7-Layer Dip


Perk up this classic dish with fresh lime juice and homemade guacamole.

8 cups


  • 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans (traditional variety)

  • 1 (4.5 ounce) can chopped green chiles, undrained

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, plus

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice for avocado layer

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

  • Salt

  • 3 avocados, halved, pitted, flesh spooned out

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • 1 cup salsa (drain to equal 1 cup if salsa is especially runny)

  • ¾ cup sliced canned black olives, drained

  • 1 cup grated pepper Jack cheese

  • ½ cup thin sliced scallion greens, green part only


  1. Mix beans, chiles, 1 Tb. of lime juice, chili powder, cumin, and a pinch of salt in a small bowl. In a second small bowl, mash avocados with a fork; stir in remaining 2 Tbs. lime juice and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to make guacamole. In a third small bowl, mix sour cream and mayonnaise.

  2. Spread bean mixture, then guacamole, then sour cream mixture, and finally salsa over the bottom of a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate or similar size pan. Sprinkle with olives, then cheese. (Dip can be covered and refrigerated up to 2 days) To serve, sprinkle with green onions.


If you can't find or don't want to use fresh avocados, substitute 16 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups) of prepared guacamole, seasoned generously with fresh lime juice.

Copyright 2006 USA WEEKEND and columnist Pam Anderson. All rights reserved.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

54 Calories
5g Fat
3g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 64
Calories 54
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 109mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 3mg 17%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 91mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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