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7 Layer Dip Recipe

7 delicious layers of salsa, guacamole, sour cream, beans, cheese, tomatoes and olives. The perfect appetizer for game day or a friends get-together. People will gather around this 7 layer dip until it’s gone!

7 layer dip in a baking dish
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Favorite Party Appetizer

This classic 7 layer dip recipe is one I’m sure most of you are familiar with and love! This easy recipe is the ultimate party appetizer. You can always bet that it’ll be the first dish to go…people love it! Some other crowd favorites are my crockpot buffalo chicken dip, pigs in a blanket and 4-ingredient cheese ball.

There’s also fun ways to add variations to this layered taco dip. You can make your own guacamole and salsa. You could even make your beans from scratch and add all kinds of seasonings. I like to generally keep things simple though! It’s a delicious Mexican appetizer that’s so easy to put together!

adding guacamole on top of sour cream for 7 layer dip

7 Delicious Layers!

  1. Refried beans: The first layer is a mixture of beans, cream cheese and taco seasoning.
  2. Sour cream: All you need is plain sour cream for the second layer.
  3. Guacamole: You can make your own or buy premade guac from the store.
  4. Salsa: Chunky salsa works best. Make sure to drain any liquid before adding.
  5. Cheese: Shredded Mexican or cheddar cheese work great.
  6. Tomatoes: Dice the tomatoes and drain any juices. I use roma tomatoes.
  7. Olives: I love adding sliced black olives along with some chopped green onions. Olives are hit or miss for most people, so you could always leave them off if preferred. Or do half with, half without.

How to Make 7 Layer Dip

This recipe is SO easy to make and comes together super quickly. Layer the ingredients as follows:

  1. Layer the bean mixture on the bottom.
  2. Next layer the sour cream and guacamole.
  3. Pour the salsa on top.
  4. Add some shredded cheese.
  5. Then add your favorite toppings such as tomatoes, green onions, olives, jalapenos, cilantro.
close up of 7 layer dip in a baking dish

Tips + Variations

  • Use thick salsa. I like Old El Paso thick ‘n chunky. Make sure to pour out any extra liquid before adding so the dip doesn’t get runny.
  • Add meat. You can add ground beef taco meat as an extra layer if preferred. Add it between the refried beans and sour cream layers.
  • Seasoning. Add a Tablespoon or ranch seasoning mix to the sour cream layer for extra flavor.
  • Tomatoes. Can substitute salsa layer with more chopped tomatoes if preferred. Or use pico de gallo for either of those two layers.
  • Use less layers. For a few less layers, try making a 5 layer dip instead.

5 star review

“This was the best! Brought it to a huge super bowl potluck where there were 7 7-layer dips. Everyone told me this one was the best.”

-M

Serving Ideas

  • Baking dish: This is my favorite method because the dip gets more spread out. You get more of the toppings in every bite! Use a 9×13″ baking dish.
  • Trifle: Layer the dip in a trifle bowl for a fancier touch (check out the picture below the recipe). I also added a fun chalkboard label to the front of the dish.
  • Individual cups: Make individual 7 layer dip cups by servings in plastic cups. This is a fun way to make sure everyone gets a bite and there’s no double dipping!

FAQs

Can I make 7 layer dip ahead of time?

This dip tastes best if made day of, so preparing a few hours in advance should be fine.

To save time, you can prepare and assemble the bean and sour cream layers the night before and then cover and refrigerate. Then add the remaining layers right before serving.

Is this dip served warm or cold?

This dip is traditionally served cold. This way the shredded lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole and sour cream stay fresh.

Is 7 layer dip gluten-free?

Yes, this dip uses gluten-free ingredients, which makes it perfect for guests with any sensitivities. Just make sure to double check that the taco seasoning packet is free from gluten or make my homemade taco seasoning which is most definitely gluten-free!

How long does it last?

Although this dip does taste best the day of preparing, any leftovers can be stored in the fridge for a few more days. Just make sure to cover tightly. It does tend to get a bit watery as time goes on, but you can easily drain the water before enjoying and it will still taste delicious!

dipping a tortilla chip into 7 layer dip

More Delicious Party Dips

close up of 7 layer dip in a baking dish

7 Layer Dip Recipe

5 from 25 votes
7 delicious layers of salsa, guacamole, sour cream, beans, cheese, tomatoes and olives. The perfect appetizer for game day or a friends get-together. People will gather around this 7 layer dip until it’s gone!
Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 12

Ingredients 

  • 31 ounce can refried beans
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened, optional)
  • 3 Tablespoons taco seasoning (1 packet)
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 2 cups guacamole
  • 1 1/2 cups chunky medium salsa (can sub for more diced tomatoes)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 roma tomatoes (diced and drained of juices)
  • 4 ounces sliced olives or jalapenos (1 can, drained)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
  • bunch green onions (sliced thin, optional)
  • 1/2 lime (optional)
  • s&p to taste

For serving: Tortilla chips or Fritos

    Instructions

    • In a small bowl, stir together beans, cream cheese (if desired) and taco seasoning. I like to microwave the cream cheese for about 20 seconds beforehand, to make sure it’s smooth and creamy. 
    • Then spread the beans onto the bottom of your dish. You can use a 9×13" pan, trifle dish or serve in individual cups. Next spread on the sour cream and guacamole. 
    • Next add the salsa or extra tomatoes on top of guacamole. Then add the cheese, tomatoes, olives, onions and cilantro. Squeeze a little lime juice over the top if desired. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top.
    • Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. The dip is best to eat the day that it is made. Serve with fresh tortilla chips or Fritos. Enjoy! 

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    Notes

    Tips:
    • Alternatively you can mix the cream cheese and taco seasoning in with the sour cream.
    • You could also add in a Tablespoon of ranch seasoning mix to the sour cream if you prefer.
    • Do not use a thin salsa, it will make the whole dip runny. If the salsa has liquid, pour it through a mesh strainer. This will remove any extra liquid and prevent your dip from becoming runny. Alternatively you can skip the salsa and add extra tomatoes.
    • If you are wanting to make ahead of time, I would do the bean and sour cream layer and refrigerate. Then add the guacamole, salsa and toppings right before the event, so it stays fresh. 

    Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 949mg | Potassium: 318mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1120IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 1.4mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Appetizer
    Cuisine: Mexican
    Author: Jamielyn Nye

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