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! :) "

19 Reviews for Southwestern Layered Bean Dip

Made a huge dip. Healthy and substantial!

I made this and brought it with me to a dinner party of 8 people as an appetizer. It was a big hit! I used low fat sour cream and low fat cheddar cheese. Nobody knew the difference. It was a very large dip and I ended up with plenty of leftovers which were perfect for fajitas the next day! Next time I will make it a little more spicy. I added more cheese than what was recommended. I also didn't find black beans, so I used a can of mixed beans. Ripe avocados were key! Delicious!

Healthy, great taste, filling

I use Dannon Plain Yogurt & love it. If you want it thicker, you can strain it in the fridge over night. I used to use plain old muslim that I had washed with bleach and then rinsed in vinegar to strain yogurt to make it thicker. I do not get to eat this great every day, so I am not worried about it. I prefer yogurt to fat free stuff, because they always put other icky stuff in to make it stay creamy & thick.... ugh, go for the fat just once is what I say. Grinning now, so don't beat me up.

Great Dip for any party

Some people are saying this dip isnt healthy enough but there are ways to make it better. I sub Nonfat Greet Yogurt for the Sour Cream and use a reduced fat cheese. As for the other toppings, I put a 15 calorie/serving salsa, lettuce, avocado and any other toppings on the side so that people can add what they want to their plates.

Also take corn tortillas and cut into triangles, toss in 1 Tbsp canola oil and place in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake them @ 400 degrees for about 10min or until crisp and golden brown. Not only are the homemade chips better for you..they taste a lot better than the bags at the store! I also like to serve it with Veggie Sticks.

Lots of healthy options to sub and swap
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
Comments (3)


steph_5231 wrote 3 years 21 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 3 years 28 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 3 years 34 weeks ago



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