Party starter layered dip

Yield: 8 servings

Measure Ingredient
½ pack Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese, softened (4 oz)
2 cans Pinto beans or black beans, rinsed, drained and mashed (15 oz)
1 cup Pace Picante Sauce
1 teaspoon Ground cumin
1 teaspoon Chili powder
½ teaspoon Garlic salt
1 cup Shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
½ cup Chopped mixed red and green bell peppers
\N \N Chopped tomato
\N \N Sliced ripe olives
\N \N Chopped cilantro
\N \N Chopped avocado

OPTIONAL GARNISHES

Made in minutes in the microwave, this creamy bean dip boasts big, bold, crowd-pleasing flavors and serape-bright colors - just right for a party.

Place cream cheese in 1½ to 2 quart microwaveable bowl; microwave at HIGH 30-45 seconds or until softened. Add mashed beans, ½ of the Pace Picante Sauce, cumin, chili powder and garlic salt; mix well.

Spread into 9" pie plate or shallow microwaveable bowl. Top evenly with remaining ½ cup Pace Picante Sauce. Sprinkle with ½ cup of the cheese and bell peppers. Cover loosely with wax paper. Microwave 4-5 minutes or until hot, turning plate ¼ turn after 2 minutes.

Sprinkle with remaining cheese and garnish as desired. Serve warm with chips or vegetable dippers. Makes 6-8 servings.

Submitted By RICH HARPER On 06-19-95

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