A No Time for Lunch Homemade Lunch

Who needs a quick meal idea? I’m talking about the need-to-feed-the-kids-in-ten-minutes kind of meal…you know, the kind you need in your arsenal when it is 12:15, your younger two aren’t dressed yet, and your oldest has to be at volleyball practice at 1:00. This meal uses only ingredients that I almost always have on hand. It is simple to make, pretty enough for guests, and even fairly healthy! It’s my version of a seven-layer dip. You can adjust the layers to fit your family’s tastebuds (or the ingredients you have on hand). You can even add shredded chicken, shredded pork, or cooked ground beef to make it a heartier dinner. I decided to make these in individual bowls to make it easier to serve (and to eliminate fussing among the children about who was eating what amount). You simply start with a can of refried beans. You have choices here…vegetarian, fat free, original, homemade. Mix this with a tablespoon or two of taco seasoning. I keep my own homemade taco seasoning on hand, but feel free to use any packaged brand you like. If you are making one large dip, use about a 9×9 dish, or you can make four or five individual servings. Layer the bean mixture first, followed by a layer of sour cream. Next, you will add your favorite salsa. My family loves the Herdes brand, but any kind will work. Next is a layer of lettuce, a layer of diced avocado, a layer of green onions, and top it off with shredded cheese. This may look like a lot of steps, but we had this finished and on the table in ten minutes. Add some tortilla chips on a plate for dipping and enjoy! If you get a chance to try this, let me know in the comments. I would love to hear your suggestions for additional or substituted layers.

Mexican Layered Dip

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 can refried beans
  • 2 Tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1/4 cup diced green onion
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Mix the taco seasoning and beans. Layer all ingredients, in order, into a 9×9″ dish or 4-5 individual bowls. Serve with tortilla chips.

2 thoughts on “A No Time for Lunch Homemade Lunch

  1. Yum! This is one of my favorite go-tos! Sometimes I boil quinoa and add it! You can also add chia seeds! Either option makes it even more of a super food without compromising taste. 🙂


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