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October 3, 2010

Layered Fiesta Dip and a “Falloween” Party

Filed under: Appetizers & Dips,Recipes,Vegetarian — Tags: , , , , , — admin @ 7:34 pm

It practically seems insulting to post this, since it is so ridiculous easy and has been around such a long, long time.  There are a few different versions circulating though, and I am asked for this recipe from time to time, so I am going to go ahead and share it, in the hopes that some of you out there might appreciate it and – hopefully – not be insulted.

We attended a “Falloween” party last evening, and I brought along this dip, along with my Gluten Free Brownies.  We went home with a couple Brownies leftover, but this dip was wiped right out. 

My husband tells me that this Layered Mexican Dip recipe actually originally came from the Hostess whose party we attended last night.  It was passed on to his mother back in the 70’s and then to me many years after, and it has changed through the years I have made it so that I no longer even remember the original incarnation. 

Before I share the recipe, let me share a few snapshots from the party, will you?

This party is an annual shindig and it is always so much fun, especially for the kiddos.  Each year, there is a different theme and different activities.  This year, there was a bounce house.

And pumpkin decorating.

My baby decided to keep it pretty simple.

There were more elaborate decorations on display, though.

Last year, professional face-painters were on hand to adorn the faces of the wee ones…

…and the not so wee ones.

The “I’ve Just Been Run Over” design was a big hit with both the big and the little boys.

This gathering is one of the highlights of our Autumn each year, and my boys are looking forward to the next year’s event before we even pull into our driveway on the way home from  the current year’s party!

They talked about the party tonight over Layered Fiesta Dip.  Yes, I did say that the dip I took was wiped out last night.  But I have learned through the years that nobody is really satisfied unless I make two dishes: One to take along, and one to keep at home for the next day! 

Here are the recipe proportions for a single 9 x 12 dish or a single large round platter or pie plate.  Double everything if you are making two dishes like I did.

What you need:

1 – 15 ounce can Refried Beans

4 oz block Cream Cheese, softened

1/2 cup Sour Cream

1/2 packet Taco Seasoning Mix (about 2 Tbsp if you buy it in bulk like I do)

1/2 -12 ounce package Shredded Mexican Cheese (or Colby or Mild Cheddar)

1/4 cup Chopped Green Onion

1 medium Diced Tomato

What to do:

First, spread Refried Beans in bottom of serving dish.

Combine Cream Cheese, Sour Cream and Taco Seasoning with mixer until fairly smooth.

Spread Cream Cheese mixture atop Beans in dish.

I like to leave a little of the Beans on the edge uncovered if I’m using a round plate.

Sprinkle with Shredded Cheese.

Top with Green Onions and Tomatoes. 

You can also add chopped black olives, and as much as I would love to,  my family begs me not to so I don’t.

Serve with Tortilla Chips.

This really is so simple, and so yummy!  Try it for your next party or potluck, but be sure to make an extra dish that you don’t have to share! :-)

9 Comments

  1. I make this same recipe all the time. This year I will be creating a grave yard scene for our Halloween party. I will make whole made tortillas and cut shapes out with cookie cutters and then bake.
    it is always a crowd pleaser and great for those who are gf

    Comment by lexi — October 4, 2010 @ 6:03 pm

  2. What a cute idea! Do you have a good GF Tortilla recipe? I am dying to be able to make a good GF flour tortilla but haven’t found a good recipe yet. The corn tortillas are pretty easy and inexpensive to find pre-made, but I’ve never found GF flour ones.

    Comment by admin — October 4, 2010 @ 6:34 pm

  3. nope, i am cheating this time and buying them and cutting them with said cookie cutters. if i get creative and find time i will make them from scratch….now you have got me thinking if i can do it

    Comment by lexi — October 4, 2010 @ 7:13 pm

  4. Where can I find taco seasoning without gluten? The brand I’ve used for years has it and I just found that I have a “sensitivity” to gluten.

    Comment by Becky — October 7, 2010 @ 6:08 pm

  5. hi! my daughter has just been diagnosed with celiac disease and i have been scouring the internet. found you while looking for a high fiber GF bread recipe. love your blog! this layered dip looks delish! i will be reading more of your recipes in the future. thanks for sharing…joanne

    Comment by joanne — October 7, 2010 @ 6:16 pm

  6. I’m sorry your daughter got diagnosed, but so glad you ended up over here! My recipes that I post are all kid-tested, and usually both my kids, even the gluten-tolerant one, love them! Use can play with the flours in my “Mock Wheat” and “Basic Sandwich” breads to amp up the fiber – it’s a pretty versatile recipe. I use brown rice flour for most of the flours in my baking, but I don’t know how that stacks up fiber-wise. I’m sure it’s better than all the barely palatable ones in the store (if you can call them palatable at all) which seem to be more starch and white rice based. Oh, and the Artisan Multigrain Loaf (one of my first blog posts) is a soda bread that is packed with fiber! That is even more versatile of a recipe as far as changing up the flours! Again, so glad you stopped by – and I hope to see you around again!!

    Comment by admin — October 8, 2010 @ 3:47 pm

  7. I use McCormick – I buy it in a big bottle at Costco. It’s got no MSG, which is a gluten-culprit in most of those seasoning mixes. You can probably mix up your own as well, if you just buy the individual spices. Just do a search of “Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix Recipe” and you are sure to find some good ones! :-)

    Comment by admin — October 8, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

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