Whenever there's a gathering, friends tell me, "Be sure to bring your bean dip!" With several delightful layers, this is more than a snacksome guests practically make a meal out of it. You'll need big chips to pick up all the scrumptious ingredients. Claire Rademacher, Whittier, California
Perfect for parties, this quick dip features flavors of the Southwest with chili, guacamole and cheese. It's great for movie night, the big game or when guests drop in and you need something tasty, yet fast. Martha Blonde - Lansing, MI
To trim down traditional guacamole, I experimented with asparagus instead. My husband and our three hungry sons say this chunky low-fat version is as tasty as the original. I love the guilt-free dipping.
Judi Hammer of Litilz, Pennsylvania
To make this zesty appetizer, you simply layer beans, salsa, cheese and other taco-like ingredients onto a platter, reveals Marieann Johansen of Desert Hot Springs, California "I like to call it a 'walking dip', because you can scoop some on a plate with a few tortilla chips, then take it with you as you stroll around and talk with guests," she shares.Marieann Johansen, Desert Hot Springs, California
"This rich and zesty dip for tortilla chips can be made in a jiffy when the munchies strike," reports Linda Keller of Sylvania, Ohio. "My husband and I often have it as a late-night snack after the kids are all in bed."