A Wilton Skull Cake Pan and a classic appetizer recipe turns Layered Bean Dip into a festive Day of the Dead specialty!
A couple months ago, Michael and I were wandering in a craft store, doubtless gathering supplies for something particular - but in the way of all craft store shopping, several random items found their way into our cart.
But, it was a skull! Skulls are cool!
There would surely be something amazing I could do with this, even if it wound up being holding candy for trick or treaters.
About a week ago I figured out what I wanted to do - we had a potluck coming up, and I decided to make a layered dip - but put it in this pan, decorate it with a few of the toppings, and hopefully wind up with a sort of sugar skull effect.
Then, circumstances forced us to cancel our plans to attend the potluck, so last night this was dinner. And it was delicious!
Of course you can do this layered dip in any sort of casserole dip, but I do think the skull pan adds a special touch.
Day of the Dead Layered Bean Dip
3 T. taco seasoning blend
1 sm can chopped green chiles
1 can refried beans
1/2 cup salsa
1 can black beans, drained
1 cup corn kernels
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
1 tomato chopped
1 sm call sliced black olives
avocado slices or guacamole (opt.)
1 diced onion (opt)
jalepeno slices (opt)
(add or subtract ingredients at will!)
1. Brown ground beef, season with taco seasoning blend and mix in green chiles. Drain cooked beef and spread in pan. Top with salsa if desired.
2. In a small saucepan, heat refried beans and stir in 1/2 cup of salsa. Spread refried beans over ground beef in skull pan.
3. Top with a layer of drained, cooked black beans. If desired, top with a layer of corn kernels.
4. Spread shredded cheese over the top. Bake at 375F for 15 minutes, until all is hot and cheese is melted. Let rest for about 10 minutes, until cooled slightly.
5. If using guacamole, spread over the top. Spread sour cream over the top.
6. Cover with shredded lettuce. Decorate as desired with black olives, tomato slices, onion, jalapenos, avocados, etc.
Serve with crispy tortilla chips or veggie sticks. Enjoy!
(On a total total side note, while we were putting this together, it occurred to us how very much this skull pan kind of looked like one of Doctor Who's Cybermen. That could happen in the future...)
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