Mexican dips are a great idea if you are looking for inspiration for a buffet or dinner party. They can be quick and easy to prepare and most chilled ones just involve combining ingredients.
If you are looking for something exciting, what about making a layered one or something hot? Here are four great, tried, and tested recipes to get your mouth watering.
Brilliant Baked Two Cheese Dip
You can use any kind of cheese you want for this one, as well as your favorite type of salsa. Use regular oregano if you cannot find Mexican oregano. First preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Blend a pound of sour cream with half a pound of cream cheese until the mixture is smooth. Stir in an ounce of taco seasoning powder, a teaspoon of crushed, dried Mexican oregano and a cup of salsa. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
Transfer the mixture to a nine by thirteen inch baking dish and top with slices of Pepper Jack cheese. Bake the dip until the cheese melts over it; this will take about ten minutes.
Lovely Layered Bean Dipping Sauce
Stir a tablespoon of taco seasoning mix with a can of refried beans and spread this mixture over the bottom of a nine inch pie plate or an eight inch square glass dish. Spread eight ounces of sour cream over the refried beans and then spread a cup of picante sauce or salsa over that.
Next, add a layer of shredded lettuce (you will need about a cup), half a cup of diced tomatoes, a cup of shredded sharp cheddar or Mexican cheese and finally quarter of a cup of green or black pitted olives. Try to keep the layers neat. The whole point of using a glass dish is so that you will be able to see the different layers.
Chill this layered recipe for a couple of hours and then serve it with corn chips or tortilla chips. Any leftovers of this will make a great burrito filling the next day.
Special Spinach And Cheese Dip
This is another warm one, so you will need to preheat the oven to 400 degrees F to make it. Thaw ten ounces of spinach and drain it well, squeezing it to get all the water out. Combine the spinach with a sixteen ounce jar of salsa, two cups of shredded Monterey Jack cheese, a cup of evaporated milk, and a tablespoon of red wine vinegar in a glass baking dish.
Stir in a couple ounces of pitted black olives and eight ounces of softened cream cheese. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Bake the dip for about twelve minutes or until it is bubbly, then serve it with tortilla chips.
Quick And Easy Cilantro Sauce
This is not one of the authentic Mexican food recipes but it is delicious and well worth making. Process eight ounces of softened cream cheese, two ten-ounce cans of Mexican style diced tomatoes, a cup of sour cream, three minced garlic cloves and two cups of fresh cilantro leaves in a food processor until well combined.
You can serve this dip as it is or garnish it with a sprig of fresh cilantro. This dip is great with everything from tortilla chips to raw vegetables. It is also nice spread over chicken burgers or served with fish.
Christine Szalay-Kudra is an author, food expert and mom of four boys. She is the owner of the Recipe Publishing Network, a group of sites dedicated to fine food and information for cooks. When not busy with her business you can find her sharing on one of these social networks at her own URL: http://www.recipepublishingnetwork.org/
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