The Great Indoors: The perfect party dip

We all know those moms and dads who go completely overboard with graduation open house party planning. When little Susie or Johnny graduates, they spare no expense to make sure her/his food is the best.

But in my experience the best foods at graduation open houses are often times the simplest. There’s no need to spend tons of money or hours in the kitchen making snack foods when something as easy as this taco dip is a crowd pleaser.

The recipe comes from my co-worker Josh Thomas and he says it’s always a winner when he serves it. Enjoy!

Taco Dip


1 can refried beans
1 jar of your favorite salsa
1 small container of sour cream
Guacamole (for best results, use actual guacamole and not guacamole dip)
1 tomato, cubed with seeds & membrane removed
Small can sliced black olives
4-5 sprigs of green onions chopped
1 bag of shredded cheddar cheese
Also needed
Serving tray (8-by-8-inches at least)
Knife & cutting board (for tomatoes and green onions)
Plastic bags
Mixing bowl
Tortilla chips (for dipping)


-In a mixing bowl, combine salsa and refried beans until evenly blended. Spread a layer of the bean/salsa in serving tray. Depending on the size of your serving tray, you may not use all of mixture.
-If guacamole comes in bag, slice off corner of bag and “pipe” guacamole evenly over bean/salsa mixture. If guacamole does not come in bag, place it into a plastic bag and cut off the corner to pipe it over the bean/salsa mixture.
-Place about half of the container of sour cream into plastic bag, cut off corner of bag and evenly pipe on top of guacamole. For an added kick, you can put a bit of taco seasoning into the sour cream.
-Cover sour cream in an even layer of shredded cheese.
-Spread tomato and green over shredded cheese.
-Cover in a thin layer of shredded cheese and top with black olives.
-Enjoy with tortilla chips; refrigerate leftovers.