Eco Tutorial: 7 Layer Bean Dip Recipe

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Third Ring of Hell Seven Layer Bean Dip

Summer is a great time for cookouts and family reunions. Bring this healthy appetizer with bags of organic tortilla chips for a great-marriage-made-in-heaven kind of snacking pleasure. This recipe is from a talented friend’s blog, Copywriter’s Kitchen, where she talks about frugal cooking nutritious meals from scratch. If you subscribe to her blog with your e-mail, she will send you weekly menus on Mondays. And she’s eco-friendly too! Read her posts about keeping your kitchen earth-friendly and composting.
Third Ring of Hell Seven Layer Bean Dip
4 cups Healthy Homemade Refried Beans or two 15-ounce cans refried beans
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon Homemade Chili Powder or store-bought chili powder
1 teaspoon Sriracha or Tabasco sauce
1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine (optional)
6 scallions, thinly sliced
1½ cups sour cream
1 jar—about 1 cup, drained—sliced jalapeno peppers, seeds removed
1 16-ounce jar of chunky salsa
1 4-ounce can sliced black olives, drained
3 cups grated cheddar cheese.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Layer #1, try my easy-to-make Healthy Homemade Refried Beans or use canned refried beans. In a 12” x 10” casserole, spread refried beans. Season with cumin, Homemade Chili Powder or store-bought chili powder, Sriracha sauce and cilantro, if desired. Adjust seasoning to taste.
3. Layer #2, scallions: Sprinkle beans with scallions and press them lightly into the beans with the back of a spoon or your hands.
4. Layer #3, sour cream. In its container or a small bowl, whisk sour cream to make cream easier to spread. Smooth sour cream evenly over the beans and scallions.
5. Layer #4, jalapenos: Drain jalapenos, remove seeds and scatter the peppers over the sour cream.
6. Layer #5, salsa: Spread salsa over sour cream.
7. Layer #6, olives: Sprinkle sliced olives over salsa.
8. Layer #7, cheese: Layer grated cheese evenly over olives.
9. Cover dish tightly with aluminum foil and place dish on cookie sheet to catch drips.
10. Bake for 30 minutes, covered. Remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
11. Remove from oven and let cool ten minutes before serving to avoid mouth burns!
Serve with tortilla and or corn chips.
Serves 12.
A little something extra:
Depression-Era Food Warmer
1 cardboard box with flaps—must be 4” larger on all sides than your serving dish
* In bottom of box create a 4” layer of crumpled newspaper.
* Nestle bean dip—or any other hot dish—tightly covered with foil onto crumpled newspaper.
* Fill sides of the box with additional crumpled newspaper.
* Loosely pile crumpled newspaper on top of foil-covered dish. Do not pack down newspapers or they will mash the dip’s melted cheese topping.
* Fold in flaps of cardboard box and transport, being careful that box stays upright and is not tossed about on your journey. Dishes packed this way stay absolutely piping hot for hours.

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