Are you lucky enough to have one of those semi-authentic Mexican restaurants near you? The one with a menu that’s sixteen pages long, but all of the main dishes pretty much sound exactly the same? Dinner options are always some form of meat and beans, stuffed with tons of cheese into a hard or soft tortilla shell. When we go to our local Mexican restaurant for dinner, I can never decide which menu item to choose. Well, except for the pitcher of margaritas. But, when it comes to the food, I feel that I could just close my eyes and pick something at random, knowing that whatever I end up with is going to be a huge plate of cheesy and meaty goodness.
The side dishes, however, are a whole different story. While there may be fewer options, this whole section of the menu has many more unique flavors. And, I can never decide on just one, I always want to order them all. I have to get the guacamole, of course, with that cool and refreshing combination of avocado and cilantro. And, I need a chunky tomato and jalapeno salsa to spice things up a bit. Plus, don’t forget a bowl of queso fundido with a huge basket of chips.
Even when we’re doing taco, enchilada, or fajita night at home, all of these side dishes are necessary accompaniments to the main meal. Which got me thinking… why go through the effort of eating each component on its own? Why not just layer all of the traditional taco ingredients along with my favorite Mexican side dishes into one large casserole dish? Then, by adding that creamy layer of some sour cream and cream cheese, it’s an instant party taco dip with plenty of unique layers, and each layer packed with flavor.
This taco dip has refried beans, guacamole, tomatoes, fajita-style chicken, sour cream, and three layers of cheese. Served with some corn tortilla chips, your traditional taco nights will soon become a thing of the past. This recipe comes together in a matter of minutes, and allows you to easily customize each layer with your favorite ingredients. You can make your own versions of salsa and guacamole, or purchase some store-bought options. If you want to switch out beef for the chicken, or even make it meatless, you can be sure it will still taste just as delicious. If this dish isn’t spicy enough for your family, simply add some sliced jalapenos on top. What’s important is that each bite carries that spicy taco flavor with a dense and creamy texture.
This chicken taco dip is perfect for football Sunday, along with a frosty mug of beer to wash it all down. Octoberfest is always a great choice, in my opinion. And, since the Bills did end up winning last Sunday, I should probably shut my mouth and stop complaining about how terrible they are. I’ll just stuff my face with taco dip instead.
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