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Fiesta Cheesecake

Ingredients

Crust:
1 ½ Cups finely crushed tortilla chips
¼ Cup butter, melted
"Cheesecake":
2 (8 oz.) + 1 (3 oz.) packages of cream cheese, softened
2 large eggs
2 ½ Cups (10oz.) Monterey Jack Pepper Cheese, shredded
1 (4.5 oz.) Can chopped green chilies, drained
(or 1 can chopped jalapenos for more kick)
¼ teaspoon ground red pepper

Topping:1 (8oz.) carton of sour cream
½ Cup each, chopped: green, red, yellow bell pepper
½ Cup chopped green onion (scallion)
1 medium tomato, chopped
(I don't use this b/c it gets the cheesecake too runny for me)
2 Tablespoons chopped black olives
2 bunches of fresh Cilantro


Instructions

Crust: Combine crushed tortilla chips and butter; press in bottom of a lightly greased 9 - inch spring form pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

Cheesecake: Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer 3 minutes or until fluffy; add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.

Stir in shredded cheese, chilies and ground red pepper.

Pour mixture into prepared pan, and bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack then gently run a knife around edge of pan to release sides - carefully remove sides of pan. Let cool completely on wire rack. [For best flavor, let this cool completely, add sour cream (see below), and refrigerate it over night, finishing up the next day.]

Topping: Spread sour cream evenly over top (if you didn't do it earlier) cover and chill.

Arrange bell peppers and next 3 ingredients on top as desired.

Place on a bed of fresh cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips

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