Bonanza Bean Dip

Cojita cheese is a Mexican cheese that comes in a hard, dry form or in a moister version. This recipe uses the moister, crumbly version to add flavor to an easy, make-ahead appetizer dip.



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Ingredients
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    1  16  ounce can 
    refried beans
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    cayenne pepper
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    recipe Lime Guacamole, below
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    4   ounces 
    cojita cheese, crumbled (1 cup) or 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
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    1  8  ounce carton 
    dairy sour cream
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    1   cup 
    halved cherry tomatoes
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    1  2 1/4 ounce can 
    sliced pitted ripe olives
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    1/2  cup 
    sliced green onions
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    1/3  cup 
    shredded Monterey Jack cheese
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    Green onion tops (optional)
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    Tortilla or Corn Chips
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    Lime Wedges
Lime Guacamole
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    4   
    avocados, halved, seeded, peeled, and coarsely mashed
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    medium tomato, chopped
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    1/4  cup 
    finely chopped onion
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    jalapeno, seeded, finely chopped
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    1   tablespoon 
    minced garlic (6 cloves)
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    1   teaspoon 
    shredded lime peel
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    2   tablespoons 
    lime juice
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    salt
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    1/8  teaspoon 
    ground black pepper
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    1/8  teaspoon 
    bottled hot pepper sauce


Directions
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In bowl combine beans and cayenne. In one half of bottom of 2-quart rectangular baking dish spread bean mixture in even layer. Spoon Lime Guacamole in other half, spreading evenly. Sprinkle both with cojita cheese. Spread sour cream over all. Cover; chill up to 24 hours.
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Before serving, sprinkle tomatoes, well-drained olives, and onions over sour cream. Sprinkle cheese over tomatoes. Sprinkle onion tops. Pass lime wedges. Makes 8 to 10 (1/2 cup) servings.
Lime Guacamole
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In bowl combine avocados, tomato, onion, jalapeno, minced garlic, shredded lime peel; lime juice, salt, ground black pepper and bottled hot pepper sauce.

Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 325, Fat, total (g) 26, chol. (mg) 30, sat. fat (g) 6, carb. (g) 22, Monosaturated fat (g) 11, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2, fiber (g) 10, sugar (g) 2, pro. (g) 11, vit. A (IU) 1117.58, vit. C (mg) 20.67, Thiamin (mg) 0.13, Riboflavin (mg) 0.31, Niacin (mg) 2.17, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0.43, Folate (g) 96.76, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0.06, sodium (mg) 411, Potassium (mg) 762, calcium (mg) 222.13, iron (mg) 2.34, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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