Happiness Project#74: Family Chili Dip!



It’s nearly time. In a little over a week I’ll be going in for my 4th major surgery in 3 years. This time I’ll be having multiple damaged discs in my lower neck repaired. An invasive procedure that I’ve been needing to have done for well over 10 years. And here’s the honest, unfiltered truth: I’m scared out of my mind. Not because I don’t believe that it won’t work, because I do know that it will help me immensely, and I’ll finally (finally) be able to move pain-free again. Cue the hallelujahs!

Nor is it the thought of the recovery either (which will be 2 to 3 very long months), that’s messing with my head. It’s the surgery itself that’s leaving me incredibly, and irrationally nervous and anxious and yes, scared. You’d think that after undergoing 8 major surgeries within the last 11 years, I’d have gotten over this irrational fear of mine. Geez, I even have a handy prescription for the many situations just like this, when the fear and anxiety is nearly debilitating. But yet, after 11 years of more ER visits than I can count, the idea of being put under full anesthesia (as well as my actual neck being worked on), is still one of my deepest fears. It doesn’t seem to matter how encouraging and logical any of my family & friends are, when attempting to snap me out my panic. Logic doesn’t make it any easier.  Because it’s all just horribly, horribly scary. So even though I cannot wait to be pain-free and mobile again (like you wouldn’t believe), the waiting for and then undergoing both the surgery and long recovery, is leaving me undeniably emotional.

So what does this Mama do when her brain is freaking out over things that cannot possibly be controlled? She bakes. Or if not that, she whips up something else just as tantalizing. Because kitchen wizardry is my kind of therapy. Hence this super easy, delightfully addictive 3 ingredient Chili Dip! Yes, I did just say only THREE ingredients! Which means chip dip for days!! Here’s all you need:

2 cans of your favorite canned chili with beans, warmed by either microwave or stovetop

1/2 cup of fresh sour cream

A couple pinches of shredded cheddar cheese

Your favorite bag of dipping chips! In this case, tortilla strips!

Remember how I just mentioned how crazy easy this recipe is? Well, it really is. Because all you need to do is mix up the warmed chili with the sour cream, with the shredded cheese. Until those 3 ingredients are nicely fully blended.

And then, dip those chips!

Just a little warning, though. This dip is deliciously addictive, so you might need to forcibly resist gobbling up this entire chili dip in one mere sitting. My family can’t. I dare you to instead. Ha.

In case this is my last recipe post before my surgery next week, I’ll see you all on the flip side!



  1. I hope your surgery goes well! Going under the knife is always scary.

    I’m going to have to try this recipe. It looks so good!

  2. This looks so delicious! Reminds me of the queso dip they serve at Chili’s. I will definitely be trying this soon, thanks! 🙂

  3. I hope your surgery goes well and your recovery is smooth! In other news, this chili dip looks just HEAVENLY. : )

  4. This dip looks really good.

    Good luck on the surgery! My cousin had to get surgery on her back and it’s definitely stressful, but her fun, active life now has made it all worth it.

  5. My family makes something similar and we call it Super Bowl dip… mainly because we always made it for the Super Bowl! Brings back happy memories; thanks for sharing!

  6. Yum! This looks great. I make a similar one but with velveeta instead of sour cream, think I’ll give this version a try next time.

  7. Oh goodness – I hope your surgery and recuperation goes well! So sorry! This chili dip looks simple and delicious!

  8. I love, love, LOVE all dips and could easily eat them all day every day! This definitely needs to be on our rotation! 🙂 I hope the surgery goes very well and that your recovery time goes better than expected.

  9. This looks so tasty! My dad would go crazy for this!

  10. Yum! I love how simple it is, few ingredients, but major taste.

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