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May 21, 2015

CHILI NATION: CHEESY CHILI SQUARES

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Chili Nation: Cheesy Chili Squares
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I always have a can of chili in the house, and that is because my husband likes his chili dogs. He is very particular with how they are prepared. It's an exact science. The dogs may not be pan-seared or grilled...they must be steamed. Let's not forget about the buns; they require special treatment as well. They have to be steamed or microwaved until soft. For condiments, only finely minced onion and celery salt will do.

And the topping always has to be HORMEL® Chili.

Aside from chili dogs, my husband does not usually eat chili. In developing this recipe, I knew it would be a winner if I get his stamp of approval, which he did with a resounding thumbs up. These chili squares are easy to make. Everything is assembled in an 8" x 8" baking pan. The dish is layered with chili, bacon, cream cheese mixture, and shredded cheese—all sandwiched in between two layers of refrigerated crescent rolls. The entire ensemble is topped with scallion and more shredded cheese. Once baked, cut into squares and serve. The fact that my husband is not a bean fan makes the success of this dish even more rewarding as I used HORMEL® Chili with Beans. There were no complaints whatsoever.
                                                                                                                                      
Chili Nation: Cheesy Chili Squares


Chili Nation: Cheesy Chili Squares

Did you know that HORMEL® Chili is America’s #1 chili? With so many varieties, Hormel Foods has a chili for everyone. Whether it’s a chili dog, chili cheese dip or your traditional chili in the bowl, HORMEL® Chili can be enjoyed year-round. HORMEL® Chili helps chili lovers savor traditions – all seasons, all occasions – by bringing together good foods and good times. 

HORMEL® Chili shared over 50 regional ways to enjoy chili on their website and Facebook page to show fans Chili Nation, a nation that has declared their love for all things chili! Visit the HORMEL® Chili website for a sampling of recipes and chili pairings from every state, it also features videos, quizzes, and a coupon offering.     
                                                                                                             
Chili Nation: Cheesy Chili Squares


Living in Massachusetts, which has a capital nicknamed Beantown, I chose the HORMEL® Chili with Beans for this recipe to showcase my regional Chili Nation pride. How do you like to eat your chili #HormelChiliNation? Do you like it cheesy, meaty, with cornbread, drowning in sour cream, with lots of tortilla chips? However you like it, I would love to hear from you!

Map of Massachusetts using Hormel chili


Visit HORMEL® Chili to take a fun quiz, after which you can download a $1 off a purchase of any two Hormel Chili products. 



CHILI NATION: CHEESY CHILI SQUARES



INGREDIENTS:

4 bacon strips
4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup chopped scallion, divided
1 tube (8 oz.) refrigerated crescent rolls
1(15 oz.) HORMEL® Chili with Beans, drained of any liquid
1 (8 oz.) package shredded cheese (I used Cheddar Jack), divided 




INSTRUCTIONS:

Cut bacon into 1/2 inch pieces. Brown in a preheated skillet on medium high until crispy, but not hard (about 5 minutes). Remove and drain on paper towels.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat an 8" x 8" baking pan with cooking spray.

Combine cream cheese, sour cream, and scallion (minus 1 generous tablespoon) until creamy. Place in a zip lock plastic bag and cut a 1/2" tip off on corner. Cover the bottom of the pan with half of the crescent roll. Spread the chili over the crescent roll. Sprinkle on bacon. Pipe strips of cream cheese mixture over the chili. Add 1 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. Place the remaining half of the crescent roll over the cheese. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown on top. 

Remove baking pan  from oven. Turn oven to low broil. Add the reserved 1 tablespoon scallion and 1/2 cup cheese. Return to oven and place on rack on the upper half of the oven. Broil until cheese is melted and bubbly. This takes about 2 to 3 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Cut into squares and serve. Makes 4 servings. 

Note: If using a glass or ceramic baking pan, place on the lower half of the oven when baking to ensure the bottom crescent roll layer is cooked. Place on the top half when broiling.


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30 comments:

  1. I love this type of recipe! Anything with chili, cream cheese, and shredded cheese always gets my attention. Thank you!

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    1. It is a very appetizing combination. Thank you for stopping by, Debbie!

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  2. Mmmm....crescent rolls, chili and cheese? Sounds like a winner!

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  3. This is such a great idea, Thao! Cheese, chili and biscuits sounds like the ultimate comfort food! Love how easy it is to put together too!

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  4. This looks amazing!! I love anything chili...yum :).

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  5. wow, simply damn delicious!!!
    Dedy@Dentist Chef

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  6. These chili squares are amazing! Everything with chili is so delicious!

    Carpet cleaning Kensington

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  7. My husband is going to be so happy when I make these. We love chili anything around here. Love these squares.

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    1. Thank you so much, Kathy. I hope the squares will be a hit!

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  8. Wow do these ever look delicious?! Love that you used crescent rolls in there!

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  9. These look like real kid pleasers!

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    1. I think so too. It's hard to resist anything sandwiched in between crescent rolls. :)

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  10. This is such a cool idea! I love the grab-able squares!

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    1. Thank you Shelby! And it comes together so easily too.

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  11. We will just love your Chili Nation Cheesy Chili Squares, just awesome! Thanks so much for sharing your post with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  12. Wow this looks so yum! Please check out my blog and let's connect?

    swedishcavegirl.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. I'l be glad to check out your blog. :)

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  13. MMMM! This looks sooo mouthwateringly delicious! I love chilli, so this is definitely my kind of recipe. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  14. This chili squares look so good. Love that they are so easy to make for a weeknight meal!

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    1. Thanks Christin. They certainly come together in no time.

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  15. OMGosh I am loving this recipe! So easy and I bet it tastes fantastic! I can see why it received the most clicks last week, over at Simple Supper Tuesday. We would love for you to join us again this week, starting Monday night at 8pm EST.

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    1. Thank you so much Cindy! I am so excited to have a recipe with the most clicks!! Thanks for a great party. I'm looking forward to this week's.

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