Touchdown-Scoring Taco Dip

Here’s another dish perfect for your next party or tailgate. No matter where you’re tailgating, you are bound to find a lot of unhealthy food being cooked up. Sausages, barbecue, and meat-heavy chili are popular choices. Although these are delicious, they are unfortunately a little heavy on the heart. If you are on a low sodium, heart healthy or low cholesterol diet, you may find this healthier version of a layered taco dip worth a try. This recipe utilizes turkey and vegetables to create a dish that scores a healthy touchdown every time!

Why It’s Healthier

Let’s review what makes a light recipe truly light. This taco dip relies on turkey, which is always a good alternative to pork or beef. In most supermarkets, the ground turkey brands like Jennie-O give you a choice in the fat ratio of 99%, 95% or 80% fat free. If you are worried about dryness, chose the 80% fat free. That’s still a big improvement over ground beef or pork.

Avocados are among the most healthy foods in the world. They provide healthy fats and compounds which are good for your health and skin. Fat free refried beans are easy to find in most grocery stores. Refried beans are a secret weapon of weight loss, providing lots of protein and fiber and almost no fat.

What You Need

1 1/2 pounds ground raw turkey breast
1 jalapeno chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 1 – ounce envelope reduced-sodium taco seasoning mix, divided
2 8 – ounce packages reduced-fat cream cheese
2 16 – ounce cans fat-free refried beans
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 avocados, halved, seeded, peeled and mashed
1/2 cup light sour cream
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
2 cups reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1/2 cup halved grape or cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup sliced mini red, yellow and orange sweet peppers
Baked tortilla chips

Directions: Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. In a large nonstick skillet, take the ground turkey and 2 tablespoons of the taco seasoning mix. If you are including jalapeno, also combine with the turkey now. Cook the turkey mix over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink. Then remove the turkey mixture and set aside.

Next, prepare the layered dip. Start by spreading the cream cheese into the bottom of a 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Open your can of fat-free refried beans and layer them over the cream cheese. Stir the lemon juice into the your pre-mashed avocados and layer it over the refried beans.

Next, you will need a small bowl. In the bowl, take the mayonnaise, sour cream and remaining taco mix and stir the ingredients together. Spread this sour cream mixture on top of the avocado, forming another layer for the dip. Finally, top the last layer with the ground turkey mixture. Sprinkle the reduced fat cheddar cheese over the top.

Bake the taco dip uncovered for approximately 25 minutes or until it is heated all the way through and the cheese on top is melted. Finally, add some healthy veggies to the top layer by adding green onion, sliced peppers and tomatoes.

Tips:

  • To make the cream cheese easier to spread, you may want to take it out of the refrigerator 10 minutes before you begin.
  • Peel your avocados and then scoop out the pit with a spoon. Take the back of the spoon and smash the avocados.
  • This dip goes best with baked tortilla chips. This tastes great and also has lower sodium than traditional tortilla chips.
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