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Dinner Recipes

Six-Feet-Under Dip

You’ll be haunted by the delicious flavors of guacamole, refried beans and sour cream–ranch dip layered beneath “tombstone” crackers meant for scooping.

Serving Size:


Active Time:

30 min.

Total Time:

30 min.


  • 2 limes
  • 3 avocados, pitted and peeled
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbs. chopped red onion
  • 1 (16 oz.) can refried beans
  • 1 cup mild salsa
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup store-bought prepared ranch dip
  • ⅛ tsp. black concentrated food coloring
  • 2 Tbs. ketchup
  • Melba toasts, broken in half, and crackers
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Tortilla chips


  1. Grate ½ tsp. zest and squeeze 1 Tbs. juice from limes into bowl. (You may need just 1.) Add avocados; with fork, mash avocados until very smooth. Stir in 2 Tbs. cilantro and red onion. Spread evenly in bottom of 11″x7″ (2 qt.) serving or baking dish.
  2. In another bowl, stir together beans and salsa; spread over avocado mixture. In third bowl, stir together sour cream and ranch dip; spread over bean mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cilantro. Cover; chill until ready to serve.
  3. Stir food coloring into ketchup. Transfer to small plastic sandwich bag; snip tiny hole in one corner. Pipe spooky messages onto tombstone toasts and crackers with ketchup mixture; insert into dip. Arrange tomatoes on top. Serve with additional crackers and your favorite tortilla chips.

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