Friday, June 3, 2011

Hot Taco Dip

We have had a lot of 'game day foods' around here lately...with the Vancouver Canucks looking for their first ever Stanley Cup title.  Here's a hearty hot taco dip that pairs up perfectly with a hockey game...or anything else you may be watching these days.

  • 1 can (14 oz / 398 ml) refried beans
  • 1 lb / 500gr lean ground beef
  • 2 Tablespoons taco seasoning mix
  • 1 cup hot salsa, divided
  • 1 cup chopped Roma tomatoes (de-seed)
  • 1 chopped sweet pepper (red, yellow, orange or a mix)
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups grated Tex-Mex cheese (use Monterey Jack, cheddar or Mozzarella if you prefer)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • chopped onion greens, sliced pitted olives and chopped tomatoes for garnish

  1. Combine refried beans with 1/4 cup salsa.  Spread evenly over bottom of oven-proof dish (about 12" round or 9" x 12").
  2. Brown the beef.  Drain off excess fat and stir in the taco seasoning mix and 3/4 cup of  salsa.  Heat through.
  3. Spread the meat mixture over the bean mixture.
  4. Sprinkle with a layer of peppers and chopped tomatoes.
  5. Cover with a layer of shredded cheese.
  6. Bake at 350° F for about 25 minutes (or until bubbly and heated through).
  7. Just prior to serving, spread sour cream over the dish and garnish with chopped green onions, olives and tomatoes.
  8. Scoop onto plates and eat with warm taco chips.

Tip ~ Place taco chips in a single layer on a cookie sheet and heat at 350° F for 5 minutes. 

Before the game is will be licking the bottom of the dish.  Enjoy!