Left Over Chili Cheese Bites
Ever wonder what you could do with that left over chili you’ve had sitting in the freezer? Well that left over chili doesn’t have to go to waste because there are numerous things you can use it for. One of my favorites is chili cheese bites and I’m going to show you how to make them. These chili cheese bites are incredibly easy and a great way to get rid of that left over chili.
Just as and FYI, I use this recipe LINK because its easy to make and always turns out delicious!
The first step is to defrost 2 cups of your left over chili so that you can pour it onto a flat baking sheet. Lay out your chili on the baking sheet so its roughly a ¼” thick then add 2 cups of cheese to the top. Place this in the freezer and let it chill for about 3 hours. 3 Hours in the freezer should allow the chili to be hard but still cuttable. Now take the chili out of the freezer and cut it into pieces that are about 3 inches long and an inch wide. Put this pieces back in the freezer and let the chill over night.
Once these pieces are completely frozen you need to make the beer batter which is extremely simple and can be found here: LINK. Essentially all you have to do is mix 12oz of beer, 1 cup of flour, 1 egg, and a tablespoon of garlic powder together. This will give you a nice beer batter. To learn more go here LINK
Frying them up
In in large frying pan, add an inch of oil and heat it up so its nice and hot.
Pro Tip: To know that your oil is at temperature, dip a fork about ¼” into the beer batter then place the tip of the fork into the oil. If the batter starts bubbling the oils hot enough. If not, then give the oil a few more minutes and try again.
So once the oil is hot enough, dip each of the left over chili pieces into the batter and immediately place in the hot oil. Let the pieces fry on each side until golden brown (typically around 2-3 minutes)
Serve these with sour cream, ketchup, cheese dip, or salsa 🙂
|Chili Cheese Bites
- On a cooking sheet, spread out chili so that it’s about ¼ to ½” thick
- Allow to freeze for about 3 hours so that it's still slightly soft
- Cut with a sharp knife so that they are about 3” long and 1 inch wide
- Allow to freeze over night
- Batter and fry
- Allow to cool slightly and serve with salsa and sour cream