Graveyard taco dip - a fun and easy recipe for Halloween!

Need a spooky and fun Halloween recipe? How about graveyard taco dip with gravestone tortilla chips! Food bloggers Jo and Sue are sharing their recipe for graveyard taco dip with us today, and you’ll see it’s just as simple to make as it is cute. Hint: It’s basically seven layer dip, but with fewer layers. So easy!


Graveyard Taco Dip

First layer:
1 can refried beans or refried black beans

Second layer:
2 cups sour cream
1 pkg taco seasoning

Third layer:
2 avocados, mashed
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbsp mayonnaise

Fourth layer:
1 cup salsa

Fifth layer:
1 bunch scallions (green onions), chopped

In a small bowl, mix the sour cream and taco seasoning. In another small bowl, mix the mashed avocados, minced garlic, and mayonnaise.

In a small Pyrex dish or pie plate, layer the beans, sour cream mixture, avocado mixture, and salsa. Sprinkle the scallions on top.

Chill at least an hour, or until ready to serve. (The dip can be made a day ahead and kept, covered, in the refrigerator.)

To make the tombstones and tree, cut the shapes you want out of 2 large tortillas. Place the cut-out shapes on a parchment paper lined cookie tray and bake at 350 degrees until the tortillas are nice and brown. You can add text to the tombstones with a black food safe marker. Put the tombstones and tree in the dip just before serving.


Thank you so much to Jo and Sue for sharing their recipe for Graveyard Dip!

Halloween brain dip recipe - awesome!

For another awesome Halloween party recipe from Jo and Sue, check out this ooey, gooey, frightfully real-looking Brain Dip!

Or for more Halloween party ideas and recipes, click here.

Chickabug Halloween party theme paper goods & printables

Shop for Halloween theme paper goods and printables here.
Or, check out more Halloween ideas on Pinterest or here on my blog!


We Love Your Comments!



  1. 1
    Friday, September 20th, 2013 at 5:09 am
    Elizabeth - SugarHero! says:
    Okay, I was really liking the graveyard dip, but I am LOVING (slash being totally grossed out by) that brain dip. Halloween come sooner! These ideas are fantastic.
    • 1.1
      Friday, September 20th, 2013 at 10:27 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Elizabeth! I know what you mean! It's fantastic and a little gross at the same time! : )
  2. 2
    Friday, September 20th, 2013 at 8:38 am
    Jo and Sue says:
    Thank you so much for featuring 2 of our spooky Halloween dips! We are so happy you liked them :)
    • 2.1
      Friday, September 20th, 2013 at 10:24 am
      Heather says:
      My pleasure, Joe and Sue! I love them! Thank YOU for coming up with two such amazing and imaginative recipes! : )
  3. 3
    Monday, September 30th, 2013 at 10:45 pm
    Jessica @ Cardstore Blog says:
    The graveyard dip is awesome and looks delicious! I just discovered your blog and absolutely love all the creative ideas :)
    • 3.1
      Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 at 11:06 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Jessica! I'm glad you're enjoying my blog. That makes me so happy to hear! : )
  4. 4
    Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 3:00 pm
    Jill says:
    What a fantastic idea! The Brain dip has freaked me out a little bit but absolutely perfect for Halloween!
    • 4.1
      Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 6:14 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Jill! It is pretty freaky! I'm glad you like it! : )
  5. 5
    Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 5:46 pm
    Leigh says:
    Thank you for sharing such ghoulish treats! I served the Graveyard dip at a friend's party last night - complete with the tree and tombstones (yay, me!). It was a hit! I'm glad I found your blog. I look forward to learning more creative creations from you!
  6. 6
    Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 11:06 pm
    Amanda says:
    Great recipe! I will definitely be making this at my Halloween party next weekend. What was used to write "RIP" on the tombstones?
    • 6.1
      Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 12:25 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Amanda! You could use a food safe marker - I'll add a link in the post. : )
  7. 7
    Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 11:38 am
    Kat says:
    Just wondering what you used to write on the tombs it edible?
    • 7.1
      Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 12:26 pm
      Heather says:
      You could use a food safe marker, there's a link in the post : )
  8. 8
    Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 4:48 pm
    Rosalie McCreary says:
    Thank you for sharing. The grave yard dip looks great and will be perfect for the Halloween Party at work.
    • 8.1
      Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 5:54 pm
      Heather says:
      You're welcome, Rosalie! I hope everyone at work loves it! : )
  9. 9
    Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 12:37 pm
    Janet T says:
    Thank you! I made this dip this weekend for the Michigan vs. Michigan State tailgate this weekend and it turned out adorable.
    • 9.1
      Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 5:48 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Janet! You're very welcome. I'm glad it turned out well! : )
  10. 10
    Saturday, November 1st, 2014 at 12:23 pm
    Mindy says:
    Thank you for the dip recipe!! I made it last night for Halloween and it didn't last long :)
  11. 11
    Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 6:52 pm
    Katherine says:
    This dish look "Frightfully" delish! I am going to try and make it this Halloween!
  12. 12
    Thursday, September 10th, 2015 at 4:38 pm
    AngelA says:
    Do you serve it cold or hot?
    • 12.1
      Thursday, September 10th, 2015 at 5:04 pm
      Heather says:
      Cold - if you read the recipe, there's no baking at all for the dip. : )
  13. 13
    Monday, September 14th, 2015 at 1:49 pm
    Felicia says:
    While the brain dip is making me a little's amazing!!! I wonder if the kids will be completely creeped out.
  14. 14
    Friday, September 18th, 2015 at 5:20 pm
    Janeen says:
    Graveyard dip ok, but the brain is little too Jeffery Dalmer to me.:-(
  15. 15
    Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 at 11:38 pm
    brooke says:
    Has anyone added cheese to this recipe ?
    • 15.1
      Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 at 9:59 am
      Heather says:
      You could, sure. : )
  16. 16
    Friday, October 30th, 2015 at 7:10 pm
    Christina says:
    I made this for tomorrow's Halloween party and I doubled the recipe for a 9x12 dish. It was a little too much for that size so I was able to make a smaller version for my family to sample beforehand. Win! SO good! A stove top tip for the tombstones and tree if you don't want to put them in the oven: Spray both sides with cooking spray and place in a medium-hot pan or skillet on the stove. Takes about 2-3 minutes. Let cool and they're super crunchy. Sprinkle with salt and you'll eat them ALL up! :-)
    • 16.1
      Saturday, October 31st, 2015 at 10:18 am
      Heather says:
      That's a great tip! Thanks Christina! (And WOOT! Extra samples for the win!!) :)
      • 16.1.1
        Saturday, October 31st, 2015 at 7:17 pm
        Christina says:
        This was so much fun!! One more tip only because I found this deliciousness two days ago and couldn't get a hold of edible pen ink. I used one drop of red, green, and blue food coloring and mixed it with a toothpick and used that to write on the tombstones. Worked perfectly! Cheers! And Happy Halloween!
  17. 17
    Monday, September 26th, 2016 at 9:09 pm
    Kathy Taylor says:
    You have some wonderful and beautiful ideas, I can't wait to try them!
  18. 18
    Monday, October 17th, 2016 at 4:35 pm
    Theresa says:
    What size can of refried beans, I want to double the recipe?......and also I want to add some cheddar cheese. What layer what I add that?
    • 18.1
      Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 at 12:38 pm
      Heather says:
      Wherever you want, there's never enough cheese. : )
  19. 19
    Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 at 5:29 pm
    Kim M Coffman says:
    Making for our Garden Party potluck