This has been a week of distractions. I have been trying to get this yummy 7-Layer Bean Dip recipe up for a couple of days now. Sometimes though, ‘life’s happening’ and things don’t always work out as we plan. Distractions aren’t necessarily bad, they just are. Mine were of the good kind. And one such distraction is very apparent to me at this moment, since I am writing this blog post while wet.
I just took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Yes, it was cold. If you want to see my challenge, here is my YouTube evidence.
So, before any other ‘life’s happening’ moment comes along, let’s get on with today’s recipe.
First, I simply need to tell you that 7-Layer Bean Dips are FABulous! And seriously, do we really need to count the layers? I mean, this one loosely has eight … yay, bonus!
The great thing about a 7-Layer Bean Dip is they are so versatile and can be made with a variety of ingredients. Sure, you need beans but you could also add meat, chili peppers and an endless array of salsas for flavor. I like to make the vegetarian version of a 7-Layer Bean Dip, including using vegetarian refried beans. The flavors are fresh and oh, so delicious.
Begin with a few well-chosen vegetables such as avocados, fresh tomatoes and green onions (the only onions I will eat raw).
You will want a ripe avocado (gently squeeze it, it should be soft). This is sometimes not as easy as it sounds. Sure, if you plan ahead and pick a ‘hard as a rock’ avocado from the store because you know you may want to make something fabulous with it in the next few days … then it’s easy. But, I’m not always that ‘planned ahead’ and I usually find myself squeezing all the avocados at the store because when I decide I want an avocado, I usually need to have it now. I hit the jackpot this week however, the produce section was loaded with fresh avocados. Score!
Peel the avocado and mash it in a small bowl with a fork. Add in some lemon juice, this will keep the avocado from turning brown and make the flavors it all lemony … which is never a bad thing in my book.
Chop the tomato into small pieces and set aside.
Slice the green onions, as well, and set aside.
Now it’s time for layering. I layer my bean dip according to the weightiness of the ingredient. Layer the wet and liquid ingredients first. The refried beans (mixed with taco seasoning) will make the foundation, followed by the avocado mixture, the sour cream and then the salsa. Next, I add the cheese to make a sturdy layer for the chopped veggies to sit on. Sprinkle sliced green onions, sliced olives and diced tomatoes on top.
And now all you need are some tortilla chips and friends and family to share in the fiesta.
As I sit here writing this while wet and cold, I am not only savoring the flavors of this 7-Layer Bean Dip, but I’m thinking about my day as well.
I am thankful my lovely daughter Holly nominated me for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I was able to participate in this social media phenomenon today that is spreading across our nation. And while on the surface, it may seem frivolous and bandwagony, this little act has raised awareness and support for ALS … or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis as I have learned today. Sometimes it’s the little distractions in life that make the biggest impacts.
To learn more about ALS, visit their Web site www.alsa.org.
Just look at that seven layers of deliciousness on that chip!
Hope you enjoy!
- 1 can refried beans
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 1-2 avocados
- 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 16-ounce container sour cream
- 1 jar salsa
- 2 cups shredded mexican-style cheese
- 3-4 green onions, diced
- 1 small can sliced black olives
- 1-2 tomatoes, chopped
- Tortilla Chips
- In a medium bowl, mix refried beans with taco seasoning. Blend well.
- In another bowl, mash avocado and mix in lemon juice.
- In a shallow dish, spread bean mixture on bottom.
- Layer avocado mixture on top of beans.
- Carefully spread sour cream on top of avocado mixture.
- Layer salsa on top of sour cream.
- Sprinkle cheese on top of salsa layer.
- Layer the green onions.
- Layer the black olives.
- Bonus Layer with extra chopped tomato!