70's Taco Dip

Picture a party from your childhood.

Now think of all the food that was on the table, particularly the spreads and dips. Is there one that comes to mind that was so irresistible that you remember going back again and again?

There is an 80% chance that the dip you’re thinking of is a version of the classic taco or seven layer dip. A friend recently brought one to a house party but enhanced it with Wet Wizard hot sauce as well as a wizard decorating the top. What do you think was one of the first clean plates at the party? If you’re looking for an appetizer to bring to a holiday party this is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.


  • 1 8oz package of Cream Cheese, room temp

  • 1 8 oz container of Sour Cream

  • 1 envelope of taco seasoning

  • 1 med. container of mild to medium salsa, drained.

  • 3-4 tbsp Wet Wizard hot sauce 

  • 1 bunch of scallions, white and greens thinly sliced. 

  • 1/2 head of iceberg lettuce (or whatever lettuce/kale/you have on hand) cut into thin ribbons. 

  • 8 oz of cheese, shredded (mont. jack, quesa fresca crumbled, etc.) 

  • 2-3 bell peppers, diced

  • 1 jalapeno or serrano, diced tiny

  • 1 can olives, sliced in rounds, to top or to make an art piece


  1. Combine cream cheese, sour cream and taco seasoning with hand mixer, press into bottom of a pie pan, refrigerate overnight (or at least 4 hours.)

  2. Next, layer the remaining ingredients over the refrigerated base from salsa to the olives on the very top.

  3. Serve with 2 bags of sturdy chips and enjoy!

Optional: Add a layer of tomatoes if in season, and add any diced hot pepper you can get your hands on or more Wet Wizard sauce to spice it up.

Molly Hart