Layered Bean Taco Dip

Image 1My parents didn’t have many parties at our house.  I’m not sure if it was because we were kind of out in the countryside and too far for some people to drive, or if because it was a lot of work putting it together, or if it was because they had two kids at home that they couldn’t get rid of for a few hours.

I’m thinking it was the latter.

When we did have parties, my mom would cover the dining room table with tasty toothpicked and hand-held appetizers.  She would let me mix some of the onion dip and put together the spinach dip in the bread bowl (mental note:  must blog that recipe!) and cut up vegetables for the platter.

But this dip, this delicious seven layers of savory dipping heaven, was one of my all time favorites.

Our dining room had two doors leading into it; one from the kitchen and one from the hall.  It gave a nice flow to the room and people could come and go easily.  When this dipping masterpiece was set out on the table I would wait anxiously until the first guest arrived….and sometimes the second guest.  Whoever got in there and took the first dip was my hero.  I knew enough that we were not supposed to take the first dip or bite or piece of any of the dishes, but as soon as one of the guests did, it was game on.

Once the party got started, I would casually enter into the dining room through one of the doors, inconspicuously grab a chip and dip it into the 7 layers, quickly shove it into my mouth and walk straight out the second door.  All this achieved without coming to a complete stop.

I behaved myself, smiled and answered all questions, helped out in the kitchen and politely stayed out of the way, every so often sailing through the dining room and stuffing my face.  It was heaven.

Oh, and I’ve been slowly eating this Layered Bean Taco Dip for dinner the last three nights. As a matter of fact, I’m eating some right now.

Don’t judge me.


To put this all together, all you have to do is add a layer for every lined item in the directions section.  (It’s seven, by the way).

Quick photo recap:

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Sadly, I couldn’t find Laura Scudders Bean Dip, but Frito Lay worked nicely.


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The lemon juice mixed in keeps the avocados nice and green and adds some bright acidity to the dip.




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I know what you’re thinking….mayonnaise again?  But we can’t break the cardinal rule of 1970’s cooking, can we?




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I definitely should have added more onions.





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and more tomato would have been delicious.


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And olives make everything better.




And then you eat it.  Make sure you get some strong dipping chips because you don’t want to be slowed down by thin, dainty chips that can’t earn their keep.  Plus, the thick ones hold up better during the drive-by dipping.

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Afterword:  Bev McGihon, the creator of this recipe, was one of my mom’s best friends.  I spent many an afternoon at her house.  I really, really liked her.  Plus, who wouldn’t like the lady who makes one of my favorite dips?


Layered Bean Taco Dip

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  • Yield: 8-12
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: appetizer


  • 1 can bean dip
  • 3 smashed ripe avocados
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 pkg taco mix
  • 2 tbsp. sour cream
  • 2 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 4 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 4 oz. Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 3 chopped green onions
  • 2-3 chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can chopped olives


  1. Layer in dish in order:
  2. 1 can bean dip
  3. 3 smashed ripe avocados mixed with 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  4. 1/2 pkg taco mix mixed with 2 tbsp. sour cream and 2 tbsp. mayonnaise
  5. 4 oz Monterey Jack cheese, grated and 4 oz Cheddar Cheese, grated
  6. 3 chopped green onions
  7. 2-3 chopped tomatoes
  8. 1 can chopped olives
  9. Serve with your favorite dipping chips!

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Comments: 2

  1. Kristen June 5, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    freakin’ yummy!!!! I may just have to make this soon 🙂

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