This weekend I’m in the beautiful Berkshires visiting my parents; cooking is always more than encouraged in their home! Since my niece, nephew and cousin are here as well, instead of making something super fancy, I figured I’d make something everyone would love. This easy-to-make 6 layer mexican dip is absolutely delicious, and perfect for any occasion including family gatherings, parties, and bbqs! You can also play around with this dish and try adding different ingredients if you don’t have everything the recipe calls for!

What you’ll need (all ingredients always preferred local/organic!):

Feeds 6-10 depending on portion.

2 cans of pinto beans or refried beans
Half a yellow onion
2 avocados (or pre-made guacamole)
1 lime (if you are making guacamole homemade)
Garlic powder
Cheddar cheese or pre-schredded Mexican style cheese
Sour cream
1 tomato
1/2 red pepper
2 scallions
Sea salt
Corn chips

Since I didn’t have refried beans in my pantry, I emptied two cans of pinto beans into a pot and mashed them up with a potato masher while simultaneously heating them, like so:

You don’t have to be too picky about getting the beans super smooth, they’re just as tasty a little chunky!

After I got the beans to my desired consistency, I added in half a diced onion for some additional flavor, plus a couple pinches of salt and sprinkle of garlic powder!

Put your beans in a big bowl (the bowl you will be serving the dip in) and put them in the fridge to cool.

Make some guacamole! My nephew, Jovan, helped me with this 🙂 Here is a good recipe, but keep in mind guacamole can be made very basic—just with avocado, lime or lemon juice, and some salt (the way Jovan made ours today!)

Put your guacamole aside and shred some cheddar cheese, or don’t, if you already have pre-shredded Mexican cheese 🙂

Set your cheese aside and prep your veggies! Dice up your tomato & red pepper. Slice your lettuce and scallions:

Take out your cooled beans (if they’re still a little warm that’s fine!)

Now add the layers! Cheese (on top of your beans), guacamole, sour cream, salsa, salad: lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, scallions!

Voilà! Enjoy!

With love,
Samantha | Food Contributor
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