Wednesday, December 2, 2009

ON FOOD ~ Dannon Mexican Cheese Dip...

So when we were visiting Molly's family for Thanksgiving weekend, her mom produced a delicious dip that was scooped right up despite all the other trimmings - which is why there are no photos - we scarfed it all down too fast. It was not her usualy Mexican layer dip. But it did still have a Mexican flair. And best of all? It was actually healthier than it tasted! So turn those holiday parties into a fiesta by serving this dip, which is safe for even Molly to attempt since it does not require a stove ;0)


  • 3 cups DANNON All Natural Plain Yogurt
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 medium diced red sweet pepper
  • 2 cups thawed frozen whole kernal corn
  • 1 cup rinsed & drained canned black beans
  • 1 small seeded & chopped tomato
  • 2 tablespoons canned diced green chilies
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh cilantro

  • Line small colander with coffee filter. Suspend over bowl and spoon in yogurt. Cover and chill overnight to drain out excess water, creating yogurt cheese.
  • Remove yogurt cheese from strainer, discarding liquid. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in garlic, cumin & salt. Fold in sweet pepper, corn, black beans, tomato, green chilies, 1 1/2 cups of Mexican cheese and 3 tablespoons cilantro.
  • Spread into serving dish/platter, topping with remaining cheese & cilantro.
  • Serve with tortilla chips or crackers.

    Sandy Nawrot said... is wrong to want to eat this at 5:30 in the morning?

    Unknown said...

    Ooooh, that sounds like something my family would love! And reasonably healthy to boot! Thanks!

    caite said...

    it's 8:30AM it is certainly late enough to want to eat this now.

    Penny said...

    Ooo that sounds yumma in the tumma...

    I may have to try this :)

    Unknown said...

    Ooh, that does sound delish! Although I'm a teeny bit put off by the strainer. Homey is not much of a cook.

    It still sounds good enough to give it a try. OH! I'm doing this when my MIL comes to visit on New Year's Day.

    She loves a good Mexican dish and maybe I can impress her :)

    Lynn said...

    This sounds really good. I'm especially intrigued by the yogurt cheese :) I've never tried that before. Bet it's good. I'm trying a new no-cook appetizer recipe tomorrow for an event I'm attending -- smoked salmon spread with cream cheese; you put a spear of dill pickle on one end and roll it up. It might be delicious or it might be a disaster. I know, I I am such the wild woman, living on the edge.

    Anonymous said...

    I'm going to have to print this. I have a chili cheese dip that everyone loves, but I'd love to have a healthier alternative.

    Beth F said...

    This is really good with cream cheese instead of the yogurt (less healthy tho)

    r4 dsi said...

    Looks so delicious and tasty. I definitely going to try this. Its mouthwatering recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    Anonymous said...

    I saw this recipe in a magazine and waited to make it and couldn't find it again! I'm sure this is it - thanks so much!