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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Celebrating the Mayo

"What is Cinco de Mayo?"

Cinco de Mayo: The fifth day of May, commemorating the Mexican army's 1862 victory over the french at the battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War.

I am quite sure they weren't celebrating with a Seven Layer Dip, but when your husband calls and says they want a Seven Layer Dip for the party at work, who am I to say no? 

I am sure this recipe is no surprise to you, but I am going to post it anyway.

1 - 10 oz Can Refried Beans 
1 - 16 oz Sour Cream
1 Package Taco Seasoning Mix
8 oz of Cheddar Cheese, shredded
8 oz Guacamole
1 Cup Tomatoes, chopped
1/2 Cup Black Olives, sliced
1/4 Cup Cilantro, chopped

This recipe is all about layering and being able to see the layers.


- Using a square 8 x 8 glass serving dish. 
"Use your judgement and what you think is going to look best.  Small and taller looks good too.  You can really see the dept of the colors in the food."

- Spread the refried beans across the bottom of the dish in an even fashion.

- Mix in half of the taco seasoning with the sour cream and taste it to see if it's to your liking.  Add more or less if you like it and when it's just right spread the mixture over the refried beans keeping the layer smooth.
"Some people like to use 8 oz sour cream mixed with 8 oz cream cheese." 

- Then layer the cup of cheese on top of the sour cream. 
"Are you beginning to see a theme here?"
-  Spread the guacamole on top of the cheese keeping it smooth.
"You can make your own guacamole or buy it premade, which ever works best for you, however I think fresh is always best.  There is so much taste going on in the dip I kept my guacamole  simple with the juice of one lime, 1/4 tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp of garlic powder."  

- Dice up your tomatoes, cut your olives in half, and chop your cilantro.  Layer all these in a nice decorative fashion.
"You can substitute the cilantro for chopped green onions.  I wish I had saved some of the cheese to sprinkle on top for a bolder look on the top.  Trust me on this."

- Serve it cold and with lots of tasty tortilla chips. 

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Photo Credit: SMU Central University Libraries (Public Domain - No Copyright) 

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