This easy 7-layer dip is the best of the best thanks to a few secret (and simple) mix-ins that take it to the next level. It’s a tried-and-true favorite!
Why does 7-layer dip have to be so goooood? It’s one of my favorite appetizer snacky things of all time.
And if it’s served at a potluck or BBQ, good luck trying to get me to actually talk to real, live humans in favor of standing by the food table near the 7LD at all times.
I have an older 7-layer dip recipe on my site that’s been around for almost a decade. It’s tasty. But this new and improved recipe is easier and much better, if I’m allowed to say so.
Overlook the looks
This easy 7-layer dip is so delicious, I can easily overlook that there is absolutely NO way to make this dip look amazing once it’s dished up.
It’s a messy jumble of mashed up goodness. And that’s ok.
While this recipe for 7-layer dip is incredibly easy, there are a few special mix-ins that take a few of those layers to the next level.
The Seven Layers of 7-Layer Dip
1) refried beans (with your favorite salsa mixed in for flavor – yum!)2) guacamole (storebought or homemade)
3) sour cream (with a few simple seasonings stirred in to make things exciting)
4) shredded cheese (go with the finely shredded!)
5) chopped tomatoes
6) sliced olives
7) finely chopped green onions or chives
Tip for Making 7-Layer Dip Ahead of Time
For the first three spreadable layers (beans, guac, sour cream), spread them as evenly as possible. Think beautifully flat plateaus.
When you get to the sour cream layer, cover the guacamole layer completely, spreading the sour cream all the way to the edges of the dish and sealing in that guac layer completely.
Why? This keeps the guacamole from turning brown AND it means you can make the 7-layer dip ahead of time with stellar results.
This easy 7-layer dip is a summer staple for us.
And I’m here to confess that sometimes we make it for dinner. Throw some chips out there (and maybe even some grilled chicken if you’re feeling ambitious) and you have a crazy delicious meal.
I never, ever get tired of this dip. I hope you love this new and improved version! It makes the perfect potluck or BBQ offering for the months ahead (although there’s no shame if you decide to keep it all to yourself either).
For the bean layer, mix the refried beans and salsa together until creamy and smooth. Evenly spread in a 9X13-inch (or slightly smaller) dish.
For the guacamole, mash the avocados, lime juice, cilantro and salt and pepper together until desired consistency (for this recipe, I like the guacamole mostly smooth with just a few small chunks). Spread the guacamole evenly over the refried beans.
For the sour cream layer, stir together the sour cream and all the seasonings until smooth and evenly combined. Spread evenly over the guacamole, covering completely all the way to the edges so the guacamole doesn’t turn brown.
Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the sour cream followed by the tomatoes, olives, and green onions (or chives).
Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. The dip can be made 8-12 hours in advance (and probably longer, although it might get a bit liquidy from the tomatoes if refrigerated longer than that).