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Layered fiesta dip good anytime, especially for Cinco de Mayo

Honor Mexican culture with this spicy dip on May 5, or enjoy it anytime during the year.

Honor Mexican culture with this spicy dip on May 5, or enjoy it anytime during the year.

I’m always looking for a reason to celebrate, especially when food is part of the festivities, so I’m making plans for Cinco de Mayo on May 5. It’s a festive time to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage with parades, music, dancing and, you guessed it, lots of eats.

We’ll mark the day with a dinner of tasty south-ofthe border fare, starting with a fresh, updated version of the Tex-Mex 7-layer fiesta dip with chips. I’m mixing cream cheese and sour cream with homemade taco seasoning that kids can stir up in advance. We’ll omit beans that can make the layering mushy, and toss in ripe avocado chunks to replace the more time-consuming guacamole prep. Grated cheese, fresh ripe tomatoes, chopped green onions, avocado and crispy lettuce piled high top it off.

Start this colorful creation by mixing up your own taco seasoning. It’s worth the effort, not only because you control the salt content, which is high in most commercial packets, but also you’ll save money, especially when you purchase the spices in bulk. Plus, your kids will gain skills in measuring and learning names of spices from around the world.

(Makes 1/4 cup)
1 tablespoon salt-free
chili powder
2 teaspoons ground
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried oregano 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper
flakes (optional)
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground
black pepper
Mix all ingredients in a
bowl, and store in a jar with
a tight lid.

1 8-ounce package cream
cheese, room temperature
1 8-ounce container sour
2 tablespoons “ Tasty
Taco Seasoning Mix” (see
1 cup shredded cheddar
1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes

1/4 cup sliced green onions 1 ripe avocado, chopped
2 cups crisp lettuce,
loosely chopped
1/4 cup sliced black olives (optional)
Tortilla chips for dipping

1. Combine the cream
cheese, sour cream and seasoning mix in a large mixing
bowl. Spread evenly over a
large dinner plate.
2. Sprinkle 3/4 cup of
the cheese evenly on top.
Continue with the tomatoes,
onions, avocado, lettuce
and remaining cheese.
3. Serve with a basketful
of tortilla chips.
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