Nancy’s Hot Dip

Nancy Says: You can use any range of heat level with the salsa, depending on your tastes.

Nancy's Hot Dip
Recipe type: Appetizer
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 16 oz. cream cheese, firm
  • 32 oz. salsa
  • 14 oz. black olives, sliced
  • 4 oz. green chilies, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 4 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 box Wheat Thins
  1. Depending on the shape of your serving plate, arrange cream cheese side by side or one on top of the other.
  2. Pour chilies, salsa, olives, avocado, & onions (in that order) over the cream cheese.
  3. Arrange Wheat Thins around outer edge of plate.

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Mexican Lasagna

Submitted by Michelle Fawver
Serves 6-8


2 pkg corn tortillas (18) 1 tsp black pepper
1 lb. ground beef, browned & drained 1 tsp cumin
16 oz. chopped tomatoes, drained 1½ c. Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 tbsp chili powder 1½ c. Mozzarella cheese
1 tsp red pepper 16 oz. cottage cheese
2 eggs, beaten black olives (garnish)
green onions (garnish)


  1. Line bottom of 13″x9″ pan with half the tortillas.  Combine ground beef, tomatoes, & seasonings.  Spread on top of tortillas.  
  2. Add another layer of tortillas.  Mix cottage cheese, 1 c. Cheddar, 1 c. Mozzarella, eggs; spread on top of tortillas.  
  3. Bake at 350°F for 30 – 40 minutes. Remove from oven & top with remaining cheeses. 
  4. Garnish with chopped green onions & black olives.

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Mexican Lasagna, or, Tortilla Pie

Submitted by Brad Waller
Serves 8


15 oz. corn (1 can) 15 oz. tomatoes (1 can)
16 oz. fat free refried beans (1 can) 15 oz. black beans (1 can)
15 oz. black olives (1 can) 6 flour tortillas
8 oz. salsa 1 lb. jalapeno jack cheese


  1. Slice the olives using an egg/mushroom slicer.
  2. Divide the diced tomatoes in half.
  3. Save ½ the can of tomatoes & combine the rest of the cans in a large bowl.  Add the salsa & cheese (grated). 
  4. Grease (or spray with Pam) a large round casserole dish approximately the diameter of the tortillas & lay down the first tortilla.  Spoon a layer of mix & repeat the layering until you are out of mix.  Add the last tortilla & the reserved tomatoes & some more cheese, if you like.
  5. Cook for 45 minutes at 350°F.  Slice into 8 pieces & serve.

Chef’s Note: Ounce measurements are estimated.  Basically just use one can of each of the ingredients. Calories are higher than I thought for this, as the olives add minimal volume & lots of calories from fat.  Call it 375 calories if divided in 8, 500 if by 6. Use whole wheat tortillas, skip the olives, & use low fat cheese & this might be healthy.

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