Seven Layer Black Bean Dip | The Rising Spoon

Monday, September 10, 2012

Seven Layer Black Bean Dip

Seven Layer Black Bean Dip |
Now that it's September, football season is upon us. That means lots of get togethers or nights at home watching the game. I, for one, am NOT a professional or college sports fan. This makes me a minority, which is weird to admit. But, honestly, there's a slew of other more interesting things I'd rather do than watch sports. That said, I've grown up with family members who do adore football, so I'm not unfamiliar with the nation's pastime. Despite the blaring TV volume intermixed with commentary, cheers and annoying commercials that always drifted to whatever quiet corner I was hiding in (probably reading a book), I did enjoy one aspect of game day—the food. 

Let's face it: sports fans dislike missing even small bits of the game and commercial breaks provide only a measly few minutes to refill or refresh. That's enough time for a quick bathroom break and a trip to the fridge or cooler for another beer. No time for food. Which is why they generally plan ahead by cooking large batches of easy, hearty meals like chili or finger foods like wings. 

Hence my recipe for this yummy seven layer black bean dip. You've probably seen lots of layered bean dips at the grocery store. They're popular, but small and overpriced. It's much easier to make it at home and it yields a larger batch for less cost. Plus, you can muck around with the ingredients and munch on the leftovers for days after (if there are any).

Seven Layer Black Bean Dip
Healthier and cheaper than the store bought variety, this dip includes quality refried black beans, creamy guacamole, seasoned sour cream, shredded cheese, black olives, tomatoes and green onions. Cheap, tasty and filling. A quick and healthier alternative to the typical game day or party fare.

2 cans of refried black beans or homemade refried beans
1 cup of guacamole
1-2 cups of full-fat sour cream mixed with homemade spicy taco seasoning (to taste)
1 cup of finely shredded cheese (mexican blend, cheddar, colby-jack, etc.)
1/2 a can of black olives, drained and sliced
1/2 pint of organic cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
2 green onions, white base discarded and green stalk sliced
1 or more bags of tortilla chips, for dipping (use organic if possible)

Recommended Equipment
glass loaf dish or rectangular glass dish, for serving

Empty the refried beans into a wide, shallow glass dish or container. Spread evenly. Top with 1 cup or more of store bought or homemade guacamole, spreading it completely to cover the beans. Mix 1-2 cups of sour cream with the taco seasoning. Taste as you go, adding more until the sour cream is flavored to your liking. When mixed, spread sour cream evenly over the guacamole. Sprinkle the sour cream with 1 cup of shredded cheese. Drain and slice 1/2 a can of black olives, then layer on top of the cheese. Cut 1/2 a pint of cherry or grape tomatoes in half and place over the black olives. Thinly slice the stalks of two green onions and sprinkle over the tomatoes. Grab a tortilla chip and dig in! Or, if you're bent on civilized eating (maybe for a party), spoon out a hefty portion onto a small plate.

Notes & Tips
Use the best quality refried black beans possible. My go-to brand, which I sadly can only find in Kansas City (not Dallas), makes a Southwestern Refried Black Beans with Lime Juice. Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum. 

If you're making it for a party where people will be digging straight into the dip, use a shallow, wide bowl. If you're just spooning it onto a plate, using a deeper container is fine (like the one I have pictured). 

Make homemade guacamole, if possible. It's less expensive! For basic guac, you only need a few avocados and limes, chopped cilantro, diced onion, garlic powder and salt. Of course chopped jalapeno or serrano and tomatoes are great additions, but make do with what you have! 

Real Food Resources

Real Food Survival Guide For Busy Moms

"This e-book is perfect for busy folks who need help maximizing their time in the kitchen so they can fix nutritious, real food snacks and meals to eat at home and on the go. In addition to realistic advice, this book provides recipes for real food staples you can make in bulk ahead of time, which ensures you always have nutrient dense foods at hand. And it’s especially helpful if you’re interested in implementing homemade fermented foods into your diet."

From Scratch: Easy Recipes for Traditionally Prepared Whole-Food Dishes 

"If you're looking for a cookbook that is as entertaining as it is delicious, then look no further. From Scratch is a breath of fresh air when it comes to learning how to traditionally prepare and cook nutritious food. Shaye does not disappoint in her recipes and this cookbook reads like a letter from a close friend. These meals are easily prepared and yes, easily devoured."

Question for Discussion: What's your favorite game day snack?

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