Fiesta Appetizer Recipe
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Fiesta Appetizer Recipe

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This dip is always a big hit with men—maybe because of the hearty blend of flavors. It stands up great as a leftover besides...if there's any left over. I was raised on a Montana ranch, and my grandmother taught me to cook when I was 10 years old. My husband and I (we have one married daughter) are retired now. To stay active, I bowl and do crafts. My collection of cookbooks keeps right on growing, too—I started it more than 50 years ago.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1 can (15 ounces) refried beans
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 3 ripe avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, drained
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 6 green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • Tortilla chips

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 215 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 634mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 6g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. Combine beans and taco seasoning. Spread mixture on a round 12-in. serving platter. Mash avocados with lemon juice. Spread over beans. Spread sour cream over avocado. Sprinkle olives, chilies, tomatoes, onions and cheese over sour cream. Serve with tortilla chips. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Fiesta Appetizer in Country Woman January/February 1992 , p31

Sparkling Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sparkling wine.

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mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 37072
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2014

"This is a classic! My mom has been making this appetizer for the past 20 years. This secret that makes it standout amoung other layered dips is the addition of taco seasoning to the beans. Flavor! My mom would assemble this dish before company would arrive and pull it out of the fridge upon arrival. This allowed her to work on the rest of the meal while guests munched away!"

alyssabird91 User ID: 4183557 11330
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2012

"I'll be making this one again, for sure! It was easy and delicious!"

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