No-Bake Layered Taco Dip in Flag Shape

Saturday, May 25, 2019

No-Bake 7 Layer Taco Dip in Flag Shape

No-Bake 7 Layer Taco Dip in Flag Shape - such a fun and patriotic dip for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day! Can just layer the dip ingredients if not serving for a patriotic holiday. Refried beans, diced green chiles, guacamole, taco seasoning, sour cream, corn, cheese, tomatoes, green onions, and olives. Can add ground beef, chicken, lettuce, onions, bell peppers - whatever you like! Make in advance and refrigerate for later.
taco dip in shape of flag with chips

No-Bake Layered Taco Dip in Flag Shape

Anyone looking for an easy last-minute appetizer for their Memorial Day party? Well, look no further! This No-Bake Layered Taco Dip in a flag shape is PERFECT! It is so easy to make and SUPER patriotic and festive! We served this dip with some tortilla chips. It would also be great with Fritos or celery sticks. You can whip this dip up today and refrigerate it until you are ready to fire up the grill.

I made this dip for my class at Pinterest's annual meeting, KnitCon. I flew out to San Francisco on Wednesday. Pinterest held a little get together for all the creators that were teaching at the meeting. We also went to dinner and I got to meet Ben Silbermann (the creator of Pinterest). He was incredibly nice and laid back. Thursday morning I taught my class. We made this fun dip and everyone got to take it home for their holiday parties. YAY!! I left the Pinterest headquarters right after the class to fly back home. It was a crazy fun trip! I am still tired!

taco dip in shape of flag

How to Make No-Bake 7 Layer Taco Dip

This No-Bake Layered Taco Dip is a version of the popular 7 Layer Dip. Mine has 8-ish layers. Refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, corn, cheese, tomatoes, green onions, and olives. This dip is SUPER easy to make. Just layer everything in a 9x13-inch pan and refrigerate until ready to serve.

You can add ground beef, ground turkey, cooked chicken, shrimp, lettuce, onions, rice, bell pepper, salsa, black beans - just use what you like!

I made this dip into a flag shape for the holiday. If you are making this for non-patriotic holiday parties, just layer everything in any order you wish. No need to decorate the top to look like a flag if you don't want to. It will still taste delicious!

taco dip in shape of flag with chips

Can 7 Layer Taco Dip Be Made in Advance?

You can absolutely make this No-Bake Layered Taco Dip ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to serve. It will keep several days in the fridge. Well, as long as you don't use lettuce. If you want to add lettuce to this dip, add it the day you are serving the dip so it doesn't get soggy.

I don't suggest freezing this dip. The texture of the dip won't be the same after freezing and thawing.

taco dip on a chip

No-Bake 7 Layer Taco Dip is Great For a Crowd

We LOVE to make this 7 Layer Taco Dip for cookouts, parties, potlucks, and tailgating. I really think this is the perfect party dip! You can make the dip ahead of time, and it is easy to transport. This recipe makes a ton, so it is perfect for a crowd! We like to serve the dip with tortilla chips and Fritos. You could also use celery sticks and bell pepper slices.

No-Bake 7 Layer Taco Dip is the perfect start to any get-together! Here are a few more party starter recipes that go great with this dip:

Sweet Tea Buttermilk Pie

Friday, May 24, 2019

Sweet Tea Buttermilk Pie

Sweet Tea Buttermilk Pie - two Southern favorites in one classic dessert. SO good!! I don't even like sweet tea and I LOVED this pie!! Super easy to make. Infuse buttermilk with tea bags and then whisk in sugar, lemon zest, eggs, butter, flour, and vanilla. Bake in a frozen pie crust. Can make in advance and freeze for a quick dessert later. A MUST for all your cookouts and potlucks! 
slice of pie on a plate with pie in the background

Sweet Tea Buttermilk Pie Combines Two Southern Favorites

This pie combines two southern favorites - sweet tea and buttermilk pie. While I am not a fan of sweet tea, I did absolutely LOVE this pie! Have you ever heard of Buttermilk Pie? Even though I live in the South, I had never eaten Buttermilk Pie until a couple of years ago.

What is Southern Buttermilk Pie?

Buttermilk Pie is a custard-like pie. It is similar to a chess pie but without the cornmeal. The basic filling is buttermilk, sugar, eggs, butter, and flour. It is a very simple pie to make. The filling takes about 5 minutes to whip up. It is also a great way to use up any leftover buttermilk in the fridge. I almost always have buttermilk on hand from making homemade cornbread

slice of pie topped with whipped cream and mint

How To Make Sweet Tea Buttermilk Pie

Making this Sweet Tea Buttermilk Pie is a two-part process. First, you are going to infuse the buttermilk with the tea. Heat the buttermilk on the stove until it is steamy and not boiling. Next, add a couple of tea bags and let it steep for an hour. Press on the tea bags to get all the tea out and discard the tea bags. Now you are ready to make the pie.

I used a frozen pie crust. I did not thaw it before adding the buttermilk pie mixture. To make the filling, simply whisk together the tea infused buttermilk, lemon zest, sugar, flour, eggs, and butter. Pour it into the pie crust and bake. 

How to Store Buttermilk Pie

Allow the Sweet Tea Buttermilk Pie cool completely and store in the refrigerator. I like to store it in a gallon size ziplock bag. It will keep for 3 or 4 days. You can also freeze the baked pie for a quick dessert later.

slice of pie on a plate topped with whipped cream and mint

How to Serve Sweet Tea Buttermilk  Pie

You can serve this Sweet Tea Buttermilk Pie cold or at room temperature. We like it at room temperature topped with some fresh whipped cream and a sprig of mint. It is also delicious with some vanilla ice cream!

Cajun Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Cajun Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken

Cajun Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken - only 5 ingredients in the marinade! Honey, dijon mustard, lemon juice, soy sauce, and cajun seasoning. SO simple and delicious! Everyone cleaned their plate! Great as a main dish, on a salad or in a sandwich wrap. Can also use the marinade on pork. YUM! 
grilled chicken on the grill

Easy Grilled Chicken Recipe Packed Full of Flavor

Our grill is in overdrive right now. I love this time of year when we can grill every day for lunch and dinner. This Cajun Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken is a favorite. It is packed full of amazing flavor. It is a little sweet and a tiny bit spicy.

The chicken is marinated in a quick homemade honey mustard seasoned with Cajun/Creole seasoning. You can use store-bought Cajun seasoning or make your own. I have a great recipe for homemade Cajun/Creole seasoning on the blog here. If you make your own seasoning, you can control the heat and salt content.

grilled chicken on the grill

How to Grill Chicken at Home

My number one tip for grilling chicken at home is to pound your chicken to an even thickness so it cooks evenly. Place the chicken breasts in a ziplock bag and use a meat mallet to pound the chicken. It only takes a minute and makes a HUGE difference in how the chicken cooks. No more half dry half juicy chicken breasts.

You want to cook your chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF. This will take about 8 to 12 minutes depending on the size of the chicken breasts. You don't want any pink! Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature in the thickest part of the chicken.

cooked grilled chicken on a plate

What to Serve with Cajun Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken

This Cajun Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken is SO delicious! It is great as a main dish for lunch or dinner. It is equally delicious chopped up on a salad or caesar salad. We've also eaten this chicken topped with cheese on a toasted bun as a sandwich. YUM!  This chicken is very good reheated. You can also freeze the leftover grilled chicken for a quick meal later.

We love to eat this Cajun Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken with salad, potato casserole, and/or green beans. Here are a few of our favorite side dish recipes that go great with this yummy grilled chicken: