7 Layer Dip
7 Layer dip is a party staple that features refried beans, guacamole, tomato salsa, cheese, lettuce, and more. It’s incredibly easy to throw together in a matter of minutes and serve at parties, potlucks, and events like Superbowl Sunday! Grab your favorite bag of corn chips and dip into every delicious layer of this quick and easy dip.
7 Layer Dip
The more I think about it… I don’t know if I’ve ever met a dip I haven’t liked. When it’s party time, you can almost always find me sipping in my drink with one hand and dipping a chip with the other! While I’m a true dip fanatic, it is worth noting that they’re certainly not all created equally. This 7 Layer Taco Dip happens to be one of my favorites, and once you try it, you’ll see why!
First off, you need to know just how easy this dip is to make. It’s a no-bake recipe that’s all assembled in the very same dish that you serve it in.
No preheating an oven, no dirtying a pan, and no extra dishes to wash? That’s a HUGE win for me, especially when I’m hosting or headed to a party! Essentially, you just have to layer this dip with a handful of simple and inexpensive ingredients, serve, and enjoy.
Refried beans serve as the sturdy base to this layered dip. It’s then all dressed up with guacamole, salsa, and a layer of sour cream that’s made flavorful with freshly squeezed lime juice and taco seasoning. The final touch is a layer of toppings like Monterrey Jack and cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and black olives. It’s got a little something in there for everybody!
How to Make 7 Layer Dip
This game day dip takes about 10 minutes or less to assemble. Grab your favorite serving dish and let’s get to layering!
- Create the base. Spread the refried beans into an even layer at the bottom of the dish.
- Add the next layer. Spread your guacamole into an even layer on top of the refried beans.
- Add the salsa. Time for the next layer! Add a layer of salsa on top of the guacamole.
- Make the sour cream flavorful. Mix together the sour cream with taco seasoning and lime juice. Then, spread it into an even layer on top of the salsa layer.
- Top it off. Sprinkle the cheeses all over the top of the sour cream. Add shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and black olives.
What is in a 7 Layer Dip?
Let’s take a look at the ingredient list:
- Refried Beans
- Guacamole – For the best results, I recommend making my favorite Homemade Guacamole. It’s so much better than the store-bought stuff!
- Tomato Salsa – I recommend using your favorite brand of chunky tomato salsa that you already know you like.
- Sour Cream
- Taco Seasoning – My recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix has a lot more flavor than the store-bought packets with far less sodium.
- Lime Juice – Freshly squeezed lime juice always has the best flavor!
- Monterrey Jack Cheese
- Cheddar Cheese
- Shredded Lettuce
- Grape Tomatoes – Cherry tomatoes work just as well.
- Black Olives
- Corn Chips or Tortilla Chips – Serve your dip with any brand (or your favorite homemade) of Chips you prefer!
Can I make 7 Layer Bean Dip ahead of time?
This is a dip you can make a few hours ahead of time, but I don’t recommend making it a whole day ahead of time. The liquid from the tomato salsa can make things mushy and the guacamole can begin to brown, even when covered in the fridge.
If making Seven Layer Dip in advance, drain the salsa a bit so it doesn’t water down the dip and mix your guacamole with a little extra lime juice to keep oxidation at bay.
Here are just a few more of my favorite dips to serve on game day!
- Hot Spinach Dip
- Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip
- The Very Best Cold Crab Dip
- Rotel Dip with Sausage
- Dill Pickle Dip
Get the Recipe: 7 Layer Dip Recipe
- 16 ounce can refried beans
- 4.5 ounce can green chiles
- 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
- 2 1/2 cups guacamole
- 16 ounce jar chunky tomato salsa, slightly drained
- 2 1/2 cups sour cream
- Zest and Juice of 1/2 lime
- 1 cup shredded romaine lettuce
- 1 cup shredded Monterey jack
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
- 2 cups shredded lettuce
- 1/2 cup quartered grape tomatoes
- 1/4 cup sliced black olives
- Chopped Cilantro, optional
- Corn chips, for serving
- 1 serving dish
- Mix the beans, green chiles and 1 tablespoon taco seasoning in a bowl until well combined. Spread refried beans in an even layer in the bottom of your serving dish.
- Spread the guacamole in an even layer on top of the bean layer.
- Top the guacamole with the salsa.
- In a medium bowl, stir together sour cream, remaining taco seasoning lime zest and lime juice. Spread in an even layer on top of the salsa.
- Top the sour cream layer with the lettuce. Sprinkle Monterey jack and cheddar in an even layer over the lettuce.
- Finish by topping with tomatoes, black olives and cilantro, if using.
- Serve with corn chips.