Seven Layer Dip Cornmeal Pancakes

Seven Layer Dip Cornmeal Pancakes

Not too long ago I made and really enjoyed some fresh corn cornmeal pancakes and I was to find out that they worked with savoury toppings just as well as they did with sweet toppings! I had topped those pancakes with salsa and sour cream and served them with a side of avocado and of course that got me to thinking about texmex flavours and of course that led me to the idea of using the pancakes in a tostada like way. The basic idea behind a tostada is a lot like tacos except that the tortillas are served flat and they are toasted until crispy and they are can be topped with any of your favourite texmex ingredients. After thinking about it for a while I settled in on the idea of topping my cornmeal pancake tostadas with all of the ingredients of my favourite 7 layer dip.

This recipe starts out with the cornmeal pancakes and as far as that goes, it is a pretty basic pancakes recipe where some of the flour is replaced with cornmeal and the milk is replaced with buttermilk to give it a nice hint of tanginess. Ingredients don't tend to stay on top of toasted tortillas very well so tostadas are commonly started with a base that helps the other ingredients stay in place and refried beans do an excellent job of it. Next up on my seven layer dip cornmeal pancake tostadas was some cool and creamy guacamole followed by a fresh pico de gallo, though you could always use your favourite salsa here. The tostadas are finished off with some shredded lettuce, cheese, sour cream, olives and green onions. With all of the ingredients in this recipe it can take some time to pull together but if you make some of them a day ahead it lightens the load and of course you could always use store bought versions to make things even easier.

I have to say that I really enjoyed there seven layer dip cornmeal pancake tostadas! The light and fluffy cornmeal pancakes really worked out well as the base for tostadas and the slight sweetness of the pancakes paired well with all of the savoury toppings! There tostada pancakes could easily be dinner but I quite liked having them for breakfast as well. I hardly needed an excuse to have seven layer dip for breakfast but this one works out perfectly! If you make all of the parts of the seven layer dip yourself you can even make sure that these tostada pancakes are on the healthier side of things.

Seven Layer Dip Cornmeal Pancakes

Seven Layer Dip Cornmeal Pancakes

Cornmeal pancakes topped with seven layer dip including refried beans, pico de gallo, cheese, guacamole and sour cream, olives and green onions.


Servings: makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1 batch cornmeal pancakes, warm (see below)
  • 1 cup refried beans, warm
  • 1/2 cup guacamole
  • 1 cup pico de gallo
  • 1 cup lettuce
  • 1 cup cheese such as jack and cheddar, shredded
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives, drained
  • 4 green onions, sliced
Directions
  1. Spread the refried beans on the pancakes, sprinkle on the pico de gallo, lettuce and cheese, throw on a dollop of guacamole and sour cream and garnish with black olives and green onions.

Cornmeal Pancakes

Cornmeal adds an amazing texture to pancakes that works equally well with sweet or savoury toppings.


Servings: makes 2 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Directions
  1. Mix the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Mix the buttermilk, eggs and butter in another bowl.
  3. Mix the wet and dry ingredients making sure to not over mix.
  4. Heat a pan and melt a touch of butter in it.
  5. Pour 1/4 cup of the mixture into the pan and heat until the surface starts to bubble and the bottom is golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Flip the pancake and cook the other side until the bottom is golden brown, about 1-2 minutes.

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19 comments:

Julia said...

YES, I love these. I have a HUGE thing for cornmeal pancakes, ESPECIALLY savory!

becky said...

This looks amazing! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

vanillasugarblog said...

OMG Kevin. I love you!
So making these. Oh yeah!!

Sara said...

These look amazing, yum! I love the idea of a different way to serve 7 layer dip...looks super delicious! :)

Babe-O Karey said...

I can't wait to try the cornmeal pancakes and I love anything with refried beans.

Jennifer and Jaclyn @ sketch-free vegan said...

This is genius I tell you!

Anna said...

When I said I will definitely have to make more nutritious breakfast dishes, I never expected something as healthy and hearty as this pancake recipe! You are making my vision of a healthier lifestyle more attainable...Thanks!

Joanne said...

Whenever I make seven layer dip, I eat it as if it's a meal anyway...so why not make it into one! Awesome idea.

nashnordin said...

Oh my! that pancakes looks really good! I might try and make them since I have extra cornmeal from making muffins last week ^^

warmvanillasugar said...

These are so fun! Need to try this for sure.

anniebakes said...

wow, does this look good and refreshing!

Priscilla said...

Great.
I've made cornmeal waffles as a savory base for a long time.
Nice under a cream sauce especially with a little mustard.

Poornima Nair said...

That's an awesome dish, very tempting!!

Pam said...

What a unique dish. I love the Mexican flavors with the cornmeal pancakes - yum!

Cara said...

Great idea Kevin! These would go over really, really well in my house :)

Chris said...

Dude, that looks great. The cornmeal pancake is kind of like a tortilla anyway, right? This makes me want to try the "redneck taco" at Martin's BBQ which is a cornmeal pancake topped with pulled pork and "mess" of other stuff.

Kevin said...

Chris: Thise red neck tacos sound good!

Kathleen Richardson said...

I'm not sure I could eat an entire pancake with 7 layer topping! I'm feeling replete simply looking at your wonderful photos.

Minimalist Mama said...

Mmmm, made these tonight. Hubs folded his up like a gordita and I ate mine with a fork. Thanks for the great idea!

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