Touchdown Taco Dip
Touchdown Taco dip is perfect for parties and gatherings!
Do you like taco dip? Are you looking for a great taco dip recipe? Are you having a Super Bowl party? A Christmas party? A birthday party? A gathering of friends? Then you need a great dip. And I have just the dip for you! Touchdown Taco Dip is awesome and it's pretty. It's a great offering to bring to a party or serve at your own. It is full of healthy ingredients and it tastes great served hot or cold. Read on for this easy recipe...
- 15 -16 oz. can of refried beans
- 8 oz. brick of cream cheese
- 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning
- 2 cloves garlic (pressed)
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 to 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (add more if you like)
- 3 plum tomatoes (chopped)
- cilantro--use a bunch! Add as much or little as you'd like
- 1/4 cup black olives (chopped)
- Spread beans at the bottom of your baking dish. I use a round stoneware baker. Soften cream cheese in the microwave. Mix cream cheese, sour cream and taco seasoning. Spread this on top of the refried beans. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese over these layers. Bake for 15-20 minutes (until cheese is melted) at 350 degrees. Meanwhile, chop your tomotoes and olives. (You can also use sliced black olives.) When you take the dip out of the oven, spread chopped tomatoes and olives over the top. Snip cilantro with a cooking shears and spread on top too. Serve warm with tortilla chips. YUMM!
Gather the ingredients - Lots of good stuff in this dip!
I love to make this recipe, because it has so many ingredients that are good for you. The refried beans have a lot of protein (and so does the cheese), and there are lots of great veggies in the topping. Garlic is heart healthy and fresh cilantro adds so much flavor. Tomatoes contain lycopene. I love to use the use tomatoes from my garden when I make this dip.
First Step: Refried Beans
The first easy step is to spread the refried beans over the bottom of your serving dish. This is a sneaky way to get my kids to eat beans. They love this dip and don't realize that they are having refried beans. I always use a spatula to make sure the beans are evenly distributed. Make sure the dish you are using is oven proof, because this is a cooked dip.
Get a great Deep Dish Baker
Your dip would be so pretty in this baker!
Next step: Mix garlic, sour cream, cream cheese and seasoning
Next crush the garlic cloves--you can add more or less to taste, but I always use at least 2 and sometimes more. Allow the cream cheese to sit on the counter until it is softened enough to mix easily. (Or you can microwave it to soften it quickly.) Mix the crushed garlic with softened cream cheese, sour cream and the taco seasoning. I use 2 tablespoons of the Taco seasoning packet. Or you can make your own taco seasoning from scratch if you prefer.
Garlic adds more to life - Fresh pressed Garlic!
I add fresh garlic to everything! Get a good press! Garlic is so good for you and adds the spice to life!
Now spread the cream cheese mixture over the beans
Once you have mixed the cream cheese, garlic, sour cream and seasonings, spread it out over top of the refried beans. This will become the second layer in the dip. Okay, it doesn't look too pretty yet, but don't worry, it will be beautiful by the time it is finished! I again use a spatula to evenly distribute this mixture. It already smells so good!
Next sprinkle with shredded cheese
Now sprinkle your cheese over the entire dish. Now the dip is ready to bake. You will add the fresh vegetables to the top after it comes out of the oven. You can use a sharp cheddar or a milder cheddar cheese based on your preferences. Bake the dip for 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven until it is hot and a bit bubbly on top. Warm dip. Yum!
Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted
This is what your dip will look like when it comes out of the oven. It looks good enough to eat already. You could serve it at this point, but don't be tempted to eat it yet. Wait, there's more. It gets even better... And it will be so pretty you might get compliments before everyone even tastes it!
Chop your tomatoes while the dip is in the oven
I use my hand chopper when I make this recipe and so many more. You can chop tomatoes into perfect, uniform chunks for your dip. I love my large cutting board too. I use about 3 to 4 Roma tomatoes for this recipe, but you could use any tomatoes you have on hand. You can even use canned tomatoes in a pinch. Some prefer to add the tomatoes before they cook their dip (and you can do that), but I prefer the tomatoes fresh and raw on top of the hot dip.
Choppers make preparation easy!
I use my chopper for so many things! Onions, nuts, tomatoes, even chicken.
Add tomato, olives and snipped cilantro to the top
Sprinkle the tomatoes over the top of the melted cheese layer. Then sprinkle on some sliced black olives. Then snip some fresh cilantro right over top of everything. Then you can serve the dip hot or cold with tortilla chips or pita bread. It makes a great leftover too. Yummy!