Paula Deen’s Monster Mash

I said in a previous post that I’ve been in a Halloween food rut recently. There’s just nothing really cool I want to make for Halloween this year. I was watching Paula Deen on her show and her son Jamie was on there for a Halloween episode. That show should be called Paula Deen and Son’s, because every other episode, one of her two sons is on there. If it wasn’t for Paula, her sons wouldn’t be popular… just saying. I don’t have anything against that family. I love Paula Deen. She has great recipes… like this one.

Monster Mash is a bean dip made with cheese, rotel tomatoes, taco seasoning and of course beans. Beans are super filling to me and this could be eaten as a meal, which is what I did tonight. It was cheesy delicious and there’s still plenty of left over to have later on this week. For dessert, we had candy corn m & m’s.

I was at Wal-Mart and discovered that Oretega now has a less sodium taco seasoning and that made me really happy to see that! I wish other companies would get on with that too. Anyways.. I also got a bag of these Candy Corn M & M’s that I’ve seen people raving about on the Internet lately.They’re so delicious and way better than candy corns.

Ingredients from Paula Deen

Butter, for baking dish
2 (20.5-ounce) cans refried black beans
1 (10-ounce) can tomatoes and green chiles, drained
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese blend, plus 2 cups for topping
Tortilla chips, for serving


Preheat the oven to 325 degree F. Lightly butter a 2-quart baking dish.

In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Bake until hot and bubbly, about 25 to 30 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven and top with the remaining cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted. Serve with tortilla chips.

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