The Mountain

The Mountain Recipe

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Lynn Dine


This is a Mexican appetizer that is addicting, one of my favorites. When it is completed, it looks like a snowy mountain, thus the name. It is a large appetizer that works great for parties. This does not include time for chilling. I got this from my friend Karen when I lived in California. Update (5/31/2013): I realized after a recent review and myself also making this recipe for a Memorial Day cookout, that I make my own changes to the recipe that I didn't add/edit original recipe when posting, so I have now added corrections to the onion/tomato mixture and amounts of cheese.


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2 large
tomatoes, diced
1 medium
onion, minced
8 oz
monterey jack cheese, shredded or 2 cups monterey jack cheese
8 oz
cheddar cheese, shredded or 2 cups cheddar cheese
1 can(s)
(4 ounce) can green chilies, diced
ripe avocados
juice from 1 lemon or lime
16 oz
container sour cream
1 oz
package hidden valley ranch dressing
1-2 bag(s)
tortilla chips

How to Make The Mountain


  • 1Cut the tomatoes and remove any juice and the seeds, only using the remaining tomato flesh, otherwise, this will be a watery base.
  • 2Mix together tomatoes, onion and use as the bottom layer, shape into a hill.
  • 3Then add the cheeses from the bottom and all the way to the top evenly.
  • 4Take the pit out of avocados and scoop out the inside of them and put in a bowl. Add some lemon juice and mix(mash) into a spreadable mixture, now add the can of diced green chilies and mix thoroughly. Then spread this evenly over your hill.
  • 5Mix the hidden valley ranch mix with the sour cream and spread evenly over the green chilies.
  • 6Chill at least two hours. Serve with plain tortilla chips (I use the scoops) and watch it disappear!

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About The Mountain

Course/Dish: Cheese Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: Mexican

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