Halloween taco dip served on a black slate board with a bowl of tortilla strips nearby.

Are you ready to add some spooktacular flavor to your Halloween party this year? Look no further than our scrumptious Taco Dip! This crowd-pleasing appetizer is delicious and gluten-free, making it the perfect choice for accommodating all your guests. Whether you’re hosting a Halloween bash or just craving a flavorful snack, this dip will leave everyone howling for more.

Overhead view of Halloween taco dip in a glass pie plate, the top garnished with a sour cream spider web and black olive spiders.

What is Halloween taco dip made of?

Taco Dip is a party of flavors layered to perfection. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Refried beans
  • Guacamole
  • Chunky salsa
  • Taco seasoning
  • Lime
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Sour cream
  • Black olives
  • Mexican-style shredded cheese. Cheddar cheese is a suitable replacement if you’d prefer to grate your own cheese. 
  • Green onions

Protip: Make it your way!

Taco dip is infinitely flexible, so if you don’t have or don’t like one of the layers, feel free to leave it out!

How do I make the sour cream spiderweb on top? 

Creating a spooky sour cream spiderweb is easier than you might think. Simply scoop some sour cream into a small Ziploc bag, snip off a tiny corner, and pipe it onto the surface of your taco dip. 

Collage of three simple steps to make a sour cream spiderweb. A text overlay reads, "How to Make a Sour Cream Spiderweb."
  1. Use the sour cream to draw an X shape on top of the dip.
  2. Add a plus sign shape of sour cream on top of the X.
  3. Connect the X and the plus sign with little U shapes of sour cream.

Voilà! You’ve got yourself a frighteningly fun dip.

Protip: Try a squeeze bottle!

A squeeze bottle is also a great way to draw your sour cream spiderweb!

Is this dip gluten-free?

Great news for your gluten-sensitive guests! Taco dip can be gluten-free if you use a gluten-free taco seasoning mix (our homemade taco seasoning mix recipe is naturally gluten-free!). Always check the labels of your ingredients to ensure they meet dietary restrictions.

Close view of the sour cream cobweb topping and black olive spider on a Halloween appetizer.

What dippers go well with Halloween taco dip?

Taco dip is a versatile treat that goes swimmingly with a variety of dippers. Tortilla chips and corn chips (especially the scoop-shaped chips) are perfect companions. The crunchy and salty chips contrast splendidly with the creamy dip, making it a hit with partygoers of all ages. We’ve also enjoyed this taco dip with fresh vegetables like bell peppers, carrots, and celery sticks.

Protip: Make it gluten-free!

If you have gluten-free guests, make sure that your dippers are also gluten-free!

How far in advance can I prep this?

You can make this Halloween taco dip recipe up to two days in advance as long as you:

  1. Skip the lettuce layer.
  2. Wait to add the guacamole, cheese, green onions, and sour cream spiderweb until right before serving.

Protip: Make individual servings!

Would you rather make cute individual servings of this easy taco dip recipe? Try our seven-layer dip in mason jars instead!

Close view of a spooky Halloween dip topped with a sour cream spider web and black olive spiders.

How long can you leave out a dip?

While Taco Dip is tempting, it’s essential to keep it safe. After two hours at room temperature, it needs to be moved to the refrigerator. If your Halloween party stretches into the witching hours, consider setting the serving dish in a bowl of ice (that gets refreshed regularly) to keep it fresh and appetizing for your guests.

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Halloween taco dip served on a black slate board with a bowl of tortilla strips nearby.

Taco Dip Recipe

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Create this fun taco dip recipe to serve at your next party. It's a delicious treat for any occasion.


  • 1 16-ounce can of refried beans
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • 1 1/4 cup sour cream, divided
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 8 ounces chunky salsa, drained
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 6 ounces whole black olives, sliced (except for 3-4 olives)
  • 6 ounces (1 1/2 cups) Mexican-style shredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • Corn chips or tortillas chips, for serving


  1. Spread the refried beans evenly in a large clear dish (we used a deep pie pan).
  2. Next, spread the guacamole over the top evenly.
  3. Set aside 1/4 cup of the sour cream, then stir the remaining sour cream with the taco seasoning and lime juice. Spread the seasoned sour cream over the guacamole.
  4. Spread the salsa over the sour cream.
  5. Layer the olives over the salsa, then cover with lettuce.
  6. Sprinkle the cheese all over the dip.
  7. Arrange the sliced green onions in a ring around the edges of the pan.
  8. Transfer the remaining sour cream to a squeeze bottle or ziplock bag with the corner cut off. Pipe the sour cream in an x on top of the dip. Then pipe a “plus” shape over it as well. Connect the lines with little “u” shapes until you reach the end of the spider web.
  9. Make the olive spiders by cutting an olive lengthwise for the bodies. Cut 2 more olives into slices, then halve those slices and assemble them for legs. Serve!


  • Leftovers keep in the fridge for about a day—after that, the lettuce starts to get soggy.
  • If you'd like to make this in advance, you can do it up to two days ahead of time with a few adjustments: it's best to leave the lettuce layer out, then wait to add the guacamole, cheese, green onions, and sour cream spiderweb until right before serving.
  • To keep this recipe gluten-free, make sure you're using a gluten-free taco seasoning mix and that all your dippers are gluten-free!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 443Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 1378mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 8gSugar: 9gProtein: 14g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

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