Ultimate 7 Layer Dip



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Easy 7 layer Mexican Dip is easy to make and perfect for your next party! Make it with or without meat.

7 layer dip is one of those classic appetizers that is gobbled up in the blink of an eye. And while it sounds complicated, with seven different layers and all, it is pretty simple to make.

Easy 7 layer Mexican Dip

7 layer dip order

7 layer dip is an amazing party dip! The order of ingredients is important. Here’s a brief overview of how to layer this dip.

  1. Beans – the first layer is the beans! A can of drained and rinsed black beans is combined with a packet of taco seasoning. This is the first layer.
  2. Meat – we did not include the meat layer but if you are including meat, it will go next. Cook 1 pound ground beef, ground turkey, or ground chorizo and prepare it however you typically prepare ground meat for tacos.
  3. Sour cream and cheese – in a food processor pulse together sour cream and cheese to create the next layer.
  4. Cheese – shred your own cheddar cheese for the best result.
  5. Guacamole – buy from the store or try The Best Guacamole!
  6. Salsa – buy from the store of make your own. Be sure to drain any excess liquid from your salsa before adding it to this recipe.
  7. Garnish with additional cheese, scallions, sliced olives, and/or whatever toppings you like the most. Cilantro would also be delicious!

Make it your own

This dip recipe is easy to adjust to make it your own. As written, this 7 layer dip is vegetarian – it is made without meat. But if you enjoy meat, feel free to add it.

  • Try adding cooked, seasoned taco meat
  • Use refried beans in place of black beans if you prefer
  • Try hot or spicy salsa if you enjoy things spicy!
  • Adjust the toppings – sliced olives, green onions, cilantro. chopped tomatoes

While some 7 layer dip recipes call for refried beans, I use black beans because I like the consistency better. Use whatever beans you like and enjoy!

Seven layer dip 4

What to serve with 7 layer dip:

Just as you’d expect, this dip is best served with tortilla chips. Other ideas include:

  • pita chips
  • veggies – carrots, celery, bell peppers

*Note: You will get the best result if you make this the day that you’re going to eat it. You can make it a few hours ahead of time, but I really don’t recommend making it the night before.

Seven layer dip collage

More dip recipes to try:

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Ultimate 7 Layer Dip

7 layer Mexican Dip is easy to make and perfect for your next party!
Prep Time: 20 minutes


  • 16 ounce can black beans drained, rinsed
  • 1 packet taco seasoning or use 3 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning
  • 16 ounces sour cream
  • 4 cups cheddar cheese divided
  • 3 cups guacamole
  • 1 to 2 cups chunky salsa with excess liquid drained
  • 3 scallions chopped
  • Sliced black olives for garnish (optional)


  • With your food processor, pulse together 1 – 16 ounce can of black beans with 1 packet taco seasoning. When the mixture looks like a chunky paste, it’s done. Spread this on the bottom of a glass pie plate or any other large glass container that you have.
  • Wipe out the bowl of the food processor, then pulse together sour cream with 1 cup cheddar cheese. Spread this layer over the beans.
  • Sprinkle an additional cup of cheddar cheese over the sour cream layer.
  • Spread guacamole over the cheese.
  • Before you spread the salsa, be sure any extra liquid is drained from it. I placed the salsa in a fine mesh strainer to let it drain a bit. Then spread it evenly over the guacamole.
  • Top with remaining cheese, then sprinkle scallions on top and sliced black olives if you wish.
  • Serve with tortilla chips. Enjoy!
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