Lightened Up Taco Dip

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A lightened up twist on an old classic, this Taco Dip will be a crowd pleaser at your Super Bowl party!

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Now that the Super Bowl spots have been clinched, it’s time to focus on the snacks. I’ve posted lots of great game day recipes lately like these  smoked salmon bites, these awesome parmesan chicken nuggets, or even these cheesy meatballs, but everyone knows that you need lots of snacks. I mean, lots of snacks. And preferably ones that taste super rich without all of the calories and fat. I mean, isn’t that always the goal? Introducing…Lightened Up Skinny Taco Dip.

So anyways, over the course of the next few days, I’ll be giving you guys some awesome ideas for game day treats and appetizers no matter what your Super Bowl plans may be…front and center on the couch anyone?

 My sister told me a few weeks ago about Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese and I looked at her like she had three heads (which she doesn’t, in case you were wondering). I hadn’t heard of it! But sure enough, I looked at the store and right there with the cream cheese is Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese. The nutritional stats are astounding compared to even the low fat cream cheese, so I grabbed it. Come to find out, it is good! It doesn’t taste like greek yogurt just in case you haven’t converted yet and since there’s so much flavor in this dip, your guests won’t even notice the swap. Bonus.

This dip is one of the easiest recipes to make. It requires approximately 10 minutes, one bowl, and a set of beaters. Do a little chopping and you’re done. No baking required and if you’re tight on time, combine the salsa, sour cream, cream cheese, and taco seasoning in advance then just assemble before your guests come over. It also travels well if you’re headed over the river, and through the…oh wait that’s Thanksgiving.

Anyways, give it a try! It’s one of the only recipes to survive the eighties.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the room temperature cream cheese, sour cream, salsa, and taco seasoning. Use a hand mixer to combine.

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Once combined, pour this in your serving dish. A large casserole, a platter, or anything with about an inch of depth will work. Then, add the shredded lettuce.

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On top of the lettuce, pile the chopped olives, tomatoes, and shredded cheese.

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Serve with baked tortilla chips.

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PS- Here’s what the greek yogurt cream cheese looks like…I can’t wait to try it with smoked salmon!

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Lightened Up Taco Dip

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 large casserole dish

A lightened up twist on an old twist, this Taco Dip is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Great for every occasion, but especially for the Super Bowl.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz greek yogurt cream cheese blend (or use low fat cream cheese)
  • 1 cup low fat sour cream
  • 1 16 oz jar salsa
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning (I used low-sodium)
  • 1-2 cups of shredded lettuce (enough to cover in a thin layer)
  • 1 cup black olives, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup cheddar jack cheese (or a mexican blend)

Instructions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the room temperature cream cheese, sour cream, salsa, and taco seasoning. Use a hand mixer to combine. Once combined, pour this in your serving dish. A large casserole, a platter, or anything with about an inch of depth will work.
  2. Then, add the shredded lettuce. On top of the lettuce, pile the chopped olives, tomatoes, and shredded cheese.
  3. Serve with baked tortilla chips.

Notes

If you can find ripe tomatoes, feel free to use them. You'll likely need 1 or 2 depending on their size. In the winter, I like to use the grape tomatoes because they tend to have more flavor.

http://bitesofbri.com/2014/01/lightened-up-taco-dip/

Recipe Adapted from Skinnytaste

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