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Sensational 7-Layer Mexican Dip

By Charlotte on August 7, 2015 6:30 AM

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Want a delicious dip perfect for everything from backyard barbecues to game day gatherings? You have to try this sensational 7-layer Mexican dip.

It's one of my go-to party recipes. Besides feeding a crowd, this easy appetizer has an irresistible Tex-Mex flavor with just the right amount of heat.

My spin includes these layers:

  1. Refried beans spiked with salsa
  2. Homemade or store-bought guacamole
  3. Sour cream spiced with taco seasoning
  4. Ripe olives
  5. Grape tomatoes
  6. Green chiles
  7. Monterey Jack blended with cheddar cheese

For a pretty presentation, I put it on a fun platter instead of in a dish, leaving room around the edge for chips. If the party has a Mexican theme, I'll whip up a double batch of guacamole and put a cup of it in this yummy dip. Otherwise, ready-made guac makes for a nice shortcut. I usually mix the Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses at home because I always have them on hand. If you like a little more of a kick, try using Pepper Jack instead of standard Monterey Jack. Of, if you're short on prep time, pick up a pre-mixed Mexican cheese blend.

You can make this hearty hors d'oeuvre a few hours ahead and refrigerate it until party time. When ready to serve, I surround my layered creation with thick corn chips like Fritos Scoops. But any white or yellow corn chip will do. Whatever your choice, you can count on this taste treat to score plenty of points with your family and friends.

Sensational 7-Layer Mexican Dip

Serves 12-16

Mix beans and salsa and spread on a large platter, leaving room around the edges for chips.

Spread guacamole evenly over bean and salsa layer.

Mix taco seasoning and sour cream. Spread over guacamole.

Layer remaining ingredients in order shown until ready for cheeses.

Combine cheeses in a medium bowl and sprinkle on top of dip.

Serve with Fritos Scoops or any white or yellow corn chip.

Can be made several hours ahead and refrigerated until serving time.

Tip: If making ahead and using homemade guacamole, press the saved avocado seeds in the dip and cover with plastic wrap to prevent the guacamole turning brown. Remove the seeds before serving.

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If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

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