Ultimate Seven Layer Dip

"Most versions of this party classic assume that guests won't notice that the layers are messy and the flavors are tired. Jessica Davis has gone to great lengths to develop a dip that doesn't have those problems. This one takes quite a bit of preparation, but if you decide to make it, don't "cut corners" or you'll be disappointed. It's important, especially for us Zaarites who love to meddle with recipes, to follow the directions and the ingredient list precisely. Enjoy!"
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  • Combine tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro, minced scallions and 2 tablespoons lime juice in medium bowl.
  • Stir in 1/8 teaspoon salt.
  • Let stand until tomatoes begin to soften, about 30 minutes.
  • Strain mixture into bowl and discard liquid.
  • Pulse the black beans, garlic, remaining lime juice (except that for the guacamole)and remaining salt (ditto)in food processor until mixture resembles chunky paste.
  • Transfer to bowl and wipe out food processor.
  • Pulse sour cream and 2 1/2 cups cheese until smooth.
  • Transfer to separate bowl.
  • Spread bean mixture evenly over bottom of 8 oz. square clear glass baking dish or 1 quart glass bowl.
  • Spread sour cream mixture evenly over bean layer, and sprinkle evenly with remaining cheese.
  • Mash 3 avocados with lime juice and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • Spread guacamole over cheese and top with tomato mixture.
  • Sprinkle with sliced scallions and serve with tortilla chips.
  • Dip can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours.
  • Let dip stand at room temperature before serving.
  • Note: For a crowd, double the recipe and serve in 13 x 9 inch clear glass baking dish.

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  1. Outstanding! Made for a family pre-thanksgiving get together. I used LOTS of fresh cilantro (probablly 6 Tlb) and closer to 5 cups cheese. I didn't mind the small amount of extra effort to put this together because the finished product was flavorful, rich and caused a few to ask for the recipe.
  2. By far, this is the best layer dip I have ever made and eaten. My husband requests that I prepare this dish for any party we attend or host. I love the fresh taste of the homemade salsa and guacamole! I chose to use roma tomatoes for a little more flavor. I doubled the amount of beans because I love black beans. However, my second can were the seasoned version. It definitely takes a little time to prepare, but it's well worth the effort!!


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