One of my brother’s very favorite appetizers is a basic layered taco dip. Whenever I ask him what food he would like served at family get-togethers, game days, and special occasions, this dip is pretty much requested 100% of the time.
With Labor Day weekend here and football season beginning, I wanted to share my dip recipe as a great option for all your entertaining and tailgating needs. This dip is perfect for cheering on your team not only because it is tasty, but also because it is budget-friendly and easy-to make, feeds a crowd, and doesn’t take a lot of prep-work to put together. Following this recipe though, we can also add ‘lightened-up’ to the list of positive descriptions for this simple and classic appetizer.
With just a few simple changes, I took the dip from being a heavy splurge pre-meal on its own, to being a little more figure friendly. If you are interested in lightening it up even more, make sure to stay cognizant about the dippers as well. Celery, carrots, and sliced green bell peppers would make perfect substitutes for fried tortilla chips. Or, slice corn or flour tortillas into small triangles and bake in the oven and serve as homemade tortilla chips. Another dipper option is store-bought baked chips, baked pita chips, or even set out chopped romaine and serve the dip up salad style.
Lightened-Up Classic Layered Taco Dip
8 oz Low-fat Cream Cheese
8 oz Low-fat Sour Cream
1/2 pack Taco Seasoning Mix
14.5 oz can Fat-free Refried Beans
16 oz. Medium (or mild if preferred) Chunky Salsa
1 cup 2% Shredded Cheddar
Chopped Iceberg Lettuce
Diced Fresh Tomatoes
Juice of 1 Lime
Fresh Diced Avocado
In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer to beat together cream cheese, sour cream, and taco seasoning. Spread in a layer onto the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch pan.
In another bowl, or same medium bowl cleaned, use a hand mixer to beat together refried beans and salsa. Spread in a thin layer on top of the cream mixture. Set in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes, but the longer it sits the better.
When ready to serve, top with cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. Optional toppings include tossing chopped lettuce with the juice of one lime, adding fresh diced avocado or jalapenos on top of individual servings, and /or spread a layer of guacamole on top of bean layer. Serve a variety of dippers along the side.
- What is your go-to tailgating, or appetizer recipe?
- What football team, college or NFL, will you be rooting for when the season begins? Are you attending any games this year?
- What is your favorite dipper to serve alongside appetizers? Cut veggies, chips, bread, etc.?
- What do you have planned this Labor Day weekend?