Smoky 5 Layer Dip

photo (1) We went to a big end of school year bash at my brother and SIL’s house the other night. The weather was perfect and the food excellent. The people were pretty great too! In Keeping It Summer Simple (KISS), I decided to bring a 5 Layer Dip, but not just any 5 Layer Dip, a Smoky 5 Layer Dip. This is done by adding bacon and its drippings to the refried beans which has everyone dipping repeatedly until the entire dish is gone in a matter of seconds. You could add all the toppings like olives and chopped tomatoes, or even some lettuce, but I find those 7 layer dips with too many chunks of things ends up down the front of my shirt instead of in my belly. So I stick to a perfectly smooth and unfussy dip that makes it to my mouth every time.



Smoky 5 Layer Dip
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8-10
Bacon-y and Smoky, so delicious and simple!
  • 6 slices of your favorite smoky bacon
  • 1 can organic refried black beans
  • 8 ounces or 1 cup favorite guacamole
  • 8 ounces organic sour cream
  • ½ cup favorite taco sauce
  • 2 cups organic shredded Mexican Blend cheese
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish, optional
  • Tortilla or corn chips
  1. Dice bacon into small pieces. In a skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until almost crispy.
  2. Place refried beans into a bowl. Pour bacon and its drippings over beans and stir well.
  3. Spread beans mixture into a 9x13 inch casserole dish spreading part way up the sides of the dish too.
  4. Spread guacamole over the beans.
  5. Spread sour cream over the guacamole.
  6. Drizzle the taco sauce over the sour cream.
  7. Cover the entire dish with cheese.
  8. Sprinkle with cilantro if desired.
  9. Serve with your favorite corn chips or tortilla chips.

What do you like on your 5-7 Layer Dips? Anything unusual?

Have you ever had it with bacon before? No? Try it!


  1. Posted June 4, 2013 at 9:32 AM | Permalink

    Of course, bacon! It makes everything so delicious. Adding this to my entertaining recipes!

    • Robin Sue
      Posted June 4, 2013 at 9:34 AM | Permalink

      It’s addictive!

  2. Posted June 6, 2013 at 3:21 AM | Permalink

    there isn’t a single thing i’d change about this, robin sue! delicious!

  3. Sharon
    Posted June 7, 2013 at 1:18 AM | Permalink

    Robin Sue,
    This sounds really good! I can almost smell it. Is this something you eat on occasion when socializing? Just curious how tightly you adhere to the primal/paleo diet. We try to adhere to the 95-5 rule–eat primal/paleo 95% of the time and opportunities like parties/dinner at friends, etc… falling into the 5% rule. (But if we’re being honest, it’s probably more like 90-10) For us, relationships are more important than the diet.

    • Robin Sue
      Posted June 8, 2013 at 12:20 PM | Permalink

      We try to do our best to be Paleo. I did eat this dip as the chips were organic and gluten free. All of the dip, although not paleo was organic. So when I do stray I do my best to stay from the preservatives. So I think we are thinking alike! Relationships are important and I eat what is given to me at friends house- I would never push any one’s food away:)
      Sorry this took so long to respond, my laptop crashed big time and I am between computers!

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