7-Layer Southwestern Dip


Serve this bean, cheese, sour cream, and salsa dip with homemade or purchased tortilla chips.

7-Layer Southwestern Dip
Photo: Jennifer Causey
32 appetizer servings


7-Layer Southwestern Dip

  • 3 cup shredded lettuce

  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • ½ cup chopped red sweet pepper (and/or yellow sweet pepper)

  • ¼ cup sliced green onions

  • 1 8 ounce carton dairy sour cream

  • 2 finely chopped jalapeño peppers

  • 1 teaspoon shredded lime peel

  • 1 8 ounce jar (1 cup) chunky salsa

  • ½ medium avocado, peeled and coarsely chopped

  • cup shredded cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack cheese

  • cup chopped pitted ripe olives

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh cilantro or parsley (optional)

  • 16 ounce tortilla chips or Homemade Tortilla Chips

Homemade Tortilla Chips (optional)

  • 10 6-inch flour tortillas


7-Layer Southwestern Dip:

  1. Line a 12-inch platter with the shredded lettuce. Stir together black beans, sweet pepper, and green onions. Spoon atop lettuce, leaving a lettuce border. Dollop sour cream atop bean mixture; gently spread in a smooth layer atop beans, leaving a border. Sprinkle with jalapeno peppers and lime peel.

  2. Drain excess liquid from salsa. Stir in avocado; spoon atop sour cream layer, leaving a border. Sprinkle cheese atop. Top with a layer of chopped ripe olives and sprinkle with cilantro or parsley, if desired. Serve immediately or cover and chill for up to 6 hours. Serve with Homemade Tortilla Chips or purchased chips.

Homemade Tortilla Chips:

  1. Cut ten 6-inch flour tortillas into wedges. Place in single layers on ungreased baking sheets. Bake in a 350°F oven about 10 to 15 minutes or until dry and crisp.

Make-Ahead Tip:

Prepare and bake Homemade Tortilla Chips. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 24 hours. Prepare layered dip. Cover and chill up to 6 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

66 Calories
4g Fat
7g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 66
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 87mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 8.9mg 45%
Calcium 40mg 3%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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