7 Layer Dip
Updated Feb 14, 2023
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When you can’t decide on one dip – make this 7 layer dip! It’s the best combination of simple Tex-Mex flavors, perfect for a party, and looks extra fancy served in a clear casserole dish.
All I gotta say is — thank you, Peggy Shoop! Peggy is the Texan gal who first created the iconic 7 layer dip in the 1980’s. And it’s been much loved since then.
You guys know I’m a big fan of both Tex-Mex and authentic Mexican food, and this 7 layer dip is one I make often for big parties, especially for Super Bowl or Cinco De Mayo. It’s right up there with my ultimate nachos recipe for feeding a crowd!
But don’t get intimidated by the number of layers. They’re quite simple, with a few that can be made ahead of time, such as the creamy bean mix. Then, once you’ve piled up all the layers, serve this dip with a big bowl of tortilla chips for the ultimate party appetizer.
7 Layer Dip Ingredients
To be honest, I’ve tried other recipes in the past and the proportions weren’t quite right for the layers. So I’ve carefully measured each layer out to perfectly fit a 9×13 casserole dish. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
- Bean Mix: To make this layer more dippable and have more flavor, I’m mixing two ingredients into it — sour cream and a dash of hot sauce.
- Guacamole: While you can technically mash up some avocados and call it a day, I say make my guacamole recipe instead. It’ll make all the difference!
- Sour Cream & Cheese: I’m using cheddar cheese, but you could also a 4-cheese Mexican blend. And for sour cream, choose whichever store-bought brand you prefer.
- Tomatoes: For the tomato layer, I add freshly diced Roma tomatoes on top. For a less chunky version, you add my red salsa recipe!
- Olives: A small jar or pre-sliced black olives saves time in the kitchen.
- Green Onions & Cilantro: Quickly chop up green onions and cilantro to sprinkle on top.
Find the printable recipe with measurements below.
How To Make a 7 Layer Dip
Make the refried beans mixture. Stir together the refried beans, 2 tablespoons of sour cream, and the hot sauce using a hand mixer. If you don’t have a hand mixer, you can also mix it by hand with a spoon.
Start with layers of refried beans and guacamole. Evenly layer the refried bean mix at the bottom of the casserole dish. Then add the layer of guacamole.
Add a layer of sour cream and cheddar cheese. Smooth out the sour cream and sprinkle an even layer of the cheese.
Finish with diced tomatoes, black olives, green onions, and cilantro! Make sure to save the green onions and cilantro as the topping.
Storage and Make-Ahead Tips
Good news — you can prep the refried bean mix a day in advance! Then all you need do is whip up some guacamole the next day, and layer up your casserole dish with the rest.
And if you happen to have leftovers, this 7 layer dip will keep for 3 to 4 days in the fridge. Just note that the guacamole might start to brown a bit!
7 Layer Dip Recipe Video
Want to see the layers get stacked together quickly? Watch the video below!
More Party Dips
- Pico De Gallo
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- Mango Salsa (or this Avocado Salsa!)
- Spinach Artichoke Dip
- French Onion Dip
There’s nothing like a big dish of 7 layer dip to get the party started. If you make it, let me know what everyone thinks of this recipe in the comment box below!
7 Layer Dip
- Add the refried beans to a large mixing bowl along with 2 tablespoons of the sour cream and the hot sauce. Stir together or use a hand mixer to blend until creamy.
- In a 9×13 casserole dish spread the refried bean layer on the bottom.
- Top that with the guacamole, and then the sour cream.
- Sprinkle the cheddar cheese, then the diced tomatoes, and black olives evenly on top.
- To garnish, add the green onions and chopped cilantro.
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