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Seven layer dip in a glass bowl with nachos in the background.

7 Layer Dip

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  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings


7 Layer Dip is one of the absolute best party and game day appetizers to enjoy with all your favorite Tex-Mex flavors. This old fashioned 7 layer dip recipe features layers of salsa, refried beans, guacamole, cheddar cheese and creamy sour cream that not only looks amazing but is absolutely irresistible served with tortilla chips.


1 can (16 ounces) refried beans

1 and 1/2 cups full fat sour cream

1 and 1/4 cups guacamole

1 cup chunky salad, mild, medium or hot

2 1/2 cups Mexican cheese blend, shredded

1/2 cup sliced green onions

1/4 cup black olives, sliced

Diced fresh romano tomatoes

Fresh cilantro garnish (optional)


  1. I like to use an 8×8-inch baking dish, or you can use a deep-dish round pie plate as well for perfectly thick layers. 
  2. Spread the can of refried beans in the bottom of the dish.  
  3. Next, spread a layer of sour cream on top of the beans.  I find it easiest to place large dollops near the edges of the dish and a few in the middle, then spread out with a knife or spoon.  This makes it easier to spread out.
  4. Top the sour cream with the guacamole, followed by salsa.  Be sure to check the salsa before you add it to the layer as some salsas are more runny than others.  If it’s too runny, strain out some of the liquid first.
  5. Finally, sprinkle the Mexican cheese blend on top of the salsa layer. 
  6. Sprinkle the sliced green onions and black olives on top and the diced tomatoes and optional fresh cilantro. 
  7. Chill for at least one hour before serving with your favorite nachos, crackers or chips! 


Storage and Freezing instructions:

You can store any leftover 7 layer dip by covering with plastic wrap or in an airtight container for up 2 days in the fridge. The guacamole layer may start to turn brown even with the lime or lemon juice slowing that process down.

We do not recommend freezing this seven layered bean dip recipe.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American