Halloween Party: Spidery 5-Layer Nacho Dip

Spidery 5 Layer Nacho Dip! An easy, fun, feeds-crowds recipe for your next Halloween Party! | BearandBugEats.com

We had a hurricane, and we’re still here!

Floridians are funny about hurricanes. Those of us who have been through one before tend to turn up our noses at storms all the way up until a hurricane reaches about a Cat 4, and then we panic. As opposed to those who are new to Florida, who hear “hurricane” and turn pale while planning immediate evacuation.

Spidery 5 Layer Nacho Dip! An easy, fun, feeds-crowds recipe for your next Halloween Party! | BearandBugEats.com

As with pretty much everything in life, the truth is somewhere closer to the middle. People living on the beach where the storm will hit, for instance, should (and mostly did) evacuate. People living 50+ miles inland, like us, are in more danger of losing power for a couple of days, or losing the occasional tree.

We were prepared to be without electricity: we had bread, canned tuna, peanut butter and chocolate chips (to go with the peanut butter, of course). But we never did lose power. The storm took a “wobble” a few extra miles out to sea (“wobble” being the buzzword of this hurricane season, or the Deadliest Drinking Game word if that’s your hurricane coping strategy), which spared us more than some strong wind. Now that power’s back in most places and the tree branches are out of the yard, we can exhale and turn back to the more fun parts of fall.

Halloween Party part 2 is hors d’oeuvres! We had drinks, like last week’s Chilled Dragon’s Blood punch, and now tons of fun snacks. This Spidery 5 Layer Nacho Dip feeds a ton of people, is reliably delicious and has plenty of opportunity for creativity, both in flavor and decoration. It’s 20-30 minutes of prep (depending on how fast you are) for a dish that will last all night. It also gives you the opportunity to purloin some plastic spiders from the Publix bakery and then leave them on the kitchen table, causing you–I mean your guests–to jump every time you–I mean they–walk by.

Also, you can totally treat this as a nacho entree. This is what might happen:

Spidery 5 Layer Nacho Dip! An easy, fun, feeds-crowds recipe for your next Halloween Party! | BearandBugEats.com

This recipe is adapted from Woman’s Day. Missed the rest of the party? Here are the links to Chilled Dragon’s Blood punchMonster Meatloaf, and Chocolate Pretzel Mummies! Plus, some other awesome foods for your RL party!

P.S. On a serious note, this hurricane was anticlimactic for us, but parts of the East Coast are pretty battered. Even worse is Haiti, where almost 900 people died in the storm, over 60,000 lost homes, and there are fears of a cholera outbreak, which could kill thousands. Increasingly, I find myself aware that tragedy happens, and asking what I could possibly do to help.

If you’d like to donate to relief efforts in Haiti, here’s links to World Vision and Doctors Without Borders, and Mission of Hope: Haiti. If you’re local and want to donate time, try local charities: Feeding Children Everywhere, Clean the World, and 3 to 5 Days. These organizations are focused on getting food, clean water, and hygiene supplies to Haiti and other hard-hit areas as soon as possible; and on helping provide long-term shelter so that the next natural disaster doesn’t hurt so much.


Spiderweb 5 Layer Nacho Dip

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Bean Layer

  • 2 cans refried beans
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • Optional: 3 plum tomatoes, diced

Salsa & Cheese Layers

  • 1 1/2 cups chunky salsa
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese

Meat Layer

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning

Guacamole Layer


  • 1 cup reduced fat sour cream
  • Clean plastic spiders
  • Tortilla chips


Bean Layer

  1. Mix all ingredients together. On a large plate or serving platter, smooth bean mix into a 10-inch circle using a rubber spatula.

Salsa & Cheese Layers

  1. Optional: Drain the salsa in a colander to get rid of excess juice.
  2. Spread over beans, leaving some of the bean mix just showing around the edges.
  3. Spread cheese over salsa, repeating the layered look.

Meat Layer

  1. Cook ground beef with taco seasoning, breaking it up as you go. Cook until meat is no longer pink. Drain grease.
  2. Layer over cheese.

Guacamole Layer

  1. Make guacamole (if you haven’t already). Spread over meat layer.


  1. Fill a piping bag (or ziploc with one corner cut off) with sour cream. Pipe concentric circles over the platter, then add the straight lines (you might want to practice this on a spare plate or piece of plastic wrap first).
  2. Decorate with at least one toy spider. Add tortilla chips around the edge of platter.

The Burroughs

Katie and Robby Burroughs, writers, photographers, and curators of Bear and Bug Eats.

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