Ultimate Seven-Layer Dip

by Kelsey Norwood

in Making Eats

americas test kitchen 7 layer bean dip salsa

Most of my favorite recipes come from an America’s Test Kitchen cookbook, and this is no exception. This Ultimate Seven-Layer Dip will knock your socks off.

Ultimate Seven-Layer Dip from Cook’s Country Best Potluck Recipes

1 – 15.5 oz. can black beans, drained but not rinsed
2 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 t. chili powder
2 t. lime juice
1/8 t. salt

Pulse black beans, garlic, lime juice, chili powder, and salt in a food processor until mixture resembles a chunky paste. Transfer to bowl.

1 1/2 c. sour cream
2 1/2 c. pepper Jack cheese

Pulse sour cream and cheese until smooth. Layer on top of beans and sprinkle remaining 1 1/2 c. cheese.

3 ripe avocados
3 T. lime juice
1/2 t. salt

Combine ingredients and mash until smooth. Layer on top of cheese.

4 large tomatoes, cored, seeded, and chopped fine
2 jalapeno chiles, seeded and minced
3 T. chopped fresh cilantro
2 T. lime juice
6 scallions, 2 minced and 4 with green parts sliced thin (white parts discarded)
1/8 t. salt

Combine tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro, minced scallions, and lime juice. Stir in salt. Layer on top of avocado and sprinkle sliced scallions over the top.

Let sit at room temperature 1 hour before serving. Refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Sooooo good – ENJOY!


1 Jenny September 30, 2010 at 11:19 am

I am now looking for a reason to make and eat this. YUM! I have never even seen this recipe in the cookbook.

2 Sharon September 30, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Oh yum! I just printed this recipe–thanks for sharing.

I like ATK and usually have great results with their recipes. They may be a bit more work–and dirty up every pot, pan, and utensil in the kitchen!!–but the results are reliable and delicious.

3 Gina L. September 30, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I just printed it too! I can’t wait to make it tomorrow- who needs an event to make it? My reason is it looks delicious! Thanks!

4 Kelsey September 30, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Jenny, it’s not in the Family Cookbook, it’s in the Best Potluck Recipes book by Cook’s Country.

Sharon – it’s true. The recipes are fabulous and not necessarily hard but they do tend to use a few dishes!

And Gina? It is delicious. You’re going to love it!

5 Michelle October 5, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Oh goodness, this looks amazing. It’s 11:08 pm and I want some!

6 Sue D October 15, 2010 at 8:38 pm

This looks delicious. I like watching their tv show but have never made any of their recipes–yet!

7 Andrea Marie October 17, 2010 at 10:15 am

Uh YUM I need to make this immediately!

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