Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: Cheesy Black Bean Dip & More Memorial Day Recipes

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cheesy Black Bean Dip & More Memorial Day Recipes

Hi everyone and Happy Hump Day. We only have 2 more days left of school and my kids will be out for summer. Boy has the year flew by. As everyone knows this Monday is Memorial Day, so I am sure everyone will be hanging out by the grill cooking up something delicious. 

Today I wanted to share an Easy Cheesy Black Bean Dip that I think will be perfect for the upcoming holiday. Really this dip would pretty much go great with any holiday celebration or get together.

This black bean dip is so yummy and a cinch to make. Black beans, mexi corn, chunky salsa and Velveeta all melted together make up this cheesy dip. I love black beans and the mexi corn gives this dip such a great flavor. I have come to realize you either love Velveeta or you hate it. As for me I love it!

Velveeta has always been a staple in our house. I use it in my pimento cheese spread, chicken spaghetti, famous Queso dip and almost any of the cheesy dips I have listed here on my blog.

If you're a Velveeta lover and looking for a quick cheesy dip you should try this recipe. I also wanted to share some recipes below that I think will go great for a picnic or BBQ. Maybe you are still in need of a few recipes to finish off your Memorial Day menu.



Cheesy Black Bean Dip

Ingredients:
1 - 16 oz package Original Velveeta, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 - 15 oz can bush's black beans, rinsed
1 - 11 oz can Mexican corn
(corn with red and green bell peppers), drained
1 - cup hot chunky salsa

Directions:
Combine all the ingredients in microwaveable bowl.

Microwave on high for 5 minutes or until the Velveeta is completely melted, stirring after 3 min.

Garnish with diced tomatoes. Serve with crackers, pita or tortilla chips for dipping.

Recipe source: Kraft Foods

Before I get to the recipes I wanted to say that first and foremost Memorial Day for me is about remembering those who have sacrificed their lives, past and present for our freedom. I think a lot of people have forgotten the true meaning of "Memorial Day". It's more than a day off from work or school and more than a picnic with friends. You see the military has been a part of my life since the day I was born.

My father who has passed away is retired Air Force. My step dad and oldest brother are now both retired from the Air Force and my brother who is just a couple years older than me is in the Coast Guard. I grew up Military so I have learned to be thankful for the sacrifices that the military has made for their families as well as for their country.While you are enjoying time with your family and friends this holiday weekend please take a moment and remember the ones who are no longer with us.

Like I mentioned above I wanted to share some recipes for the upcoming weekend. Maybe you're hosting a family Memorial Day party or you have been invited to a neighborhood celebration. It doesn't matter I have a few recipes that I think will work out perfectly.

I have thumbed through most of my recipes here at Mommy's Kitchen and found some pretty tasty recipes. I have included recipes for the grill, finger foods, sides, dips, salads and lets not forget dessert. A few of the desserts like the brownies are perfect for pack and go traveling. Which is great if you're in charge of bringing something. Hopefully you will find something to your liking.





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7 comments:

Beansieleigh said... #

Hi Tina! You're absolutely right. I was at a parade recently, and I thought it was kinda sad, maybe shameful is a better word, that people didn't clap, cheer, stand up, or do SOMETHING when the men and women currently in service, or veterans marched by. Veterans being rolled in wheel chairs from nursing homes, waving their own little U.S. flags with pride, didn't get NEAR the attention and applause they deserved! My gosh, don't we know HOW to show so much as even a LITTLE respect, and honor, as they march by in a PARADE for MEMORIAL DAY?! That IS what the parade is all ABOUT, yes??..(sigh)... Well, as for your recipe, I have had a can of black beans sitting in my cupboard for a couple of months now, and I can't remember WHAT I bought them for!!! This recipe looks like a good reason to finally USE them! Thanks for sharing your recipes, and have a great Memorial Day Weekend! ~tina

Holly said... #

What a delicious line-up Tina! I hope you have a great holiday weekend : )

Tina said... #

Beansie that is just awful. I don't know what to say except that is just a shame. It really made me sad to read your comment. Oh how the Veterans and the servive men and woman must of felt. I cannot even put my feelings into words the way people treat others. All we can do is learn from it and hope people learn some manners and to be more respectuful.

Christine's Pantry said... #

Great recipes! Have a wonderful weekend!

Sarah said... #

Mmm! I make my dip with sausage, velveeta, and salsa... I may have to add some black beans though! Looks delicious!

Mary said... #

Tina, this dip sounds wonderful. This is my first visit to your blog and I've taken some time to browse through your earlier entries. I'm so glad I did that. I really love the food and recipes you feature here and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Maria said... #

Tina, being in the military and a veteran of this war, I want to thank you for your kind words. But you know, I have to say that a lot of people don't know the actual "protocol" when dealing with Memorial Day. I have had people ask me "Are you allowed to say Happy Memorial Day?" I think some people feel that because is the day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice it should not be a "happy" day. To others like myself, Memorial Day is bittersweet: sad for those we have lost but also pride because they are true heroes. But in the end, we all know that there are people like you behind us 100% so it makes it all worth it... even if other don't clap. :)

Maria
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