Ultimate Smoky Seven-Layer Dip
The key to this dip is infusing each layer with enough fresh flavor and structure to prevent separate components from becoming muddled.
Why This Recipe Works
With bold Southwestern flavors and an appealing ingredient list, seven-layer dip recipes sound like a hit. But most versions of this party classic assume that guests won’t notice the messy layers and tired flavors. Canned black beans stood in for refried beans in our Ultimate Smoky Seven-Layer Dip recipe, while garlic, chili powder, and lime juice added flavor. We found that sour cream on its own quickly watered down our Ultimate Smoky Seven-Layer Dip recipe, but combining it with cheese gave its layer more structure.