If want to spice up the tailgate spread but want to keep it simple, this Easy Mexican Dip is just what you need. It's easy to modify — just add or subtract a layer if you wish, and use as much or as little of the toppings as you’d like to suit your fellow fans' tastes.
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Easy Mexican Dip
This dip should be enough for about a dozen people.
• 1 (16-ounce) can refried beans
• 1 (about 8 ounces) container avocado dip or guacamole
• 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
• 1 (8-ounce) tub sour cream
• 1 (1.25-ounce) package taco seasoning mix
• 2 to 3 tomatoes, chopped
• 1 (2.25-ounce) can sliced black olives
• 1 bunch green onions, chopped
• 1 cup grated cheese
Spread the refried beans on the bottom of an 8-by-8-inch dish. Spread the avocado dip over the beans. In an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese, sour cream and taco seasoning mix. Mix until well-blended. Spread over the avocado dip. Top with tomatoes, sliced black olives, green onions and grated cheese.
Source: Adapted by Gazette reader and University of Iowa alum Stephanie Nelson from 2006
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