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Mom's Mexican Dip

June 21, 2011
Author Notes

For every picnic or cookout growing up, my Mom made a great Mexican dip. She doesn't know where the recipe came from, probably a friend who quickly jotted the basic ingredients down for her. The ingredients are simple, but the flavor combinations make this special. We hadn't seen the dish in at least 10 years, so for my grandmother's 90th birthday this weekend, I had my mom unearth this dish. It was just as good as I remembered. —meganvt01

  • Serves a bunch of hungry picnicers
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced, juices and all
  • 4 scallions, minced
  • 1 4 oz can chopped green chili peppers, liquid drained
  • 1 4 oz can chopped ripe olives, liquid drained
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper
In This Recipe
  1. Combine all the ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste. For best results, make the dip a few hours before your picnic to let the flavors blend together. Serve with tortilla chips or even spoon over grilled chicken or fish.

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Recipe by: meganvt01

After spending years in school while working full time, I'm happy to finally have my evenings pursuing my other passion, cooking! I have a 4 year old boy and a husband that are both adventurous eaters and supportive tasters. I spend a good bit of my vacation travel preparation researching local and regional foods and my friends all make fun of my food obsession. I've always been pretty confident with my techniques cooking from recipes but I am enjoying Food52's challenge of putting those techniques to work for my own versions of my favorite foods. I love to learn and the group of people that contribute to this site are a great resource. As an Annapolis native, I love to cook with our local produce and seafood whenever possible. I try to support our community of fisherman, farmers, other food producers and chefs as much as possible.