7, 8, 9…Layers of Goodness

You already know that Chris and I aren’t meatatarians, so here’s a fun Peek dinner idea that was inspired by a conversation about appetizers.

I enjoy a good seven layer bean dip, but really, with all that goes into it, I thought, “That sounds like something we would eat for dinner.” So we tried, with some modifications, the multi-layer bean dip for dinner. Here’s my recipe.

1/2 lb dried black beans, cooked
1 cup plain yogurt (preferably Greek or strained so it’s good and thick)
1 cup salsa
1/2-1 cup shredded cheddar, Monterey or Colby cheese
2-3 cups finely chopped leaf lettuce
2-3 cups chopped vegetables of your choice: sweet peppers, tomatoes, olives, red or green onions, jalepenos, etc
2 large ripe avocados
Cumin, chili powder, salt, lime juice in various quantities
Season black beans with salt, chili powder and cumin to taste, add a tsp or more of lime juice if desired. Smash with the back of a spoon so that about half of the beans are still whole and half are smashed. Place beans in a 13×9 dish and spread evenly across the bottom.
In a small bowl, combine plain yogurt with approximately 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp cumin and 1/4 tsp salt. Adjust seasonings according to your preference. Spread yogurt evenly over black beans.
Spoon salsa evenly over yogurt. Sprinkle desired amount of cheese over salsa. Spread chopped lettuce over salsa and sprinkle chopped vegetables over lettuce.
Prepare guacamole by halving and scooping out avocados. Smash with a fork and sprinkle with salt, lime juice and cumin to taste. Serve on the side or make it a layer in the dish. If using in the dip, use directly over the beans as the guacamole will be thick and difficult to spread over succeeding layers.
Cover dip and refrigerate for at least two hours. This will allow the beans to cool and soak up some of the juices from the yogurt and salsa. Serve with fresh tortillas, tortilla strips, tostada shells or whatever else sounds good. 

We LOVED this meal and I loved that I put it in the refrigerator around two o’clock and didn’t have to think about dinner until about 5 minutes before we planned on eating. I’m kind of particular about my guacamole’s freshness, which is why I didn’t include it in the dip, but you by no means have to be as quirky as I am and can toss it in with everything else for an even more fuss-free meal. We served this to friends and had some leftover to eat the next day. Feel free to modify this to your family’s tastes. We kept it pretty mild since we wanted Jonathan to eat this, but it could be fun with some more kick.

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3 Responses to 7, 8, 9…Layers of Goodness

  1. It was absolutely delicious and cannot wait to make it on my own now!

  2. Jamie says:

    I keep forgetting to comment on this and say how much the men (and lady) of my house loved this meal. Dustin said he’d be okay if I made it every week. I now make Sarah Layered Dip, Sarah Breakfast Casserole, and Sarah Baked Oatmeal… more, more! 🙂

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