Cheesy Bacon Rotel Cups

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Need a quick and easy appetizer recipe for that family gathering coming up later this afternoon? These Cheesy Bacon Rotel Cups have all the makings of a fabulous appetizer that will dazzle everyone and leave them wanting more. After trying them, they may not even want the main course. These spicy bacon cheese bits are bite-sized, crowd-pleasing, and super habit-forming. You will definitely want to make more than one batch, especially if you’re serving more than ten people.

With ingredients like diced tomatoes, green chilis, and cheese, this bacon cheese cup recipe is not only mouth-watering, it can be very healthy too. Rotel is a brand name for canned diced tomatoes and green chilis and although they have the right idea, it’s possible to make this appetizer recipe even healthier by making your own tomato-chili mix at home. To do so, simply dice 10 ounces of ripe organic tomatoes and finely chop one green chili, to taste. Add the two together in a bowl with a pinch of salt and allow the mixture to chill in the fridge overnight. Stir them occasionally so the flavours can blend well. Tomatoes are highly-nutritious, being very high in vitamin A, vitamin C, and dietary fiber as well as high in vitamin B6, iron, thiamin, niacin, manganese, and magnesium. Green chilis are high in dietary fiber and very high in vitamin C and vitamin A. So already, it’s shaping up to be a healthy appetizer recipe, eaten in moderation, of course. If you do opt for the Rotel tomato-chili mix, you will still be getting nutritional value. One can of Rotel contains one gram of dietary fiber, 8 percent of your recommended daily vitamin A intake, 10 percent of your daily vitamin C, 2 percent of your iron, and 2 percent of your calcium. This means you’d need to eat one entire batch of Cheesy Bacon Rotel Cups to get all of the listed nutrients, but if you ever needed a reason, that sounds like a good one.

Nutrition Facts for: Cheesy Bacon Rotel Cups from Life in the Lofthouse

Ingredients: Mini phyllo shells, mayonnaise, diced tomatoes with green chilies,bacon, bacon bits, cheese.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 45 servings.

* Per Serving:Calories 71, Calories from Fat 45, Total Fat 5.0g 8%, Saturated Fat 1.7g 9%, Cholesterol 10mg 3%, Sodium 177mg 7%, Potassium 46mg 1%, Carbohydrates 3.5g 1%, Dietary Fiber 0.2g 1%, Sugars 0.5g, Protein 2.9g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 1%, Calcium 3%, Iron 2%

This easy party appetizer recipe is also easy to freeze, so you can make several batches at once and freeze the ones you won’t need for a while. When freezing food, be sure to follow important food safety practices like sealing small batches in compact, air-tight containers so they will freeze quickly. Write the date on stickers and stick them to the containers so you’ll know when you made them, when to use them by, and when they’re probably past their time. When you do thaw them again, remember to always thaw your frozen foods in the fridge rather than at room temperature. This will prevent harmful bacteria from growing. Keep them in the fridge til you’re ready to eat them; then you can either serve them chilled, or heat them in the oven to serve piping hot. Thanks to Holly over at “Life at the Lofthouse” for sharing this yummy appie recipe with us. If you’re looking for more easy appetizer ideas, you’ll want to drop by sometime to browse through her delicious recipe index.*

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