7 Layer Dip is one of the BEST party appetizers! It’s filled with seven layers of delicious ingredients that’s perfect for any occasion.

7 Layer Dip Recipe in casserole dishpinterestMy will power is seriously tested when I’m around this 7 layer dip. It’s one of those quick and easy appetizers that when I bring to a party, it’s always the first thing gone. Everyone LOVES it! And it couldn’t be easier!

What’s in 7 Layer Dip?

There are plenty of variations to this 7 layer dip out there, but this is by far my favorite. It’s simple, to the point and mega delicious. The layers in my 7 Layer Dip are…

You can get creative and use your own favorite ingredients in there. I’ve used refried black beans in place of the traditional pinto beans and it’s great! If you like it a little spicy, try topping with pickled jalapeños. Fresh pico de gallo is always a welcome addition to this dip too!

Chip full of Seven Layer Bean Dip

How To Make Seven Layer Dip

  • Start by amping up some classic refried beans with some Rotel diced tomatoes and taco seasoning. You can either make your own refried beans (here’s a great recipe) or you can use the canned stuff for a quick alternative. Spread the beans into the bottom of a 7×11″ casserole dish.
    • PRO TIP – The beans do not need to be heated prior to making the dish. If you make homemade, let them cool before layering.
  • Whip up a super simple guacamole – trust me, fresh will be best! Buuuut… I know sometimes we’re in a hurry, so buying a package of pre-made guacamole will work too.
  • Spread a layer of sour cream over top the guacamole.
    • PRO TIP – stir the sour cream really well so it’s super creamy and spreadable.
  • Top with a layer of finely shredded cheese. I like to use sharp cheddar cheese, but you can use a fiesta blend or taco blend too!
  • Dice up some Roma tomatoes and scatter all over the top.
    • PRO TIP – use Roma tomatoes because they’re less juicy, which will keep your dip from becoming too soggy.
  • Finally add the last two layers – sliced black olives and green onions! Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

7 Layer Bean Dip with scoop taken out to show layers of beans, guacamole, sour cream and cheese.

How Long Does 7 Layer Dip Last?

If kept covered tightly with plastic wrap, 7 Layer Dip can last up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Keep in mind that guacamole can start to turn brown quickly once exposed to oxygen. If you’re prepping this dip ahead of time, the guacamole should be fine as long as it’s covered completely with the sour cream.

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7 Layer Bean Dip with scoop taken out to show layers of beans, guacamole, sour cream and cheese.
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7 Layer Dip Recipe

7 Layer Dip is one of the BEST party appetizers! It's filled with seven layers of delicious ingredients that's perfect for any occasion.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 16
Calories: 167 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 1 16 oz can refried beans, or 2 cups homemade
  • 1 10 oz can diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 to 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 3 medium avocados
  • 1 lime, juiced (about 1 1/2 tbsp)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, finely shredded
  • 1/3 cup black olives, sliced
  • 3/4 cup Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/3 cup green onions, sliced


  • Combine the refried beans, rotel diced tomatoes and taco seasoning in a bowl and whisk until combined. Spread into an even layer in a 7"x11" casserole dish.
  • In a separate bowl combine the avocado, lime juice, cilantro and garlic salt. Mash until desired consistency is reached and then spread into an even layer over the beans.
  • Stir the sour cream until nice and smooth, then spread into an even layer over the guacamole.
  • Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top of the sour cream, then top with the diced tomatoes, black olives and green onions.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and keep chilled until ready to serve.
Dip can be made up to 2 days in advance, and stored for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. Just keep in mind that the guacamole can turn brown when exposed to oxygen.


Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 311mg | Potassium: 263mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 487IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: 7 Layer, Dip, Mexican, Party, Potluck
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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
17 Responses
  1. Tom

    I’ve made this many times over the years and it is always a favorite. I add taco meat on top of the refried as well. Makes a great chip dip and wrap in a tortilla

  2. Andrea

    5 stars
    This was so good and addicting! I left out the olives since my family doesn’t like them, but the rest was gold. Adding the canned tomatoes and taco seasoning to the beans was such an easy way to kick up the flavor. My son finished the leftovers this afternoon and already asked for me to make it again!

  3. Cindy

    5 stars
    I love this, have cooked it many different ways for years!!
    Give it a try using cream cheese versus the sour cream!!
    I can make this DINNER!!

  4. Melissa Sisk

    5 stars
    This is so similar to mine but, I mix a pound of browned ground beef with my beans, I season with Chili Powder and Garlic Powder. Then I take the sour cream and mix it with the Taco Seasoning. So flavorful! I never have any left overs. 🙂

  5. Olivia

    My exact recipe. Love 7 layer dip. I make it for the Super Bowl if my husbands team is playing. I think I have made it twice for super bowl. The dip is a joke between the two of us. I make it other times during the year. If I take it anywhere I bring home an empty container. I love black beans, so will try your suggestion.

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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