Seven layer dip is a Mexican-inspired party staple made with beans, cilantro, cheese, avocado, tomatoes, and jalapeño. It’s crazy easy to make as well as quite healthy. And it requires no cooking whatsoever. And this is the best darn rendition of it we’ve ever had.
We have something to confess. This ridiculously good riff on seven layer dip had been meticulously reworked by the folks at Cooking Light magazine to contain as few fat grams as possible thanks to low-fat cheese and reduced-fat sour cream. Which, to us, is sad. Because the thing is, what really matters when it comes to satiety is satisfaction. And we derive a heck of a lot of that from real food. You know, food that hasn’t been tampered with in any way. So we ditched the low-fat dairy but kept the recipe, which is seriously the best seven layer dip we’ve ever had. Provided you use real cheese and sour cream. One taste and we think you’ll agree that it was the right thing to do. Originally published June 27, 2016.–Renee Schettler Rossi
Seven Layer Dip
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- 45 M
- 1 H
- Serves 8 to 12
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Wow, wow, wow! Seven layer dip is one of those things people throw together using cans and packages of things. You see it at a potluck or family picnic and think it should be a good thing, but because of all the packaged foods used, it's only so-so. But this seven layer dip is something else all together. Because everything is homemade using beans and veggies, it actually feels like a healthy(ish) thing to eat for lunch. And that's exactly what we did—we sat down with a half recipe of dip and a bag of tortilla chips for the two of us. I made half a recipe and it's a good thing I did or we might have eaten the entire batch. I reduced all my ingredients by half except I used the entire amount of beans. So perhaps the recipe could use double the beans if people want more.
It brings me great joy to see a traditional dip like this seven layer dip, and find that someone has elevated the recipe. While this dip recipe does require some time and effort to put together, it was worth it. It was fresh tasting, light, satisfying, and the perfect appetizer for our summer barbecue. I layered my dip in a 9-inch glass pie dish. The dip filled the pie dish but it did not overflow it or make a mess. The glass dish also made for a visually appealing presentation. I served my dip with tortilla chips. I had some dip leftover and when I pulled it out of the refrigerator the next day, there was a little liquid in the dish but the flavor was still very good.