Though Mexican in spirit, this classic layered party dip is 100 percent gringo-inspired. Seven layers of beans, cheese, pickled jalapeños, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, and a green onion–cilantro topping form the perfect Tex-Mex amalgamation (sorry, canned black olives, you didn’t make the cut). Already difficult to improve upon, this version raises the bar by heating the beans just enough to melt the cheese but not warm up the other layers.
Game plan: This dip is only as good as its components, so if possible, 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.
This recipe was featured as part of our No-Fail Mexican Favorites for Cinco de Mayo.