Mexican Layered Appetizer

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This is an instant hit at any party and is lower in fat than most Mexican recipes. Of course, you can make it with the full-fat ingredients if you like. Experiment and add other garnishes, such as sausage, pepperoni, black beans or jalapenos.

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  • add   2 whole tomatoes
  • add   8 ounces nonfat sour cream or sour cream
  • add   8 ounces fat free cream cheese or neufchatel cheese or cream cheese
  • add   1 cup diced onions or spring onions
  • add   16 ounces fat-free refried beans or refried beans
  • add   1/2-3/4 cup shredded low-fat sharp cheddar cheese or sharp cheddar cheese
  • add   2/3 cup cucumbers
  • add   1/4 cup diced celery (1 stalk)
  • add   12 ounces picante sauce, divided (I use Pace's medium Picante)
  • add   1/4 cup sliced green olives or black olives (optional)


  1. Soften cream cheese and spread in a round glass baking dish.
  2. Mix 6 tbs picante sauce with the refried beans.
  3. Spread over cream cheese.
  4. Spread sour cream over refried beans.
  5. Spoon remainder of picante sauce over sour cream.
  6. Sprinkle onions, celery and cucumbers over dish.
  7. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top.
  8. Garnish with diced (well-drained) tomatoes.
  9. ***Ifusing sliced olives, sprinkle over tomatoes.
  10. Serve with corn chips or tostatoes.