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Guilt-Free Game Day Snacks: 7-Layer Fiesta Dip and Chips

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Football and snacks go hand in hand, but so can game-day noshing and healthy eating.

Nachos, pizza, even wings can be a part of your healthy Super Bowl party menu.

I've revamped a few of your favorites and rounded up some members' makeovers, too.

I started with one of my favorites: layered Mexican dip. I always make a beeline for this dish at game-day parties. With layers of beans, cheese, black olives, sour cream, guacamole, and onions, the dip is made with healthy, whole ingredients.

Then I checked out the nutrition on the dish.

Even with baked chips, a cup of this dip has a whopping 562 calories, 42 g fat and 824 mg of sodium!

Do you know how much I probably have consumed of this dish at parties? So much that I decided to make it over before this year's big game.

My Skinny Fiesta Dip with Baked Lime Chips has all the flavor of the original, but it's much easier on the waistline.

Original dip (1 cup):
562 calories
42 g fat
19 g saturated fat
824 mg sodium

New dip(1 cup):
211 calories (fewer than half!)
9 g fat (about 1/5 the fat)
4 g saturated fat
405 mg sodium (less than half!)

The swaps were simple:
  • Low-fat sour cream for full fat
  • Nixed the cheese
  • Diced fresh avocado instead of store-bought guacamole to cut the salt
  • Swapped fat-free refried beans for regular and added black beans
  • Whole-wheat tortillas instead of white
  • Homemade, salt-free taco seasoning instead of a packet
  • Chopped tomatoes and shredded lettuce to add more veggies to the dip
  • Eliminated the black olives (empty calories in this recipe)
  • Added cilantro for a boost of fresh flavor
  • Squeezed fresh lime over the tortillas before baking to add flavor

Skinny Fiesta Dip with Baked Lime Chips

16 ounces refried beans, fat free
1 cup sour cream, reduced fat
1 tablespoon Chef Meg's Taco Seasoning
1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
3 green onions, chopped (both white and green parts)
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 avocado, chopped
1 tablespoon cilantro, washed and chopped
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 cup green leaf lettuce, shredded
2 whole-wheat tortillas
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350°F. Slice each tortilla into six wedges. Place wedges on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Spray the tortillas with a light mist of nonstick cooking spray and a pinch of salt (optional). Bake for five minutes or until crisp. Remove from the oven and immediately squeeze the juice of half a lime over the chips.

Combine the taco seasoning with the sour cream and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Rinse and drain the black beans. Combine the chopped avocado with the juice of the remaining half of a lime and the chopped cilantro, then set aside. Line the bottom of a 10-inch round dish with the refried beans. Layer on the sour cream mixture, black beans, and green onions. Top with chopped tomatoes, lettuce and avocado. Serve chilled. Makes 6 one cup servings with 2 baked lime chips

Looking for other Super Bowl recipes? Try these:
Caramel Popcorn (Chef Meg's Makeover)

Boneless Chicken Hot Wings (Chef Meg Approved)

Chef Meg's (Leftover) Chicken Nachos

Chef Meg's Cheesy Grilled Banana Peppers

Chef Meg's Deviled Eggs

Chef Meg's Fake "Fried" Cheese Sticks

Fruit Kebabs with Coconut Yogurt, Chef Meg Approved

Stuffed Broiled Portabella Mushrooms (Chef Meg's Makeover)

Instead of an array of snacks, serve up a pot or hearty, healthy soup or stew.
Lynda's White Chicken Chili (Chef Meg's Makeover)

Taco Soup (Chef Meg's Makeover)

Are you hosting a Super Bowl party or attending one? What dishes do you serve up on Game Day? Why do you think that eating is so closely associated with football rather than other sports?

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JAMER123 9/7/2020
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ELRIDDICK 5/15/2020
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NASFKAB 3/20/2020
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Good need-to-know information! Report
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I will be making some of these recipes! Report
... sounds tasty!... will give it a try at the next get together i attend...
6/12/18 Report
Healthy recipes are all right. Report
Great recipe Report
Bowl party snacks are not usually friendly. Thanks for this article. Report
It sounds great! Superbowl is pretty big here at home and trying to lose weight while being exposed to all those fattening chips,cheetos and devilish sweets was just not going to work for me this year. I can't wait to try your delicious recipe and tips. Report
I've been invited out for the game and looking forward to fun and healthy food items to take along. Thank you! Report
It's amazing how a few smart substitutions can add up to BIG calorie savings. Thanks. Report
Those look good for any party. Report
Wow, great recipes! I can't wait to make some of these! Report
Just what I was looking for: ideas for food that I would enjoy while others are at the food trough. Thanks Report
The SuperBowl isn't about football, it's about eating and critiquing the ads. That "Super Bowl" is the troth you eat from. I can do without this national Pig Out. Report
Believe me, they eat a lot at baseball games too. Not quite the same in terms of having a Superbowl party, in terms of everyone across the USA getting together to watch the game, but I know people who get together for baseball games, when the teams are playing away.

Baseball stadiums are motherlodes of food. Saw one woman and her child going up & down the stairs to get hot dogs, fries, ice cream, cotton candy, and on & on. Yuck! :) Report
can't wait to try it for a party. Report
Thanks for giving me ideas for a reduced-fat Super Bowl!! Report
Mmmmm ... sounds good! Report
sounds really yummy! I think I will make some this weekend. Report
This sounds really yummy! Report
These are some great recipes. I plan to make a couple of them for the game! Report
sounds great, -----but two chips to a cup of dip---come'on, let's get real. I would appreciate some Real recipes for Real People---For Example, if the chips, even baked is too much, then how about some other options, such as sliced up jicama. Not many people know about or use jicama, but it is a great veggie sliced up for dips, as it is crunchy and slightly sweet tasting. Report
This is my favorite dip! I can't wait to make this version this weekend. Thanks! Report
Mmmm, sounds delish!! I'll have to make that if I get asked to bring something to the party on Sunday! :) Report
looks so yummy Report
My weakness is always chips and dip so I try everything I can to make ones that are healthier. I will probably add this one into the mix. Except only 2 chips in a serving? So a 1/2 cup of dip on each chip? That's definitely not going to work. Luckily I like using sliced tomatoes as "chips" and will probably use those as well. Report
Sounds good! Wonder if my husband will figure out that I am tricking him into a healthier alternative??? Thanks for sharing! Report
Chef Meg: Thanks for all the yummy recipes. I will save this one to my favorites to come back to. I have a question about olives: Are they really empty calories? Are other types of olives better for you? I know they can be high in fat, but I thought they were a healthy food.
And who eats just 2 chips? LOL. ;) Report
sounds great and I'm going to make the chicken chili as well Report
i can't wait to try this one! Report
Thanks these are some great ideas. Report
sounds delish! Report
looks great! but why not up the protein and save the fat from the low fat sour cream by substituting it out even further for 0% fat plain greek yogurt?? I swear, the brown cow brand or the stonyfield oikos brand taste JUST LIKE sour cream and it's healthier!! Report
I am definitely going to try this receipe - I love this kind of dip but after seeing the nutrition count I definitely need to make the new lighter version. Report
Wow! This receipe is an excellent trade off for a potential high fat, high cal deal breaker. Thanks for sharing! Report
Wow! Thanks for the Great ideas! Report
great thanks so much !!!! Report
Thanks--sounds awesome! Report
I plan to make the fiesta dip using la tortilla factory low carb tortilla with much less calories - 50 for a whole tortilla! hopefully it will crisp well. Report
Now I'm hungry, lol Report
Thanks for the great info! I'm not a superbowl fan, but Daytona is the week after!! Report
WooHoo Thanks for the great ideas Report
I'll be very busy cooking at the resturant where I work. I'll be stretching pizza dough & making wings.. Then we are have ladies night at the resturant with Horror movies!! Report
Can't wait to try it for next gathering my friends have! Report
Amazing how low in fat can be high in taste! Report