Recipe: Halloween Themed Mexican Layer Dip

My friend texted me the other day, “Dear Food Marriage, Help!  I need a Halloween-Themed Mexican Dish to bring to a party!”  So I told her I’d do some brainstorming and get back to her.  I thought of a great Taco Dip that I make….but couldn’t think of how to make it Halloween themed aside from inserting tortilla chips and saying they were gravestones, but I didn’t think that the tortilla chips would ever look remotely like gravestones.

So I did some research online and came across a recipe from Sandra Lee of Food Network!  She called it “Spider’s Nest Dip.”  Here’s my adaptation of her recipe.  I made it in a white pie dish this time, but next time I may try for a clear pie dish so you can see all the layers!


  • 1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning mix
  • 1 container Sour Cream
  • 1 can of refried beans
  • 1 bag of shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 jar of salsa
  • 1 can of chopped black olives
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • Tortilla chips
  • Set cream cheese out in advance to allow it to get soft.
  • Mix the cream cheese, about 2/3 of the taco seasoning packet and 1 cup of sour cream together in a bowl.  I used a hand mixer to blend.  Save the rest of the sour cream until later to decorate.
  • Get a pie dish and spread a thin layer of refried beans on the bottom.
  • Add about 2/3 of the bag of cheese on top of the refried beans.
  • Microwave your dish with beans and cheese for about 2 minutes to melt the cheese.
  • Drain your jar of salsa in a strainer.  Remove most of the liquid.  Add the chunks of tomato, etc on top of the layer of cheese.
  • Drain your chopped olives and then add about 2/3 of the can on top of the salsa.
  • Next, add the layer of your cream cheese/taco seasoning/sour cream mixture.
  • You can then add your final layer of guacamole.
  • Now it’s time to decorate!  Put your extra remaining sour cream into a plastic baggie.  Squeeze the excess air out and zip the bag closed.  Cut a small amount off the corner of the bag so the cream cheese can come through.
  • Decorate the top of your dip like a spider web!
  • Seve with tortilla chips.
  • It’s a pretty thick dip.  It is hard to scoop your chips in and get all the layers.  I recommend serving with plates and a serving spoon so you can scoop sections out of the dip and get a taste of each of the layers.
  • I decorated the spider web with black beans that served as the spiders for the web.  If I made it again, I would not use them because I only used about 15-20 beans and ended up throwing away the rest of the can (I’m not a huge bean person so would not use them for something else).  I think the dip would be cute just with the spiderweb alone!  OR you can decorate with a plastic spider or two for show!
This dip was absolutely delicious and I would definitely make it any time of year (without the sour cream spider web of course!)  Happy Halloween!

xoxo, Food Marriage


  1. Hey BA! I made this as well and it was a huge hit! Thanks! Keep up the good work!

  2. Glad you liked it!! I left the leftovers of my dip at a friends house and I heard the next day they put it in the blender to mix everything together. I can’t imagine that it looked pretty after that, but they said it tasted good. Haha.