soup vegan easily. Or top this kid-friendly meal with a sprinkle of fresh Parmesan for even more flavor. It's a comforting and hearty soup with nutritious ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 T oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 T tomato paste
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 c cooked chickpeas
  • 2 t smoked paprika
  • 2 14 oz cans diced tomato with their juices
  • 3 c chicken stock
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 can coconut milk

Instructions

  1. Turn Instant Pot to saute, and add oil while you chop the onion. Add onion and tomato paste, then stir. Cook for two to three minutes, then turn it off.
  2. Add chickpeas, diced tomatoes with their juice, garlic, paprika, 1/2 t salt, 1/4 t pepper, and chicken stock to Instant Pot. Close lid and seal the vent, and set to soup for fifteen minutes.
  3. Let Instant Pot release naturally for ten to fifteen minutes, then release the pressure the rest of the way. Open and stir in the coconut milk.
  4. Add soup to the blender slowly; don't fill it more than a third of the way full at any time for safety. Use a kitchen towel to hold on the lid to ensure pressure doesn't build up and push the top off. Once some soup is blended, return it to the Instant Pot and ladle out more of the chunky soup. Repeat until all the soup is smooth.
  5. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary. Serve immediately. This keeps in the fridge sealed for two to three days.

Notes

To make vegan, swap the chicken stock for vegetable stock or water. Feel free to add more stock after cooking to make the soup thinner if you prefer.

To make this on the stove, follow instructions for sauteeing up to sealing the pressure cooker. Instead, bring to a boil, covered. Then turn to a simmer and cook for 30-45 minutes. Follow remaining instructions.

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Smoky Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Dip Recipe

This shop featuring my recipe for smoky cheesy chicken enchilada dip has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

Dip into smokey cheesy chicken enchilada dip recipe

I love football season, and we’re entering my favorite part right now. I’ve spent the last week watching college bowl games, and now it’s time for the playoffs on the professional side. Needless to say, viewing parties are something we do here regularly. I love having friends over to watch the games, catch up, and – of course – eat.

It was harder when the wee ones were littler and a parent had to monitor them, meaning someone always missed the game and the food, but now they’re old enough to entertain themselves with friends while we settle in around the television and really dig in.

As they get older, the food I serve changes, too. While guacamole and chips remains a staple on the menu, I now create appetizers with more flavor. With a nod to Little Miss’s Spanish immersion education, I bring in more Mexican flavors. The fact that I adore Latin flavors has nothing to do with it. Oh, I lie. I make the food I love, and it just so happens that it fits well with the language and culture Little Miss encounters every day at school.

This cheesy chicken enchilada dip is a perfect example. Chicken enchiladas are one of my favorite items to order in a restaurant, but they take so much time and effort to make them for a crowd that I’d never serve them at a football party. Fortunately, they translate beautifully into a dip.

I tested this out awhile ago, but it didn’t have quite the kick I wanted. This time around, I added some LA MORENA® Chipotle Peppers in Adobo, and we had a winner. The smoky peppers added the perfect note to take this from a good dip to one that disappeared so fast I barely had a chance to grab any. Needless to say, this smoky cheesy chicken enchilada dip made it onto the permanent football party list. It’s easy, I can prep it ahead of time, and it tastes fantastic. That’s pretty much the trifecta for football party appetizers right there.

Bite of delicios smoky cheesy chicken enchilada dip

Another win? LA MORENA® has a fantastic giveaway right now for football the football playoffs. Can you imagine watching them on a brand new 60″ flat screen?

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Whether you win or not, you’ll win with this cheesy chicken enchilada dip. Even if you aren’t a football fan and end up watching just for the commercials, you know you still need to bring a dish for a party or provide some if you’re hosting. This one? This is what you want to share with friends and family at your next football party.

Make sure you use the LA MORENA® Chipotle Peppers in Adobo (7 oz can) in your dip. They have the best rich, smoky flavor to enhance the dip. They’re super easy to find at Walmart and other independent Hispanic retailers. I don’t use the whole can in my cheesy chicken enchilada dip, but pop the rest into a container in your fridge and use them to spice up your masa the next time you make tamales. This is my favorite add-in ever.

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How to Make Smoky Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Dip

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Prep your chicken. I usually poach my chicken because it’s fastest, but feel free to roast your chicken or pick up a rotisserie chicken to use instead. Once it’s cooked, use my favorite technique to shred it: the stand mixer. Literally add your still hot chicken to the bowl and turn it on low to start then up a notch once it’s broken down some of the chicken. It’s amazing how quickly and easily this works.

Add cream cheese to shredded chicken

Add the room temperature cream cheese to the chicken, along with your LA MORENA® Chipotle Peppers in Adobo, mild enchilada sauce, and salt. Turn the mixer on again to incorporate.

Add chipotle peppers to chicken and cream cheese

Once that’s mixed together, add one cup of the cheese. Stir again.

Add freshly grated cheddar cheese

Scoop out into a baking dish. I used an 8×8 square pan, but this would be fun to serve in a pretty fluted pie pan, too. Place the remaining cheese atop the chicken mixture.

Add a good layer of cheddar over the smoky cheesy chicken enchilada dip

Bake in your 325 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbling.

While the dip is baking, chop your cilantro to serve atop your dish. Make your chopping easy by rolling the herbs like a cigar and slicing down it. Not sure what I mean? This is the easiest trick when it comes to quickly chopping any herbs.

Once the smoky cheesy chicken enchilada dip comes out of the oven, sprinkle the cilantro over it. Serve immediately with tortilla chips, and watch it disappear!

Smoky cheesy chicken enchilada dip recipe ready to eat

Have you ever had cheesy chicken enchilada dip? What’s your favorite football appetizer?

Smoky cheesy chicken enchilada dip recipe. Just seven ingredients for this easy appetizer you can prep ahead. Naturally gluten free, this is a great dip for a crowd.

Smoky Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Dip

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Smoky Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Dip

This deliciously smoky cheesy chicken enchilada dip is a perfect party appetizer. You can prep it ahead and bake just before serving. Seven easy ingredients combine to create an amazing flavor in a dip that's sure to disappear.

Ingredients

  • 6 c cooked chicken, shredded
  • 12 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 5 LA MORENA® Chipotle Peppers in Adobo
  • 1 c mild enchilada sauce
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 3 c shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 3 T cilantro, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cook chicken - poach, roast, or rotisserie works. Shred in a stand mixer or by hand.
  3. Add room temperature cream cheese, LA MORENA® Chipotle Peppers in Adobo, mild enchilada sauce, and salt. Mix again to incorporate.
  4. Add 1 cup cheddar cheese, and stir again.
  5. Scoop into am 8x8 baking dish. Place remaining cheese atop the chicken mixture.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
  7. While the dip is baking, chop cilantro. Once the dip comes out of the oven, sprinkle the cilantro over it. Serve immediately with tortilla chips.
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