Lightened-Up and Healthier Mexican Layered Dip

It’s so exciting to live in Alabama. Last year, the University of Alabama played (and won) the national championship game, and now this year Auburn faces  Oregon in the Tostitos BCS Championship Bowl for the national championship. So many friends went to Arizona to partake in the fun (and get warm). I will be making this Lightened-Up and Healthier Mexican Layer Dip since it features Tostito Scoops. The mixture of Greek yogurt and salsa makes a wonderful base for the dip. I love using nonfat Greek yogurt because it is so high in protein and low in carbohydrates with zero fat. Feel free to substitute chicken instead of beef or any of your favorite taco toppings. This is a great appetizer for the Super Bowl too or anytime you’re having company. My kids loved it, but it was so funny because they said it was almost too pretty and perfect to eat.

Lightened-Up and Mexican Layered Dip

Cook Time:

7 minutes

Prep Times:

25 mintues


12 servings


2 (6-ounce) containers nonfat Greek yogurt
1/3 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
3/4 cup salsa
1 pound lean ground beef
1 (0.8-ounce) package taco seasoning
1/4 to 1/3 cup water
1 (15 ounce) can reduced sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups shredded lettuce
2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
11/2 cups shredded Sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 (10-ounce) package Tostitos "Scoops"
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley or cilantro (optional)


1. Combine Greek yogurt, mayonnaise and salsa in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate.

2. Cook ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes or until all of the beef is completely browned. Stir in taco seasoning and water; simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

3. Spread Greek yogurt mixture evenly in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Layer with ground beef mixture, black beans, lettuce, tomato and cheese. Place Tostitos Scoops evenly around the edges. Refrigerate until ready to serve or serve immediately. Top with parsley cilantro and serve with salsa, if desired.

Note: This can be made up to 6 hours in advance. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

22 thoughts on “Lightened-Up and Healthier Mexican Layered Dip”

  1. What a great way to use Tostito Scoops. How fun! My kids are going to love this one for sure. Where do you find Greek yogurt?

  2. Thanks for having us over and letting us try your recipes. I had no idea this had anything light in it at all. It was incredible!

  3. Alison, so glad you’re again including pictures that can be easily printed along with recipe…however, when I click on “print” button, the recipe is not printing…only the photo, description and url’s mentioned in the text. Am I missing something? In order to print the recipe, I had to print the screen on which the recipe appears…This has happened several times since you launched your new format.

    Hope all’s well! Would love to see you soon.

  4. Alison, I stored and refrigerated the leftover of this from last night’s game and I’m devouring it for lunch. The lettuce (which was very fresh) held up beautifully, so I’d argue the “store for up to 6 hours” could be extended. I’m working on 24 hours and it’s even better!

  5. My niece Lillian got me hooked on your awesome blog! This dip was a huge hit with my two young kiddos during the game — we had to come up with something special since dad and brother actually got to go! I left the lettuce out and served the dip on top of it. The dip was actually better on day 2 and day 3! My kids loved taking it to school for lunch! Thanks for all the great recipes!

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