There's something about meringues that just makes you feel special. They're delicate, light and they look like they take a lot of work to make (making

you

 look like the best hostess ever). But the most appealing part to me is how they are a blank canvas for any occasion. And since they're mostly egg white and air, these crunchy appetizers can be a healthier alternative to sugar loaded, butter laden, and sodium saturated snacks. In this case?

Chipotle Frito Meringues.

Healthy hostess approved.

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for up to date gluten free qualifications, and soon you can even utilize a newly developed gluten free recipe section!

Chipotle Frito Meringues

These appetizers are light and crisp but pack a warm kick of chipotle heat and earthy corn for your taste buds. Serve on a platter or as a topping for a Mexican cilantro lime bean salad (shown).

Yield: 15 small meringues- Prep time: 40 minutes total, 30 minutes in the oven

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 T Fritos Scoops! Corn Chips, crushed in a food processor
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 t chipotle seasoning

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Place Fritos Scoops! inside  a food processor. Pulse until Scoops! are reduced to a powder. Mix with chipotle seasoning and set aside. In a separate bowl, whip two egg whites until they reach the stiff peak stage. Fold egg whites and chipotle mix together. On a baking sheet covered with parchment paper, drop meringues spaced evenly apart, with two spoons. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until slightly browned and crispy.

Storage:

It's highly unlikely you'll have any leftovers (Good luck keeping hands off of them until you plate them!), but meringues are best stored ASAP in an air tight container. Meringues hate humid days. Just like my hair.

Like any good fiesta, there's something else to celebrate too! You can enter this

giveaway

for a Gluten Free Prize Pack by:

  • Let me know in the comments section what your favorite party food is.
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  • Giveaway ends May 30th at noon EST.

Giveaway closed: Thank you to our winner MANDA please contact me. 

Disclaimer: 

I received free samples from 

Frito-Lay of the products 

mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe 

I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by 

Frito-Lay 

and am eligible to win prizes associated with 

the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

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