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Monday, 21 July 2008

Mexican Layered Dip

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Last weekend, we went to my sister's house for a family get-together as my brother and his partner were visiting from Colorado. We had not seen him since my sister's wedding nearly 4 years ago. I was given a fabulous new cook book, New West Cuisine, thanks A and S!

One of the dishes I took along was a Mexican layered dip. It's easy to put together and travels well. You can cut the calories by using low fat cream cheese, mayonnaise and cheddar. Serve with lime tortilla chips, or plain ones. The saguaro chips are made from multi-seed tortillas, using a shaped cookie cutter, they are then baked in the oven.

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Mexican Layered Dip
Use low fat cream cheese, mayo and cheddar for a healthier option.

3 x 215g tins of spicy refried beans, I used Discovery
200g soft cream cheese with herbs
A couple of tablespoons mayonnaise
100g grated cheddar cheese
2 ripe, plum tomatoes, chopped
A handful of black olives, sliced
3 spring onions, finely sliced
½ red pepper, finely diced
1 red chilli pepper, finely sliced (optional)

Spread the refried beans in a serving dish that is about 200mm/8" square.

Mix the cream cheese with the mayonnaise and spread this over the top of the refried beans.

Sprinkle the grated cheese on the top of the cream cheese mixture, followed by the chopped tomatoes, sliced olives, spring onions, red peppers and finally the sliced chillies.

(Printable Recipe)

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Tried, tested and true 2

This Mexican layered dip is being served up at the second Tried, Tested, and True event, hosted by Equal Opportunity Kitchen. The emphasis is on healthy lower fat dishes, that are family favourites. This event also aims to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation.

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47 comments:

Dragon said...

This dip looks amazing and the cactus is genius! I'm always so impressed with your photos. You're talented!

Raquel said...

Funny ol' world it is! I have been craving Mexican layer dip! In fact, when I went to town, I had every intention of buying a small container of ready-made, but all they had was the large one and I would never eat it all. Yours looks fab, think I will make some of that instead! Much love - RAquel XO

Lisa said...

Your Saguaro Chips are too cute and your fabulous photos are so festive! Great post!

Angela said...

Great pictures as usual Nic, I have never had that dip before but it looks really tasty.

Jan said...

Wow - I love those saguaro chips!
Nic I could eat that right now and it's only 7am!
Your photos are fantastic - as always.

Grace said...

i enjoy mexican dips so much that i usually just use a spoon so i can fit more into my belly. however, cactus-shaped tortilla chips cannot be ignored. very clever! :)

Peabody said...

Those cactus tortilla chips are too cool!

nicisme said...

Dragon - aww, thanks so much!

Raquel - you could just make a little one, the amount of beans in this one make quite a large one.

Lisa - thank you!

Angela - hi there, thanks for visiting and I hope you give it a go!

Jan - you'd better be cracking open the museli at this time of the morning, stop looking at food blogs!

Grace - you can get so much more on a spoon!

Peabody - thanks, they make a lovely presentation.
Actually, I took the photos with the cactus chips before I went to my sister's and I forgot to put them on when I got there!!

Jules said...

I love the cactus chips!

bhags said...

I must say, those cacti look so cute in that colourful dip.

First time here, lovely recipes and great photos

Patricia Scarpin said...

I love how you present this, Nic - so wonderful! There won't be enough cactus around for me. ;)

Robin Sue said...

You are so clever to cut out your own styled chips. Never thought of that one. My kids would love that! Thanks. I really like Mexican layered dips, every bite tastes different!

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

YUM Nic...far out! This is very tried, true & tested...love it. Precious Saguaro chips too; very innovative. Great post for a great event!

Shreya said...

so lovely.. amazing dip! great pics!

Paula said...

What a beautiful presentation! The chips, bowl, and colorful dip sure looks inviting. Yum!

Lore said...

Cute chips! The dip looks so fresh and colourful.

Beth said...

Love the cactus chips - Love mexican - i will be making this soon!!

Katie said...

Thanks!

I love those saguaro chips! I bet your dip was a hit with your family. My mom's always is at our house.

cookinpanda said...

Wow! I love those chips so much. I bet they were quite the hit. They make the dip all that much more festive.

One of my favorite dips is quite similar to this. This combination of ingredients is just unbeatable. It's such a crowd pleaser--I've met few people who really don't like a dip containing these ingredients.

Sue said...

I bet my DH would adore this dip as he loves Mexican food. Great pics as always Nic. You are one talented lady!

LyB said...

You have a cactus-shaped cookie cutter? That is the best! What a lovely, colorful dip Nic, it looks delicious. :)

Coffee & Vanilla said...

Beautiful and delicious! I love the styling :)
Margot

Jeanine said...

What a fantastic looking mexican dip! Love the vibrant colours. Those cactus shaped chips are just too cute!

Aran said...

i love layered dip and you are making me crave it now with those photos!

Dee said...

The dip sounds great, and the cactus tortilla chips are really cute :) Great presentation!

Ben said...

This is a beautiful dish and a great entry for TT2. Look at those beautiful colors!

nicisme said...

Thank you all for your awesome comments!

Christian said...

This is a great blog-- thanks for writing it. I'm obsessed with food and I've been trying to write more about London restaurants on my own blog http://backwardscity.blogspot.com/ Let me know what you think.

Y said...

Love the cactus chips. I've never seen a cactus shaped cutter before.

Kevin said...

That dip looks amazing! Nice cactus chips.

Parker said...

Okay those cactus are so cute, what a great idea...I'm stealing it :)

Jeanne said...

Oh YUM! That looks fantastic and the flavours seem so fresh. But what I most like is those cactus crackers :) Love the pics too.

giz said...

This dip is such a hit!!! Did you cut out the cacti yourself? Gorgeous, just gorgeous.

nicisme said...

Christian - thanks and I'll take a look!

Y - thank you, the cutters are popular in Tucson!

Kevin - thanks!

Parker - aren't they cute? Make some for your next dip/party!

Jeanne - thanks so much!

Giz - thank you! I used a cookie cutter to cut them out!

Tartelette said...

I love the dip but I love the chips a little more :)

Bellini Valli said...

I love these kinds of dips Nic. This is perfect for the event:D

Cynthia said...

I see your wonderful sense of humour extends to the food :)

Kristen said...

Oh wow - nothing better than a layered dip! Love the cactus :)

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

Beautiful photos.the colors are just so amazing and I can just imagine the crunch!!!!!

Margaret said...

Such a colourful posting and wonderful photo's.
Love the cactus chips!

We Are Never Full said...

ahhhh, the crowd-pleasing 7 layer dip as we call it in my family! you've taken a very common (and sometimes made w/o care) dish and pumped it up to look extremely creatively made and lovely! it is delicious.

manju said...

And you just happened to have a saguaro cookie cutter on hand?... you're amazing! The dip sounds luscious but those chips are awesome...

nicisme said...

Tartlette - so do I! ;)

Valli - thank you!

Cynthia - ha, ha! Thanks!

Kristen - thank you so much and welcome to my blog!

Nina - thanks, and yes, it's got a bit of a crunch!

Margaret - thank you!

We Are Never Full - thank you so much for your comments! Nice to see you here.

Manju - thank you! When you live in Tucson you acquire a bunch of desert style cutters etc! I have some beautiful bowls and pictures with cactuses on them - I love them!!!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Are those the freakin' cutest chips ever?

Ann said...

Look AT these, all southwest and everything! Love 'em, Nic! How perfect would these be for here in AZ? Too adorable.

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Bridget said...

I just found your blog! I love those chips!!! They are so fun! The dip sounds/looks delicious, too!