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Layered Mexican Dip is as cozy as a patchwork quilt. It is an all-time favorite in its simplest form. Cream cheese, salsa, cheese, lettuce & tomatoes. Simply Sated
4.6 from 20 votes

Layered Mexican Dip

Layered Mexican Dip is an all-time favorite in its simplest form. Cream cheese, salsa, cheese, lettuce & tomatoes - crema, if desired.
Course dip, Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Author Susie Gall


  • For the Layered Mexican Dip:
  • Double all ingredients if using a 9x13 inch dish.
  • 1 8- ounce package cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup Picante sauce or tomato salsa - save 1/2 cup for topping
  • ½ Iceberg lettuce chopped into bite-size pieces
  • ½-1 cup Cheddar Cheese or Mexican Cheese Blend shredded
  • 1- cup diced tomatoes
  • Avocado Crema if desired – recipe below
  • Optional other ingredients:
  • Black olives
  • Avocados diced
  • Black beans
  • Green sliced or Sweet yellow onion, diced
  • Whatever else your little heart desires.
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  • For the Avocado Crema:
  • 2 avocados peeled, pitted
  • Juice from ½ lime approximately 1-tablespoon fresh juice
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons milk if needed
  • Optional Ingredients:
  • ½ teaspoon Sriracha Sauce
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1- teaspoon honey I prefer unsweetened Crema


  1. For the Layered Mexican Dip:
  2. Combine softened cream cheese and ½ cup salsa. With a stand mixer, beat on medium-high until well combined and fluffier.
  3. Place the cream cheese/salsa mixture in the bottom of a 9x9 glass baking dish or casserole and smooth out the mixture.
  4. In this order, layer chopped lettuce, cheese and tomatoes over the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Drizzle extra salsa over the top.
  6. If desired (as I do) serve Avocado Crema on the side
  7. The salad is delicious as is, but if your want to kick it up, add your favorite toppings.
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  9. For the Avocado Crema:
  10. Combine all Avocado Crema ingredients in a food processor or blender.
  11. Pulse or mix until the ingredients are well blended and smooth. If needed, add a little milk.