Recipe: Tex-Mex Layered Bean Salad

Food for Family Gatherings

Family Features — Family gatherings like reunions, picnics and potlucks can bring fun, the chance to reunite with family and, of course, food and celebration.

While catching up with family is most important for many, food typically comes in a close second. Tried-and-true favorites are welcome, but so are new additions.

This starter duo of Baked Onion, Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Dip along with Orange Galette with Beet Gorgonzola Salad can get the celebration going.

To help mix things up, take a break from sandwiches. Chipotle Chicken and Bean Quinoa Salad Cups are a contemporary meal or snack alternative which kids and adults alike can enjoy. For a salad that feeds a crowd, try this Tex-Mex Layered Bean Salad (below), a tasty accompaniment for entrees from burgers to fried chicken. For more recipes for family gatherings, visit and

Tex-Mex Layered Bean Salad

Prep time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8-10

1 large red or yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
13 cup chopped red onion
1 bag (16 ounces) iceberg lettuce, carrot and cabbage salad mix
1 cup shredded Mexican cheese
2 cans (15 ounces each) READ 3 or 4 Bean Salad, drained
½ cup low-fat mayonnaise
½ cup low-fat sour cream
2 tbsp. finely chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
½ cup crumbled tortilla chips (optional)
Small avocado, sliced (optional)

In 3 ½-quart salad bowl or souffle dish, layer bell pepper, onion, lettuce, cheese and bean salad.
Mix mayonnaise, sour cream and chipotle peppers. Spread over top of salad. Cover and refrigerate up to 8 hours.
Just before serving, sprinkle top with chips and sliced avocado, if desired. Toss to serve.

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