Barbecue Chicken Dip | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Barbecue Chicken Dip

Barbecue Chicken Dip | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Guys, there’s something to be said for a little external validation. While I certainly wouldn’t recommend anyone relying on it, I’m not gonna lie; when someone tells me they like what I’m doing, I eat it up.

Real talk. I’ve been struggling with a desire to let this blog die for well over a year now. Since settling in Glasgow, I’ve struggled with finding the time and energy to create quality posts. I’ve watched my page views plummet as Pinterest became pay to play and stopped showing my followers my pins unless I gave them my money. And we all know I don’t have a lot of that. I mean, that’s kind of the whole concept of this blog. It’s been so disheartening to see a project I love really floundering and knowing it was at least partly my fault. 

My default mode is to assume that I suck. Normally when people try to compliment me, my urge is to punch them in the face and then crawl under the table and die. Last night, I got to hear some really kind words about this blog, and they are giving me life. 

Barbecue Chicken Dip | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

What does all of that have to do with Barbecue Chicken Dip? You guessed it. Absolutely nothing. Except that this is a totally awesome recipe, and so are all of you. We’ve got creamy, cheesy, sweet, and smoky all playing together in this delicious hot dip. You could serve this in a party spread, but if you want to have it for dinner, I won’t tell.

I use some Transformer Chicken chopped up super small for this. Basically, you just dump everything into a bowl, smoosh it all together, spread it into a baking dish, heat it up, and then scoop it into your face with some tortilla chips. I held back a little bit of the barbecue sauce for some artistic drizzling. That’s totally optional, but it’s as close as I get to being artsy.

Barbecue Chicken Dip | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Thanks for making me feel awesome, friends. I’m going to try harder to deliver cool posts for you guys because I love you.

Barbecue Chicken Dip
Serves 6
Barbecue Chicken Dip definitely deserves a sweet and smoky place on your next party table.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 12 ounces cooked chicken, chopped small
  2. 8 ounces cream cheese, softened\
  3. 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
  4. 1/4 cup ranch dressing
  5. 1/4 cup sour cream
  6. 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar
  7. 1 green onion, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and spray an 8x8 baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine chicken, cream cheese, barbecue sauce, ranch dressing, sour cream, and 1 cup of the cheddar cheese.
  3. Transfer your mixture to your baking pan and spread it evenly. Sprinkle the last half cup of cheese over the top, along with your chopped green onion. I just cut it with scissors it right over the baking pan.
  4. Bake for about 25 minutes until hot and bubbly. Allow it to cool for 10 minutes before scooping it up with your favorite chips.
Adapted from Plain Chicken
Adapted from Plain Chicken
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Cheesy Black Bean Bacon Dip | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cheesy Black Bean Bacon Dip

Cheesy Black Bean Bacon Dip | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I start out with good intentions. Black beans are supposed to be healthy. Salsa is full of vegetables. I’m going to make a healthy dish. But wait. You know what would make this better? Cheese. Definitely plenty of gooey cheese. And if we’re going to add cheese in, we might as well make it super awesome and add in some bacon as well. I can’t help myself. I can’t say no to awesomeness.

Cheesy Black Bean Bacon Dip | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This dip comes together in no time and makes plenty to go around. You can subtly change up the flavor depending on the salsa you use. If you like something sweeter, choose a mild salsa. If you like a smoky flavor, find something with chipotle. If heat is your thing, try a habanero or ghost pepper salsa. Or if you’re really dedicated, make your own.

Cheesy Black Bean Bacon Dip | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

In case you were wondering, it’s totally okay to eat dip for dinner. And adding in a bit of bacon can only make life better. It’s gonna be okay. Just go with it.

Cheesy Black Bean Bacon Dip
Serves 4
Spicy, cheesy black bean dip with crispy bacon is delicious and almost healthy.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 slices bacon, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  2. 1 can black beans, drained
  3. 1 cup salsa
  4. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  5. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. 1 cup shredded monterrey jack cheese
Instructions
  1. In a medium skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon pieces to a paper towel lined plate.
  2. Add the beans to the bacon fat and use your potato masher to give the beans a squish. You don't need to smash every single bean, but you just want to add some creaminess.
  3. Stir in the salsa and seasoning and bring to a simmer. Stir in the cheese until it's melted, the sprinkle the bacon pieces over the top.
Adapted from 1001 Fast and Easy Recipes
Adapted from 1001 Fast and Easy Recipes
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Easy Peanut Butter Hummus from Awesome on 20

Easy Peanut Butter Hummus

Easy Peanut Butter Hummus from Awesome on 20

You guys!!!! It’s so hot! We had 81% humidity the other day. It was like you could drink the air. And between having no air conditioner and now no fridge, life in our house has been nearly unbearable. You can’t even grab a cold drink to cool yourself down. Cooking? What? No way!

Easy Peanut Butter Hummus from Awesome on 20

In the summer, we eat a lot of chips and hummus. Actually, it’s not just summer, but it’s especially convenient for times when you’d rather get a root canal than turn on your oven. Out here in the middle of the ocean, you can usually expect to pay at least $5 for a medium-sized container, which isn’t horrible, but a can of chickpeas costs a whole lot less, and chances are, you won’t have to buy many other ingredients to make your very own hummus, exactly to your liking, and with no weird, unpronouncable ingredients.

The trick to making perfect and cheap hummus at home is to use peanut butter instead of tahini. No need to buy anything exotic that you’re never going to use on anything else. Skip that expensive jar of sesame paste, and use peanut butter instead. The same stuff you spread on your toast will work fine. Throw everything in your food processor, and blend like crazy. Greek yogurt helps to smooth everything out, and I love using fresh lemon juice to really brighten the flavor. You can customize this any way you like. It’s an excellent, easy hummus base to just get crazy with.

Easy Peanut Butter Hummus from Awesome on 20

We like to dip corn chips because they’re cheap and we usually have some in the pantry, but this stuff is good on almost anything. Save some money, get creative, and make your own hummus. And for god’s sake, don’t turn on the oven.

Easy Peanut Butter Hummus
Serves 4
It's so simple to make your own hummus at home, and you can save money by using peanut butter instead of tahini.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 can chickpeas aka garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  2. 1 clove garlic, peeled
  3. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  4. 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  5. Juice of half a lemon (I added a bit more after tasting because I like my hummus very bright)
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 teaspoon cumin
  8. 3 to 4 tablespoons Greek yogurt (I used non-fat)
  9. A drizzle of olive oil
  10. A sprinkling of paprika
Instructions
  1. Add the chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, peanut butter, lemon juice, salt, and cumin to the bowl of your food processor. Turn it on and let it spin until everything is combined. I let it go probably a minute. It will still be a bit rough at this point.
  2. Add the Greek yogurt and process again for another minute. Taste for flavor and consistency. If you want it smoother, add in a bit more yogurt. Adjust seasonings to your liking.
  3. Transfer hummus to a serving dish and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika. Get out of the kitchen, and feast.
Notes
  1. No need to chop the garlic. Let the food processor do what it does.
  2. If you prefer your hummus super smooth, you could spend a hundred years removing all the skins from each individual bean. I find it doesn't make a very noticeable difference. Just process an extra 30 seconds.
Adapted from Nigella Lawson
Adapted from Nigella Lawson
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