Saturday, September 10, 2011
Lighter Taco Dip
So the NFL has deemed us all worthy of another football season, and I couldn't be more excited. Every Sunday during the season, I make up a game day snack and watch the Eagles game with my husband (E-A-G-L-E-S!).
I've decided to make this Lighter Taco Dip for the season opener, because I want to incorporate some healthier snacks into our rotation. I enjoy traditional sports bar and tailgating food, but it's too much week after week. This year, I'm committed to having more of a balance. Of course, I want to accomplish this without sacrificing taste.
I love a good taco dip. It combines some of my favorite ingredients: salsa, lettuce, cheddar cheese. This Lighter Taco Dip has all the flavor I expect from a taco dip but healthier. I didn't miss any of the extra calories or fat grams. To make this dip, I used a fantastic recipe I found at the blog Skinny Taste. I changed a few things: used individual spices instead of a packet, added the flavor of hot sauce, and used regular cheddar instead of low-fat but used less of it. We loved this dip, and I'll be serving it again for sure.
Had to throw this shot in for the Pyrex fans out there. I love using this Butterfly Gold baking pan! It's so versatile.
LIGHTER TACO DIP
1 c reduced fat sour cream
8 oz neufchatel cheese (often marketed as 1/3 less fat cream cheese)
1 tbsp hot sauce
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp garlic powder (omit if your salsa has lots of garlic in it)
1 tsp oregano
2 c salsa
1 small head iceberg lettuce, shredded
1/2 c cheddar cheese, shredded
1. Using an electric mixer, blend together the cream cheese and sour cream. Add in hot sauce, chili powder, cumin, and oregano. Mix until combined.
2. Evenly spread the cream cheese mixture on the bottom of an 8 x 8 glass baking dish. Top with salsa, then lettuce and finally cheddar. Enjoy with some tortilla chips.
This recipe is shared with Melt in Your Mouth Monday, Craft-O-Maniac, On the Menu Monday, Recipe Sharing Monday, Made by You Monday, Tuesday Talent Show, This Chick Cooks, Full Plate Thursday, It's a Keeper Thursday, Cast Party Wednesday