Festive Bean Spread


This is a wonderful appetizer, a bean spread with a Mexican taste. It looks very festive with the red and green toppings, and it's easy to put together. Your guests will be asking for the recipe, so keep it handy ! The two cheeses can be substituted with one 3-cup package shredded taco cheese.

Layered Festive Bean Spread in a teal square baking dish with a scoop out on a chip nearby.
1 3-layer dish


  • 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans

  • 1 cup salsa

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 pint sour cream

  • 1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning mix

  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped

  • 2 tomatoes, chopped

  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese


  1. First (bottom) layer: mix together beans, salsa, cumin, and garlic powder, and spread on large, flat serving dish as a thin layer, maybe 1/2 inch thick.

  2. Second (middle) layer: mix together sour cream and taco seasoning, and spread over bean layer.

  3. Third (top) layer: sprinkle the cheese on first, then top with chopped tomatoes and green onions.

  4. Cover with plastic wrap, and chill for about an hour. Serve cold with tortilla chips.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

170 Calories
12g Fat
9g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 170
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 433mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 6mg 31%
Calcium 191mg 15%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 233mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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