baked chese chili dip

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound of my Italian Turkey Sausage (see recipe under Notes below)
  • 1 (10 oz.) can diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 (8 oz.) package fat-free cream cheese
  • ¾ cup shredded reduced-fat or fat-free sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Drain most of the liquid from tomatoes/green chiles (save about 2–3 Tbsp. liquid).
  • Combine turkey sausage, diced tomatoes with chiles, 2–3 Tbsp. liquid, and cream cheese. Stir well.
  • Spread mixture into a 1-quart baking dish and cover with shredded cheese.
  • Bake for 20–25 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.
  • Serve with the tortilla chips, vegetables or any other favorite dipper!

NOTES

Italian Turkey Sausage (A Staple in my Kitchen!)

  • 16 oz. lean ground turkey
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp. fennel seed
  • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp. smoky paprika
  • ¼ tsp. ground cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

To Cook: Heat olive oil in frying pan. Add the ground turkey and all seasonings, and cook until well done. Chop turkey while frying, into hamburger consistency.

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