Saturday, May 18, 2013

Recipe Review | 9-Layer Dip

A necessity for your next fiesta or a great appetizer for any outdoor gathering this summer... You can make these individually (as shown) or you can layer the ingredients in a baking dish or shallow bowl--whatever is handy (your guests will be more impressed if the containers are clear). This dish can be made up to 24 hours in advance--but don't add the shredded cheese and other "garnishes" until serving day.

9-Layer Dip
(makes 8 generous individual servings OR about one 9x9 sized "community" dish)
What you need:
1 pound ground beef
1 package McCormick's Beef Taco Seasoning
1 (16 oz) can refried beans (I like Trader Joe's Salsa Style Refried Beans best!)
2 cups guacamole*
2 cups sour cream
1-2 cups salsa (just use your favorite--but be sure it's not too thin or watery)
2 cups of shredded cheese (cheddar, mexican blend, colby)
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
1 (3-4 oz) can sliced black olives
4-6 green onions, diced
Large bag of "sturdy" tortilla chips.
*The best guacamole is homemade. Smash all this together in a bowl:
3 avocados
juice from 1 large lemon
about 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro
2-3 green onions, diced
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
(additional kosher salt may be needed after tasting)
What to do:
Brown the ground beef with the seasoning packet according to the directions on the package; set aside. (Make your guacamole?) 

Layer your ingredients into your serving container(s)**: refried beans, ground beef, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, cheese, tomatoes, black olives, green onions.

**If you're making individual servings, plan to use about 2 ounces each of refried beans, ground beef, guacamole, sour cream, and cheese.

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