Layered Dip

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One of my favorite recipes of all time is this layered dip. I make it the most in the fall during football season, since it’s a great addition to every tailgate. It’s very customizable; you can put on as many layers as you want. I usually make mine 7, though today’s recipe is only 5. I’ll share some additional suggestions as we go.

You’ll need:
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  • 1-1.5 lbs ground meat (you can use turkey, beef, chicken, etc).
  • 1 large bag of shredded taco or Mexican blend cheese (4 cups)
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning (about 2-3 tablespoons if you have a container like me)
  • 1 can of refried beans
  • 1 jar of salsa

Step 1:
Cook your meat. Of course I chose ground turkey.
fullsizerender_1When the meat is mostly browned and just a bit pink, add in your taco seasoning and stir well.fullsizerender_4When the meat is just about ready, I like to top it off with some Frank’s hot sauce to add in some zing. This is completely optional.
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Step 2:
The rest of the steps are just assembling the layers. Start with spreading the beans in your bowl/tray/whatever you’re using to serve it.fullsizerender
Step 3:

Put a little less than half of the bag of cheese next (about 1.5 cups).fullsizerender-4
Step 4:

Layer the meat on top. Add some more hot sauce if you’re feeling wild.image2
Step 5:

Here’s where you can go crazy. Normally I add a thin layer of sour cream on top of the ground turkey, then a layer of guacamole before topping it with salsa. This time I left those two out and went straight in with the red sauce. I don’t like too much of it so I only used about half the jar. Feel free to add more if you’re a fan.
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Step 6:

No matter what you decide to layer on, finish the entire tray off with the remaining cheese.
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Step 7:
Broil until the cheese melts and serve warm. Feel free to add sliced jalapeños or black olives when it comes out of the oven. In all, it tastes really good with the traditional Tostitos chips, but you can eat it with anything (regular chips, bagel chips, etc). This time I tried it with Fritos scoops and liked it even more! During one of our tailgating experiences, we even topped burgers with this and created one yummy smorgasbord. The options are endless.image6
Enjoy! And gimme some oven lovin’.

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