3-Ingredient Mexican Cheese Bites

By Ann Fulton

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A curious thing happened a few days after my Mango Chicken Chili recipe appeared in this column a few months back.

The chili recipe included mango salsa as a key ingredient. Figuring this might not be a regular grocery list item for many readers, I mentioned two reliable brands. Several days later, I received an appreciative email from one of those companies—Mrs. Renfro’s Salsa. I was amazed that they noticed this minor mention.

As a thank you, Jane, from Mrs. Renfro’s Salsa, kindly offered to send me several jars of salsa, and invited me to select whatever appealed to me from their online store. I, in turn, asked if she might also be willing to pass along the thoughtful gift to a lucky reader, to which she generously agreed…times three.

When I clicked over to the company website to claim my goodies, something caught my eye—a recipe for Mexican fudge. The unexpected ingredient list replaced sweet staples such as sugar and chocolate for savory additions like cheese and salsa. I was intrigued.

This easy, three-ingredient appetizer was, indeed, a success. When I brought a batch to a small get-together, I had immediate requests for the recipe. Everyone was surprised by the unique combination, and several remarked that a plateful of these tasty bites would make for crowd-pleasing Super Bowl fare.

 3-Ingredient Mexican Cheese Bites

I modified the original recipe slightly by reducing the amount of cheese and trying it with a combination of regular and low-fat cheese. This change eliminated any greasiness that can occur when cheese is baked, yet it did not detract from the flavor.

 3-Ingredient Mexican Cheese Bites

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(Offer expired) Mrs. Renfro’s Salsa has kindly offered to give 4 jars of salsa to each of 3 lucky readers. Winners may choose from any of the varieties in their online store. To enter, simply leave a comment below the following recipe. You have until Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 6:00 pm EST to enter. Good luck…and enjoy these delicious mouthfuls!

Three Ingredient Mexican Cheese Bites
These savory bites are delicious finger food, picked up and eaten as is. For an added crunch, serve each square on a tortilla chip. The green salsa is classified as “hot” but the cheese provides a cooling effect, making these an all-around party favorite.

Yields 32-40 pieces.
  • 1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups grated reduced fat cheddar cheese (see notes)
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon) Mrs. Renfro’s Green Salsa
  • 3 eggs, well beaten
  • Optional for serving: tortilla chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Sprinkle 3/4 cup (half) of each cheese over the bottom of a 9×9 or 11×7 baking dish.  (There is no need to grease the dish.)  Beat or whisk the eggs in a small bowl, and then thoroughly mix in the salsa.
  3. Drizzle the egg/salsa mixture evenly over cheese.  Layer the remaining cheese on top.
  4. Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until the mixture is just set in the middle and the edges are a little crispy. Cool for 5-10 minutes. Cut in small squares and serve on tortilla chips. Gently reheat leftovers in the oven or toaster oven, if desired.
  • As mentioned above, the combination of reduced fat and regular cheese provides the right texture without the greasiness that sometimes occurs when cheese is baked. If desired, you may use all regular cheddar cheese. For testing purposes, I used Sargento, an all-natural cheese, with excellent results.  For a flavor variation, we also enjoyed this recipe with a combination of cheddar and Mexican blend cheese.
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  1. Alicelynne

    Can’t wait to try these, as well as the recipes from your previous post. Is the store brand cheese acceptable for most of the recipes??

  2. Gail

    I loved the Mango Chicken Chili. Now I am planning on making some of the recipes you shared for appetizers for a big Super Bowl party I am hosting.

  3. Ouida Lampert

    These look tasty. Isn’t is wonderful (and, surprising, these days) when a company truly practices customer service? I will look for Mrs. Renfro’s Salsa because of this.

  4. Diana Adelman

    these look terrific and easy to make too…also, Mrs. Renfro’s salsas look amazing, love their company story and that it’s a Texas company!

  5. Lori H

    I love simple recipes like this with only 3 ingredients. I’m going to try it this weekend. The story behind Mrs. Renfro’s and it’s evolution is great too!

  6. Stacie

    Definitely trying these for super bowl! Since our favorite teams aren’t in it, it’s now even more about the food!

  7. Pat

    I will be making these for a Super Bowl party and the host eats gluten free.
    I’m sure she will appreciate this cheesy snack. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Krissie

    This recipe looks great and looks like the kind of recipe that can be played around with a lot. For instance Mrs. Renfro’s make many more choices of salsa, including Black Bean, Habanero, Chipotle corn, Peach, Garlic, Raspberry, Mango, Pineapple, Pomegranate Tequila Ghost Pepper and of course the Green Salsa mentioned in the above recipe. Some of these salsas could even be combined together to tailor make one’s own preferences of flavour/s. (Some of these above flavours may only be available in the USA.)
    Also the cheese could be played around with too, using sharp white cheddar or other cheeses that have similar fat content.as the recommendations already made by Ann.
    It appears that this recipe would be good for people who cannot have either wheat and/or sugar, however some of the fruit salsas may have an additional source of sweetener in them.( I could not find a list of ingredients for the salsas).
    I look forward to trying this recipe many different ways!

    1. Ann

      You are right on all of the options, Krissie. If you’d like to see the ingredient list, it is available through Mrs. Renfro’s link, above. Just click on the individual jars and the whole nutritional profile will appear, too.

  9. Alexis M

    Wow, these look yummy!! Thanks for the giveaway, love their green salsa…always looking for new ways to use it

  10. Diana

    Thanks for the salsa opportunity….will be using some today in my meatloaf!….enjoy reading your articles every week

  11. Kim McDevitt

    Thanks for the opportunity, Ann and Mrs. Refno’s salsa. Cant wait to try! Love your articles and recipes.

  12. Mary W

    It is a cold afternoon as I write this and the 3 ingredients baked in the oven sound delicious. I am baking this right away! The high quality of Mrs Renfroes’ products is what makes this recipe special.

  13. shannon duncan

    we use mexican queso in our bites! Ive been buying Mrs R since the mid 80’s. Back then the only place to get it was from a veggie stand behide the racetrack near my job in Los Alamintos Calif. Now that green salsa is the hardest to find in our markets because everyone wants the super hot varies.Too bad that veggie stand is a tire shop now!

  14. Stephanie L.

    I love green salsa, and will look for this brand to try theirs! Or maybe I’ll win this giveaway and get to try a few different types of it! 🙂

  15. Allen Fry

    This looks delicious and simple. This would be great with Mrs. Renfro’s flavorful salsas and a hit at party’s I bet. I am definitely going to make it soon.

  16. Mary Moreira

    This looks great, and it looks like it might be fun to make. Don’t do much entertaining anymore, but this would be good while watching a movie at home! Never tried Mrs. Renfro’s salsas, and I have always lived on the West Coast. Will have to see if they are available here in Northern Nevada? Maybe Whole Foods? Always loved making my salsas by hand, but older now, and unfortunately can’t stand long enough in the kitchen to do things like I would love to again. Will definitely check around to see who carries the salsas! Thank you so much for this lovely recipe and giveaway.

  17. Marilyn K.

    I was one of those who purchased Mrs. Renfro’s mango salsa for the Mango Chicken Chili recipe! A perfect dish for a cold winter evening. Can’t wait to try the Mexican Cheese Bites, too.

  18. missy yanchuck

    Can’t wait to try the Mexican cheese bites!
    Also excited about the salsa giveaway-we love salsa in our house, and always compare “bought” salsa to homemade…Would love to put Mrs. Renfros to the test!

  19. David

    Mrs Renfro’s has an amazing variety of salsas. The Habanero and Ghost Pepper varieties intrigue my sense of spice, but I question whether or not I can handle them. The Chipotle corn and the fruit salsas also sound delicious.

  20. Corinne Dillingham

    I had no idea that there were so many different Mrs. Renfro’s products. I’ll be on the lookout for them at my local stores. If I can’t find them, it’s great to know that I can order them online. Thank you!

  21. Kathie

    This recipe looks amazing and so easy too.
    I’ll be making them for my cheeseaholic daughter this weekend. You just can’t go wrong with cheese and salsa!

  22. Dandi D

    Cheese and salsa are two of my favorite things, so this recipe looks amazing and I would love to win some salsa!

  23. Ann Grismroe

    This looks so, so good! I love the combination of ingredients but I haven’t tried Mrs Renfro’s products before. Thank you for the opportunity to try and win some!

  24. Vickey Royer

    I am definitely making this for the Super Bowl! I love cheese and salsa so I will look for this brand of salsa…I live in PA! Thank you!

  25. Alissa Hockley

    Sounds like a perfect complement to Super Bowl fare! I love the idea of serving each square on a tortilla chip for extra crunch! Can’t wait to make, share, and taste this new treat!

  26. Diana

    Wow, just made these…phenomenal !!! They’re kind of addictive and super easy to make…love Mes. Renfro’s salsa

  27. maryk

    I was just wondering what the calories and the carbs are in the 3 ingredient Mexican cheese bites. I am having to watch what I eat.
    thank you,

    1. Ann Post author

      I haven’t calculated the nutritional information for these, Maryk, but I will attach a link that will enable you to easily find the information you want. Some of the information, such as sodium, will vary based on which brands of cheese and salsa you purchase. This tool will enable you to adjust the portion size based on how many calories you are aiming for, and you may find it helpful with other recipes as well.


  28. Helen S.

    I made the mango chicken chili with some substitutions as I had fresh mangoes on hand and pineapple peach salsa from another company. It turned out great!! My husband couldn’t believe how a slow cooker would produce such a wonderful and flavorful meal!!
    Many thanks for the great recipe!

    1. Ann Post author

      That’s terrific, Helen. I’m sure the fresh mango added something special. Thanks so much for your comment, and I’m so glad it was a hit!

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  31. Tracy

    A friend of mine has made these for years and they always disappear at parties! Going to make them myself for the first time and I have her recipe but decided to google and see what pops up 🙂 I’ll add that she garnishes them with a bit of sour cream, cilantro, black olives and additional salsa ~ so pretty!
    After reading through comments, I am wondering who won the salsa give-away, lol! 😀

    1. Ann Post author

      They do go fast, and I love the garnish idea–will have to try that next time. Also, the winner was a longtime reader who I knew through her comments over the years. The giveaway was a while ago but I actually remember that one!

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  33. Tammy

    Just learning to cook & this is going to sound really stupid but I want to be sure . Does 11/2 mean 11 & 1/2 cups ? Of the 2 different cheeses ? Thank you for your help

    1. Ann Post author

      Hi Tammy, Not stupid at all! You want to use one and a half cups of each of the cheeses, for a total of three cups of cheese. If you have any more questions, let me know!

    1. Ann Post author

      Hi Carolyn, I think you could make these a day or two ahead, cool completely, and then cover and refrigerate. When ready to serve, just reheat, uncovered, at 325 or 350 F until hot, likely about 15 minutes but check a little early to be sure. Hope this helps!

  34. Maureen Mangan

    I always have a family Xmas party with a theme. This year is Southwestern New Mexican. I am going to make these cheeses bites for one of my appetizers. Party is not till Dec. 21st. Yum…thank you!

  35. Carolyn Price

    This is an answer for an afternoon tea that needs delicious treats that can be prepared a couple of days in advance, then trucked across 2 states before being served with lemonade.

  36. Judy W Smith

    Made your Crustless Quiche as a welcome change for dinner last night but used fresh asparagus instead of spinach. Also, we have eliminated salt- no salt needed!

  37. Celeste Post author

    Just sharing how much we have been enjoying the Mexican Mule drink and these cheese bites that are now added to the recipe box of favorites, thanks!

    1. Ann Post author

      I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying the mules and the cheese bites-a very good combination! Many thanks for the thoughtful feedback.