Sunday, December 11, 2011

Layered Mexican Dip

Yes, this is a MEAL! Traditional 7-layer mexican dip, personalized to however you see fit!
Serve with warm whole grain tortilla chips, or whole grain tortillas to make a FILLING burrito.

1 pkg Taco Seasoning Mix OR 1 cup Salsa
2-15oz cans refried beans
1-16 oz jar salsa
2-15oz cans black or pinto beans
*add optional layer of 8oz of sour cream and/or 1 cup grated cheddar cheese HERE.
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
2 chopped tomatoes
1/2 to 1 cup chopped onion, depending on preference
1 avocado, chopped
1 small can sliced olives

1. Mix package of taco seasoning (or 1 cup salsa) with 2 cans refried beans. Layer in bottom of 13"x 9" baking dish.
2. Layer remaining ingredients as listed.
3. Chill or serve at room temperature.

Optional add-ins or substitutions: roasted corn, chopped bell pepper (roasted or raw), mashed potatoes with salsa mixed in instead of milk/butter, chopped spinach.

**Kid tip - make a pint size version of this in a bowl or ramekin taking out the ingredients that picky eaters won't eat. Or don't add a the "icky" stuff to a portion of the 13"x9" baking dish. My kids don't like lettuce, onions, or tomatoes, so I just leave 1/4 of the dish without those added ingredients. I place the entire dish on the middle of the table, and the little kids feel like grown-ups getting to scoop the dip with their own chips - hence, they eat more!

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