Monday, November 18, 2013

Seven Layer Mexican Dip

We had another neighborhood potluck last night, for those of you keeping track at home, this would be number 3.  I think it may have been the best yet, because there were more people.  We, once again, did a Mexican theme, so I made this delicious seven layer dip.

I've been eating seven layer dip for a long time now, I always remember seeing/having it at potlucks and parties as a kid, and I totally understand why.  It's really good and it can be as easy or difficult to make as you like.  I think that I took a solidly middle of the road approach (which I like best, unless we're talking politics) and made the gauc and taco seasoning from scratch.  I was thinking about making some salsa as well, but I managed to get a Costco size container of it from church (epic win).  

Mostly, this recipe involves dumping cans of stuff in a pan and spreading it out.  Feel free to make any number of the components from scratch.  Or just buy them all and pretend like you did. 

You will need:
2 Cans Re-fried beans (although, in retrospect, I could have done with only one - it got a little thick)
8 Ounces Sour Cream 
1 Can Jalapeno Peppers 
Guacamole 
Salsa 
1 Tablespoon Taco Seasoning 
Chopped Olives 
Cheese




















Since I was making the taco seasoning from scratch, I did that first.  It's really easy and most people have all the ingredients at home already. 

Taco Seasoning: 
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder 
1 teaspoon Onion Powder
1 teaspoon Dried Oregano 
4 teaspoon Black Pepper 
4 Tablespoon Chili Powder (please note, for the sake of your taste buds, this is NOT the same as cayanne pepper)
2 teaspoon Paprika
1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes 
4 teaspoon salt
6 teaspoon Cumin




















Mix it all together in a little dish.  Store with the rest of your spices for as long as it takes for you to use it all. The packets tend to be 1-2 Tablespoons, so this should last a while. Mix about a tablespoon with the sour cream.




















Now that you've done that, make the guacamole.  I used this recipe, obviously.  If you don't want to make your own, no worries, there are plenty of great pre-made options out there.  I had originally planned to do this, but for some reason my grocery store was out. 

Now, start layering.  You can do this any way you want, but I did mine like this, using a combination of an offset spatula and a spoon:

Beans (really would use only one can next time - it was really thick)



















Jalapenos



















Seasoned Sour Cream 



















Olives 



















Salsa 



















Guacamole 



















Cheese




















I have seen people heat this up, but I don't.  Warm avocado really freaks me out.  Serve with sturdy chips and a spoon - it's a heavy dip, so you need something substantial for scooping. 

I love this dip, and it seems that everyone else does as well.  It's really easy to throw together, I often find that I have most of the ingredients in my pantry already, and people absolutely go nuts over it.  

Question of the day: 
What's your favorite party dip? 

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