Spookamole Recipe Entry – Frugal Novice

Spookamole Recipe Entry


Avocados are one of my favorite things to add to foods – burgers, fajitas, turkey sandwiches, and more. Hass avocados from Mexico are the kind we most often buy – they’re available all 12 months of the year. When I discovered the Spookamole Recipe Contest, where you can enter Halloween recipes that incorporate avocados, I was excited to come up with something!

I decided to make a twist on seven-layer dip… I made – wait for it – a Seven Layer Swamp! In my version you top everything off with the guacamole.


  • Guacamole (we made ours with 5 avocados, the juice of two limes, half a can of Rotel w/ cilantro & lime juice, minced red onion, minced garlic, chopped fresh cilantro and salt to taste)
  • Black refried beans with taco seasoning – you can buy a packet of seasoning at the store or make your own. We used this recipe.
  • Chopped onions
  • 16 oz. sour cream
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • Salsa – store-bought or homemade will work just fine!
  • Shredded Mexican-blend cheese
  • Chopped red and green bell peppers
  • Corn tortillas
  • Baguette


1. Using a knife, cut ghost shapes out of corn tortillas. I stacked them 5-high and was able to complete them pretty quickly. Also, cut slices of a baguette. Lay out the bread and ghosts on a baking sheet, then stick in the oven at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until they’re golden.

2. In a glass baking dish put down a layer of the refried black beans.

3. Top the beans with chopped onions.

4. Next, mix the sour cream and cream cheese together and spread over the onions.

5. Strain your salsa to remove most of the liquid so that the dip doesn’t get soupy, then spread the layer over the sour cream mixture.

6. Sprinkle shredded cheese evenly over the salsa layer.

7. Next, chop up green and red bell peppers and scatter them over the cheese.

8. Last, but certainly not least, top everything all off with your favorite guacamole. Like I mentioned above, we made our own. It’s a recipe we use often and love!

And there you have it – seven tasty layers!

I added the baguette “tombstones” and ghost chips, along with a green bell pepper alligator with black bean eyes.

Hass avocados from Mexico are packed full of antioxidants and help meet daily requirements for fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, folic acid and other B vitamins. So even with a party dish like this I was still able to pack in a few nutrients. :)

Don’t forget to enter the contest yourself! Go here to submit your recipe.

I wrote this review while participating in a Spookamole blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Avocados from Mexico and received avocado items to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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  • katklaw777 September 28, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Luv this recipe…it has everything in it that I like!
    This would be great for one of my football parties…thanks for sharing!

  • Anna ~ Random Handprints September 29, 2011 at 10:36 am

    that is so awesome!!! my kids would love the ghost chips, such a cool idea!