Totoro Family Recipes: Martha Dip

martha-1Most might refer to this recipe as Refried Bean Dip or perhaps Mexican Layer Dip. But in our family, this is fondly referred to as Martha Dip.

I am a Texan through and through. In fact, in doing some family genealogy, I discovered I am four generations Texan on my mother’s side. I grew up on Tex-Mex food before it became popular.

Martha was my Texan godmother. She was known more for her seamstress skills than her culinary expertise, but she is the one who introduced us to this tasty, easy dish.Β And in her honor, we renamed the recipe.

I thought this might be appropriate in light of the Cinco de Mayo celebration this week.


  • One large can (or two small) refried beans (I use fat free)
  • one package taco seasoning
  • 8 ounces sour cream (I try to reduce calories by using low-fat)
  • 1.5 cups shredded cheese


  1. Open can(s) of refried beans and place in large bowl.
  2. Mix in one package taco seasoning and let set for about an hour.
  3. Grease a casserole dish and spread bean mixture evenly on the bottom.
  4. Spread thin layer of sour cream on top of bean mixture.
  5. Sprinkle cheese liberally over the sour cream.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes, or until bubbly.

We find the dip tastes best with Fritos, but honestly you can serve with any tortilla chip, or make a quick bean burrito using a soft whole-wheat tortilla.


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13 thoughts on “Totoro Family Recipes: Martha Dip

  1. Mmm… I do love a good bean dip. Family recipes with their history behind them are so fun as you always feel close to the people you are remembering when you make and enjoy them. πŸ˜‰


  2. YUMMMMMMMMM. I’d have this for dinner with a salad. Sounds like a quick, easy dish for summer on the deck with beer and friends. Oh, yes. On to my list.


  3. When I saw the title Mattha’s dip I thought it was going to be Martha Stewart but I am pleasantly surprised! Not that I don’t like Martha Steeart, but I love that you remember someone dear to you.


  4. Even though my father was originally from Texas, we didn’t really have Tex-Mex food at home. Nevertheless, I do love it, bean dip included. Can’t wait to try this version.


    • We moved to CT when I was twelve and it was impossible to find Tex-Mex ingredients in that part of the country (at that time). Now I think it is prevalent all across the country.


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