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By GinnyG

Rate this recipe 4.6/5 (19 Votes)
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Servings 6
Preparation time 2
Cooking time 2

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
  • Yellow or green bell pepper
  • 1 (2-inch) piece green onion
  • 1/4 cup Old El Paso Thick 'n Chunky salsa
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves or orange marmalade
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Assorted tortilla chips, crackers or sliced vegetables, if desired

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