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Cheddar-Bacon Dip

Ingredients
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
5 green onions, thinly sliced
4 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
1 jar (16 ounces) taco sauce
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
Tortilla or nacho tortilla chips

Directions
In a bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Spread in an ungreased 13×9-in. dish or on a 12-in. plate. Combine onions, tomatoes and green pepper; sprinkle over the cream cheese layer.

Pour taco sauce over the vegetables. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Refrigerate. Just before serving, sprinkle with bacon. Serve with chips. Yield: 10-12 servings.

Recipe found here: Cheddar-Bacon Dip

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tuscan-sausage-bean-dip

Tuscan Sausage & Bean Dip

Ingredients
1 pound bulk hot Italian sausage
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup chopped seeded tomatoes
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Assorted crackers or toasted French bread baguette slices

Directions
Preheat oven to 375°. In a large skillet, cook sausage, onion and garlic over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink, breaking up sausage into crumbles; drain. Stir in wine, oregano, salt and thyme. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is almost evaporated.

Add cream cheese; stir until melted. Stir in spinach, beans and tomatoes; cook and stir until spinach is wilted. Transfer to a greased 8-in. square or 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with cheeses.

Bake until bubbly, 20-25 minutes. Serve with crackers. Yield: 16 servings (1/4 cup each).

Recipe found here: Tuscan Sausage & Bean Dip

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southwestern-bean-dip

Southwestern Bean Dip

Ingredients
2 pounds ground beef
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (16 ounces) chili beans, undrained
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Tortilla chips

Directions
In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a bowl; add the onion. Mash with a fork until crumbly; set aside.

In a blender, process tomato sauce and beans until chunky. Add to beef mixture and mix well. Spoon half into a greased 13×9-in. baking dish; top with half of the cheese. Repeat layers.

Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve warm with chips. Yield: about 9 cups.

Recipe found here: Southwestern Bean Dip

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homemade-guacamole

Homemade Guacamole

Ingredients
3 medium ripe avocados, peeled and cubed
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped, optional
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup mayonnaise, optional
1 to 2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro

Directions
Mash avocados with garlic and salt. Stir in remaining ingredients. Yield: 2 cups.

Recipe found here: Homemade Guacamole

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Inside-Out Veggie Dip

Inside-Out Veggie Dip

Ingredients
2 large cucumbers
16 cherry tomatoes
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped celery
2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion
1 tablespoon finely chopped carrot
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Directions
Peel strips from cucumbers to create decorative edges if desired; cut into 1/2-in. slices. Finely chop two slices; set aside. With a small spoon, scoop some of the seeds from the remaining slices.

Cut a thin slice from the bottoms of tomatoes to allow them to rest flat. Cut a thin slice from tops of tomatoes; scoop out pulp, leaving a 1/4-in. shell. Invert onto paper towels to drain.

In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, red pepper, celery, onion, carrot, seasonings and chopped cucumber.

Fill tomatoes and cucumber slices with cream cheese mixture, about 1 teaspoon in each. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Yield: 3-1/2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Inside-Out Veggie Dip

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Crisp Cucumber Salsa

Crisp Cucumber Salsa

Ingredients
2 cups finely chopped seeded peeled cucumber
1/2 cup finely chopped seeded tomato
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
4-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1-1/2 teaspoons lime juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
Baked tortilla chip scoops

Directions
In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. In another bowl, combine the sour cream, lemon juice, lime juice, cumin and seasoned salt. Pour over cucumber mixture and toss gently to coat. Serve immediately with chips. Yield: 2-1/2 cups.

Editor’s Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Recipe found here: Crisp Cucumber Salsa

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Fresh Vegetable Dip

Fresh Vegetable Dip

Ingredients
1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) sour cream
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon dill weed
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
Dash Worcestershire sauce
Fresh vegetables

Directions
In a small bowl, mix the first seven ingredients. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour. Serve with vegetables. Yield: 2-1/4 cups.

Recipe found here: Fresh Vegetable Dip

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