South of the border appetizer

Yield: 1 appetizer

Measure Ingredient
6 tablespoons Margarine; melted
2 cups Crushed tortilla chips
2 packs (8-oz) cream cheese; softened
2 cups Cheddar cheese; shredded
2 Eggs;
1 tablespoon Chili powder;
½ teaspoon Dried oregano leaves;
½ teaspoon Ground cumin;
¼ teaspoon Garlic powder;
4 ounces Diced green chiles; drained
15 ounces (1 cn) refried beans;
12 ounces Can spam; finely chopped
¼ cup Onion; chopped
2 tablespoons Cilantro;
2 cups Sour cream;
Olives; chopped
Tomatoes; diced

Combine melted margarine with crushed tortilla chips. Press mixture into bottom of 1" springform pan. Bake 15 minutes at 325 degrees.

Cool. In large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, 2 eggs, chili powder, oregano leaves, cumin and garlic powder. Beat and spread over crust. Sprinkle with green chiles. In bowl, combine refried beans, spam, onion and cilantro. Spread over green chiles. Bake 30 minutes. Cool completely and spread top with sour cream. Remove sides of pan, garnish appetizer as desired and serve with tortilla chips. Source: Austin (TX) American Statesman by Teri Chesser. Submitted By NANCY O'BRION On 03-07-95

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