5 Delicious Dips


Without any research or fact-finding, I can state categorically: Everyone loves dips.

5 Delicious Dips... perfect for whatever you have on the table: chips, chicken strips, veggies, fruit...

And what does everyone like to dip? Everything.

I’ve come up with 5 Delicious Dips that take minutes to prepare and are perfect for anything you want to submerge in deliciousness. Most are healthy. One is particularly decadent, but c’mon… it’s a dip… not a meal.

Ready to take the plunge? Let’s go…

5 Delicious Dips


5 Delicious Dips... perfect for whatever you have on the table: chips, chicken strips, veggies, fruit...


Hatch Chile Mini Cornbread Muffins


Went a little Hatch Chile-wild this weekend… but these delicate Hatch Chile Mini Cornbread Muffins completely explain my madness.

Hatch Chiles are in season NOW, so you need to buy them while you can. Like I said, I went a little crazy and bought 25 lbs. to freeze. GP thought I was nuts… but we’ll see what he says in November when I thaw some of these babies and make his favorite Chili before a big football game.

If you see Hatch Chilies in your supermarket… buy them! Many supermarkets are partnering with Melissa’s Produce and holding roasting events: you buy the chiles and they roast them right there at the store… how easy is that? If onsite roasting is not an option, it’s pretty easy to do it at home… click here.

These Hatch Chile Mini Cornbread Muffins are a great way to venture into Hatch Chileland if you are a newbie. The muffins are sweet, but have just the right of heat from the chiles to keep things interesting. Have you cooked with Hatch Chiles? What’s your favorite recipe?

Like this recipe? Then try Unbelievably Moist Pumpkin Muffins.

Red Chile Sauce


Cooler weather makes me crave things that are warm and spicy… like this tangy rich Guajillo Chile Sauce made from beautiful dried red chile pods.

Salsa de Guajjillo

The earthy guajillo (pronounced gwah-HEE-yoh) chile makes a wonderful sauce because it’s got a complex fruity flavor that delivers a subtle kick at the end without setting your face on fire.

This chile sauce really lets you live a little: put a warm spoonful on scrambled eggs, marinate skinless chicken breasts, rub it into a steak or swirl it into some hummus… an easy way to elevate any flavor profile.

And, yes, it is the perfect Enchilada Sauce.

Salsa de Guajillo

You can find these chilies in ethnic food stores or larger supermarkets. If guajillos aren’t available, dried anchos chilies are a nice substitute… but your sauce will be a little bit spicier.

Here’s a fun fact: in Spanish, guajillo means “little gourd” because the seeds rattle around inside the dried pepper. I know, I know… I’ve got too much useless information rattling around inside MY head.

I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: mamashighstrung@gmail.com