The Happy Kitchen / La Cocina Alegre RGV: Spicy layered dip

Picture of a spicy layered dip

The Brownsville Wellness Coalition runs a program called “The Happy Kitchen” or “La Cocina Alegre”, where community members can learn about the importance and benefits of eating healthy foods, with hands-on experience cooking low-quality, low-cost meals from local ingredients.

The interactive six-week series of lessons emphasizes the selection and preparation of fresh seasonal foods that are nutritious, economical and tasty. Courses are held at various locations throughout Brownsville and participants receive printed recipe books in English and Spanish. They will also receive ingredients for recipes learned in the classroom!

This type of community work for a healthier outcome is really what It’s Time Texas is all about. We look for, support and connect organizations that are truly in the field and doing the work. We are proud to share this healthy recipe from La Cocina Alegre with our audience and we hope you enjoy it!

Spicy layered dip

Ingredients for salty layered dip.


⦁ 1 lb. cruel

⦁ 1 teaspoon cinnamon

⦁ 1 teaspoon turmeric

⦁ 1 teaspoon cumin

⦁ 1 teaspoon chili

⦁ 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

⦁ Salt to taste ( the less, the healthier!)

⦁ 1/4 cup water

⦁ 2 limes

⦁ 1 cucumber

⦁ 2 avocados

⦁ 1 large tomato

⦁ 1 cup low fat Greek yogurt

⦁ 1/2 cup grated cheese

⦁ 15 oz. can of black beans

⦁ 2.25 ounce can of sliced ​​black olives


La Cocina Alegre salty layered dip.
Heat the pan with 1/4 cup of water. Add all the spices, salt and pepper. Then add the minced turkey.
Set aside after cooking.

Mash the avocado in a bowl and add the lime juice. Cut the tomatoes and cucumber into small cubes. Cut 1/2 cup of coriander. Drain the beans and olives.

Start layering your dip in a large bowl, starting with minced turkey, then beans, cheese, cucumber, Greek yogurt, another minced turkey and avocado.

Top up the dish with olives, coriander, tomatoes and a little cucumber.

Serve immediately or cool down for one hour before serving!

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* Note: Thanks to Jessica Davil of La Cocina Alegre for providing this recipe.

David Berry

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