Warm appetizers are perfect for watching football on a cool autumn day. Green Pepper Dip is an easy cheesy snack your friends will love at your next party.
Fall weather brings cooler temperatures, changing leaves and, of course, football. My husband, Kent, is a huge fan of the Seattle Seahawks. I don’t know hardly anything about sports, but I love to get together with friends and am a big fan of game day snacks and appetizers. We had an extra green pepper leftover from canning salsa so I thought it would be perfect to make into a cheesy appetizer we could enjoy while watching Sunday football. A few weeks ago I shared the Green Pepper Dip recipe at Belle of the Kitchen as part of the first “Ideas for the Kitchen” recipe exchange Ashlyn and I are doing to bring new recipes to our readers. The recipe exchange is like “Trading Spaces” only for blogs. While I was there, Ashlyn was here sharing a fun Game Day Chocolate Chip Cheeseball.
Green Pepper Dip is easy to make with just a handful of ingredients. I used beef for this recipe, but you could easily substitute ground turkey to make it a little healthier. The first time I made it, I actually browned the ground beef a day or two ahead of time, so I’d have less mess to clean up when I was making it for our party. You could also chop the green peppers in advance, so you’d just need to cook it all together and pop it in the oven before your guests arrive.
Green Pepper Dip: An Easy Cheesy Appetizer
- 1 pound Ground Beef
- 1 tablespoon Margarine
- 1 Green Pepper Large
- 1/2 teaspoon Minced Garlic
- 1 - 14.5 oz Diced Tomotoes Can
- 8 ounce Cream Cheese Garden Vegetable Flavor
- 1 cup Italian Cheese Blend Shredded
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Brown the ground beef in a large skillet and drain.
- Chop the large green pepper into small pieces. You should have about 2 cups.
- Melt margarine in a large sauce pan.
- Add the green pepper and garlic. Saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove 1/4 cup of green pepper from the sauce pan and set aside for later.
- In the sauce pan, add the diced tomatoes and the ground beef you browned earlier and mix together with the green peppers. Cook for 5 more minutes.
- Now add the garden vegetable cream cheese to the green pepper mixture and stir continuously until the cheese has completely melted.
- Transfer the cheesy green pepper mixture into a lightly greased 9 x 9 or 1.5 qt oven safe baking dish.
- Sprinkle with shredded cheese and top with the sauteed green peppers you set aside earlier.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 5 minutes or until the shredded cheese has melted. Enjoy!
Serving Suggestions for Green Pepper Dip
As with any dip, there are numerous chips and crackers you can serve alongside of Green Pepper Dip. We especially love this Green Pepper Dip with Sea Salt Pretzel Chips. We’ve also had it with tortilla chips. It even reheats well to enjoy a few days later if you have leftovers.
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