Mexican food is popular for potluck gatherings here in South Texas, and this dish always brings "oohs" and "aahs". It's usually served as an appetizer, but is hearty enough for a main course along with a salad and Spanish rice. —Connie Bolton, San Antonio, Texas
For a satisfying snack, spread slices of French bread with this thick cheesy mixture. "It's a very adaptable recipe," notes reader Beverly Mons of Middletown, New York. "It would also be good with Italian sausage instead of ground beef."
Like most of our recipes, this was inspired by my mother, Ventura Cavazos, who started this restaurant over 40 years ago. My husband and I carry on the tasty family tradition.—Loma-Linda's Adela Mundt, Toledo, Ohio
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.
Cranberry tapenade brings a deep red color and sweet-sour zing to these fun little bacon cheeseburgers. Serve them for parties or any time you want to treat your family. —Priscilla Yee, Concord, California