I find myself making my layered taco dip frequently for gatherings. It’s a popular dish that everyone seems to enjoy. My husband loves it too. I used to make a batch for the two of us to sit down and eat for dinner. In fact during the first night of the Northeast Blackout in August 2003, we sat on our couch in our Manhattan apartment finishing the layered taco dip we had started the night before (that would have spoiled in the fridge), and drinking the leftover margaritas (that would have melted in the freezer).
This is a flexible dip, as different layers can be added and omitted based on your personal preferences. I think everyone has their own version of Layered Taco Dip. Some include seven layers; some have nine. I have seen some recipes that mix cream cheese with sour cream. When I made this the other day, I actually added Greek yogurt as I was short on sour cream. Whichever way you choose to make yours, I beg you leave out the black olives if you’re serving to a crowd. I find it hard to find someone who is a fan of black olives. If you ever watch people at a party eating layered taco dip, notice how they take their tortilla chips and try to scoop around the olives, leaving a pile of black olives for clean up. You can hold the olives, and instead garnish with chives, green onion, cilantro, and/or chopped jalapeño. This dip doesn't keep well for long, so it's best to make this right before serving.
Kate’s Layered Taco Dip
1 (16 oz.) can refried beans (I use fat free vegetarian beans)
1 (16 oz.) container of light sour cream
1 (1 oz.) package low-sodium taco seasoning
½ recipe Kate’s Chunky Guacamole
2 cups shredded cheese (Mexican or Taco variety – one that includes Monterrey Jack and Cheddar)
3 tomatoes, diced
¼ cup chopped chives or green onion
Remove beans from can and to remove excess liquid, drain in a colander lined with paper towel. Spread beans on a large platter.
In a small bowl, mix sour cream with taco seasoning. Spread on top of beans, leaving the edge of the beans visible.
Make ½ recipe of Kate’s Chunky Guacamole. Carefully spread on top of sour cream, leaving the edge visible.
Sprinkle cheese on top of guacamole, and top with tomatoes. Garnish with chives or green onion. Serve immediately with tortilla chips.