1. I started with the chips because they had to go into the oven. First I preheated my oven to 400 degrees.
Then I got my cookie sheet ready with parchment paper. Can you say EASY clean-up!
Then I gathered all my ingredients. Corn tortillas, extra virgin olive oil, salt and spices.
Side note: If you are looking for a clean tortilla, these corn tortillas from Sprouts are my absolute favorite! They are so soft and fresh. I try to stock up any time I am by a Sprouts.
I started by spreading a little olive oil on both tortillas. I used a total of 1 tsp. of extra-virgin olive oil for both tortillas. And since I couldn't find my pastry brush I opted for the old fingers!
Once I spread the olive oil (I used about half for this side) over the entire front surface I lightly sprinkled with salt and garlic powder. Then I cut each tortilla into 8 triangles.
Then, again for the sake of easy clean-up, I turned the tortillas over right onto the parchment paper on the cookie sheet. This time the oil side was down. I then used the remaining oil to spread over the back side of the tortillas. Then I lightly salted and dusted with a chili power seasoning for some kick!
I spread the chips out and then put them in the over for about 10 minutes.
I actually checked at 10 minutes and opted for a couple more. I pulled them out when the edges were light brown. They looked like this and it took all my will-power not to dive right in!
While the chips were baking I started the Dip!
2. Southwest Chicken Dip
So I found that this was a great dip for using up some leftovers! I generally always have grilled chicken cooked and ready to go in my refrigerator - it just makes life easier for me, especially during the school year. So I grabbed some chicken and my other ingredients before I got started.
I used grilled chicken, black beans, corn, green chilies and avocado. You could also add any other southwest flavors you like, including onion, tomato, or red peppers. Since I just threw this together from my head I used what I had and what I like.
I started by dicing the chicken into small pieces (small enough that they could easily be scooped by a chip) and added them to my bowl. Then I washed and drained my black beans and added about 1/2 the can. Next came the corn. Now before you think that I always cook corn on the cob and cut it off - I don't. But I had it left over from the other night so I decided to use it instead of opening a can. Next up is one of my favorites - hatch green chilies! I added about 1/4 cup of green chilies with the liquid (or one small can). I stirred everything together. I really wanted to avoid adding greek yogurt or something to "hold" it all together, so I was glad when it really didn't need it. Last thing I added was about 1/2 of a diced avocado. A little black pepper to taste (I opted not to salt since the chicken had already been seasoned) and Voila! I tasted it and thought "it's still missing something. So a quick look in the refrigerator and I grabbed one of these:
I rolled the lime on the counter using firm pressure to loosen up the juices. Then I cut in half and squeezed the juice right into the dip. One last stir and it was ready to go!
Time to get it on the plate with my warm tortilla chips and a side salad. This recipe made 2-3 meal size servings of the Southwest Chicken Dip. You could easily make more to serve to guests. I am an "eyeball it" kind of cook. So I started with my chicken and "eyeballed" the rest of the ingredients. If the thought of this makes your head spin - leave me a comment and I will make it again and this time measure out everything so I can give a real recipe!
All I can say "I can't believe this is healthy!" It was so good and each bite left my taste buds dancing with flavor. The chili powder and garlic on the chips was just the perfect touch to step it up. I don't think I will ever buy tortilla chips again. These were delicious and so easy! Who doesn't love warm tortilla chips! I can't tell you whether they were good once they cooled down because they didn't last that long!
|Yep - this was the last yummy bite!|
If you decide to try it, I'd love to know what you think!