7 delicious layers of salsa, guacamole, sour cream, beans, cheese, tomatoes and olives. The perfect party appetizer for game day or a friends get-together. People will gather around this 7 layer dip until it’s gone!
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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!
We love entertaining and 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!
This seven layer dip is a delicious Mexican appetizer that’s so easy to put together!
What’s In 7 Layer Dip?
Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.
- Refried beans: The first layer is a mixture of beans, cream cheese and taco seasoning.
- Sour cream: All you need is plain sour cream for the second layer.
- Guacamole: You can make your own homemade guacamole or buy premade guac from the store.
- Salsa: Chunky salsa works best. Make sure to drain any liquid before adding.
- Cheese: Shredded Mexican, pepper jack, or cheddar cheese work great.
- Tomatoes: Dice the tomatoes and drain any juices. I use roma tomatoes.
- 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 below.
- Layer 1: Combine the refried beans, cream cheese and taco seasoning. Layer the refried bean mixture on the bottom.
- Layer 2: Next layer the sour cream over top.
- Layer 3: Scoop the guacamole on top. Then careful spread with a spatula.
- Layer 4: Drain the salsa if needed in a mesh strainer. Then add the salsa on top.
- Layer 5: Add some shredded cheese.
- Layer 6: Then add your favorite toppings such as tomatoes, olives and jalapenos,
- Layer 7: Finish the top with sliced green onions, cilantro and a squeeze of lime. I also love to sprinkle some flake sea salt over the top.
Tips + Variations
- Use thick salsa. I like the Trader Joe’s brand or 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
- 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!
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.
This dip is traditionally served cold. This way the shredded lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole and sour cream stay fresh. Try crowd favorites jalapeno popper dip recipe or this bean dip if you want something warm!
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!
Although this 7 layer dip does taste best the day of preparing, any leftovers can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days. Just make sure to cover tightly.
It does tend to get a bit watery as time goes on, but you can easily drain it and it will still taste delicious!
More Delicious Party Dips
- 5-Layer Greek Dip
- Crockpot Queso Blanco
- Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Dip
- Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Cream Cheese and Chili Queso
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7 Layer Dip Recipe
- 31 ounce can refried beans
- 8 ounces cream cheese (softened, optional)
- 3 Tablespoons taco seasoning (1 packet)
- 14 ounces sour cream , about 1 1/2 cups
- 16 ounces guacamole
- 1 ½ 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)
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro (optional)
- 1 bunch green onions (sliced thin, optional)
- ½ lime (optional)
- s&p to taste
For serving: Tortilla chips or Fritos
- 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.
- Alternatively you can mix the cream cheese and taco seasoning in with the sour cream.
- You could also add in a Tablespoon of extra taco seasoning or even ranch seasoning mix to the sour cream if you want to add more seasoning.
Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.
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This is one of my favorite dips! We love making it for movie night – so good!
Very good for parties
Great recipe! Easy to make and delicious. Made it for friend’s party and everyone loved it.
I looove a good 7-layer dip. This one is fantastic! Bookmarking for parties this year.
Me too! One of our go-to party appetizers!
My family loved this dip! I left out the olives because we don’t really like them and it was delicious. I’ll definitely be making this recipe again.
This 7 layer dip was a huge hit! My whole family enjoyed this, we even made a spicy version and we loved it too!
Love adding pickled jalapeños if the crowd can handle spicy! Yum!
This was a huge hit at our holiday book club last night. I will make this again because it was so easy!
Can’t get enough of this flavorful 7-layer dip. My family loves it! We’ll surely have this again for Christmas. Thanks Jamielyn for this wonderful recipe. Highly recommended!
So glad you enjoyed the 7 layer dip!
We had this again last Christmas, everyone loves it! Glad I made it again. This is a new go-to recipe.
I want to make it hearty with the ground meat added BUT — never ate cold ground meat. Could that be a ‘no’ to most people or does it work out actually ‘better’ with it?
I’ve never had any issues with it but it’s totally up to you! You could always do half with/half without so that your guests have an option to choose from :)
I made this dip and its was so good i add 1 pound of chicken breast top’s it off family and friends love it now i have to make it more often at the family parties…. chicken and bean dip pop n
I made this for my Easter pot luck dinner and everyone loved it! No left overs and I even made a bit larger serving than what’s in this recipe. We like spicy so I used jalapeño cream cheese, mixed spicy and mild guacamole and spicy Chucky salsa. I used pico de gallo instead of tomato layer and had jalapeños on the side for anyone who wanted it extra hot. Easy to make and can be made in advanced (on the same day; I made it the morning around 9, refrigerated and used around 5pm. I can’t wait to make this again!
I’m so happy to hear it was such a hit! Your substitutions sound delicious :)