7 Layer Dip combines multiple dips into one for a great party appetizer. Layers of refried beans, guacamole, salsa, and cheese, along with a few other layers, make an addictive cold dip everyone can scoop up with tortilla chips.

7 layer dip in a glass casserole dish with tortilla chips behind it

7 layer Mexican dip is a classic dip recipe for a reason: it’s loaded with flavor and impossible to resist! This is a great party dip any time of year for BBQs, potlucks, holidays, and game days. It’s one of our favorites, and this recipe is really easy.

What I like best – besides the flavor – is that you can use shortcuts to make it or make some of the layers from scratch. Have a favorite guacamole recipe? Feel free to use it or make it easy with store-bought guac. The same goes for the salsa and refried beans. You can make it all from scratch, part of it, or use all the shortcuts to make it super easy.

Serve this 7 layer dip with tortilla chips and veggie sticks – it’s also the first appetizer to go when we make it for parties.

Table of Contents
  1. 7 Layer Dip Ingredients
  2. How to Make 7 Layer Dip
  3. Variations
  4. Tips
  5. Perfect Main Dishes To Serve Alongside 7 Layer Dip
  6. 7 Layer Dip Recipe Recipe

7 Layer Dip Ingredients

  • Canned refried beans
  • Rotel
  • Taco seasoning
  • Canned green chilies
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream
  • Salsa
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sliced olives
  • Sliced green onions

How to Make 7 Layer Dip

Combine the refried beans, Rotel, taco seasoning, and green chiles in a mixing bowl. Spread the mixture in a pie plate.

Spread the sour cream over the top of the bean mixture, followed by a layer of guacamole and salsa. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top of the salsa.

Garnish the dip with sliced olives and green onions. At this point, it’s ready to serve, or you can cover it and keep it in the refrigerator.

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It’s fun to play around with the layers to change the flavors, and no law says it has to be seven layers! So, feel free to experiment – here are some ideas you might like:

Beef or Turkey Layer: You can add a layer of meat to your dip. Ground beef or ground turkey browned with taco seasoning is great. Just be sure to cool it thoroughly before adding it to the dip. I like it on top of the bean layer.

Chicken Layer: Add cooked shredded chicken seasoned with taco seasoning. Rotisserie chicken is excellent.

Salsa: There are so many kinds of salsa available it’s easy to change it up every time you make the dip.

Beans: You can use refried pinto beans or try refried black beans.

Garnishes: Sliced jalapenos, diced red onion, and chopped cilantro are all great toppings to try, too.


  • A thicker salsa works best, so your dip doesn’t get watery.
  • You can change the order of the layers, but I don’t recommend having the guacamole on top. It will brown and not look appealing, so keep it as a layer inside the dip.
  • You can make 7 layer bean dip up to a day in advance. Keep it covered in the refrigerator.
  • Leftovers will keep for two days in the fridge. The dip may get watery after that.

This 7 layer dip recipe is always a go-to when we need an appetizer to share with friends and family. It combines so many flavors we love into one easy dip – give it a try, and I think you’ll enjoy it, too.

7 layer dip in a glass casserole dish with tortilla chips behind it

Perfect Main Dishes To Serve Alongside 7 Layer Dip

7 layer dip in a glass casserole dish with tortilla chips behind it

7 Layer Dip Recipe

5 from 1 vote
This 7 Layer Dip has layers of refried beans, guacamole, salsa and cheese – making a delicious cold dip appetizer that everyone will love.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Yield 8 servings
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 16 ounce can refried beans
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 4.5 ounce can green chilies
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 4 ounces olives sliced
  • ½ cup green onions sliced


  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine refried beans, taco seasoning and green chilies
  • Using a pie plate put refried beans on the bottom in an even layer, then add a layer of sour cream, a layer of guacamole, a layer of salsa, a layer of cheese. Next sprinkle on olives and then add green onions. Serve with tortilla chips.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 956mg | Potassium: 334mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 726IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword 7 layer dip, appetizer dip, bean dip, cold dip appetizer, easy appetizer, mexican appetizer, mexican dip
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7 Layer Dip is a classic dip recipe that’s always the first to go when we make it for parties. It’s great year around and very easy to make!

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