Guacamole Graveyard Dip

Halloween Recipes

Recipe from NBC TODAY show

Nobody will be able to resist this ghoulish guacamole dip with several devilishly delicious layers.

TECHNIQUE TIP: Use different color pitas to add variety to the scene.

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT: Oval- or tombstone-shaped cookie cutter, ghost-shaped cookie cutter, spooky cat-shaped cookie cutter, and 9-by-13-inch dish.


Graveyard chips
4 large pocketless pita bread rounds
1 jalapeño chile, finely chopped
1/2 cup white onion, chopped
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
4 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and chopped
3 tablespoons lime juice, plus more as needed
1 pinch salt

Seasoned sour cream
1½ cups sour cream
1 packet taco seasoning mix

3 cups canned refried beans
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup pico de gallo
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
3/4 cup black olives, coarsely chopped
Extra pita chips, for serving
Crudites, for serving



  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Using a small knife and/or cookie cutters, carefully cut the pita bread into
    tombstone, ghost and spooky cat shapes. Depending on how far apart you want
    your tombstones, create 7 to 10 pieces.
  3. Place the shapes on a sheet tray and bake until they are firm and crispy, about 10
    minutes. Set aside to cool.
    In a large bowl, add the jalapeño, onion, tomatoes, avocado and lime juice. Mash until
    Add the salt to taste and more lime juice to the top of the guacamole to keep it from
    browning. Set aside.
    In a medium bowl, add the sour cream and taco seasoning. Stir until thoroughly
    combined. Set aside.
  4. In a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, layer the refried beans.
  5. Pour the seasoned sour cream on top of the beans and spread it into an even
  6. Layer on the shredded cheddar cheese, then add the pico de gallo.
  7. Spoon the guacamole on top of the pico, keeping the surface slightly uneven to
    achieve a slightly rough texture. Sprinkle with a little extra squeeze of lime juice
    and chill the entire dish for 30 minutes to 1 hour to let it set.

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