Taco Dip

Taco DipThis weekend I was in charge of bringing an appetizer to a pool party. I thought about chicken wings, stuffed mushrooms, spring rolls, and a few other items, however I decided to chose something I rarely make, and something that I wanted to put my twist on for people. I chose taco dip. Now you are guilty of making the taco dip, or you have had it time and time again at parties and, at least in my world, they are always the same; cream cheese, salsa, cheese, tomato, and lettuce. Well, mine has those ingredients, but much more, and has a much better bang in flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 3 8 oz packages of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup of sour cream
  • 1 package of taco seasoning
  • 3 chipotle peppers, seeds removed
  • 3 tbs adobo sauce (sauce that the chipotle peppers sit in)
  • 1 small can of sliced black olives
  • 1 cup of cooked and cooled corn
  • 1 cup of cooked black beans, cooled
  • 1 head of lettuce, shredded
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 cups of shredded cheese
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 tbs red chili flakes
  • Tortilla chips

Did I mention how easy this one is to make? Probably not, but trust me, it is so easy. Let’s get started.

In a mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, sour cream, taco seasoning, chipotle peppers and adobo sauce and mix to thoroughly combine all ingredients. Now the trick is to find your serviing dish. You will want something long and deep enough to hold all of your ingredients as you will begin to layer everything. I used something close to a 13 x 9 x 4 and it held everything nicely. Take your spiced cream cheese mixture out of the bowl and place inside your serving dish. You will want to use a tool, like a spatula, to spread everything nicely. Next, begin to think about how you want to layer your ingredients. I used the shredded lettuce, tomato, cheese, cilantro, black olives, corn, black beans, and more cheese.  What’s next? Dig in. Get your chips, and dig in. This was a sure bet at the party, and as several quoted “this is addicting”. Good stuff.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

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