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Easy Mexican Dip Recipe: Delicious Five Layer Mexican Dip And Variations

Updated on July 14, 2011

Warning: This Layered Mexican Dip Will Disappear!

While I love throwing dinner parties, I definitely do not consider myself to be a gourmet chef. Therefore, I am always coming up with quicky, easy and inexpensive -- and, of course, delicious! -- recipes to put together for my guests.

I came up with this version of five layer Mexican dip last year when we had friends over.I love Mexican food and I'd had layered Mexican dip many times before, but there always seemed to be an ingredient missing that I wished were there or an ingredient that I didn't care for. For instance, my friend served store-bought Mexican dip that had salsa, guacamole and sour cream in it. But where was the cheese? The beans? Needless to say, I found it very unsatisfying and realized that I could come up with a much better layered Mexican dip on my own.

Sure enough, I served my 5 layer Mexican dip at our next party and our friends loved it! They gobbled up the layered dip in about five seconds and I wished I'd made more. I then served it again recently at another party and once again, it was met with raves. Even my mom, who's an awesome cook, loved this five layer Mexican dip and asked for the recipe!

The beauty of this Mexican dip recipe is that it is sooo simple. While you can make all of the individual ingredients yourself for this layered dip (I've included videos explaining how to make guacamole, how to make salsa and how to make refried beans), you can still make an absolutely delicious dip simply by using store-bought ingredients (which I do). When you use ready-made ingredients, it only takes about 10 minutes to throw this Mexican dip recipe together; the trick is in layering it correctly so that it not only looks appealing, but so the layers don't sink into each other.

What's also great about this Mexican dip is that you don't have to limit it to five layers. I make a 5 layer Mexican dip because it's simple and tasty and I don't have to chop ingredients. But you can easily add olives or scallions or jalepenos -- anything you want, pretty much -- to make an even more elaborate layered Mexican dip.

Below I've shared my five layer Mexican dip recipe, but also have ideas for variations. So go ahead and make this 5 layer Mexican dip (or six layer or seven layer, etc.). You and your guests will NOT be disappointed! Just make sure to make enough dip for seconds and thirds ... and fourths.

Five Layer Mexican Dip


1 can refried beans

1 tub guacamole

1 tub sour cream

1 small jar salsa (mild to medium, your choice)

1 8 oz bag shredded cheddar cheese (preferably the kind labeled "Mexican" or "taco.")

1 large bag tortilla chips (I personally like Tostitos scoops)


1. For this dish, I like to use a large, CLEAR, square dish. This way, you can see all of the layers when the dish is finished.

2. In the clear dish, spread the first layer, the refried beans. Make sure you spread a nice, thick layer that covers the entire bottom of the dish. Run a knife over the layer to get it even so the refried beans are not lumpy.

3. Next, spread the guacamole evenly over the refried beans. Make sure that the guacamole does not sink or mix into the bean layer; you want to keep the layers as even and as separate as possible.

3. Spread the sour cream over the guacamole. Again, keep the layer even and try not to let it mix into the guacamole.

4. Spread the salsa on top of the sour cream. I recommend spreading a bit at a time since the salsa is liquidy. This way, you can keep it from mixing into the sour cream.

5. Sprinkle a liberal amount of cheese over the top as the final layer. Cover the dish with foil and keep in the fridge until ready for use.

6. Serve with corn chips, tortilla chips, potato chips, fresh tortillas, blue corn chips, vegetables, etc. This Mexican dip even works when spread over chicken or meat, if you want a Mexican-style meal!

How To Make Guacamole

How To Make Salsa

How To Make Refried Beans

Layered Mexican Dip Recipe Variations

1. Six Layer Mexican Dip: For 6 Layer Mexican Dip, add some finely chopped black or green olives over the cheddar cheese layer.

2. Seven Layer Mexican Dip: For 7 Layer Mexican Dip, add finely chopped scallions over the olives.

3. Eight Layer Mexican Dip: For 8 Layer Mexican Dip, add chopped jalapenos over the scallions. If chopping yourself, remember that the seeds add heat; wear gloves and be careful when handling the jalapenos.

4. Nine Layer Mexican Dip: For 9 Layer Mexican Dip, add chopped tomatoes.

5. Ten Layer Mexican Dip: For 10 Layer Mexican Dip, add ground beef, turkey or chicken strips.

6. Eleven Layer Mexican Dip: For 11 Layer Mexican Dip, add fresh black beans.

7. Twelve Layer Mexican Dip: For 12 Layer Mexican Dip, add corn kernels.


*For a low-fat Mexican dip, substitute fat-free cheese for the cheddar, fat-free or low-fat sour cream and fat-free refried beans.


* For a hot version of layered Mexican dip, layer the following ingredients: refried beans, cream cheese, chopped tomatoes, shredded cheddar and jack cheese, jalapenos. Heat in an oven at 300 degrees F until the cheese is bubbly. Serve with tortilla chips or tortillas.


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