The New Bush’s Cocina Latina Beans Makes the Perfect “Cinco Layer Dip” - $5 Dinners

The New Bush’s Cocina Latina Beans Makes the Perfect “Cinco Layer Dip”


If you’re a long time friend of $5 Dinners, you know that I’m a bit obsessed with Tex-Mex and latin food. It’s partly because I live in Texas (where we choose our TexMex restaurants based on who has the best salsa or guacamole!) It’s partly because it’s super budget friendly ingredients that make super delicious meals. When my friends at Bush’s Beans asked me to share a recipe with their new Cocina Latina Beans, I couldn’t refuse!

The brand new Cocina Latina beans from Bush’s are only currently available at Walmart stores in Texas. Right now, there are 2 varieties available – the Friojles a la Mexicana (pinto beans with tomato sauce, serrano and bacon!!!) and traditional Refried Beans. This is what the labels look like this…so keep an eye out for them on store shelves!

Cocina Latina Beans

These beans are super versatile and do a fantastic job of jazzing up your breakfast, lunch or dinner. Yes, even breakfast…

Look at these amazing Open-Faced Breakfast Sandwiches! I’m planning on getting a big batch of these into the freezer, for a simple “grab n go” breakfast for my husband to take to work! (Also, keep reading…there’s a coupon down below!)

They’ve got another great video for the Pinto Bean Guacamole – you can see just how easy and great these Cocina Latina beans are to jazz up your next meal!


Here’s a great recipe to make with the Cocina Latina Refried Beans…also, these Bean & Cheese Sandwiches would be great with the Cocina Latina refried beans too!

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Five Layer Dip Recipe

Yield – 8 to 10 appetizer or side dish servings.

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 0 minutes


  • 15 oz. can Cocina Latina refried beans
  • 1 1/2 cup guacamole
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 bag corn tortilla chips


  • In a medium, shallow serving dish or bowl, spread the refried beans along the bottom. Then add a layer of guacamole, followed by layer of sour cream, and then salsa.
  • Add the sliced green onions and cilantro leaves as the top layer.
  • Serve with corn tortilla chips.

Coupon for Cocina Latina Beans – Get $1/2 Cocina Latina Beans

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bush’s. Recipes, opinions and TexMex food obsessions are my own. Coupon expires 9/21/16.


No Bake Coconut Key Lime Pie Squares

No Bake Coconut Key Lime Pie Squares Recipe from

I’m adding this to the “foods that when I eat them, any and all self control flies out the window” list. Right behind Thin Mints and chocolate chip cookies.

In general, I’m a sucker for any dessert with chocolate. And now I’m a sucker for these key lime bars. rich, smooth and summery-scrumptious!

  1. No bake.
  2. Coconutty flavors that practically whisk you to the tropics.
  3. A lovely vanilla wafer crust.
  4. Key lime. (Yes, you need to use key lime. Not just regular lime. Because key limes have a deeper, richer flavor.)
  5. Summer, summer, summer…the perfect summer dessert!

Also, these are egg-free! A perfect summer dessert for those who don’t tolerate eggs well 🙂

No Bake Coconut Key Lime Pie Squares Recipe from

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No Bake Coconut Key Lime Pie Squares

Yield – 12 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes*

Cooking Time – 0 minutes


  • 3 cups vanilla wafers
  • 3 Tbsp coconut sugar (granulated sugar can be substituted)
  • 5 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 4 oz. key lime juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut


  • Line a 9X9 pan with parchment paper.
  • Crush the vanilla wafers into fine crumbs. Stir in the coconut sugar and butter. Pour this into your 9X9 pan. Press into the bottom evenly.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese, key lime juice, and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
  • Stir in the coconut flakes and then pour the mixture over the top of the crust. Smooth out the mixture until it’s even all over the pan.
  • Refrigerate for at least 3 hours until the mixture is firm.* Cut into squares.
  • Serve No Bake Coconut Key Lime Pie Squares chilled. (Cover and store any leftovers in the refrigerator.)

HEADS UP….Special Free Knife Skills Class, Available Next Week!

Heads up my friend!

If you’ve got a kid who’s expressing interest in cooking and helping in the kitchen OR if you want to make sure your kiddos head off into the real world knowing how to cook more than a box of mac n cheese, LISTEN UP 😉

I have 4 boys. I plan to teach them all how to cook. They already know how to make several things and are pretty adept at getting their own breakfasts (this might be because their mother isn’t a morning person and her brain isn’t always turned on before it’s time to make eggs!)

While I don’t expect that any would become Michelin chefs (unless they want to!), I do expect them to be fairly proficient in the kitchen.


Registration for the Free Knife Skills Class & the Kids Cook Real Food Online Class is currently closed, but Katie has graciously offered to open it up next week…just for us! I have worked through a few of the lessons with the boys and having the structure, guidance and practical tips for teaching these skills (and in an order that makes sense!) has been a HUGE help…even for me, as a confident mom-chef!

The beauty of this class and the way that Katie has set it up…it helps the novice, amatuer and professional home chefs (you’ll probably learn a thing or two too!) teach their kids the essential skills for working in the kitchen and making delicious and healthy meals.

The Free Knife Skills Class & The Kids Cook Real Food Online Class will be available for signup starting on Tuesday…but you can drop your email address here to learn more!

And of course, I’ll send you more information about the class and reminders next week!!



Copycat Panera Mac ‘n Cheese


Copycat Panera Recipe for Mac n Cheese from

It’s the white cheddar.


And if you can splurge on some white cheddar from Vermont…DO IT.

Because, it’s so so so so so so good!

Copycat Panera Mac n Cheese

And the cracked pepper. There’s just something about cracked pepper on homemade macaroni and cheese.

This Copycat Panera Mac ‘n Cheese is outstanding!

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Copycat Panera Mac ‘n Cheese

Yield – 6 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 8-10 minutes


  • 3 cups elbow or other small shell pasta noodles
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 Tbsp spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 dashes nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups shredded Vermont white cheddar cheese
  • Parsley or basil garnish


  • In a medium saucepan, add the pasta, milk, mustard, garlic powder and nutmeg and turn on the heat on medium-high.
  • Bring the milk to a simmer (just as you start seeing little bubbles form). Quickly turn it down to LOW. You don’t want the milk to heat too fast and boil over into a mess!
  • Let the pasta cook in the milk mixture over the low heat…stirring often. And by often, I mean often…every 30 seconds. It will take 6-8 minutes from this point for the pasta to soak up all the milk. You need to stir because the pasta on the bottom will absorb the liquid, and you don’t want the pasta on the top to be chewy. So it needs to be turned over. You’ll see what I mean when you try it!
  • If you think it needs a little more liquid, add water 1/4 cup at a time. I didn’t need any…but you can if you need it. (This is cool to watch…and would be a great little “experiment” or cooking science lesson for kids.)
  • Once the pasta is al dente, remove it from the heat and stir in the shredded white cheddar cheese and let it melt into the sauce and coat the pasta.
  • Serve Copycat Panera Mac ‘n Cheese with optional parsley or basil garnish.

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