Mexican Layered Dip

For a visual, I’m helping my daughter with homework {on a Sunday} while working on this post…  And I’m eating the leftovers from this very recipe.  At this point, I’m no longer hungry.  But the amount of homework this girl has is about to send me over the edge.  First, it’s 6th grade.  Did I even have homework when I was in 6th grade?  Second, we’ve spent hours on homework for Art and Gym (okay it’s the health side of Gym)  classes and have yet to start the other stuff.  Now, no knock at all to those classes.  But HOMEWORK?  I definitely did NOT have homework for Art or Gym class back in my day.  And folks.  We’ve been at this for H O U R S.  So to keep myself from totally losing all sanity, I’m soothing myself with Mexican Layered Dip.
Mexican Layer Dip - JustForClicksBlog.comMy dear friend Elizabeth hosts our bible study each week at her house.  And twice a year she hosts a party on a Saturday night for us all to get together with our husbands.  This weekend was party night.  Everyone brings an appetizer and Elizabeth makes her famous Cheesecake.  As we all licked our plates, we determined that we would have her hold a class to teach us her secrets to the deliciousness.  You may remember, I clearly need help in the cheesecake making!

Mexican Layer Dip - JustForClicksBlog.comSo here’s the thing…. I love to cook and bake.  I read cookbooks like their novels.  But for some reason, appetizers ALWAYS stump me.  Maybe it’s because I try to overthink them too much.  So perhaps because I was rushed for time when making my grocery list, it was actually a help.  Because I came up with two recipes that were hits and that I will definitely rely on again and again.

Mexican Layer Dip - JustForClicksBlog.comBoth recipes I made for the party (one today, one next time) were from one of Paula Deen’s original cookbooks.  Can we pause on this topic for a second?  Poor Paula.  Bless her heart.  I truly think she would be best served to stick to talking solely about food.

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Anyhoo, this Mexican Layered Dip turned out to be an instant fave.  I picture throwing it together for pool parties in the summer.  For Book Club nights.  Potlucks {I found out they are called Pitch-Ins here in Indiana so I need to correct myself}.

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Served with your favorite tortilla chips….

Mexican Layer Dip - JustForClicksBlog.comit’s nearly a meal in itself.

Mexican Layer Dip - JustForClicksBlog.comPS ~ I used this recipe as an excuse to hit HomeGoods where I found this new dish.  LOVE!

Mexican Layer Dip - JustForClicksBlog.comSadly, my kitchen has horrible lighting for photos.  And editing these photos while keeping my Girl on track with the HOURS of school work she’s been doing proved a bit tricky.  SO, take my word for it…

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the dish is CUTE!

Mexican Layered Dip

Adapted Slightly From: "The Lady and Sons, Too!" by Paula Deen


  • 3 ripe avocados, peeled and mashed
  • 2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of garlic salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • One 1.25 ounce package taco seasoning
  • 36 oz refried beans
  • 16 oz jar picante sauce
  • 1 cup chopped vidalia onion
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 6 oz can diced olives
  • small can of diced green peppers, hot
  • 1-2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1-2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese


Combine avocado, lemon juice, seasonings, and hot sauce in a small bowl; set aside. In another bowl, combine sour cream, mayo and taco seasoning; set aside. In a shallow, wide bowl layer the beans, then the avocado mixture, then the sour-cream mixture, then the picante sauce, onions, tomatoes, olives, and green peppers. Top with the cheeses. Serve with tortilla chips!

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  1. Debbie says

    That recipe looks so good! My husband loves Mexican food so I know this one would go over well in my house. Thanks for sharing the recipe Kim.

    Blessings and love,

  2. Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen says

    Hi Kim. Thanks so much for stopping by my site today. I LOVE this dip! It is so up my alley, let me tell you. I can also totally relate to your lighting issue but as time has passed, I’ve found some clever ways to get around it but it’s always a challenge. I’m glad Aggie sent you over and I look forward to following along :)

  3. Mary says

    We love this dip too. It disappears so fast each time I make it. Thanks for saying “hi!” Enjoy the rest of your week!

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