7 Layer Dip

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Our 7 layer dip starts with Tex-Mex favorites like savory refried beans and smooth, creamy nacho cheese. It’s the perfect party dip for any occasion and is sure to please a crowd.

What can you say about a 7 layer dip? Well, for starters, there are 7 layers of Tex-Mex inspired ingredients.

As you can see from the photos, Kim and I used refried beans, nacho cheese, sour cream, and a few other fiesta favorites to create a delicious appetizer.

The best part is that only takes a few minutes to put this offering together. Also, once completed, it’s a beautiful dish that displays layer after layer of tasty of ingredients.

This was one of my favorite dips to make and I am excited to share it with you.

7 layer dip topped with salsa, in a large casserole dish on a blue towel.

How to Make a Great 7 Layer Dip:

First, if using canned ingredients like us, open up all the cans and then grab a plastic spatula or butter knife.

I recommend the spatula because it makes spreading the ingredients out a lot easier.

Next, use a whisk and two mixing bowls to separately whip the sour cream and guacamole. Don’t mix them together, just whip them a little in separate bowls.

This will make them lighter and less likely to sink into the layer below them.

An aerial photo of the 7 layer dip ingredients like, guacamole, sour cream, and nacho cheese sauce.

Then, grab an 8×8 inch baking dish and start layering your dip. Now, you can use a different kind of dish; however, when Kim and I tried to use a decorative glass bowl, it was disastrous.

Because the bowl curved on the side, the layers didn’t lay evenly and ended up collapsing in on themselves. The end result was an unappealing mess.

A top down picture of the 7 layer dip being made. The second layer, nacho cheese, has been put on top of the refried beans.

Last, start with the refried beans, spread them on the bottom of the dish, then add the nacho cheese, sour cream, guacamole, olives, lettuce, and fiesta cheese.

Make sure to spread each layer evenly and then top the dip with salsa if you like.

If you like this bean dip, try our roasted garlic hummus recipe too!

A close-up view of the 7 layer dip in which all the layers can be seen in the clear glass baking dish.

7 Layer Dip Tips:

  • If your sour cream is too thick and weighs down the nacho cheese, then try whipping it before you put it in the dip.
  • Same advice for the guacamole dip, if it’s too thick and heavy, then give it a quick whip.
  • Store bought guacamole just not cutting it, then try our Chipotle Guacamole recipe. Just leave out the tomatoes and onions if you decide to use it in this dip.
  • Our air fryer tortilla chips make a great dipping option because they can hold up to all those yummy layers.

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7 layer dip in a dish next to tortilla chips.

7 Layer Dip

4.8 from 8 votes
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Author: John
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 21 Servings

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces sour cream
  • 18 ounces guacamole
  • 16 ounces refried beans
  • 15 ounces nacho cheese sauce
  • 7.6 ounces black olives, 2 (3.8 ounce) cans
  • 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1 ½ ounces fiesta blend cheese, shredded
  • Salsa, optional as a topping

Instructions
 

  • Use a whisk and two mixing bowls to separately whip the sour cream and guacamole.
    16 ounces sour cream
    18 ounces guacamole
  • Then, grab an 8×8 inch baking dish and start layering your dip.
  • Last, start with refried beans, spread them on the bottom of the dish, then the nacho cheese, sour cream, guacamole, olives, lettuce, and fiesta cheese. 
    16 ounces refried beans
    15 ounces nacho cheese sauce
    7.6 ounces black olives
    1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
    1 ½ ounces fiesta blend cheese

Suggested Equipment

Notes

The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and does not include the tortilla chips or other dipping edibles. Actual calories will vary.
 
The 7 Layer Dip can be stored in a sealed container in your fridge for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 4Ounces | Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 472mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 374IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Kim and John Vargo of Berly’s Kitchen and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

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11 Comments

  1. I recently purchased refried beans, so I have all the ingredients. I’m going to make it for our next church picnic!

  2. I recently purchased refried beans, so I have all the ingredients. I’m going to make it for our next church picnic!

  3. Oh, what is Nacho cheese sauce? I don’t think I ever saw any of that here. Would I use grated cheddar instead? Love the layers and all the seasonings. Saving this for later.

    1. Thank you for commenting, Veena! Nacho cheese sauce is just cheese sauce from a can lol. You can use shredded cheddar or your own homemade cheese sauce as a substitute. Have a great Saturday 🙂

  4. This seems so tasty yet so simple to make. I would love to have this on a movie night at home. You can’t go wrong with such a flavorful, rich, 7- layer deep appetizer dip. I love it.

    1. Thank you, Sanna! We usually enjoy it on a Taco Tuesday or Fiesta Friday as a themed appetizer lol. We hope you make it sometime. Have a great weekend 🙂

  5. Oh, what is Nacho cheese sauce? I don’t think I ever saw any of that here. Would I use grated cheddar instead? Love the layers and all the seasonings. Saving this for later.

  6. This seems so tasty yet so simple to make. I would love to have this on a movie night at home. You can’t go wrong with such a flavorful, rich, 7- layer deep appetizer dip. I love it.

  7. This recipe looks great. We don’t have nacho cheese in Canada, so I guess I could use shredded cheese instead. Otherwise, I think I can get all the other ingredients to put this together. I wonder if some Taco seasoning in the refried might be nice.
    I can’t rate this since I haven’t made it yet, but I’ll let you know when I do.

    1. Thank you, Shirley! Absolutely, some taco seasoning in the refried beans would be really tasty 🙂 In regards to the cheese sauce, you could always whip up a simple cheese sauce using cream cheese, milk, and shredded cheese, use my homemade cheese sauce recipe here –> https://www.berlyskitchen.com/best-ever-homemade-cheese-sauce/ , or use the shredded cheese you had mentioned above. We can’t wait to find out how it turns out for you 🙂

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