Serious Eats: Recipes
All-From-Scratch 7-Layer Dip
This dip, adapted from NYC chef Joaquin Baca's recipe in New York magazine, is undeniably delicious. But, boy, is it labor-intensive. After having made it straight through over the course of a Saturday afternoon (as part of a husband-wife 7-Layer Dip Duel*), I would advise you to prepare it in stages a few days ahead of time.
Here's my hypothetical timeline, assuming you're making it for a game day party on Sunday.
Friday: Make the salsa and the refried beans; refrigerate.
Saturday: Cook the ground beef and the rice; refrigerate.
Sunday: Shred the cheese, if using block cheddar. Make the guacamole. Layer dip, and set out.
* Want to see the recipe my wife prepared? Here: Classic From-a-Can 7-Layer-Dip »