"The people who give you their food give you their heart" - Cesar Chavez

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

10 Layer Dip!

My friend, Maxine, and I made this as a party dip recently. This is one of those dips that you can't go wrong with at the party. The only problem was that because it was so deep, you couldn't get all the layers on one chip. Actually, it was quite messy to eat and required one hand to hold the chip and the other as caution for dripping layers. I should disclose that all ten layers are not unique, but rather some are doubled up. There are no rules to this dip and every variation will taste delicious! The layers of lettuce and onion add a lovely crunch to the otherwise creamy texture. Also the contrast between the melted cheese layer and the fresh cheese layer helps tie it all together. Growing up in California, every party I went to had one of these dips there and there was never a "correct" order of layers, it was all about the bean and cheese combo with chips, all the other layers are like extra things to beef it up. Speaking of, I'm sure a shredded beef layer would taste great too!

10 Layer Dip


1 can black beans
12 oz mixed cheese, grated
16 oz guacamole
8 oz sour cream
Lettuce, shredded
Tomatoes, chopped
1/2 white onion, chopped
Pico de gallo

1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the beans evenly across the bottom of a glass dish. Sprinkle half the cheese on top of the beans. Bake for about 10 minutes, until the cheese is completely melted.
2. Spread the guacamole on top of the cheese, followed by a layer of sour cream, salsa, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, onion, pico de gallo and lastly the remaining cheese.