My husband is a lifelong New England Patriots fan, but my heart belongs to the Denver Broncos.  (We’ve had some tense playoff games in our house over the years!)  Whoever you are cheering for, there are ways to celebrate the Super Bowl without compromising your New Year’s resolution for a healthier lifestyle.  Here’s one of our favorites classic recipes with a low fat twist.  Instead of canned bean dip loaded with fat and preservatives, it’s easy to make your own.  When you top it with flavored greek yogurt instead of heavy sour cream you get the same delicious flavor without the guilt.  Enjoy!


  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups low fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 jalapeno, stemmed, finely chopped, (with seeds for more heat)
  • 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 1/2 cups nonfat yogurt (Greek is great here)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, leaves and some stems, roughly chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 3 ripe medium tomatoes, diced
  • 5 scallions (white and green), thinly sliced
  • Baked tortilla chips, for dipping


On a cutting board, smash the garlic cloves, sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of the salt, and, with the flat side of a large knife, mash and smear the mixture to a coarse paste. Put the garlic, beans, chili powder, water, and olive oil in the bowl of a food processor and blend until smooth. Spread in the bottom of a 2 quart casserole or gratin dish, or in individual sized dishes, as desired.

Scatter the cheese over the beans. Halve and seed the avocados, then mash with the jalapeno and another teaspoon of salt in a small bowl. Spread a layer of the avocado over the cheese, and then scatter the lettuce on top.

Mix the yogurt with the cilantro and then spread over the lettuce. Add a layer of tomatoes and finally scatter the scallions on top. Chill until ready to serve. Garnish with a few cilantro sprigs and serve with baked chips.

*This recipe is adapted with thanks to the Food Network Kitchen.