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Taste Test Tuesday: Tastefully Simple’s Nacho Cheddar Cheese Ball Mix

It’s another Tuesday here in the kitchen and today we are going to feature a product from Tastefully Simple and we will also provide you with some recipes to use as well.



Nacho Cheddar Cheese Ball Mix is a product on the Spring/Summer seasonal line of Tastefully Simple. A flavor filled with chillies and tomatoes, this cheese ball can be made with an 8oz block of cream cheese and 2 Tbsp. of milk. A very easy snack to prepare and have on hand. Can be served with Tastefully Simple’s Blue Aztec chips, tortilla chips, crackers or veggies.

Now Nacho Cheddar Cheeseball can be used in more ways than just a cheese ball. You can incorporate it into your every day meals. One of the recipes that is sure to be a crowd pleaser is Nacho Chicken Pizza. That’s right pizza. This a great meal idea for you and your family, it’s also really quick to make as well.

Nacho Chicken Pizza


1 packet Nacho Cheddar Cheese Ball Mix
8 oz. softened cream cheese
2 cups cubed rotisserie chicken
1 cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup finely diced tomato
8 (6-inch) pita breads*
Olive oil

Combine first 2 ingredients; stir to blend. Prepare barbecue grill (medium heat). Lightly brush 1 side of each pita bread with oil. Grill, oiled side down, until bottom is crisp, about 2 minutes. Transfer to work surface, grilled side up. Spread each pita bread with cheese ball mixture; top with chicken, cheese and tomato. Return pita pizzas to barbecue grill. Grill, covered, until heated through; about 2 minutes. Makes 6 servings.

*May use 2 (12-inch) pre-baked thin pizza crusts in place of pita breads.

You can purchase the Nacho Cheddar Cheese Ball Mix from Kimberlee’s Tastefully Simple website.

If you would like to earn FREE groceries she is booking tasting and catalog parties. Don’t worry if you are not in her area, she can always do your party via Skype.

Taste Test Tuesday: Todd’s Dirt

Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by the kitchen today. As you can tell we had a blast at Metro Cooking DC this year. We learned a lot, saw a lot and met some really great vendors who we will continue to tell you about as we review their products. This is another vendor we met at Metro Cooking DC and we are addicted to their products.

Todd’s Dirt


After years of trying to recreate a seasoning blend that was made by a family friend, Todd was able to create something even better. Why is it called dirt? Well if you look at the bottle it resembles grass and dirt that you would find in your backyard. That’s just how big and noticeable the seasoning is. There is no MSG and it’s gluten-free. We had the opportunity to taste the dirt as a dip and on chicken. One bite and we knew this was a hit. Todd’s Dirt comes in three different blends:

Original: A mild savory seasoning made with 14 spices including, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Kosher Salt, Pepper, Onion, Rosemary, Sage, Cilantro and other spices. Great on meats, vegetables, potatoes, and pasta. It even comes in a no-sodium blend called Low Down Dirt.

Bayou: This Creole/Cajun style seasoning has a very bold flavor made with 16 spices including, kosher salt, chipotle powder, sage, thyme, rosemary, chili powder and many more. If you are looking to spice things up a bit then this is your choice.

Crabby: A gourmet seafood seasoning blend made with 20 spices including, dry mustard, cayenne pepper, sage, onion, oregano, basil, ginger, cloves, white and black pepper, and many other spices. It’s Todd’s version of Chesapeake Bay seasoning. This seasoning was awarded the 2011 Silver Sofi award in the Flavor Enhancing category by the National Association of Specialty Food, which is the highest honor you can receive in the specialty food industry.

All of these spices were fantastic. You can use these seasonings to make dip with some sour cream. Crabby Dirt and some sour cream will kick up your shrimp cocktail dish. Sprinkle some of Todd’s dirt on some fresh popped popcorn, you’ll love it!

You can get them online at Todd’s Dirt or from some local grocery stores like Giant, Ingles Market, Whole Foods, and Central Market. Don’t see your local store on the list? Check the website to see if a store near you carries it, if not just order from the website. Hint: It is a great $5.00 investment!! They also have t-shirts, cookbooks, and gift packs if you are looking for a gift for the foodies in your life.

We hope you enjoyed today’s post. Thanks for spending time with us today. Feel free to leave a comments on the blog and let us know what you think.

Taste Test Tuesday: Doritos Jacked…cheesy goodness!!

Yes, it’s Tuesday and you know what that means. It’s Taste Test Tuesday. Now today’s post thrives from a conversation we have been having with some friends, we saw the Taco Bell commercial with the Doritos taco shell and we immediately thought about the different flavors of Doritos. Now, Frito Lay (Doritos parent company) has some amazing things happening with their Doritos line. We will definitely keep you posted on what they have coming out. Here are just a few of the new editions to the line.

DORITOS JACKED Enchilada Supreme

Mouth watering bag of enchiladas is what it is, lol. Really enjoyed these chips, they were filled with seasonings that remind you of eating an enchilada at your favorite Mexican restaurant. Now, we like lots of sour cream on our enchiladas so we decided to dip them in sour cream as we were eating them. Talk about yummy.


Opened the bag and you can smell the chipotle flavor coming from inside..WOW!! We knew right then and there that this would be another chip with a big bold flavor. The BBQ flavor is definitely there, so if you like BBQ chips you will definitely like these Doritos. Now as you noticed the name does have Chipotle written in it. As you bite into the chip you do get the taste of chipotle peppers dancing around on your taste buds. Imagine, hickory smoked BBQ sauce with garlic, onions, and chipotle peppers…that’s what it tasted like to us.
DORITOS did an excellent job on these ‘Jacked’ flavors, bigger chips, bolder flavor and great combination of seasonings. We look forward to many more flavors and the new line.
Just a Note: We tried the Doritos Supreme taco from Taco Bell. Oh my…..soooo good. Party in your mouth. Cheesy goodness of the Doritos shell and all the fixings of the taco supreme it was just tasty and we’ve had a few since our first try. Yum Yum Yum!!
As always, let us know what you think about Taste Test Tuesday’s. You can email us at southernrootskitchen [at] gmail [dot] com, follow us on twitter @S_RootsKitchen
Until next time…