Woman's hand using a chip to scoop 5 layer bean dip from a rectangular white casserole dish with a round white bowl of chips behind on a grey placemat on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

5 Layer Bean Dip: TexMex Restaurant Copycat Recipe

A recipe for a 5 Layer Bean Dip is great to have on hand for potlucks and get-togethers. It’s easy and tasty and everyone will love it.

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Our favorite Tex-Mex restaurant in our area has an appetizer called “Cinco Robles”. It’s their version of a 5 layer bean dip and it’s amazing. It’s my favorite appetizer and I get it every time we are there. So, of course, I had to figure out how to make it at home. 

I was trying to figure out the name of the dish, and google translate failed me. When I searched, it came up with a translation of “five oaks” which doesn’t make sense. 

CINCO ROBLES

“It’s our 5 layer dip!” Refried beans, queso, seasoned ground beef, melted cheddar and jack cheese, and sour cream

https://www.iguanajoes.menu/menu/#appetizers

Of course, there aren’t any amounts listed on the menu. We have tried this recipe a few times and finally got a recipe that works. Originally, it was too much beef. Then we had too much queso. I started with the base of my regular Taco Dip and then made adjustments from that. 

Even the first “fail” was still delicious, just not quite right. We brought it to our Dinner Club get-together in February this year and it was a huge hit. But we still needed to make some tweaks before it was ready to share. Now, I’ve made it multiple times with this recipe and haven’t had to make changes. 

This 5 layer dip recipe is perfect for so many occasions. It makes a great appetizer for a potluck meal, it can be served as a game day snack, or just because you want a delicious dip with layers of refried beans, cheese, and all of the TexMex flavors. 

Recipe Options

As with all recipes, you have options to make this your own. Most of those are traditional foods found in TexMex cuisine. Try adding some black olives, red onion, black beans, green chilies, taco sauce, or hot sauce for added flavor. You could also top it with some green onions, a layer of sour cream, or pico de gallo. A final adjustment you could try is adding pepper jack cheese if you like it with a kick. 

5 Layer Bean Dip Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 16 oz refried beans
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup salsa con queso
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup Monterey jack cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Tortilla chips

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350F. In a small saucepan, heat the refried beans over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring often.

Refried beans heated in a medium saucepan on a wooden surface

Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat with the onion powder, oregano, salt, and pepper then drain.

Ground beef browning in a skillet on a wooden surface

Place the refried beans in the bottom of an 8×8 baking dish to make your first layer.

Refried beans in a rectangular white casserole dish on a wooden surface

Top the refried beans with the queso.

Queso on top of beans in a rectangular white casserole dish on a wooden surface

The next layer is the ground beef. Spread that out over the queso. 

Cooked ground beef on a layer of queso in a rectangular white casserole dish on a wooden surface

Spread the cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses on top of the ground beef.

Cheese layer on top of the 5 layer bean dip in a rectangular white casserole dish on a wooden surface

Bake for about 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Place the sour cream in a dollop on the center of the dish and serve warm with tortilla chips. You can also garnish with sliced jalapeno peppers for more of a kick.

Woman's hand using a chip to scoop 5 layer bean dip from a rectangular white casserole dish with a round white bowl of chips behind on a grey placemat on a wooden surface (vertical)

5 Layer Bean Dip Leftovers

Storage: Cover the dish with any leftovers and refrigerate it. If your dish didn’t come with a cover, you can use saran wrap to seal it. 

Reheating: If you are reheating the entire dish, you can do this in the oven again. For a smaller amount, you can reheat it in the microwave. 

Recipe

Originally Published On: December 11, 2020

Updated On: June 9, 2023

Woman's hand using a chip to scoop 5 layer bean dip from a rectangular white casserole dish with a round white bowl of chips behind on a grey placemat on a wooden surface

5 Layer Bean Dip

A recipe for a 5 Layer Bean Dip is great to have on hand for potlucks and get-togethers. It's easy and tasty and everyone will love it.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course:
Appetizer
Cuisine:
American
|
Mexican
Keyword:
5 layer dip
|
bean dip
|
layered dip
Dietary Needs:
Egg-Free
Meat:
Beef
Cooking Method:
Copycat Recipe
Servings: 8 cups
4.75 from 8 votes

Ingredients

  • 16 oz refried beans
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup salsa con queso
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup Monterey jack cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Tortilla chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F
  • In a small saucepan, heat the refried beans over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring often
  • Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, brown the ground beef with onion powder, oregano, salt, and pepper then drain
  • Place the refried beans in the bottom of an 8×8 baking dish
  • Top the refried beans with the queso
  • Layer the ground beef over the queso
  • Spread the cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses on top of the ground beef
  • Bake for about 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is melted
  • Place the sour cream in a dollop on the center of the dish and serve warm with tortilla chips

Notes

I used medium salsa con queso, can use hot if you prefer more of a kick.
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Nutrition Facts
5 Layer Bean Dip
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 166 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 575mg24%
Potassium 101mg3%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 289IU6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 179mg18%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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20 thoughts on “5 Layer Bean Dip: TexMex Restaurant Copycat Recipe”

  1. Well the Tex Mex lover in me is all over this! I love making stuff like this and this is something my husband would love too!

  2. I haven’t had refried beans in ages. I remember being introduced to it when I first moved to the US. This looks very tasty.

  3. 5 stars
    Okay now that’s what I called real dip! This could instantly elevate our typical taco and snack night! I imagine having this during movie marathon.. then i would pair it with soda or beer … yummy ♥
    thank you for sharing us this awesome dip recipe

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