Ultimate 7 Layer Dip

Dive into layers of scrumptious goodness with our Ultimate 7 Layer Dip! This mouthwatering appetizer will become your go-to recipe for every party or event.

7 layer dip in a glass serving dish with a serving removed.

7 Layer dip doesn’t ask you to choose, you get to have it all in every bite! We know full well the dilemma with too many dip options. When they all look so good, which do you choose? We decided long ago to solve that problem and simply always bring 7 layer dip to whatever party or get-together we’re attending. Not only do we ensure our favorite appetizer is always around, but everyone else loves it too! Just make sure you don’t leave this dip alone for too long, because it is sure to be gone by the time you return!

Optional Add-Ins

We love 7 layer dip as is, but you can add even more to it! Chopped cilantro, green chiles, and jalapeños are all great additions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a taco seasoning packet instead of individual spices?

Yes! Rather than using the spices called for, you can save some time and simply use 1 taco seasoning packet.

Can I make this dairy free?

You can make 7 layer dip completely dairy-free by substituting with your favorite plant-based sour cream and shredded cheese.

What kind of guacamole should I use?

Your favorite! Really, you can use any type of guacamole that you like, including homemade or store-bought.

Can I make this dip mild?

You can completely customize the heat by either omitting the cayenne pepper for no heat, keeping the cayenne at the amount called for to make a slightly spicy dip, or add even more for a good kick! You can even add jalapeños for an extra kick!

Serving Suggestions

Serve your 7 Layer Dip with a variety of dipping options, such as:

  • Tortilla chips
  • Pita chips
  • Crackers
  • Carrot sticks
  • Celery
  • Bell pepper strips
A chip dipped into 7 layer dip.

Storage Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Please keep in mind that the guacamole will brown over time due to oxidation.

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Ultimate 7 Layer Dip

6 servings

7 layer dip in a glass serving dish.

Dive into layers of scrumptious goodness with our Ultimate 7 Layer Dip! This mouthwatering appetizer will become your go-to recipe for every party or event.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

  • 32 ounces refried beans
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups guacamole
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup sliced olives

  • In a large bowl, stir together the refried beans, salt, garlic powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Mix well to ensure the seasonings are evenly distributed.
  • Spread the bean mixture evenly in the bottom of a 9×13-inch pan or 3-quart casserole dish, covering the entire surface.
  • Layer the guacamole evenly on top of the bean mixture.
  • Spread the sour cream evenly over the guacamole layer, ensuring complete coverage to prevent the avocado from oxidizing and turning brown.
  • Add the salsa on top of the sour cream layer, spreading it evenly.
  • Sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese over the salsa layer.
  • Top with sliced green onions and olives.

Additional Topping Options:

  • Chopped cilantro
  • Green chiles
  • Jalapeños 


Calories: 584kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 2347mg | Potassium: 858mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1802IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 463mg | Iron: 3mg

Ultimate 7 Layer Dip