Thursday, December 10, 2015

Party Favorite (Ours Too!)

The holiday season is get-together time for so many. Last week we attended a couple of holiday socials and our grandson's birthday celebration too. 

While it can be risky bringing along a first-time tried dish, I had wanted to a 7 Layer Dip after a few years of enjoying ones done by others for similar gatherings.

It was so easy once you assemble all the ingredients. The best part is that no cooking is required. You can dice some of the ingredients the night before or earlier in the day, then assemble everything later. It helps to make it a few hours earlier and refrigerate before serving. The ingredients set up better when chilled.

7 Layer Dip Appetizer 
  • 2 avocados, peeled, pitted and mashed
  • 1-1/2 TBSP fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 C hoped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 C salsa (drain if too liquid)
  • 1 (8 oz) container sour cream
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix
  • 4 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1 bunch scallions (green onions) finely chopped
  • 1 (16 oz) can refried beans
  • 1 can black olives, drained and chopped
  • 2 C shredded Mexican style cheese blend
  • Chili seasoning (optional)
  • garlic salt to taste (optional) 
  • ground black pepper 
  1. Mash avocados in a bowl. Add in lime juice, cilantro, salsa, garlic salt and pepper and you now have guacamole.
  2. Blend sour cream and taco seasoning in a small bowl (add in dash of chili seasoning if using).
  3. In a 9x13 dish or large serving platter layer ingredients: spread refried beans, top with sour cream mixture, spread on guacamole. Top with tomatoes, green onions, cheese and black olives.
  4. Serve with nacho chips.
There are many variations to this dish; you might have a different recipe which adds or omits some ingredients. I made it 3 times in a week and learned something each time. For example: draining diced tomatoes and removing some seeds is helpful as is draining the salsa if the brand is too liquid. Also, I combined scallions with tomatoes and mixed some of the cheese with the diced olives before spreading the layers.

There's not much that can go wrong with this appetizer, except that it tends to disappear. Be sure to have an accompanying large bag of nacho chips when serving. I plan to make it again during the holiday season (so let us know if you can stop by for a visit).


DeniseinVA said...

That sounds delicious and even better, can be made ahead.

Sandra said...

when working this was a popular dish. and i was first in it every time. i had no idea avocados are in it.. so i guess i don't hate all avocado... because i love this dish

Anonymous said...

I love this type of dip. Yum.

Emma Springfield said...

I make something similar to this but it is a meal. I crush corn chips on the bottom then layer refried beans, taco meat, Meican rice, cheese on each layer. Then I pour melted Nacho cheese over the top. On top of that I put lettuce, tomato, sliced olives, and sliced jalapenos. My children do not like guacamole so I serve that and sour cream on the side along with taco sauce. I will try your dip for sure. It looks yummy.

Connie said...

I can see why this would be so popular. Sounds great!

Lady Jane said...

Hi, sorry I haven't been keeping track lately. I have been stitching up a storm for Christmas gifts. Sounds like you guys are having great visits with family. Hoping you have more wonderful days to come. Hugs, LJ

Mildred said...

We love dishes like this with chips. John especially loves the olives!

Michelle said...

This is always a hit!

Leonora said...

This is a big favorite with guests of all ages at our house! I'll even make this for our lunch once in a while because we love it so much. : )
I think it's healthy.

Ginnie said...

I always love it when someone brings one of these to a gathering ! Maybe next time it will be me, thanks to the recipe here.

William Kendall said...

It sounds more like a meal than an appetizer!

Catherine said...

I must say Beatrice you are my kind of chef! I love nachos (and will be devouring bag fulls when I visit the States for the holidays :) ... your dip would be a perfect pairing!

Rebecca said...

You're making me hungry. I knew I shouldn't read this on an empty stomac­čśó

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