When you think Manwich, you probably think of Sloppy Joes. But there is so much more you can do with it! Take, for instance, my latest delicious creation: cheesy taco dip. It was a huge hit at our family Labor Day gathering!
And of course, the fact that we’re past Labor Day means that everyone is back to school. At this busy time of year, Manwich is a great item to have in your quick-and-easy meal arsenal. Kick off your week with Manwich Monday and get the whole family around the table! And since Manwich itself contains no meat, you can use it as a sauce in an amazing array of dishes. (Want even more awesome ideas? When you finish reading this post, go check out all of their Manwich Monday Recipes!)
The folks at Manwich sent me a selection of all of their flavors (Original, Bold, and Thick & Chunky), plus a couple of other fun goodies. I decided to use the Thick & Chunky variety for my dip, but you could also use the Bold flavor if you want a little extra kick! With it’s heartiness and tangy flavors, this stuff is incredibly versatile, and it works great in all kinds of different recipes.
To make my taco dip you will need:
- 3/4 lb taco meat, cooked
- 1 can Thick & Chunky Manwich
- 1 can (15 oz) cheese sauce
- Tomato, diced
- Black olives, sliced
- Green onions, chopped
Start by making your taco meat, as you normally would if you were just having tacos. I used ground pork for my tacos because there was a great sale on it at my local grocery store! You can also use ground beef or shredded chicken, whatever you prefer.
After your meat has been browned, drained, and seasoned, add a can of Thick & Chunky Manwich. Stir it in and simmer about 5 to 10 minutes to let it thicken a bit and to let the flavors meld. (My taco meat seasoning was still cooking down when I added the Manwich but that’s okay – if your taco meat is still a little watery when you add the sauce, just tack a few extra minutes onto the simmer time.)
Next add a can of cheese sauce. I went with zesty cheese sauce because we like things a little more spicy, but if you prefer you can use regular cheese cause for a milder version. Stir until the cheese is evenly distributed throughout.
Pour the mixture into a large, shallow dish. Sprinkle the top evenly with tomatoes, olives, and green onions. Serve with tortilla chips!
We ended up making a double batch since we were headed to a family gathering – it’s really easy to scale this up for a potluck, tailgate, or other party. It was a great compliment to the rest of our Labor Day meal, and everyone absolutely loved it! With the kid-stopping power of Manwich, it’s something that the whole family can enjoy together.