With Day of the Dead following shortly after Halloween, it makes total sense why you’ll find so many Mexican-inspired Halloween recipes circulating on social media in the build up to Halloween festivities!
One great example of this is Halloween Graveyard 7 Layer Bean Dip! It’s a simple yet spooktacular appetizer that you can proudly display on your snacks table.
Simply add each layer of ingredients to create your dip, followed by some clever edible decorations. Let your guests be creeped out while enjoying the full flavors of this graveyard 7 layer bean dip!
TIPS FOR MAKING HALLOWEEN GRAVEYARD 7 LAYER BEAN DIP
- While I layered my dip into a 9×13” pan, you could layer it in a to-go tupperware for easy transport and storage should you have leftovers. If you decide to serve this in your own kitchen, then consider layering the dip onto a round nonstick pizza pan.
- Turning this classic Mexican dip into a spooky Halloween graveyard dip is super fun and easy – it’s great for making with the kids too!
- Get creative and cut out some bats, cats, or anything else you want from the tortillas to add to the decoration of this dip.
- You could totally make individual party servings with this dip by assembling your layers in clear plastic cups and adding the fence posts and tombstones. Serve them up on your Halloween table and watch as your guests walk around enjoying their graveyard dip in hand!
Halloween Graveyard 7 Layer Bean Dip
- In a large mixing bowl. Combine the beans and taco seasoning. In a separate bowl, mix the avocados, chili powder, garlic salt, and lime juice.
- Smooth beans over the bottom of a 9X13 inch pan.
- Layer the guacamole mixture over the bean layer. Next layer the sour cream, salsa, cheese and lettuce in that order.
- Now let’s make the graveyard! Preheat the oven to 350° Cut tombstones, fence posts, bats, cats, ghosts using a knife or these cookie cutters (affiliate link) from colored (spinach, tomato basil, or blue corn) and white flour tortillas.
- Place cut outs on a cookie sheet and bake for 5 to 7 minutes.
- Use the chopped olives as dirt on the tombstone and around the fence posts. Service fresh with Tortilla chips, or fresh cut veggies.
WHAT IS A HALLOWEEN GRAVEYARD 7 LAYER BEAN DIP?
- Graveyard 7 Layer Dip is a Tex-Mex dip, assembled layer by layer with various classic ingredients in a 9×13” baking pan.
The layers that build this graveyard dip include:
Layer 1 – Refried beans;
Layer 2 – Guacamole;
Layer 3 – Sour cream;
Layer 4 – Salsa;
Layer 5 – Cheese; and
Layer 6 – Shredded lettuce (which resembles grass).
- The graveyard dip is then decorated with tortilla chips as the tombstones, strips of baked tortillas as the fence posts and chopped olives that are placed around the tombstones and fence posts as “dirt”.
HOW TO STORE HALLOWEEN GRAVEYARD 7 LAYER BEAN DIP
- This Halloween Graveyard 7 Layer Bean Dip can be refrigerated in the 9×13” pan, covered tightly with aluminium foil or plastic wrap, or in an airtight container, for up to 5 days.
CAN I MAKE THIS HALLOWEEN DIP IN ADVANCE?
- Yes, you can! Make it the day before you intend to serve it, leaving the shredded lettuce, and tortilla chips, and baked tortillas off till just prior to serving. It’s great to have crispy lettuce and tortilla chips which is why I recommend only adding them just before you serve this up to guests otherwise they may get soggy in the refrigerator.
- To save some time, you could also shred your lettuce and store it in a separate airtight container overnight.
CAN I MAKE THIS DIP GLUTEN-FREE?
- Absolutely! The dip itself is gluten-free. The only thing that isn’t gluten-free are the flour-based tortilla chips and baked tortillas which can easily be replaced with gluten-free versions.
WHAT TO SERVE ALONGSIDE THIS GRAVEYARD 7 LAYER BEAN DIP
- Apart from tortilla chips, consider adding the following food items to your spread that can be used to dig in and scoop up the dip:
– Baby carrots;
– Sliced celery sticks;
– Long slices of cucumber;
– Your favorite choice of crackers;
– Toasted baguette or rustic bread.
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Halloween Graveyard 7 Layer Bean Dip
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 2 8 ounce cans refried black beans
- 4 avocados or 2 cups guacamole
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- ½ lime juiced
- 2 cups sour cream
- 2 cups Mexican cheese shredded
- 2 cups salsa
- 2 cups lettuce shredded
- 1-2 3.8 ounce cans black olives, sliced
- Tortillas of different colors
- Tortilla Chips - for serving
- In a large mixing bowl. Combine the beans and taco seasoning.
- In a separate bowl, mix the avocados, chili powder, garlic salt, and lime juice.
- Smooth beans over the bottom of a 9X13 inch pan
- Layer the guacamole mixture over the bean layer, then sour cream, salsa, cheese and lettuce. ( in that order)
- Preheat the oven to 350° F. Cut tombstones, fence posts, bats, cats, ghosts using a knife of cookie cutters from colored (spinach, tomato basil, or blue corn) and white flour tortillas.
- Place cut outs on a cookie sheet and bake for 5 to 7 minutes
- Remove and place in the grass (lettuce) on the top of your 7 layer bean dip.
- Use the chopped olives as dirt on the tombstone and around the fence posts.
- Service fresh with Tortilla chips, or fresh cut veggies.