Some ideas are just divine inspiration. You don’t know where they come from but you know they are good. Well, this recipe is one. I was trying to come up with something different to take to a party. I thought of making seven layer dip but that gets old, and then it hit me….. What if I could make seven layer dip with mashed potatoes!
If I were going to add toppings to my potatoes what would they be? There are the classics like sour cream, bacon, and cheese. But what else would be good? So I decided to also add chili, sautéed onions, and mushrooms. Yum!
To make my seven layer dip I used my left over healthy mashed potatoes and spread a few cups in the bottom of a 5×5 pan. I then topped it with chili, sour cream, sautéed onions, sautéed mushrooms, bacon, sliced green onions and sprinkled a little garlic powder and salt and pepper on top. I baked it for twenty minutes, topped it with fat free cheese, and baked it for ten more minutes or until bubbly and hot.
This was a really quick dinner to cook up especially since I had leftover mashed potatoes and chili already in the fridge. The flavor was great! I used crispy bread to dip into it or just ate it with a fork. The flavors all mingled together well and tasted delicious!
I used all fat free or reduced fat ingredients, but I’m sure the flavor would be even better if you used the full fat ingredients. You could also substitute chopped beef for the chili.
Try making this for your next party and I’m sure everyone will go crazy for it!
Seven Layer Mashed Potato Dip
3 Cups mashed potatoes
1 ½ Cups chili
½ Cup fat free sour cream
1 yellow onion, cut into strips
½ Cup mushrooms
5 slices of bacon cooked and chopped
2 green onions, sliced
½ teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper
1 ½ Cups fat free cheddar cheese
1. Preheat oven to 400. Grease a 5×5 pan. In a small pan sauté onions on medium until soft and translucent. Add in mushrooms and continue to cook until mushrooms are softened and warm.
2. Spread potatoes on bottom of pan. Spread chili over potatoes and top with a layer of sour cream. Top with onions, mushrooms, bacon and green onions. Sprinkle top with garlic powder and salt and pepper. Add to preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes. Top with cheese and return to oven for another 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and the dip is bubbly. Remove from oven and serve. Dig in!