Chef Becky’s Bowl Game Snacks: Fiesta Layered Dip & Bacon Blue Cheese Ball

These two recipes are sure to be a hit at any football tailgater! Today I will show you how to make Fiesta Layered Dip, and a Bacon Blue Cheese Ball! Learn shortcuts in the kitchen, so you will have more time to spend with your guests!

Fiesta Layered Dip

  • 1 15-ounce can refried beans
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained
  • 1 1.25-ounce packet of taco seasoning
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup olives, sliced
  • 1 cup Mexican sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup green onions, sliced
  • Tortilla Chips for serving

In a 13X9 serving dish, layer the ingredients in the following order:

  1. Refried beans
  2. Black beans
  3. Taco seasoning
  4. Guacamole
  5. Salsa
  6. Sour Cream
  7. Cheddar Cheese
  8. Olives
  9. Green Onions

Serve with tortilla chips.

Bacon Blue Cheese Ball

  • 8 ounces cream cheese (1/3 less fat)
  • 2 tablespoons celery, minced
  • 2 tablespoons onion, minced
  • 3 drops Tabasco
  • 3 drops Liquid Smoke
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • ¾ cup ounces blue cheese crumbles
  • ¾ cup bacon bits
  • 1 cup Real bacon bits
  • Ritz crackers for serving
  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, celery, onion, Tabasco, liquid smoke, and cayenne pepper. Blend well. Add the blue cheese crumbles and stir very gently, to keep the texture of the blue cheese crumbles in the spread. Using your spatula, shape the cheese into a ball.
  2. On your counter, spread a 12 inch piece of plastic wrap. Spread the bacon bits into a 5 inch circle in the center of the plastic wrap. Using the spatula, scoop the cheese ball out of the bowl and on top of the bacon bits. Using your hands, gather the plastic wrap up around the ball, and press the bacon bits into the cheese ball. Form into a round shape, and twist the plastic wrap to completely cover the cheese ball. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. If desired, you could make two smaller cheese balls…one to serve immediately, and the other to have on hand for unexpected guests.
  3. When you’re ready to serve, unwrap a cheese ball. Place in the center of a decorative plate and arrange Ritz crackers around the cheese ball. Serve with a small spreader.