Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Mexican 5-layer Dip

It's New Year's Eve and that means get-togethers and parties are happening all over the place tonight. What that also means is that there will be much food and drinks consumed tonight as well.  
Why not choose to bring a healthy appetizer to the party?  Here is one I made for my daughter's birthday party this past week and it was a hit (and it's healthy!) I also plan on bringing it to our family get together tonight!! Cheers to a New Year!!

Mexican 5-layer Dip

1 cup pinto beans, rinsed
3 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 small white onion, chopped
2 to 3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
3/4 packed cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped, divided
Juice of 2 limes, divided
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, divided, plus additional to taste
fresh ground black pepper, to taste
2 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled
6 ounces cheddar cheese, grated (~ 1 1/2 cups)
1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt

1. In a medium bowl combine tomatoes, onion. jalapenos, and 2/3 of cilantro. Squeeze juice of 1 lime over tomato mixture and season to taste with salt and black pepper. Set aside.
2. Place beans in a food processor with 1 tablespoon water and blend until slightly chunky puree, add additional water if needed to get desired consistency.  Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Pulse several times to combine.  
3. Transfer beans to a 9x13 inch casserole dish or large glass bowl and spread into an even layer. 
4. In a food processor or blender, combine avocados, remaining cilantro and remaining juice of 1 lime. Puree until slightly chunky. Season with salt and black pepper.  Add avocado mixture to top of beans and spread evenly to create its own layer. 
5. Sprinkle cheese on top of avocado mixture. Dollop scoops of Greek yogurt over avocado and spread into thin layer. With a slotted spoon (to drain liquid), spread tomato mixture evenly over Greek yogurt. 
Serve immediately or chill for up to 4 hours. 

Serves MANY. 
I paired this with our favorite tortilla chips. 
and last but not least - ENJOY!!

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