Seven-Layer Dip

Seven-Layer Dip

For this recipe, the traditional 7-layer dip has been revisited so that each layer is good enough to eat on its own, but isn’t so much effort that the whole thing can’t be finished in 20 minutes. The order of the layers offers some delightful moments, like where the cheese melts into the warm refried beans or where the cool sour cream meets the fiery salsa. Cilantro and scallions serve as a refreshing counterpoint, and Fritos lend added crunch. No need to dig out your trifle bowl: A platter with a lip is preferred here for easier scooping.
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  • Serves: 6 persons



  1. Step 1

    In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream and half the jalapeño (about 1 tablespoon). Season with salt and pepper. In another small bowl, coarsely mash the avocado, lime juice and remaining 1 tablespoon jalapeño, then season with salt and pepper.
  2. Step 2

    In a small saucepan over medium-low heat or in a microwave, warm the refried beans with the cumin. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Step 3

    Spread the beans on a platter with a rim or lip. Top evenly with the cheese, followed by the olives, avocado mixture and salsa. Top with dollops of jalapeño-sour cream and sprinkle with crumbled Fritos, scallions and cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips.