7 Layer Dip

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This is one of my all time favorite appetizers and I realized that I have never posted it.  7 Layer dips are one of those classic, simple dishes that everyone loves.  I usually have all the ingredients on hand (thanks to the pre made fresh guacamole from Costco) and can whip it up in minutes for a Sunday afternoon snack, appetizer for a party or to serve to hungry guests while we wait on dinner.  There are lots of variations of this recipe, but this is our favorite:)  I like to add the salsa for extra flavor–so technically I guess this is a 8 layer dip–oh well!    Hope you enjoy!

7 Layer Dip
submitted by Melanie~The Sisters Cafe

refried beans
salsa   -we like the Herdez brand–just strain some of the juices  with your spoon to make it a little thicker
favorite guacamole  -I keep the real guacamole bags from Costco in my freezer
sour cream  -sometimes I mix in part  of a fiesta ranch dressing packet if I have it
shredded cheddar cheese blend
sliced black olives
green onions, sliced
tomatoes, chopped

Tortilla chips or Frito Scoops for dipping

**I never measure these ingredients–I just use enough to fill my dish and make the layers even and appealing!  The thickest layer is usually the beans on the bottom.

First mix about a 1/4 cup or so of water to a can of refried beans. This will make them a much better consistency for chip dipping.  Spread the thinned beans in the bottom of a casserole dish.  Top with a layer of your favorite salsa and then carefully spread dollops of gaucamole on top.  Next carefully spoon on the sourcream and spread it over the guacamole.  Now your ready to sprinkle on the shredded cheese, black olives, green onions and fresh diced tomatoes.  And Viola–you are done:)  You can dig in now or chill it for later.  Enjoy!


  1. shar says

    Our record are so similar for this dip! I always get rave reviews it is definitely a crowd pleaser! The only thing I do differently is o add a can of diced green chiles (4 oz) to the beans and mix them in there good. They aren’t spicy at ask they just add a really good flavor! Give it a try it will not disappoint!

  2. says

    I was noticing the other day that we didn’t have this dip on the site. I’m glad you posted it. I love your idea of adding ranch to the sour cream, and I think I may copy your idea of keeping the quac in the freezer.

  3. brittany says

    I love hearing about what recipes are the ones you make often – ones you usually fall back on in a pinch. This looks yummy – I havne’t made a 7layer dip in years!! can you believe it! :) HOnestly I think it’s the guac that’s usually the reason. I’ve got to get me some of that costco kind!

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