Cielito lindo (See-a-lee-tou Lean-do) Dip

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I know it as Cielito lindo but I also heard it as Mexico Lindo; either the name you prefer to call it, this is a must do in your home, especially if you’re having a party.

Kids love it and they don’t notice all the veggies that are inside. I learned to do it at a friend’s birthday when we were 13 years old. It was a cooking party. Since that day I’ve loved it. Also my friend Natalia improved this recipe and taught me a few flavor tricks.  I hope you like it, this is how I do it and I promise you, it will be a success if you have it at a party.


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The ingredients are well known an easy to get:

-(2 oz.) of guacamole dip (You can make Guacamole with one avocado, chopped onion, a bit of chopped coriander, salt, olive oil and lemon juice or you can get it from the store)

-8 oz of cream cheese
-8 oz. sour cream

-A bunch of fresh coriander
-1 (1 oz.) package of taco seasoning
-2 (10 oz.) of salsa (I use Tostitos)
-1 onion, chopped

-5 or 6 small tomatoes
-1 (8 oz.) pack of shredded cheddar cheese

-1 lemon

-1 pack ground turkey or chicken.

-1 (16 oz.) can of refried beans (optional)



  1. First prepare the pico de gallo mixing in a bowl the onions, tomatoes, pepper and cilantro chopped, with a spoon of lemon juice, a pinch of salt and some olive oil.

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  1. Prepare your meat using a taco seasoning. Optional add onions and peppers.


  1. While your meat is cooking, let’s start with the layers in your pan. Start with the refried beans and end with cheese. In my case I did it without the beans.


  1. First:  Spread the cream cheese covering the entire surface of the baking dish

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2.Second:  Add the pico de gallo and meat that is ready to eat.

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3. Third: Add the salsa sauce and then, the guacamole


  1. Fourth: Add the sour cream


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  1. Finally add the cheddar cheese

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  1. Put it in the oven at a high temperature for 15 minutes, for the cheese to melt.


For a clean presentation, wipe sides after adding each layer.
Serve with chips immediately, while it’s still warm.


I hope you try it!


Massiel C.



Text: Massiel Cabrera

Edition: Natalia Aybar

Web support: Christian Castillo

Pictures: Massiel Cabrera

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