Skinny Taco Dip
I know people always recommend avoiding trying new recipes when you’re having people over. But…I think we all have a couple people we can invite when we’re trying something new who will give us honest feedback. Those friends who don’t mind if whatever you made isn’t perfect. The ones who will critique what you made so you can make it better the next time. Friends who come back, even after you made a total bomb of a dish.
It’s definitely important to make a few recipes you know, and maybe only attempt one new one. You want to have something to fall back on in case the new recipe turns out inedible. I try to stick to recipes that are totally tried and true, no chance of me messing them up, if I’m also testing a recipe out. Why? It takes less brain-power to make recipes I’ve made a million times. That frees up those brain waves for the new recipe.
The other approach I take is putting a new twist on one or two of those classic recipes, instead of trying something totally new. Take taco dip, for example. We’ve all had it at parties, and I personally love it. It was always a treat: my mom would make it for birthday parties every once in a while. Or we would have it at another party we went to, and sometimes it seems like more of a treat when it’s made by someone else.
You know me, though. If it has cream cheese or sour cream in it, I will attempt to lighten it up. So when we had a couple friends over for the Steelers first regular season game, I jumped at the chance to finally perfect a skinny taco dip.
All we’re doing is swapping the cream cheese for Greek yogurt. Everything else stays the same. You can add whatever toppings you like – I usually stay basic with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and an extra drizzle of taco sauce. My mom adds black olives for my grandma and sister, and I’ve also seen this with seasoned ground beef.
Leftovers don’t keep very well, maybe 24 hours tops. Unfortunately, that also means you should make this as close to when you’re eating it as possible. Fortunately, you can have everything prepped ahead (lettuce and tomato chopped, cheese grated, yogurt and taco sauce pre-mixed) and just layer your skinny taco dip before your guests arrive. If you do have a little leftover, toss it with some extra lettuce and call it a salad! The greek yogurt and taco sauce makes a fantastic salad dressing, and I’m considering adding this to the rotation more often in salad form.
- 1½ cups Greek yogurt
- ¾ cup taco sauce
- shredded lettuce
- diced tomatoes
- shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- additional toppings, as desired, such as black olives or seasoned ground beef
- extra taco sauce, for drizzling
- nachos, for serving
- Combine the Greek yogurt and taco sauce until smooth. Spread in an even, thin layer on a serving dish.
- Cover with lettuce, then top with tomato and cheese. (The amount necessary of each will depend on the size of your serving platter.) Drizzle with extra taco sauce. Serve with nachos.
- Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.
So…which team are you on with entertaining?
- Never make new recipes
- Put a twist on a classic
- New recipes are fine to try out