Easy 3 Layer Dip


Are you ready for some footballlllll????  We are! With the start of football season kicking off this weekend, I thought it only appropriate to post a fun, quick, tasty and super easy dip to take along to any football party or tailgating you might be doing! I have been making this dip for years and I can tell you from personal experience, it is almost addicting!  Just three simple layers, this is a no-bake recipe that will have them asking for more each time you come out to a party!

Ready in under 5 minutes, this dip is perfect for the busy mom or dad on the run!  It also keeps really well and can be made hours before the party and kept covered in the fridge!  Take it out about an hour before you are ready to serve, grab a bag of tortilla chips and you’re good to go!

Add one bar of softened cream cheese to a mixing bowl.

To the cream cheese, add in a half a cup of sour cream. I used to do this recipe without this ingredient, so if you don’t have any on hand, don’t worry about it, but I find that it really helps with texture and softens this layer up a bit, which in turn helps get the dip on the chip.

I have put taco seasoning recipes up in different posts before, if you have some of that already made, then just add in 3 Tbs. of that, if not, just grab a packet of pre-made taco seasoning and add it in. I told you this would be quick and easy!

With these three ingredients in the bowl, whip together. I used my electric mixer, about 45 seconds on high did it just perfect. If you don’t have a mixer, it may take you a minute and a half to mix with a wooden spoon.

Once your mix is complete, scoop it out into your serving dish.

I usually use a pie plate for this, but today I had a pretty blue casserole dish at the ready, so I used that. I spread an even layer at the bottom.

Again, I told you this would be quick and easy. Grab your favorite salsa, hot and spicy, medium or mild, you know your crowd, use what you like… We like medium. I also like the body that the chunky variety gives. And hey if you already have a saucy salsa home-made and ready, go ahead and use it! Spread your salsa evenly to create your second layer.

Now add on some cheese, spread evenly to create your third and final layer. If you are a regular on this blog, you know that I almost always shred my own cheese, but quick and easy is the name of the game here today, so some pre-shredded is how I’m going today. Plus I find that when leaving the pre-shredded stuff exposed to air it holds up a bit better than freshly shredded. Please note that if you are trying to keep this gluten-free, you really need to check your labels because some company’s coat the cheese in flour to preserve.

Spread your cheese over your layer of salsa.

I like to add a couple of toppings to this dip. This is completely optional, so I don’t count it as a layer. The first topping I add is a small can of drained pre-sliced black olives.

The second and final topping I like to add is jalapeno. Again, this is totally optional.

I slice it up super thin.

Then spread about half a pepper’s worth of slices around the top.


Serve with tortilla chips.


Recipe for Easy 3 Layer Dip:

(serves 10-12)

1 bar cream cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

1 packet taco seasoning

1 1/2 cups ready-made salsa

1 1/2 – 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 diced jalapeno (optional)

10 black olives, sliced (optional)


In a mixing bowl, whip together cream cheese, sour cream and taco seasoning.  Spread mixture into a pie plate or small casserole dish.  Add an even layer of jarred salsa.  Add an even layer of shredded cheese.  Top with olives and jalapeno.

*Note – This recipe is Gluten-free as long as the specific brands used are gluten-free.