7 layer dip is one of the best party appetizers ever. Layers of fresh salsa, refried beans, guacamole, cheddar cheese, and our favorite toppings create a colorful addition to any appie spread.
We love entertaining and always serve our favorite snacks like jalapeno popper dip and pigs in a blanket. I serve this 7 layer bean dip recipe with some tortilla chips and veggies (which can also go alongside other dips like spinach dip for a great party spread).
7 Layer Dip is an easy dip that everyone loves! Layers of creamy and fresh ingredients are spread into a 9×13 pan and chilled. Crisp tortilla chips are the perfect dipper for this recipe!
What’s In 7 Layer Dip?
This dip has (obviously) 7 layers to it, and creating the layers is quick and easy. The layers in 7 Layer Dip are:
- Refried beans
- Sour cream (mixed with cream cheese and taco seasoning)
- Salsa (drained)
- Green onions
- Olives or tomatoes
You can easily swap these out for your own favorite toppings. If you’d like to add ground beef, cook the beef until no pink remains. Add taco seasoning for flavor and cool. Add it between the beans and sour cream mixture.
Jalapenos and cilantro are also great toppers for this Mexican 7 layer dip. Get creative!
How To Make 7 Layer Bean Dip
- Seven layer bean dip begins with refried beans mixed with milk.
- Using a hand mixer not only makes the mixing easy, it helps with a creamy consistency so your chips don’t break as you scoop it!
- Just like in Jalapeno Popper Dip, mix the cream cheese with a hand mixer too so it’s easy to scoop.
- Layer the guacamole in the middle so it doesn’t discolor.
- Top with shredded cheese, green onions, and olives or tomatoes. I also love adding diced jalapenos if there are spicy fans out there!
Before serving, chill the 7 layer dip for about an hour, this brings the flavors together!
How Long Does 7 Layer Dip Last In Fridge?
7 layer dip lasts 3-4 days in the fridge. The longer it is stored, the more the layers will bleed together and it can get a bit watery (I just drain it off). After the first 24 hours, it may not look pretty, but I can assure you it will still taste uh-maz-ing!
If you have extra leftover, add it into enchilada casserole or taco soup!
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7 Layer Dip
- 1 ¼ cups salsa
- 16 ounces refried beans canned
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- ½ cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
- 1 cup guacamole prepared
- 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese
- ½ cup black olives or tomatoes
- 4 sliced green onions
- Place salsa in a sieve to drain any liquid (this keeps your dip from getting runny).
- 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 9x13 pan.
- Combine cream cheese, sour cream and taco seasoning with a mixer on medium. Spread over refried beans.
- Spoon guacamole over cream cheese and gently spread. Repeat with drained salsa.
- Top with cheese, olives/tomatoes and green onions.
- Chill 1 hour before serving. Serve with tortilla chips or crackers.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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I have made this dip for years but mine is a little different. I spread refried beans, Mexican chip dip, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and black olives and topped it with cheddar cheese. I should try the layer of guacamole. Love it.
tip: use whipped cream cheese to save time in softening and mixing
This is my go-to appetizer. Everybody loves it!
Do you have a cook book? How much is it?
I don’t have one yet but I hope to one day!
Turned out really well. I made this for work. I left off the black olives but feel it would be better with them included. I used pico de gallo instead of salsa, drained it as noted. Very good recipe.
I was asked by co workers for the recipe
I made this recipe to take to a neighbour’s BBQ – huge hit!! They loved it and I’ll never buy store bought again! Very easy to make and absolutely delish
Delicious! Best 7 layer dip recipe I’ve come across. 2 thumbs up for sure! Simple and quick to make, many compliments at our picnic for the dip.
This is the first time I have made a 7 Layer dip, I search many recipes and always came back you yours. The one thing I did was put the dish if the fridge after the cream cheese/sour cream layer to let it “set up” the guacamole was much easier to spread. I also saved the juice from straining the salsa to use in a Queso dip. I LOVED this….Thank you so much for sharing.
Those are great tips, thanks for sharing, Susan!
Has anyone tried baking this receipe?
I have not, but I would love to hear how it turns out if you do!!
I made this for a family get together last weekend, & it was gone within 30 minutes. Everyone loved it!! I will be making this again, & again!
That is awesome, Marci! So happy it was such a hit.
It’s good but the ratios are off to us- too many beans, not enough guac/salsa/cheese. And the sour cream mixture is better without the taco seasoning
This was amazing. I brought this to a family event with some selective eaters and everyone loved it. I omitted the onions and included black olives and tomatoes for the true seven layers. I’ll definitely make this again.
So happy everyone enjoyed it, Mark!
I just microwaved the cream cheese until softened. It works great too!
This was delicious! Not runny at all with the strained salsa & the cream cheese/sour cream combo!! I have Celiac so always love GF recipes everyone enjoys!!
So happy you all enjoyed it! We love serving recipes like this that everyone can enjoy.
Made this, as written, for our Christmas party…then forgot to sit it out BUT is was a big hit with my hubby and his friends a couple of days later.
I love this recipe and the options to change up toppings! I think the 9×13 pan size is perfect to get a good ratio of ingredients in each scoop. Thank you!
I agree, Carrie! It’s the perfect size to get a little bit of everything in every scoop.
This went over great! I’m making again for same bunch of people, it was requested
The ingredients are awesome, however for a 9×13 dish, everything MUST be doubled(except for the retried beans) to get anything close to a “layer dip”!
We find it makes the perfect ratio for each scoop. Hope you enjoy, PF!
The video shows the taco seasoning going into the cream cheese/sour cream mix. It looks to be a bit more than 2 tablespoons. Am I seeing this wrong?
The recipe is correct as written. Enjoy!
This is yummy! I have a tip though for anyone who didn’t let the cream
Cheese soften enough like me. There was no way for me to spread it so I did a little double boiler action and with a few minutes it had warmed so I could easily get it where it needed to go! Crisis averted!
Great tip Liz, I bet that’ll help a few folks out!
easy great taste