My family’s favorite cheesy green chili ham dip has it all……….cream cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, ham, green chilies, and scallions. Some people get turned off when they hear canned ham, but this isn’t deviled ham. The ham is Hormel Smoke Ham. I have this recipe for you plus two more cheesy surprises!
I cook when I’m not DIYing and the Owen family refers to this yummy appetizer as just “The Dip.” What does that tell you? Anything with “The” in front of it has to be one-of-a-kind and awesome.
Cheesy Green Chili Ham Dip
I have my sister, Stacey, to thank for this recipe. She made The Dip a few years ago, and we were all hooked. She sent me the recipe with the title “The Dip.” I’ve searched online for the list of ingredients and haven’t found the same recipe anywhere.
I wanted to attribute it to someone or give it the proper name when sharing it with you today but no luck. I’ll just claim it as Stacey’s recipe.
Cheesy Green Chile Ham Dip (aka, “The Dip”)
10 oz. Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Grated
8 oz. Cream Cheese softened
1 Can Hormel Smoked Ham (find in tuna section)
7 oz. Can Chopped Green Chiles
1 Bunch of Green Onions, chopped fine
1 Round Loaf of Hawaiian Bread (if desired)
Mix softened cream cheese and canned ham (including juice) using a fork until well blended in a medium size microwave-safe bowl. Add the canned green chiles, chopped green onions, and sharp cheddar cheese, and mix well. Microwave at 50% power for 8-10 minutes, then microwave on full power for 2 minutes.
To make “The Dip,” using Hawaiian Bread as the bowl: Cut the top off the bread and hollow out the inside until a shell is left. Put the cheese mixture in the bread bowl. Bake without lid for 45 minutes at 275°. Remove from oven, cover with the bread lid, and wrap in aluminum foil. Bake for 15 minutes at 325°.
We like Fritos with our dip. The bread from the hollowed-out shell can be used in place of chips.
**I find it hard to get the dip warm in the bread. I would warm the dip a lot in the microwave before putting it in the bread bowl. Also, we waste a lot of the dip because we don’t eat it with the bread and the bread shell soaks up some of the dip. I use the microwave method without the bread. To each his own.
Since the dip is thick or heavy, we like eating it with Fritos. This recipe didn’t come with a serving count, but it goes a long way. I very seldom make the dip for just me and the JTS. We would be eating on it forever.
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com