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    Layered Taco Dip

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    List of Ingredients

    12 ounces cream cheese
    8 ounces sour cream
    1 (16-ounce) can refried beans
    12-ounce container guacamole, found in the produce section, or 2 ripe avocados, mashed
    1 pound ground beef, optional
    Cayenne pepper and cumin to taste or chili powder and garlic powder
    16 ounces picante sauce (hot, medium or mild, to taste)
    1/2 to 3/4 head shredded lettuce
    1 large tomato, diced
    1/2 white onion, diced (or scallions)
    1/2 large green bell pepper, diced
    Small can sliced black olives
    Bag shredded 4-cheese mix
    Small jar jalapeno peppers

    In a mixing bowl, blend cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Spread on a 12- to 15-inch diameter tray or equivalent-sized cookie sheet. Place in the freezer for a few minutes to make it set up a little stiff.

    Blend refried beans and 1/4 can (use bean can) of water in mixing bowl. Evenly spread on top of the cream cheese/sour cream base.

    Spread guacamole on top.

    Brown and crumble ground meat in a skillet; season with cayenne pepper and cumin (or garlic and chili powders) to your tolerance for heat. Drain. Sprinkle meat onto the guacamole.

    Pour on and spread picante sauce as the next layer.

    Sprinkle 1/2 bag of shredded 4-cheese blend over picante sauce.

    Shred lettuce for the next layer; use just enough to make an even layer -- not too deep.

    Finely dice onion and bell pepper; sprinkle evenly over lettuce.

    Dice tomato and sprinkle on top

    Cover evenly with remaining shredded cheese.

    Distribute small can of black olives evenly on top of cheese.

    Finely chop as many jalapenos as your tolerance to heat permits and sprinkle them on top of everything. Chill 1 to 2 hours.

    Serve with tortilla chips and a cold Iron or two.





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