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10 Minute Halloween 7 Layer Dip

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This Halloween 7 Layer Dip is a fun, delicious, and even spooky treat for kids and adults alike. A classic and easy party appetizer that’s ready in 10 minutes, and can even be made ahead. Easy to make? Absolutely, including the edible spiders and their web!

Closeup top view of Halloween 7 Layer Dip with sour cream web and olive spiders and ready for serving

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Halloween Party Food

When thinking about Halloween, parties often come to mind. There haven’t been many October 31sts where I haven’t served a crowd. Neighbors and friends have often gathered around our kitchen for a bowl of warm chili, cornbread, and donuts before heading out the door to socialize.

In our neighborhood, Halloween was much like a block party where we roamed the streets with our neighbors, sipping warm apple cider and chuckling at costumes, princesses, and “gory” monsters. All in good fun, of course.

So when you’re looking for quick and easy party food, whether that be Halloween, game days, weekends, or just when you want an easy snack, this 7 Layer Dip (without or without the spiders and their web) is the answer. And one everyone seems to love!

Halloween 7 Layer Dip Ingredients

The measurements I use are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post, but here are a list of ingredients I used to make this quick and easy appetizer!

  • Refried beans: I like to mix a bit of salsa into the beans for quick and delicious flavor, so add a thick and chunky salsa to your ingredient list.
  • Pico de Gallo or, if you prefer, your favorite salsa. Here is a quick and easy homemade salsa if you have time.
  • Sour cream: full fat is best here!
  • Canned green chiles: fire-roasted is delicious, or even jalapenos.
  • Shredded cheddar cheese of a Mexican blend, as I’ve done here.
  • Guacamole, either store-bought or homemade.
  • Black olives for the spiders
  • Green onions, chopped, for garnish

How to Make Halloween 7 Layer Dip

You will need a serving dish. I’m using a deep dish pie plate, but a round or square baking, a large platter, or a medium-sized bowl works nicely. You can also use a trifle bowl or any glass bowl where you can see the layers, too.

Layer 1: Refried Beans

Mix refried beans with 1/4-1/3 cup salsa for flavor and easy spreading. I sometimes use two cans of refried beans, depending on how many people I’m serving.

Top view of bottom layer of Halloween 7 Layer Dip in a white deep dish pie plate

Layer 2: Sour Cream

Reserve 1/2 cup of sour cream and place in a zip-top baggie, if making a spider web. Spread the remaining sour cream evenly over the beans. If not making a web, use the whole amount in this layer.

Layer 3: Green Chilies

Spread a layer of diced green chilies, in mild, medium, or hot, on top of the sour cream layer. Depending on how large the serving dish is, you may need to dot instead of spread the chilies.

Layer 4: Guacamole

Next is my favorite layer! Spread your homemade or ready-made guacamole evenly, leaving a couple of inches of border.

Layer 5: Shredded Cheese

Sprinkle cheddar cheese in a ring around the edges of the dish.

Top view of cheese layer in Halloween 7 Layer Dip.

Layer 6. Sour Cream Web

To make the web, snip off the corner of the baggie with reserved sour cream and pipe straight lines from the center outward. Then, connect the lines with short lines of sour cream. You can also make concentric circles from the middle outward and, using a toothpick, “draw” the web lines.

Layer 7. Pico de Gallo or Salsa

Layer pico de gallo or salsa around the rim of the dish and garnish the top with chopped green onions and sliced black olives if desired.

Closeup top view of Halloween 7 Layer Dip with sour cream web and olive spiders and ready for serving

How to Make 7 Layer Dip Spiders

While you can absolutely use a faux spider to decorate your easy web, making your own spiders out of olives couldn’t be simpler. Here’s how:

  • Body: Slice a large whole black olives in half lengthwise.
  • Head: Slice another large olive in half (not lengthwise).
  • Legs: Slice the remaining olive lengthwise for the spider legs. To me, the more legs you make, the spookier the spider. Which is why I only have 2 legs on each side🕷️ 😊!

How to Serve 7 Layer Dip

My favorite way to serve this dip is with tortilla chips in bowls around the dip! And um– a few pieces of Halloween candy wouldn’t be amiss either!

Can You Make Halloween 7 Layer Dip Ahead?

Absolutely. It’s easy to make the day before, cover tightly and refrigerate until ready to serve. It will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Although, it’s best within 24 hours of making.

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Side view of Halloween 7 Layer Dip ready for serving.
Horizontal side view of Halloween 7 Layer Dip with spiders and tortilla chips

10 Minute Halloween 7 Layer Dip

This Halloween 7 Layer Dip is a fun, delicious, and even spooky treat for kids and adults alike. A classic and easy party appetizer that's ready in 10 minutes, and can even be made ahead. Easy to make? Absolutely, including the edible spiders and their web!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 servings

Equipment

  • Deep Dish Pie Plate

Ingredients

  • 2-3 cups refried beans
  • 1/3 cup salsa thick and chunky
  • 16 ounce sour cream full fat is best
  • 4 ounce can green chiles
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2/3 cup pico de gallo or your favorite salsa
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • black olives for spiders
  • green onions chopped for garnish

Instructions

  • Bottom Layer: Mix refried beans with 1/4 to 1/3 cup salsa for flavor and easy spreading. I sometimes use two 14.5-ounce cans of refried beans for the bottom layer if I'm serving a lot of people.
  • 2nd Layer: Reserve 1/2 cup of sour cream and place in a zip-top baggie if making a spider web. Spread the remaining sour cream over the beans. If not making a web, use the whole amount in this layer.
  • 3rd Layer: Spread diced green chilies (or jalapenos) over the refried beans.
  • 4th Layer: Guacamole (homemade or ready made), spread almost to edges of the serving dish.
  • 5th Layer: Sprinkle cheddar cheese in a ring around the edges of the dish.
  • 6th Layer: Make the web. Snip off the corner of the baggie and pipe straight lines from the center outward. Then connect the lines with short web lines.
  • 7th Layer: Layer pico de gallo or salsa around the rim of the dish and garnish the top with chopped green onions.
  • Spiders: To make the spiders, slice a couple of large whole black olives in half lengthwise for the body. Slice another large olive in half (not lengthwise) to make the head. Slice the remaining olive lengthwise for the spider legs.

Nutrition

Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 498mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 388IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: 7 Layer Dip, Mexican 7 Layer Dip, Halloween 7 Layer Dip

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