Layered Mexican Dip: Cool, Refreshing and Full Of Flavor

A quick and easy dip made in only minutes!

The Fourth of July is here and it’s time to find perfect BBQ dishes that your friends and family will enjoy! 

Whether you’re hosting or attending a BBQ, the right recipe has to be both refreshing in the hot sun as well as no-fuss and quick to prepare.

This Mexican dip is an oven-free dip that is served cold, providing you with a cool kitchen and a refreshing dip your guests will love on a hot Fourth of July day.

It's also extremely easy and made up of only a few simple ingredients. It can be prepared in minutes and even made ahead and refrigerated until your guests arrive. A recipe I truly appreciate having when I have a list of items that have to be made in a limited amount of time.

Despite the simplicity of this dish, it's full of wonderful flavor and texture. The smooth creamy cream cheese with the kick of salsa and crunchy peppers finished off with a sharp cheddar cheese topping is a combination that truly satisfies!

To find a homemade salsa recipe, click here to visit my food blog Sprinkles of Parsley.

Mexican Layer Dip

Family Recipe
Serves: 8-10
Prep Time: 10 minutes

1 8-ounce package of cream cheese
1 cup chunky salsa
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Evenly spread your cream cheese along a shallow serving platter. Then spread your chunky salsa. Add your diced peppers and finish with your shredded cheddar cheese. Refrigerate before serving. Serve with tortilla chips or crackers.

S10 July 02, 2011 at 08:00 PM
This dip looks really great.I already have mexican shredded cheese, cream cheese and El Sombrero Salsa in my refrigerator so I am almost set to go. I have Tortilla Chips. Either I will go out for the bell peppers or substitute sliced black olives and serve this to my family this evening for a snack. Does your mom have any good recipes or ways of cooking Portuguese Sausages? From what I know there are 2 types: linguica and chior...(Sorry, I can't remember the spelling). That second type I purchased at a market in a portugese neighborhood in Rhode Island. We ate it with eggs and potatos as the cashier suggested. Incredibly good! Do you know where to purchase these sausages around Southington?Thank you.
S10 July 05, 2011 at 12:26 PM
Hello, I did make this Layered Mexican Dip last night with my middle school child for our Independence Day appetizer.It is a great recipe for a youth to help you make. Everyone really liked it! I did get multicolored bell pepers to chop for the one layer. I did also make a layer of sliced black olives in between the bottom sour cream layer(which I substituted for the cream cheese because I had it on hand) and Salsa. I also added a layer of finely chopped jalapeno peppers.I made it in a glass pie plate which worked out perfectly.the dip did expell some liquid as it was being eaten but I just brought it to the sink and poured it off. Making this with cream cheese and the dryest type of salsa would be my recomendation.Perhaps straining the salsa before adding that layer and using the firmer cream cheese as per this recipe rather than the sour cream that I used would solve this problem.I could also see layers of refried beans or guacamole added if one had them available.As it is this recipe is "Yummy"and pretty healthy!It is perfect to make to share with friends on the deck or patio in the summer.It is so easy to make but doesn't look like it. It will look like a special treat to your guests.
Chelsea Castor July 07, 2011 at 01:29 PM
I'm so happy you made and enjoyed the recipe! I like the addition of olives and jalapeno's you added. You've also suggested some great extra layers that would be delicious! To answer your first question, my family goes to Sol Mar Fish Market in Hartford to buy chorizo. That's what we cook with most. We use it in soups and roasts or grill it like you would a sausage. It's a delicious smoky flavor that can be added to many dishes to kick it up a level! We've also made it with eggs like you mentioned... one of my dads favorite sandwiches is a chorizo and egg sandwich in a large Portuguese roll. So happy you asked about it! Hope that helps to answer your question!


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