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5-Layer Dip


This layered bean dip is always a crowd-pleaser at parties.  The recipe comes from my sister-in-law and her girls.  It is so simple to make and you can adjust the layers according to your taste and the ingredients that you have on hand.  At its most basic it is a 5-layer dip but it can easily become a 7-layer dip if you add multiple toppings with the cheese.  My family likes to use our homemade guacamole but you can simply use mashed or cubed avocado.  We typically serve the dip chilled or at room temperature but it is also yummy when heated.

5-Layer Dip
Recipe type: Appetizer
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8+
This layer bean dip is always a crowd-pleaser. You can adjust the layers according to your taste and the ingredients that you have on hand.
  • 1 15-ounce can refried beans
  • ½ of a 15-ounce can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 16-ounce tub of light sour cream
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning, to taste
  • Guacamole or mashed avocado
  • Grated Cheese
  • Olive slices, optional
  • 1 can of diced green chiles, optional
  • Shredded cilantro, optional
  1. To assemble this dip, spread the refried beans in the bottom of a standard-sized pie pan.
  2. Stir the black beans into the refried beans and mash lightly to mix together.
  3. Mix the taco seasoning and the light sour cream.
  4. Spread the sour cream mixture over the beans.
  5. Spread guacamole over the sour cream mixture and cover with grated cheese.
  6. Top with sliced olives, diced green chiles, sliced jalapeños and/or shredded cilantro.
  7. Serve with chips and/or tortillas and salsa.