Hello! Posts may be kind of sporadic for the next week or so, as we won’t have Internet hooked up in the new place until next Saturday. I’m working on this from the old apartment, in the middle of a major cleaning session.

Last night we went to a friend of Spike’s house for a party, and I brought my usual party dish: taco dip!  I can’t call it 7-layer dip because I don’t think I have all 7 layers accounted for in my version, but it’s yummy just the same.  We got lots of compliments on it last night!

I start with a layer of spicy fat free refried beans

I mix together a packet of Ortega hot and spicy taco seasoning and a container of fat free sour cream, then layer on about a third to a half of this mixture.

Next comes a layer of shredded Mexican cheese (a handful or two, a little less than half a bag), followed by diced tomatoes with green chilies (sometimes I use salsa here, but I usually favor the canned tomatoes).

Then another layer of the sour cream mixture, another layer of cheese, and topped with sliced black olives and scallions.

Delicious! And sloppy. And not all that bad for you!  We brought a bag of jalapeno Scoops and another kind of tortilla chips, but ended up leaving both because there were already tons of chip options for dipping. I had a few chips’ full of this dip, some Sabra hummus (my favorite), a sample of homemade guacamole, a chocolate chip cookie and a few handfuls of cashews.  And a few sips of Spike’s beer!

Do you have a standby recipe that you always make for parties?

Enjoy the rest of the weekend! Until next time…