I do have to admit that my younger sons didn't particularly care for it. The 3 year old really wouldn't give it a chance. He was in a bad mood, knew it had beans, and wanted nothing to do with beans that day - even smooshed. Go figure. The 6 year old ate his serving only half heartedly and was very excited to get just plain salsa to dip in when he had finished his 6 bites.
Not sure if I've shared this on the blog before, but our current food eating/trying rule is that you have to eat as many bites as you are old. This works wonderfully well for the younger ones. The littlest only has to try 3 bites. The 6 year old 6. I have to admit that sometimes the 13 year old gets away with only 1-2 bites just to avoid a fight, but only on foods he already "knows he HATES" like the hummus on the Mediterranean pizza the other night.
OK, back to the 7 layer dip. I made a couple changes - mostly because it worked for me. The original recipe called for equal parts sour cream and mayo. I had 1/2 cup of mayo left and 1 cup of sour cream so those are the proportions I used. Honestly, I preferred to use more sour cream and less mayo if the flavor was fine, and it was. Here's the recipe with links to the recipes I used for refried beans, guacamole, and taco seasoning.
- About 2 cups refried beans
- 1/2 cup mayo
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 Tablespoons taco seasoning
- shredded cheese - we used Monterrey Jack this day. Cheddar would be good too. about 2 cups or so
- sliced black olives
- chopped tomatoes
- sliced green onions (we actually didn't have any, so in reality we had a 6 layer dip. However, our of tradition, I'm posting it with the onions as 7 layer dip. Feel free to make 6 layer dip if you too forget to buy green onions. :)
- In a 9 X 13 pan, spread the refried beans to cover the bottom of the pan. (mine were still a bit warm so I spread them out at the beginning to cool.
- In a bowl, stir together the mayo, sour cream and taco seasoning.
- Continue to layer remaining ingredients on top of the refried beans in the order listed. Spread the guacamole over the beans, the sour cream/mayo mix over the guacamole, then sprinkle with cheese, olives, tomatoes and green onions.
- Serve with chips or veggies.