Red Bean and Rice Party Dip

I’m a big fan of dip. I also like beans a lot. Ditto for things that are hot.

So, when I saw the recipe for Red Bean and Rice Party Dip from Zatarain’s, a company known for its Cajun and Louisiana style cooking, my mouth started to water. No only does the recipe contain red beans and rice, it also lists salsa, jalapeno peppers and two kinds of cheese among its ingredients.

Zatarain’s suggests the recipe for a Mardi Gras party, but I won’t be able to wait that long before giving it a try.
Red Bean and Rice Party Dip
3 cups water
1 package Zatarain’s Red Beans and Rice
1 cup salsa
2 tablespoons chopped jalapeno peppers
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
2 8-ounce packages shredded Cheddar cheese
Prepare rice mix as directed on package, using 3 cups water instead of 3¼ cups. Reserve ¼ to ½ cup of the shredded cheese to garnish dip, if desired. Stir remaining ingredients into rice mixture. Place mixture into food processor or blender; cover. Process or blend until smooth. Keep dip warm in a chaffing dish or slow cooker, if desired.
Yield: 60 2-tablespoon servings.

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