Mexican 5-layer bean dip with layers of refried beans, fresh tomato salsa, black beans, spicy pickled jalapenos, and crumbled queso fresco makes for the perfect appetizer!

mexican 5-layer bean dip

I almost feel bad calling this a recipe because it’s more like: “What happens when you run 13.1 miles and forget to plan ahead so that you actually have food in your apartment when you get home”.


(I doubt I’ll ever learn.)


On the bright side, if there’s ever a time to eat an entire tray of dip for lunch, it’s after you’ve expended 1300+ calories all before 9AM!!! <–WINNING.

On the other bright side…this dip is actually pretty good for you, so you can an entire tray of it whenever you want!!! <–ALSO WINNING.

I love it when things work out.


Here’s the deal: if you keep a fairly well-stocked pantry/refrigerator, then you can have this dip on your table in under five minutes. All it takes is a can of refried beans, a can of black beans, a jar of salsa, some queso fresco (or cheddar if that’s more your thang!), and a jar of pickled jalapenos.

Layer those all up in a casserole dish, get yourself some rockstar crackers for dipping/scooping/shoveling dip into your mouth and you are GOOD.TO.GO.


I don’t normally play cracker favorites, but…if you haven’t tried the new line of Breton Gluten Free crackers, then you are missing out on a lot of cracker-induced happiness. Just saying. I tried them for the first time a few weeks ago, and I can honestly say I have made sure we are well-stocked with them ever since.

Here’s why: these are the RENAISSANCE MAN/WOMAN OF THE CRACKER WORLD! They are perfect for any occasion – elegant entertaining, random Tuesday afternoon snacking, backyard BBQ dipping – AND they are certified gluten free by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness Gluten Free Certification Program, so they are safe for those with dietary restrictions.

They are also certified delicious by me. So there’s that.


The crackers come in a variety of flavors, but for Mexican bean dip dipping, I was allllllll about the black bean crackers. Yes, they are made from ACTUAL BLACK BEANS and YES they are the perfect vehicle for transporting scoopful after scoopful of dip from the pan and into your mouth.

I speak from an entire afternoon of experience. <–DEDICATION.

It’s a tough life running half marathons and then being forced to eat all the cheesy beany dip out of sheer laziness/love of all things tasty…but someone has to do it.


Mexican 5-Layer Bean Dip
Mexican 5-layer bean dip with layers of refried beans, fresh tomato salsa, black beans, spicy pickled jalapenos, and crumbled queso fresco makes for the perfect appetizer!
Yield: 8x8-inch pan
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can refried pinto beans
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can black beans
  • 1 cup pickled jalapenos
  • 4 oz queso fresco, crumbled
  • Breton Gluten Free Crackers, for dipping
  1. In an 8x8-inch baking pan, layer the refried beans, salsa, black beans, pickled jalapenos, and queso fresco.
  2. Serve with crackers for dipping and scooping!
An Eats Well With Others Original
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅛th of recipe



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47 Responses to Mexican 5-Layer Bean Dip

  1. Both dip and those crackers are looking really GOOD together.

  2. Dips like this are the besssst!! Looks awesome friend!

  3. Marina says:

    OHMYGOSH give me all the bean dip!! Must. Make. Now.

  4. Trisha says:

    Congrats on completing another half marathon! You never cease to amaze me with your endless amazing recipes and photographs, road races every other month, and that whole M.D./P.h.D thing! My post race fuel is usually a large stack of waffles or pancakes, but I could totally demolish an entire tray of this cheesy bean dip. I’m glad that it’d be healthy for me too!

  5. I can’t think of a better after-workout reward other than this awesome dip! All that layer-y goodness gets me every time!

  6. Monica says:

    Great idea! I love just feasting on something like this for dinner. I have no marathons to rationalize the entire consumption of it on my own so maybe I’ll share with my husband…maybe.

  7. A super easy appetizer that could also be considered a meal? Winning!
    And congrats on the half – woohoo!! 🙂

  8. This dip looks delicious! I will also have to look for those crackers. It’s hard to find good GF ones!

  9. This looks amazing and super easy. My favorite type of appetizer!

  10. I love this dip Joanne! We’ve been noshing on Bretons GF crackers at our house and love the flavor. I’d be happy eating their crackers and your dip for every meal (shhhhh).

  11. bellini says:

    I jus love the freshness of this dip.

  12. I haven’t tried the Breton brand of gluten free crackers before. I think I need to go to Whole Foods to find them. What a refreshing and healthy dip.

  13. i’ve been living on chips and frozen pizza the last few days…we just moved & the pickings are veryyy slim so i can relate to the planning thing. this looks wonderful!

  14. Hm. I’ll have to try those crackers. I’m trying to cut back on wheat (but I LOVE bread and pizza!!) – so these might be a good thing.

    I’m a huge many-layer dip fan.

  15. Julia says:

    Giiiiiirl, I’d invite myself on one of your jogs, but I think you’d be running laps around me slash NYC…I’m so impressed by your running steez! This dip? Le sigh…I want the whole batch whether or not I’ve run 13.1 miles ahead of tasty!

  16. I love layered dips and this one looks fantastic, I’m particularly a huge fan of the pickled jalapenos you put on top- Yum! I reeeeealllly like Breton crackers, but I have yet to try the gluten free ones, I need to get on that. Stat! This is a total #winning dip? thanks for sharing, girlie girl! P.s I’m super jealous of your dedication to running. I need to follow your lead. But, I think I’ll start with the dip 🙂

  17. If running means I can eat all this dip without feeling too bad about it, I think you’ve convinced me to train for a marathon hahaha! Either way, I’m chowing down on this dip, it’s just too good and too easy to pass up!

  18. Pam says:

    Great job running 13.1 miles!

    This is my kind of dip – easy & tasty.

  19. This dip is so fresh and packed with REAL food, which is awesome. Gotta try those gf crackers! 🙂

  20. Kate says:

    This looks so much lighter than your typical Mexican dip.

  21. grace says:

    i think i have yet to encounter a dish with the word ‘mexican’ in the title that i didn’t enjoy. this is definitely no exception!

  22. I could easily eat that whole dish – it looks epic. Just hand me a spoon 🙂

  23. Kelly says:

    I would love to have this dip waiting for me after all that running! It looks amazing and those crackers sound awesome!

  24. Okay, now I’m starving!! And BIG congrats on the big run!!

  25. OMG I haven’t had a Mexican dip in such a long time. I just have to make this. Now I have to find a way to leave this page so I don’t drool on my keyboard lol.

    Kia / The House of KTS

  26. Well I think you recovered beautifully from not planning ahead. I could eat this dish all day long.
    5 layers of YUM.

  27. Johanna GGG says:

    it looks great but makes me laugh at how different our pantries must be – I am lucky if I have black beans in the pantry but don’t have the rest in my kitchen – though I can see this dip is a good reason to have them on hand

  28. Lori says:

    Nice! I don’t keep a ton of food stocked in my pantry and fridge at all times, but I DO generally have all of these ingredients! I bet I could build individual servings in little half pint mason jars, then I’d have lunch/snacks taken care of for the week. Great recipe, Joanne!

  29. You’ve now given me a reason to push for a half marathon after I run the 10K. EAT ALL THE DIP!

  30. mjskitchen says:

    Yep…these are ingredients that I keep in my pantry! This will make a great snack for the long weekend coming up. Thanks for the idea!

  31. Sarah says:

    Mmmm this looks fantastic.. Sometimes spur of the moment decision making makes for the best recipes. Also- congrats on the half marathon! You go girl!

  32. Mary Frances says:

    Is it bad that I eat all the dip … after breakfast … and after doing nothing? Yeah, let’s not talk about that. You ROCK for finishing that race before 9am AND whipping up this wicked awesome Mexican dip off the cuff!

  33. Sounds like my kind of dip. Congratulations on running the 1/2 marathon.

  34. Not sure if I am more impressed with how good this dip looks or you saying you ran 13.1 miles? Is that real? I can’t even imagine being able to run 1 mile and not dying – let alone coming home alive to put this on the table. You are my role model!

  35. Agness says:

    Absolutely perfect Saturday party snack! Yum, yum!

  36. Katerina says:

    I love the dip and the crackers. Perfect for a friendly gathering!

  37. Pam Baker says:

    One of my all time fave dips! Yummy in my tummy!

  38. I love Mexican layer dips and yours is different than most – I like the use of two beans in it!

  39. Amen to a well-stocked pantry/refrigerator . . with this, all things are possible. Always. love love love this 5 layer dip. . and might love these Breton Gluten Free crackers more!

  40. I could make a meal out of this dip! It looks so good!

  41. Lisa says:

    Surely I could eat loads of that for dinner. Nothing I wouldn’t like about that dip along with those divine sounding crackers.

  42. Christine says:

    Oh good, another thing to make with black beans 🙂 I will however be subbing pepperoncini for jalapeño. I think it’ll still have enough snap. Amazingly, I have everything in stock. Yum!

  43. easypeasy says:

    Oooooooh! What a fun twist on bean dip! 🙂

  44. This is such a healthy and nutritious dip!

  45. Monique says:

    I love how healthy this dip is. Honestly I’m always looking for better-for-you dip versions that I can serve at parties. Thanks for sharing!

  46. Chris says:

    Unplanned or not, this works for me! Sounds perfect for a Happy Hour dish…where I think, “Damn I’m glad I didn’t just run 13.1 miles!”

  47. Nancy says:

    Have been saving this recipe for a time when I needed to impress the husband with my I dream of Jeannie amazing-ness and although I’ve only walked 13.1 steps to the fridge for wine somehow you make me feel OK about that. What’s not to love about 2 cans and 2 jars plus some crumbled feta in my case? I had to garnish with chopped cilantro and sliced green onions just because I’m obviously an over achiever and I already had them washed and in the fridge ready to go! Amazingly he asked if he could eat the rest for dinner – woohoo win-win and delicous!!

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