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

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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.
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
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, Monounsaturated 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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