Sure, you could pile on three or four layers for your colorful nacho chip dip. But that wouldn’t be American enough. We want more. Popularized in the booming ’80s, the Tex-Mex classic seven-layered party dip loads on beans, cheese, pickled jalapeños, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, and a green onion–cilantro topping. This recipe calls for heating the beans just enough to make melty cheese, but not so much that it warms the other layers.
Try to use either homemade or high-quality store-bought ingredients. You can prepare the layers in advance, but don’t assemble until you’re ready to serve.
And if you really want to get all from-scratch, make these basic tortilla chips too.