Here’s a great snack that will fill the kids' bellies before they head out to collect candy. To maintain the shape of the cutouts, spread the bean mixture with a butter knife or thin spatula. You can use any shape of cookie cutter that you have on hand.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
From Niceville, Florida, Diane Hixon shares a tasty topper for tortilla chips. Chili powder and sassy salsa season a zesty mixture of ground beef and refried beans that's sprinkled with green onions, tomatoes and ripe olives.
There's no need to brown ground beef when fixing this satisfying snack. Laura Jirasek of White Lake, Michigan tops crunchy chips with warm canned chili and melted cheese, then sprinkles it all with chopped tomato and onion for fresh flavor and color.
Knights are sure to clamor for this mythical monster. Refried beans are spread into a dragon shape and sprinkled with tempting toppings. Tortilla chip "scales" line its back while red pepper "flames" blaze from its mouth.
Cheese, jalapeno pepper, sour cream and green onions top these pretty potato slices, seasoned with dry ranch dressing mix. "I love to serve them to guests, and they love to eat them," notes Tony Horton of Van Buren, Arkansas. "You can use them as an appetizer or even as a side dish."
Lightly breaded and deep-fried, ravioli goes to a new level in this nacho-like appetizer. Kids and grown-ups can’t get enough of the crispy, cheesy, flavorful crowd pleasers.—Robert Doornbos, Jenison, Michigan
The recipe for this creamy, chili-like dish was passed down through our church years ago. It's so warm and filling that we often prepare it when we take skiing trips to Colorado. It can be served over corn chips and eaten with a fork...or kept warm in a slow cooker and served as a hearty dip at parties.
-Laurie Withers, Wildomar, California
Your gang will huddle around the buffet table at half-time when you put out the two heaping plates of these spicy chicken nachos. “This is a ‘dash in the pan’ dish that’s always a hit.”—Karen Horning, Rockford, Illinois.