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


This dip was the highlight of our early July 4th BBQ. 6 adults polished all but a tiny bit of it off in very little time. The changes I made were:
1. Served it cold (it was in the 90's a very humid so I wasn't in the mood for a warm dish)
2. sprinkled cilantro over the top (i have fresh growing in my backyard)
3. used the leftover jalapeno slices to garnish the top

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this dip! Will probably use more jalapenos next time, as I like things very spicy.


The only bad thing about this dip was that because it was heated and had dairy, I didn't dare eat the leftovers after it sat out for the whole Superbowl. Next time I need to move things into the fridge sooner so we can enjoy this dip twice because it's so delicious!


I made this for a potluck Super Bowl party, and accidentally left the recipe sitting on the counter after assembling the toppings. By the end of the party, someone had made photocopies of the recipe and distributed them around to everyone. I received huge compliments throughout the party. The funny thing is, I forgot to add the chili powder and cumin, and people still raved about it. Wait til I remember to add the spices next time....will be an even greater hit. Quite a few of the people were on that healthy F.A.S.T. diet, so this dish was perfect....for those watching their calories, and everyone else too!


Made this for our family Super Bowl party. Super yummy! My tweaks were (1) not using prepared salsa (I just added a couple tomatoes, 1/2 red onion, 3 Tbsp Cilantro, 1 lg. clove garlic minced, and juice of 1 lime), and (2) we're not into "spicy" so we did not use jalapenos, and I only used 1/4 tsp chili powder and upped the cumin to 3/4 tsp. My entire family loved it!!!


Loved this dip, I find it hard to believe it is in anyway good for me.


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