Southwest Skillet Dip

Are you a fan of the Mexican Layered Dip?  We are.  It is one of those taste combinations that is hard to get enough of...and even harder to make the chips and the dip come out even!  There are many variations of the layered dip but I was especially intrigued by this Southwest Skillet Dip that I found on Miz Helen's blog, Miz Helen's Country Kitchen.  First, I love the idea of making a hot layered dip and second I love the idea of using a skillet!  Miz Helen's blog was my assignment for the Secret Recipe Club this month...and what fun that assignment has been!

I served the Southwest Skillet Dip as an appetizer when we had some friends over for dinner. Everybody enjoyed dipping in to discover what layers just might be under the melted cheese!  I did change it a bit in that when it came out of the oven I added the avocado, tomato and olives along with the sprinkling of green onions. What I missed in it was the salsa and its punch of flavor. I will add a salsa layer the next time I make this....and there will be a next time.

Southwest Skillet Dip

1 can (15 oz) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can whole kernel corn, drained and rinsed
2 cans roasted green chilies, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped with tops, divided
3/4 tsp garlic powder
3/4 tsp chipotle chili powder
1/3 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 cup sour cream
1 cup pepper Jack cheese, grated
1-2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated, separated
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped, for garnish
1 can sliced black olives, for garnish
1 avocado chopped, for garnish

Preheat oven to 400° F.

In a large mixing bowl, add the drained pinto beans, black beans, whole kernel corn, green chilies and 1/2 of the chopped green onions (reserve the remaining onions for garnish). Stir to combine.  Add the sour cream and seasonings.  Mix well.  Stir in the pepper Jack cheese and 1 cup of the cheddar (if desired).

Lightly spray the bottom of a 10 1/2 inch cast iron skillet or a 9 X 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Pour the mixture into the skillet or baking dish.

Bake for 20 minutes.  Remove the oven and sprinkle the remaining 1 cup cheddar cheese on top. Return to the oven and bake an additional 10 minutes, until the cheese melts and is lightly browned.

Garnish with the avocado, tomato and black olives and then sprinkle with the remaining green onion.

Serve with tortilla chips.

Note:  Adjust the amount of cheese to your liking.  Consider adding a layer of salsa.


As I mentioned earlier, it has been a fun month exploring Miz Helen's blog.  There were quite a few recipes that caught my eye.  I love the garlic mashed potatoes at Buca di Peppo so when I saw a recipe for Buca Garlic Mashed Potatoes I quicked added that recipe to a menu and made them for a Sunday dinner.  (They will appear later this week...)  Then there was the recipe for Smoked Texas Brisket which I pinned for a later time.  Miz Helen offers a big Texas welcome and a cup of tea to those who stop by her blog where she shares simple family friendly meal plans and recipes...and, don't forget to say hi to Max her Bichon who is more than willing to cuddle up while you drink your tea and browse!


  1. Love Mexican layer dips, and this one looks really yummy!

  2. Hi Kate,
    I am so excited that you and your friends enjoyed the dip and I love what you did with the top of it, I will try that. Thank you so much for your kind comments, it is always a pleasure to cook with you in the SRC!
    Miz Helen

  3. I haven't had a really good layered Mexican dip in ages. Can't wait to give it a try. It's so pretty too.

  4. This looks soooooo delicious....I love mexican layer dips!!

  5. I love everything about this gorgeous dip! Great choice for SRC!

  6. This looks SO fantastic. I love the colors and the flavors. Thanks for sharing with the SRC.

  7. Oh Yum. Who wouldn't want to dive into that??

  8. Yes, we love Mexican Layered Dip and have it every football game Sunday! So your version sounds great and I will bookmark it for next season's games! Thanks, Kate!

  9. That looks great! I love the addition of the fresh toppings

  10. I need this in my mouth right now.

  11. I would love this and now I have a great new dish to serve for appetizers.


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