Southwestern Layered Bean Dip

January/February 2007

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Plenty of black beans, salsa and chopped fresh vegetables mean a healthy amount of dietary fiber in this Tex-Mex layered dip. We use reduced-fat sour cream along with full-fat (and full-flavored) cheese to make the dip lighter without compromising great taste. Be sure to have lots of baked tortilla chips on hand when you serve it.

"I absolutely agree about the unrealistic portion size. The dip was delicious, but 7 grams of fat per half a cup is still not what I would call a "low-fat" snack. But.. DELICIOUS! :) "

16 Reviews for Southwestern Layered Bean Dip

Good, healthy appetizer

Nice presentation. No way would this serve 12. Also, I would omit the romaine.

Pretty easy to prepare and can be prepared ahead.
Great Snack

You have to think that somewhere else this would be at least 500 calories. And fat is not your enemy people. You need fat in small quantities.

And I believe 1/2 cup is appropriate because you have to consider that most people have about half a dozen dishes for their superbowl parties. If you are picking into a buffet you need to keep to smaller serving sizes to keep the waist line in check.

Low Calorie, Low fat
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steph_5231 wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

Also remember that the fat in

Also remember that the fat in this is not all bad. A lot comes from the avocado, which is very healthy for you.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

As a dietitian, this post

As a dietitian, this post made me shudder! Fat is a necessary nutrient and avocados supply polyunsaturated fat, which is beneficial. Please stop with this low fat craze.... and start thinking more about eating "real" and unprocessed food!

Anonymous wrote 2 years 43 weeks ago




I used the fat free sour cream and left off the avocados to decrease the fat content (a medium avocado has 31 grams of fat!--albeit 'good' fat). It was a complete hit.


I absolutely agree about the unrealistic portion size. The dip was delicious, but 7 grams of fat per half a cup is still not what I would call a "low-fat" snack.


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jennifermuzzi wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

most of the fat is from the avocado- so it's good monounsaturated fats. To lower the saturated fats, use the reduced fat cheeses that will help.


I would like to note that the serving size calls for 1/2 cup per person. That is half a fist per person. I am guessing that very few people at the Superbowl parties kept their dipping to that small amount. you could pick up that amount in three of four tortilla chips.

I find it disingenuous when healthy cooking magazines get their calorie counts down by cutting the portions to sizes that no average person would eat. I think that the recipe sounds quite healthy and even if the portions were increased to one cup per person, which is far more realistic, it would be a fine addition for a party compared to what it might be if all full fat ingredients were used at much higher portions. I just want Eating Well and other magazines to be real in making nutrition calculations.

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deetsgooch wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I respectfully disagree with you. Using your calculations, this recipe would serve 6 people, that would be 2/3 of a can of beans and 1.5 ounces of cheese each. To me that sounds more like a lunch portion than a snack size. Many other dip recipes use 2 tablespoons as a serving size which I find to be unrealistic. There are 8T in a half cup, which means you could serve yourself a half cup of ths dip with 8 baked chips and scoop a little onto each chip. That would be very satisfying to me. Along with a veggie tray with a healthy yogurt-based dip I would not feel deprived at a party at all. It is our own responsibility to control our portion sizes and watch what we eat. I would make this recipe using a reduced fat cheese to lower the fat content further.

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