Appetizer · Snack

Prairie Fire Dip

Anyone else completely exhausted after the Fourth of July weekend?

I spent way too much time outside in the sun. I only have a few tiny sunburns where I didn’t put sunscreen on all that well, but all that time spent outside wore me out.

Hopefully your Fourth of July weekend was just as fun as mine. I went fishing, cooked out, and stuffed myself with way too much food. My neighbors across the street from my backyard popped off fireworks and I had a clear view to see them without ever leaving my home.

Today is a day of recovery. After all that fun, I’m pooped. I had to meal prep for the week ahead, of course, but now I’m ready for a nap.

I made this dip a few weeks ago as a test to see if it would be good enough for cookouts in the future. The answer? Absolutely YES.

I didn’t make it again this weekend, but I’m kicking myself for not cooking it. It’s a relatively simple dip (aren’t they all?) and it goes great with corn tortilla chips or wrapped in a flour tortilla. I even made little bean burritos out of the leftover dip!

There are dozens of different recipes for Prairie Fire in Texas cookbooks, but I think this one might be the best.


Prairie Fire Dip

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A simple, spicy bean dip that's perfect for any party.


  • 2 (16 oz) cans refried beans
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 TBS. olive oil
  • 2 jalapenos, minced
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 8 oz. provolone cheese, either shredded or slices cut in half
  • Crispy fried jalapenos, for topping


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and jalapenos and saute until tender, about 5-6 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together beans, garlic powder, cumin, salt, pepper and chili powder. Add onions and jalapenos and stir until everything is well combined.
  3. Grease a 2 quart baking dish. Pour beans into dish. Top with provolone cheese.
  4. Broil for 5-8 minutes or until cheese is melted and top is bubbly. Serve with fried jalapenos on top and with tortilla chips.

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