Tex Mex Yogurt Cheesecake for Cinco de Mayo

I stumbled upon a “Cinco de Mayo Cheesecake” from The French Whisk that I knew I had to recreate in a healthier version.  I knew right away how I wanted to try…. A yogurt cheesecake.  I have seen a few amazing looking yogurt cheesecakes from friends and have been dying to try one.  This was my opportunity.  I used this recipe from A Baking Girl to guide me in the right direction.   Making some simple changes, I totally transformed the two recipes into one healthy and very spicy dish.  We actually ate this for dinner, but it would be awesome to bring to parties… especially a Cinco de Mayo Party!! 

Tex Mex Yogurt Cheesecake

 

yogurt cheesecake

 

Tex Mex Yogurt Cheesecake
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Crust
  1. 2 Cups Crushed Tortilla Chips (I used Corn & Flax Chips)
  2. 3 TBSP Adobo Sauce (I pulled from can of chipotle chilies)
Filling
  1. 2 Cups Plain Greek Yogurt
  2. 1/2 Cup Egg Beaters
  3. 4 oz. Diced Green Chilies
  4. 1/4 tsp. Ancho Chili Powder
  5. 1/4 tsp. Mexican Paprika
  6. 1 TBSP Cornstarch
  7. 1 Cup Low Fat Cheddar Shreds
Topping Ideas
  1. Diced Tomatoes, Onion, Green Onion, Cilantro, Olives, Jalapeno
Crust
  1. Stir together crushed chips and adobo sauce. Press into bottom of silicone or springform pan
  2. Bake 350 degrees for 5 minutes.
Filling
  1. Stir together all filling ingredients until smooth.
  2. Pour over crust.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until middle is set and top is golden brown.
  4. Let cool for 2 or more hours in fridge
  5. Remove from pan by placing plate over top of pan and flip so crust is the top.
  6. Serve with desired toppings.
Notes
  1. I do not own a springform pan for cheesecakes, so I used a silicone baking pan and it works beautifully. The cheesecake peels away easily from the sides!
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This was so much fun to put together and I know the kids would love it too.  It was pretty spicy, and I love spicy, so if you are not a huge spice fan, I would recommend leaving out the ancho powder and maybe cut back on chilies.  You could always add in green onions or tomatoes to change the flavor without the spice!  This could literally be modified a bazillion different ways!!

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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