Traditional 7 Layer Mexican Dip Appetizer Recipe with Ground Beef, Cilantro, and More!
What extra layers should be added?
I’ve been making the traditional 7 layer Mexican Dip for many years now. Like many, I at first went with the seven layers that were recommended to me. However, over the years, through adapting the recipe to my own tastes, I usually end up with about nine layers, and I think the whole thing has turned out even better. See what you think. This dish serves a lot of people and is perfect for any type of party. Just add your favorite tortilla chips!
Many Layer Mexican Dip!
Ingredients for "7 Layer Dip"
1 15 oz. can refried beans
1 8 oz. (or more or less) container guacamole (or homemade guacamole, as I prefer)
1 8 oz. container sour cream
1 12 oz. jar salsa
1 8 oz. block cheddar cheese, grated
2-3 tomatoes, chopped (enough to cover)
1 8 oz. can sliced black olives
Tortilla chips (not counted as a layer--served separately)
1 small onion, chopped (or try about 4 green onions, if you want something milder)
Fresh cilantro, torn and strewn on top
½ lb. ground beef, fully cooked, layered somewhere under cheese
Shredded lettuce, put on top right before serving (or on the side) for freshness
Easy Homemade Guacamole
3 ripe (soft to touch) avocados
1-2 cloves garlic
Cracked pepper to taste
A few dashes of lemon juice
I like simple guacamole, with the avocado being the main ingredient. I don’t add sour cream or tomatoes as many recipes call for. I simply smash the avocados (a little chunky is even okay), add crushed garlic, pepper, and salt to taste, plus a few dashes of lemon juice. Taste it! If you like it, it’s ready.
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Instructions for Layered Dip
Spread refried beans on bottom of 9 by 13 inch casserole dish. Make your guacamole (see homemade recipe), and spread over beans. Then spread sour cream, followed by jar of salsa. Feel free to use less of sour cream and salsa, as per your own taste, if you think it’s too much. You can buy pre-grated cheese, but I prefer to grate my own, as it’s cheaper and seems fresher. Spread the cheese on top of the salsa. Chop up tomatoes to sprinkle on top of cheese. Put sliced black olives on top of tomatoes. Again, in an effort to save money, I buy a can of whole olives, and slice up (or tear up) enough to spread out plenty on top.
As far as the optional ingredients, I do add the onions, sprinkling them on the salsa layer. Some folks feel that the salsa already offers enough onions and thus omit adding extra onions. In the particular version in the picture, I used green onions, putting them on top with the cilantro, as they are more decorative than white or yellow onions.
I’m a big cilantro fan. I’ll use it torn up in a simple lettuce and tomato salad. It’s delectable on this layered dip. If you like cilantro, tear up a bunch of fresh cilantro and spread it out on top.
I have tried the ground beef before, and it is a good addition, but it is better if the dip is served right away, as it isn’t as tasty once the dish gets cold. And this dish does have to be refrigerated, considering the ingredients involved. I have also used the lettuce before, but it needs to be served fresh. When I transport the dip outside my home, I don't attempt to use the lettuce or ground beef. For a bunch of hearty eaters at a Super Bowl party, you could add all the extras to make the dip go further. Just heat up the ground beef if needed.
Serve with your favorite tortilla chips! This tasty dish disappears pretty quickly.
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