Make Ahead

Dede's Chili CheeseĀ Grits

December 16, 2013
1 Ratings
  • Serves 10-12
Author Notes

There must be as many recipes for chili cheese grits as there are people who make them. It is one of those simple dishes where the type of ingredients you use makes a difference. This particular recipe is a family favorite. The only tweaking/updating I have done is to add smoked paprika. Chile cheese grits are delicious served alongside ham, pork chops, or baked chicken. —Waverly

What You'll Need
  • 1 1/2 cups quick grits
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 pound extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 3 teaspoons seasoned (garlic - parsley) salt
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 (4 oz) cans chopped green chilis
  1. MAKE GRITS: Preheat the oven to 250. Boil the water in a large pot on the stove and cook grits according to the instructions on the package.
  2. MIX: Add the remaining ingredients to the cooked grits and stir to combine.
  3. BAKE: Pour the grits mixture into a buttered oblong dish. Bake 1 1/2 hours.

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  • cheesypennies
  • MyCommunalTable
  • HattieMac
Waverly used to be a lawyer and is now a mother 24/7. She has made a commitment to cooking for her family and absolutely loves it even when her family does not. She is teaching them, one meal at a time, to enjoy wholesome homemade food. She abhors processed food but recognizes its insidious nature and accepts the fact that her children will occasionally get some Skittles, Doritos, or the like. Her philosophy and hope is that if she teaches them well at home, they will prefer wholesome healthy foods when they go out into the world without her.

3 Reviews

HattieMac October 5, 2017
This is my family's favorite cheese grits recipe. It is a mainstay of our holiday and family gatherings. I have prepared this dish more than a dozen times now. Highly recommend exactly as written. A couple of my nephews do not like green chilis so I leave them out when they will be at the table - still delicious. Love! Love! Love!
cheesypennies December 18, 2013
I don't know why, but these sound perfect. Thanks for sharing!
MyCommunalTable December 18, 2013
Look great. Perfect for a cold winters day. I might have to make these for Sunday brunch this week.