This makes a inexpensive, great tasting snack and is REALLY easy. Perfect for college students, bachelors, or anyone in need of something tasty, fast, and Mexican.
This can also be used for parties , as it is inexpensive, you can make a lot of it, and people tend to love it! Just see the last page for details!
- 1 bin of sour cream
- Salsa, taco sauce, or taco seasoning (whatever you have laying around)
- Finely shredded cheese of some sort (Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, other similar cheeses. NOT AMERICAN!)
-More shredded cheese (can be less finely shredded if you wish)
And of course, you need chips ! I suggest smaller, round white (or yellow) corn tortilla chips like what you get from Tostitos.
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Step 1: Start the Dip!
You can either assemble the dip in a glass dish, a bowl, or if you aren't entertaining, just mix it and keep it in the sour cream container. That way, you also have a container to seal it in when you're done.
Take the sour cream out of the refrigerator and open the lid. If it's a new container, I'd advise that you take a few spoonfuls out in order to mix all ingredients together. YOU WILL USE THE SOUR CREAM CONTAINER FOR MIXING, SO DON'T REMOVE THE SOUR CREAM!
Stir the sour cream a few times as some elements inside it can settle.
Step 2: Add the Zing!
Now that you have the sour cream ready, you should add the taco seasoning, salsa, or taco sauce.
For taco seasoning, I typically prefer Ortega or Taco Bell, but you can use whatever you have or like and it should turn out fine.
For taco sauce, Taco Bell taco sauce works well; I usually buy the medium but mild worked too. Hot might be a bit too overkill, but go ahead and try it if you want. You can also use packets left over from you latest run to the local taco joint, if you want.
For salsa, I use whatever one I can find but DO NOT USE CORN AND BEAN SALSA OR PICO DE GALLO! USE ONLY THIN, TOMATO BASED SALSA OR IT WILL NOT TURN OUT!
If you are using the taco seasoning , I'd be VERY careful and add pinch by pinch so you don't overdo it. Make sure to keep stirring and taste it to ensure the seasoning isn't too overpowering. I know I shouldn't have to say this, but don't use the same spoon twice for tasting, especially if you are using this dish to entertain.
If you are using taco sauce just slowly mix in enough to turn the mixture a salmon or pink color, then taste. It should be fine from there, but you can add more if you want.
If you are using salsa, it's the same deal as the taco sauce. Slowly mix in enough to turn the mixture a salmon or pink color, then taste. It should be fine from there, but you can always add more if you want.
Just remember...if you are using this dish for a party or other gathering, remember to play it safe and add less than you would normally if you like it stronger.People can survive a blander dish without complaint, but make it too spicy and they won't be coming back for more.
Step 3: Add the Cheese!
Now that the main part of the dip is done, stir the mixture well and add the cheese.
The cheese should NOT be melted and should be shredded/grated. You can buy it that way in the store, but it costs less if you do it yourself. Make sure, however, that it is extremely finely grated or it won't mix in properly.
Stir well, and......
Step 4: Finished Product and Further Tips
Now you can add the garnish if you wish. This is necessary if you are serving this to a group of people or it won't look nearly as appetizing.
Place a layer of cheese over the top of the dip AFTER you have put it in a bowl or glass dish and spread it evenly. Make sure to cover the top of the dip so you can't see the dip itself. Now add the diced tomatoes, diced jalapeños, green onions and black olives evenly over the top.
That's it! Hope you enjoyed this recipe!