Try some of our top recipe picks and get layering (and dipping)
Try some of our recipes for the ultimate dip recipe.
What could make your party better? Seven ingredients layered systematically together to create a classic dip. Perfect for a football party or a casual get-together with friends, this dip is always a crowd-pleaser — and it feeds a crowd. Try some of our top recipe picks and get layering (and dipping).
The traditional seven-layer dip is comprised of refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, chopped tomatoes, grated cheese, black olives, and ground beef. Green onions, lettuce, and jalapeño can also be added for texture and spice. Who can resist all those layers of flavor in one bite?
To make the ultimate seven-layer dip, start by spreading each layer evenly in a large casserole dish or bowl. For a fun and festive presentation, use a clear dish so that you can see each of the layers. Chill the dip before serving and don't bother with the forks — serve with tortilla chips.
So, next time you need a creative appetizer that is sure to become a new favorite, try one of these easy seven-layer dip recipes. With so many layers and choices, it's easy to incorporate your favorite vegetables and ingredients.
Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes.
7 Layer Dip
Are you looking for an appetizer to feed a crowd but not sure what to make? How about combining seven different dips into one bowl? It&rsquos like digging for buried treasure, as each layer delivers an exciting array of flavors and textures. This easy recipe is a must when parked in front of the TV for awhile watching the big game.
What goes into each section? I use a classic combination of savory, creamy, and fresh items that pair nicely together. Refried beans, sour cream, salsa, and guacamole are essentials, but that&rsquos only the start. Other fresh ingredients add a variety of textures. I share the necessary elements to make this dish entirely homemade and convenient options when limited on time.
What is 7 layer dip?
Seven layer dip, also referred to as Mexican layered dip, or 7 layer bean dip, is pretty much what it sounds like! A dip made of seven layers.
There’s several varieties of this recipe around, and it’s one I’m sure everyone makes a little bit differently. The most common layers are the first three which include refried beans (or bean dip), guacamole and sour cream. The remaining layers are easy to change up. My favorites include: shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, green onion, and sliced black olives.
I prefer using grape tomatoes or Roma tomatoes because they don’t release as much juice. And this is also the reason I prefer to use tomatoes over a pico or a salsa. As the dip sits the juices can affect the rest of the dip.
Some other options include:
Unlike traditional bean dip, this dip is chilled and served cold.
- 1 (16-ounce) can refried beans
- 2 cup sour cream
- 1 (1/4 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
- 2 avocados, pitted, peeled and mashed
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
- 4 green onions, diced
- 1/4 cup black olives, sliced
- 1 tomato, diced
- tortilla chips
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 10mins
How To Make 7 Layer Bean Dip:
Combine refried beans and milk (or you can use the liquid from the salsa if you prefer) until smooth. Spread in the bottom of a 9吉 pan.
Next, combine cream cheese, sour cream and taco seasoning with a mixer on medium. Spread over refried beans.
Spoon guacamole over sour cream mixture and cream cheese mixture and gently spread. Repeat with another drained layer of salsa.
Top with cheese, sliced black olives/tomatoes and green onions. I also like to squeeze a little lime juice on top. Yum!
Chill 1 hour before serving. Keep reading for the full recipe.
7 Layer Dip
What do all parties have in common? They're the perfect opportunity to make this dip. Not that you need an excuse to whip up this crowd favorite, which features seven layers of Mexican-inspired goodness, but, you know, just in case.
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
One 15-ounce can refried beans
One 4-ounce can green chiles
1¼ cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Tortilla chips, as needed for serving
1. In a small bowl, mix the sour cream with the taco seasoning to combine.
2. In another small bowl, mix the beans with the chiles to combine.
3. In the base of an 8-by-4-inch casserole dish (or other small casserole dish, if you don't own this size), spread the beans in an even layer.
4. Spread an even layer of guacamole over the beans.
5. Spread an even layer of sour cream over the guacamole.
6. Spread an even layer of salsa over the sour cream.
7. Sprinkle an even layer of cheese over the salsa. Top with the tomatoes, then the scallions. Serve with tortilla chips.
Note: You can make this 7 layer dip up to 12 hours ahead and refrigerate it until ready to serve.
Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.
7 Layer Dip Recipe
This is the ultimate super-easy party appetizer that is always the hit of a party! It never fails, whenever this dip arrives, to be one of the guaranteed food items that will have people gathered around until all of the 7 layer dip has disappeared!
7 layer dip is a great potluck appetizer, party food, and makes a great addition to game day snacks too! Plus it’s a tasty dip to make for family meals, whether you serve it as a main with the addition of some taco meat, or as a side to taco night dinner!
7 Layer Dip
Our recipe for 7-Layer Dip is the perfect dish for a tasty lunch or a beautiful dish for entertaining. This dip pairs great with Baked Tortilla Chips, and it's something the whole family can enjoy. There are endless possibilities with this recipe: add diced avocado to the top of your dip or even a layer of MRC guacamole! Whip this recipe up tonight and prepare for a flavor fiesta!
- 16 oz. lean ground turkey breast
- 8 oz. raw tomatoes, chopped
- 8 oz. romaine or iceberg lettuce
- 8 oz. green peppers, chopped
- 4 oz. low-fat cottage cheese (1%) 6 oz. on Meta-Slim Levels
- 4 oz. jalapenos, seeds removed & chopped
- 4 oz. green onions, chopped
- 2 tsp. MRC taco seasoning (recipe included at the end of page)
- 2 Tbsp. water, separated
- 10 oz. avocado, diced
- Optional: Add 1.25 cups black beans (can be whole or smashed into "refried beans")
- Cook ground turkey breast in a skillet until done, measure out 12 oz. & return to skillet.
- Add 1 tsp. MRC taco seasoning and 1 Tbsp. of water remove from skillet and cool.
- In food processor, blend cottage cheese with 1 Tbsp. water & 1 tsp. MRC taco seasoning.
- If using black beans, placed cooked black beans in salad or mash black beans to create a "refried bean" layer.
- Chop all vegetables and layer in serving dish divide into 5 equal portions.
- Add diced avocado just before serving.
- Serve cold.
Recommended layering order (starting with bottom layer):
- Cottage Cheese
- Black Beans (optional)
- Green Onions
- Green Peppers
- Lean Ground Turkey Breast
- Raw Tomatoes
- Avocado (add just before serving)
Makes 5 servings | One serving replaces: 4 oz. protein, 8 oz. vegetables, 1 healthy fat | If using black beans, replace 1 carbohydrate
How do you make Seven Layer Dip?
First start with a can of black beans, drained and added to a bowl. Add in the spices then using a potato masher or a fork mash the beans until they are combined into more of a thick paste. Place the beans in the bottom of your dish, I use a clear square 8X8 so you could see the pretty layers.
Then we move on to the guacamole layer. You could make it really easy on yourself and grab a container of premade guac. I didn't want to run to the store so I used 2 avocados cut into chunks, about two oz of cut up red onion and some spices. Mash together then spread evenly on top of the beans.
Sour cream is usually the next layer but seeing as I can't control my chocolate intake I figured I would try and make a healthy swap with Greek yogurt- the great thing is you can't tell the difference. And you know earlier I told you about my love for onion dip? Well, I mixed in some of Trader Joe's Onion Salt in with the yogurt, amazing. But totally not necessary.
Next comes the salsa/ pico de gallo- if using salsa I like to drain most of the juices. Then sprinkle on your toppings cheese, of course, olives if you want or I like more chopped tomatoes, sliced radishes, and chives.
7 Layer Dip Ingredients
Taco Seasoning. The secret to this 7 layer dip recipe is the homemade taco seasoning! You could use a little packet of taco seasoning but I am telling you, the homemade taco dip with homemade taco seasoning is sooo much better!
Avocado or Guacamole. Now I will say that when I make this I normally make homemade Guacamole instead of using the mashed avocados, either one will work perfectly in this cold taco dip recipe. If I am running short on time then I stick with the exact directions of this recipe. But if you are going to be using guacamole in your 7 layer dip, then omit the avocados, garlic powder, salt, and pepper from the recipe.
Refried Beans. If you are not a fan of beans, you can make this taco dip without beans, just skip putting them in and continue on with the rest of the taco dip layers.
Sour Cream. This layer is mixed with the taco seasoning. I like to make my life easier sometimes and just add the taco seasoning into the sour cream container and mix it in that instead of making more dishes.
Salsa. Salsa is optional, but if using it then you can use homemade salsa or jarred salsa.
Shredded cheddar cheese. If you do not have cheddar you can use other flavors of cheese. Mexican cheese blend and Taco cheese blend are my other favorites to use.
Top the 7-layer dip with olives
The final step in this 7-layer dip recipe is adding a smattering of black olives. If you know you're dealing with an anti-olive crowd, you can always skip this step, but it sure does look pretty on the final product.
How long can you keep this dip once it's been made? Carli instructs, "This dip will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two days." So you better plan to eat most of it the day you make it or the day after. It's a great appetizer and an even better accompaniment to tacos.