This 7 layer dip is a crazy-good Tex-Mex favorite that Michelle Ezratty Murphy of Phoenix brings to Super Bowl, Cinco de Mayo and other fiestas. Her delicioso recipe is stacked with the classic seven, of course, and then she takes things to the next level of delicioso with 1 extra ingredient. It’s hearty, it’s filling, it’s carne! Michelle adds a bonus row of ground beef, seasoned with her own mix of chile powders and spices. ”The taco beef takes this dish from appetizer to meal in a minute. The flavor of the cumin and chili powder add to the already delicious flavors,” she explains.
Here are Michelle‘s signature eight layers, in order: 1) refried beans, 2) Mexican crema or sour cream, 3) guacamole, 4) taco beef, 5) pico de gallo, 6) shredded cheese, 7) sliced black olives, and 8) scallions. Muchísimas gracias to Michelle, one of our favorite homecooks here at Familia Kitchen, for this killer recipe, just in time for Cinco de Mayo festivities. And gracias to you, too, Texas for being the birthplace of this addictive dip that tastes like 1,000 calories per bite and is everyone we know’s favorite way to load up tortilla chips.
Michelle — who P.S. is also the super-talented photographer of our Familia Kitchen Cookbook — is famous in her circle for this dish. She tells Familia Kitchen she starts making it on the regular every May. “Cinco de Mayo always inspires me to make fun and easy food that everyone craves and always likes,” the gifted homecook explains. “This 7 layer dip with the bonus 8th layer of seasoned taco meat can be a meal, side dish or appetizer and is easy to transport to parties.”
Plus, “no oven needed, because it’s served chilled,” she adds.
Even though she knows Cinco is not an official Mexican holiday, the day still offers a great excuse to get together with people she loves and toast the beckoning of summer. “I usually make this when I’m feeding a crowd. I’ll be making it for Cinco de Mayo, and also during the summer when we invite friends over and sit outside drinking cerveza.”
Michelle’s tweaks go beyond the bonus beef. “I also use pico de gallo instead of the expected salsa. I like the bigger chunks of tomato and chopped cilantro, which add a fresh kick to this recipe. Salsa I find makes this dip too watery.”
Don’t be daunted by the length of this recipe, she says. “This dish is actually pretty simple to pull off. Making 7 layer dip is pretty easy, even though it has a lot of components. My family always knows that if I’m rushing to get this dip out for a party, I may cheat and open a can of refrieds instead of making the beans from scratch (homemade is always better, but not always the easiest). And honestly, no matter how you make it, it’s always a crowd and family pleaser.”
To try more of Michelle‘s sabroso fare, check out her Familia Kitchen popular recipes, including these Tex-Mex favorites: Sweet tamale cakes with salsa verde & pico, Arizona burrito with carne asada, and super nachos with beef and guac in every bite.
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