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Mexican Bean Dip

Categories: Entertaining, Fourth of July, Make ahead
Type: Appetizers and Snacks

This layered bean dip is designed to be pretty. Serve it to company!

Serves: 2 1/2 cups (1 Tablespoon servings)


  • 1 can (1 pound) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup nonfat or light sour cream
  • 2-3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pickled jalape駉 peppers

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  1. Place the beans, sour cream, chili powder, and cumin in a food processor or blender, and process until smooth. Spread the mixture over the bottom of a 9-inch glass pie pan. Top with the cheese, followed by the scallions, olives, and jalape駉s, in that order.
  2. Serve at room temperature or hot. If using a microwave oven, heat uncovered on high power for 5 minutes, or until the edges are bubbly and the cheese is melted. If using a conventional oven, cover loosely with foil and bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. Serve with baked tortilla chips.

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Excerpted from The Best-Kept Secrets of Healthy Cooking by Sandra Woodruff, R.D. Copyright � 2000 by Sandra Woodruff.

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