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happy birthday Blake plus layers of goodness

layer dip
This photo shows a cut-away so you can see the layers – I filled it in after the photo was taken, don’t want you to think I served it this way!

It is “birthday week” around here. Marissa’s was yesterday, and today is Blake’s 12 birthday!  Blake is one of three sons of our very best friends in the world! His parents are Dr. Jeffrey and Jennifer Markett, who live in St. Charles, Illinois. Jeff is my husband’s best friend from college. He was our best man and is godfather to both Marissa and Connor. Jennifer is my best friend, whom I just adore… more on her tomorrow… Until then, Happy Birthday Blakey! We Love YOU!

In Blake’s honor, today we have a seven-layer dip that I’ve never seen a kid turn their nose up at. Use this recipe as a guide, you can add in or sub out so many great ingredients; such as shredded lettuce, roasted red pepper strips, chopped jalapenos, sliced black olives, and chopped tomatoes, etc.  In the picture below, I assembled the dish with a cut-away, so you can see the layers.  Then I just filled it all in after snapping the photo, don’t want you to think I served it this way! 🙂

Cute Blake picking strawberries this past summer :)

Blake this past summer picking strawberries in Wisconsin 🙂

Mexican Layer Dip

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup diced onion
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 pound ground beef
Salt and ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
16-ounce can refried pinto or black beans
2 cups salsa
2 Haas avocado, diced
7-ounce can whole green chilies, drained and diced
1 1/2 cups sour cream
2 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese
3 green onions (green and white parts) diced

Tortilla chips

Heat oil in a large skillet, add onion and garlic and sauté until onion is soft and translucent. Stir in beef and cook until browned, season with salt, pepper, cumin, and chili powder. Remove to paper towels, with a slotted spoon, to drain.

Spread refried beans evenly to cover the bottom of a large platter.  Top with ground beef mixture. Spread salsa over ground beef, then layer with avocado, green chilies, sour cream, and shredded cheese.  Sprinkle with green onions and serve with tortilla chips.

Serves a crowd

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1 Ronnie Jaap { 12.03.09 at 12:25 PM }

This is something my boys will love. Happy Birthday Blake!

2 Linda Hopkins { 12.03.09 at 12:33 PM }

Thanks Ronnie, you are my “Comment Queen” and I really appreciate that! xoxo

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