The Best 7 Layer Dip

7 layer dip is one of the best party appetizers ever. Layers of fresh salsa, refried beans, guacamole, cheddar cheese, and our favorite toppings create a colorful addition to any appie spread.

We love entertaining and always serve our favorite snacks like jalapeno popper dip and pigs in a blanket. I serve this 7 layer bean dip recipe with some tortilla chips and veggies (which can also go alongside other dips like spinach dip for a great party spread).

7 layer bean dip with tortilla chips, cheddar cheese, olives, and green onions.

Whats In 7 Layer Dip

7 layer dip has (obviously) 7 layers to it, and creating the layers isn’t difficult. The classic 7 layers are:

  • Refried beans
  • Sour cream (mixed with cream cheese and taco seasoning)
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa (drained)
  • Cheese
  • Green onions
  • Olives or tomatoes

You can easily swap these out for your own favorite toppings. Jalapenos and cilantro are also great toppers for this Mexican 7 layer dip. Get creative!

7 layer dip with a scoop out of it showing sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and cheese.

How To Make 7 Layer Dip

Seven layer bean dip begins with a layer of refried beans mixed with milk. Using a hand mixer not only makes the mixing easy, it helps with a creamy consistency so your chips don’t break as you scoop it! I use the same process with the cream cheese to make the layer fluffy and easy to scoop. 

Next layer the guacamole and salsa (guacamole in the middle so it doesn’t brown).

End this easy 7 layer dip with shredded cheese, green onions, and olives or tomatoes. I also love adding diced jalapenos if there are spicy fans out there!

Before serving, chill the 7 layer dip for about an hour., this  brings the flavors together!

Ingredients for 7 layer dip like salsa, cheddar cheese, refried beans, and guacamole.

How Long Does 7 Layer Dip Last In Fridge

7 layer dip lasts 3-4 days in the fridge. The longer it is stored, the more the layers will bleed together and it can get a bit watery (I just drain it off). After the first 24 hours, it may not look pretty, but I can assure you it will still taste uh-maz-ing!

If you have extra leftover, add it into enchilada casserole or taco soup!

7 layer dip in a clear serving bowl surrounded by tortilla chips.

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7 Layer Dip

A delicious seasoned dip filled with our favorite fiesta flavors!

  • 1 1/4 cups salsa
  • 16 oz. refried beans (canned)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 cup guacamole (prepared)
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup black olives or tomatoes
  • 4 sliced green onions
  1. Place salsa in a sieve to drain any liquid (this keeps your dip from getting runny).
  2. Combine refried beans and milk (or you can use the liquid from the salsa if you prefer) until smooth. Spread in the bottom of a 9×13 pan.
  3. Combine cream cheese, sour cream and taco seasoning with a mixer on medium. Spread over refried beans.
  4. Spoon guacamole over cream cheese and gently spread. Repeat with drained salsa.
  5. Top with cheese, olives/tomatoes and green onions.
  6. Chill 1 hour before serving. Serve with tortilla chips or crackers.


Simple and delicious, this easy 7 layer dip recipe is the perfect appetizer. Everyone will love it, trust me! #spendwithpennies #7layerdip #layerdip #sevelayerdip #7layerbeandip #beandip
Simple and delicious, this easy 7 layer dip recipe is the perfect appetizer. Everyone will love it, trust me! #spendwithpennies #7layerdip #layerdip #sevelayerdip #7layerbeandip #beandip