Quick Dips

When on a hurry, and friends drop over unexpected is always nice to make something quick and full of flavor. I always fall into saying, look at your staples, what do you usually have at home.
Here is a list of my staples, which allows me to hurry up and do something.

Pantry : Re fried Beans, Black Beans, Garbanzo Beans, Whole Tomatoes, Chipotle Peppers. Costco Tortilla Chips, Salsa, olives, Green Tomatillos
Frozen: quickly wilt spinach on a steaming pot and freeze in bags, Charred Sweet and Hot Peppers (all colors).
Fresh: Always handy, onions, parsley, garlic, cilantro, limes, dill, tomatoes
Fridge: Mustards (dijon, Whole, Spicy Brown, Chinese, Regular), Pickles, Olives, Capers, Sour Cream, Mexican Cream, Mayo, Yogurt, soy sauce, assorted oriental sauces (they last a long time), cheeses

Let's know use what we have there to make something yummy.

If I have Chips, most of the time, this ones are my favorites

  • Layered Bean Dip, (my quick version)

Quickly, beat the re-fried beans with some salt, cumin, pepper, chili and oil. Taste.
Spread in a thin layered the beans, a flat plate works, then
spread a thin layer of sour cream over the first one, quickly repeat with salsa, top with rinsed black beans, olives, cilantro, and  minced fresh jalapeno if available.
Put your Chips in a sombrero  (at the parties stores they sell them for an affordable price)

  • Simple Fresh Ranch
Add 1 part sour cream, 1 part yogurt, add a little bit of minced garlic, shallots and parsley, fresh ground pepper (a must). All ingredients are to taste, but if you need to make about 1 cup of dip, then start by 1/3 cup each of sour cream and yogurt, then add the rest to taste.
Now, let's change it: spice it up a bit, add chili powder and some cumin.
Or, give it a fresher taste, add diced tomatoes, and dill. Erin, I think this is the one that you had during the class, but it also had whole mustard and lemon or lime zest. (The one you had it looked more like a tartar sauce, I made one and then something got add it, i think, and that is the one you tried) Great with Veggies, Crackers, and Dorito Chips
  • Chipotle Dip
To about 1/2 cup Mexican Crema, add Chipotle Paste, to taste, add minced garlic, shallots, cilantro and diced tomatoes. Mix and serve, great with veggies.
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa Verde

I will repeat keep adding to this post, with some other quick dips, but mean while i hope everyone enjoy the fun of making a quick something, something at home.


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