Jalapeno Taco Party Appetizer
2013 – Gluten Free Living
Jalapeno Taco Party Appetizer is absolutely awesome! It’s one of my favorite layered dips and one I can never get enough of. I could eat the whole pan of layered dip with tortilla chips and be one happy camper. Seriously, this dip has it all. The bottom layer has a little heat because it uses jalapeno refried beans. This is followed by an avocado layer, a sour cream/mayonnaise/taco seasoning mix layer, then sliced olives, sliced green onions, shredded sharp cheddar cheese and chopped tomatoes. Oh my. Prepare to drool, baby!
You can garnish the dish by placing tortilla chips around the edge of the baking dish you use if you prefer. It’s a spectacular tasting dip that has the heat from the jalapenos, the coolness and smoothness from the sour cream, more spice from the taco seasoning, and then the crunchiness added from olives, green onions, and tomatoes. This spicy dip is excellent and gluten free provided you find a taco seasoning that’s gluten free or use my Homemade Taco Seasoning.
I found the original recipe years ago in the late 70s or early 80s either in a magazine or off a package of something I used. The recipe looked good so I thought I would try it sometime. Little did I know it would be 30 years later before I would get around to making this fantastic recipe! I’ve made a few changes to make it healthier, but there’s no scrimping on taste!
I made up a batch of Jalapeno Taco Party Appetizer for our Vacation Bible School Workers a couple of weeks ago when I provided a large brunch for them of snacks and sweets to sample when they had a break in between sessions. Everyone dug into this recipe.
The dish was completely cleaned out when I was ready to leave. Fortunately, I sampled a couple of bites on a tortilla chip before it was all gone and I loved the kick from the Jalapeno Bean Dip. It provided extra zip that most Layered Mexican Dips don’t usually have. The teenagers, especially, kept coming back for more!
If you’re looking for a marvelous layered Tex-Mex-style dip, then consider Jalapeno Taco Party Appetizer. It’s incredibly good and so easy to make up. It also makes a large amount so if you’re serving finger foods for any occasion this appetizer will stretch a long way.
Another nice thing about this recipe is that the avocado mixture doesn’t turn brown because it’s first mixed with lemon juice and then covered with the taco seasoning layer. The avocados stayed a nice green (when you could uncover them from the rest of the dip!) Go ahead and give Jalapeno Taco Party Appetizer a whirl sometime soon. Your guests will clean out your dish, too.
When I initially published this recipe in August 2013, I had forgotten that all my pictures were taken with my iPhone and there were none taken with my Canon. Unfortunately, the pictures were not as clear or presented well. I recently remade this recipe (January 2018) for our Friday night care group. Everyone loved this recipe and went back for more. I made a smaller dish that I used for pictures and finished the whole thing off for my lunch that day. 🙂
Seriously, you must make this Jalapeno Taco Party Appetizer for game days, Super Bowl parties or any potluck. You’ll find your dish cleaned out in no time. 🙂
Jalapeno Taco Party Appetizer so awesome. It’s perfect for tailgating & Super Bowl parties.
The jalapeno-flavored refried beans made this layered dip stand out. It was WONDERFUL!
I plopped a good-sized scoop on my tortilla strip as my sample. Oh, yum. If you enjoy Tex-Mex you will love this appetizer.
This amazing dip is perfect for any party or potluck. I guarantee you’ll be cleaned out in no time.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients.
Spreads two cans of refried beans with jalapeno peppers in the bottom of a 9×13″ baking dish.
Peel and pit two avocados. Mash the avocados with a fork or potato masher.
Squeeze the juice of one lemon over top of the avocados and stir very well to combine and prevent avocados from discoloring.
Spread avocado mixture over top of the refried bean layer. While the recipe only calls for two avocados, I think three might be even better.
Place sour cream and mayonnaise in a small mixing bowl. Add a packet of taco seasoning mix or use my Homemade Taco Seasoning if you’re concerned about gluten.
Stir ingredients to combine well.
Layer taco seasoning layer over top of the avocado layer.
Drain olives. Pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle on top of taco seasoning mixture.
Add diced green onions. I think I used about 5. Sprinkle grated, sharp cheddar cheese over top of the green onions. Add diced tomatoes. Refrigerate several hours until ready to serve.
This delicious appetizer is great to include when you’re serving lots of finger foods and other snacks.
Jalapeno Taco Party Appetizer is quick and easy to make up, but because it needs to be refrigerated first, it’s better to make this up the night before you need it or at least several hours before you need to serve it.
The kids loved this layered Mexican Dip recipe. They kept coming back and getting more servings!
The 9×13″ dish provides a TON of servings. Enough for 15-20 people to get good-size portions. I loved this tasty Jalapeno Taco Party Appetizer. I’m only sorry that I hadn’t tried making this recipe years ago when I first found a copy of the recipe!
Here’s the recipe.
JALAPENO TACO PARTY APPETIZER
(recipe adapted from a magazine or the back of a package in the 70s or early 80s–probably from a provider of bean dip)
- 2 10-oz. cans Jalapeno Bean Dip
- 2 medium avocados, ripe
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice (I used the juice from one whole lemon)
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
- 1 bunch green onions and tops, chopped (I think I used about 5)
- 2.25-oz. black ripe olives, sliced
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 8-oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- Spread bean dip in the bottom of a 9×13” baking dish.
- Mash avocados and add lemon juice.
- Stir thoroughly.
- Spread over bean dip.
- Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, and taco seasoning mix.
- Spread over avocado layer.
- Layer the remaining ingredients in the following order: sliced olives, sliced green onions, grated sharp cheddar cheese, chopped tomatoes.
- Chill in refrigerator and garnish with tortilla chips around the edge of the dish.
Doesn’t Jalapeno Taco Party Appetizer look wonderful? It tasted spectacular.
Jalapeno Taco Party Appetizer is sure to WOW your company.
This dip is great to serve as snacks for television football or hockey viewing. It’s also an excellent choice for any tailgating party including the Super Bowl!