More than the Traditional 7 Layer Mexican Dip Appetizer Recipe (with Ground Beef)

What extra layers should be added?

I’ve been making the traditional 7 layer Mexican Dip for many years now. Like many, I at first went with the seven layers that were recommended to me. However, over the years, through adapting the recipe to my own tastes, I usually end up with about nine layers, and I think the whole thing has turned out even better. See what you think. This dish serves a lot of people and is perfect for any type of party. Just add your favorite tortilla chips!

Many Layer Mexican Dip!

The tomatoes, green onions, and cilantro on top of the cheese and black olives make the dip quite attractive.
The tomatoes, green onions, and cilantro on top of the cheese and black olives make the dip quite attractive. | Source

Ingredients for "7 Layer Dip"

1 15 oz. can refried beans

1 8 oz. (or more or less) container guacamole (or homemade guacamole, as I prefer)

1 8 oz. container sour cream

1 12 oz. jar salsa

1 8 oz. block cheddar cheese, grated

2-3 tomatoes, chopped (enough to cover)

1 8 oz. can sliced black olives

Tortilla chips (not counted as a layer--served separately)

Optional Ingredients:

1 small onion, chopped (or try about 4 green onions, if you want something milder)

Fresh cilantro, torn and strewn on top

½ lb. ground beef, fully cooked, layered somewhere under cheese

Shredded lettuce, put on top right before serving (or on the side) for freshness

Easy Homemade Guacamole

3 ripe (soft to touch) avocados

1-2 cloves garlic

Cracked pepper to taste

Salt

A few dashes of lemon juice

I like simple guacamole, with the avocado being the main ingredient. I don’t add sour cream or tomatoes as many recipes call for. I simply smash the avocados (a little chunky is even okay), add crushed garlic, pepper, and salt to taste, plus a few dashes of lemon juice. Taste it! If you like it, it’s ready.

Please rate what you think about this recipe!

3.7 stars from 23 ratings of More Than 7 Layer Mexican Dip

Instructions for Layered Dip

Spread refried beans on bottom of 9 by 13 inch casserole dish. Make your guacamole (see homemade recipe), and spread over beans. Then spread sour cream, followed by jar of salsa. Feel free to use less of sour cream and salsa, as per your own taste, if you think it’s too much. You can buy pre-grated cheese, but I prefer to grate my own, as it’s cheaper and seems fresher. Spread the cheese on top of the salsa. Chop up tomatoes to sprinkle on top of cheese. Put sliced black olives on top of tomatoes. Again, in an effort to save money, I buy a can of whole olives, and slice up (or tear up) enough to spread out plenty on top.

As far as the optional ingredients, I do add the onions, sprinkling them on the salsa layer. Some folks feel that the salsa already offers enough onions and thus omit adding extra onions. In the particular version in the picture, I used green onions, putting them on top with the cilantro, as they are more decorative than white or yellow onions.

I’m a big cilantro fan. I’ll use it torn up in a simple lettuce and tomato salad. It’s delectable on this layered dip. If you like cilantro, tear up a bunch of fresh cilantro and spread it out on top.

I have tried the ground beef before, and it is a good addition, but it is better if the dip is served right away, as it isn’t as tasty once the dish gets cold. And this dish does have to be refrigerated, considering the ingredients involved. I have also used the lettuce before, but it needs to be served fresh. When I transport the dip outside my home, I don't attempt to use the lettuce or ground beef. For a bunch of hearty eaters at a Super Bowl party, you could add all the extras to make the dip go further. Just heat up the ground beef if needed.

Serve with your favorite tortilla chips! This tasty dish disappears pretty quickly.

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missolive 5 years ago from Texas

EXCELLENT! This sounds like a perfect variation of the traditional recipe! This sounds and looks ssoooooo good right now. I've got the late night munchies! YUM!

Voted up!


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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois

Victoria - I haven't had this seven layer dip in ages. I too like cilantro and it sounds like it would be a really good, fresh addition. ~voted up~


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, missolive! I've been working on recipe hubs and have the munchies myself! thanks for the vote!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I love it, ktrapp! Thanks for voting up!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

This looks fantastic! I love Mexican food and I will try your guacamole recipe too - I only like the basics as well. I slice it and lay it over the top of sandwiches too. Thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

RealHousewife--thanks for the feedback! I, too, like to slice avodados and use them on sandwiches, or burgers, or salads--and today on a tortilla with refried beans, sour cream, salsa, and cheese. Avocados can really make a recipe, as they do this layered dip! :-)


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago

This is weird, so far women and a threadmill aside are commenting in here. I'm the first male stopping by. Seven layers seems a more exciting experience..wait a minute is a recipe, not a poem...disregard!

Love the guacamole one...avocados..hmm! But we would add habaneros and jalapenos! we usually see red after a while... don't know why?I love cilantro too. Chose it for that genuine flavoring. Lots of garlic for the heart. Well done Victoria...hey puppy! why are you looking at me like that? You want a piece of me?

LORD


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

One of my all-time favorite appetizers! Love layered Mexican Dip and am really looking forward to trying out your recipe suggestions.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Lord--glad to have a gentleman stopping by! You can add the hot stuff if you want to the guacamole. :-) Hey, puppy? You're too funny! Now go get those avocados!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Mine too, Steph! I love this layered Mexican dip. Hey, by the way, I listened to your interview a while back. Wasn't it on a radio station in Seattle? Very cool! Congrats on your success!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I love layered dip! Thanks for the great recipe!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I love it too, randomcreative! You're welcome!


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jbrock2041 4 years ago from Park City, UT

Simple and tasty! I'm with you on the cilantro- I love that stuff, especially the fresh smell of it. Yummy. I like your simple guac recipe. We also like to make our own salsa, which is so simple but yummy. What I especially like about this is the nutritional value that it has. With the avocados, tomatoes, olives, it makes it pretty healthy. And to make it even healthier, you can do low-fat sour cream.

Thanks for the recipe.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yeah, jbrock--cilantro smells great! I love homemade salsa, too.

I actually do usually use the "light" sour cream to save some calories. Thanks for the comments!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Do revisions in a bookmarked hub show up automatically? I hope so, because as I made this dip today, I realized that the sour cream and salsa amounts were too much (although it would still be good, I'm sure). I also added lettuce to additional options. Finally, I took a picture of the final version (with green onions this time) to replace the unoriginal picture. I would think the changes would automatically save in the bookmarked recipe, huh?


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DanielNeff 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

I would go with the green onions spread on top as opposed to a white onion (a little too strong).

I would definitely leave out the ground beef. I love beef, but as you said, if the entire dish is not consumed right away, you're either going to have leftover dip with cold ground beef in it or you'll have to heat the whole dish up (either one is not very good IMO).

You could serve a ground beef with cheddar cheese dip alongside the 7 layer salad, and heat that up if there are leftovers.

I definitely make my own guacamole: it is so easy and so much better than prepared. One preference I have developed is to use garlic powder instead of crushed garlic. Normally, I use fresh garlic cloves in nearly everything, but in guacamole and dips, I find the fresh garlic is a little too powerful, and garlic powder gives the flavor in just the right intensity.

Great hub. From the picture, my mouth is watering and I want to run out to the store and get the ingredients to make the salad.

Voted up.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

DanielNeff-yeah, green onions might be a good choice, especially since salsa has onions in it, as well. Serving the ground beef on the side is an idea so it could be heated. Garlic powder? Yes, for some folks. I'm just such a garlic freak. All in all, these are great ideas for alterations. Thanks for reading and commenting!


Bubba Jasper 4 years ago

I love this dip!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Bubba Jasper--I love this dip, too. So flavorful! Thanks!


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Ok, stop creating recipes that make me drool...lol! This looks so awesome!!! I just ate dinner, but I am craving this!!!

Totally voted up!!!


kelleyward 4 years ago

Hi Victoria Lynn, this looks fantastic. My husband loves Mexican food so I'll make this for him! Take care, Kelley


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Oh now this just looks scrumptious! I have experimented with veggie crumbles because they still taste good cold, but often, I just go with refried beans or even refried black beans. I've added Spanish rice a time or two, as well. So many variations, but you've got me thinking I have to make this for dinner tonight. ;)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Audra! I never get tired of this one!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

It's awesome, Kelley. I'm sure your hubby will love it!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hey, CC. I think refried beans are great with it. Spanish rice sounds fun! Yes, there are variations, and they're always good. That's the beauty of this dish! :-)


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

This is so amazing! I would love to make this soon! Shared all the good places.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

This Mexican layered dip sounds like it is the perfect answer to that Fourth of July party coming up. Great for any potluck.Thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Angela! I love it!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Good idea, rebecca. This would be a wonderful, cool appetizer for a 4th of July party!


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

MY GOD WOMAN, YOU'RE RUINING MY FIGURE.

Oh well, I guess I can start acting jolly with all the weight gain I'll be having after eating the food made from your recipes. My stomach is begging for this, better go make it...


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Did you make it, AA? Maybe I need to fatten you up! LOL. Good to see you!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I gave your recipe a 5 star rating. The traditional 7 layer dip is good and your additions would make it even better as a variation. I also like to experiment when cooking and often end up altering or even making up my own recipes. Good job! Also voted up and useful.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Peggy, thanks for your delightful comments. Like you, I usually experiment and change recipes. It's fun! Thanks!


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Wesley Meacham 4 years ago from Wuhan, China

This is great. I love how you have a recipe within a recipe. I really enjoy Mexican food or TexMex. Shared with followers, Pinned and voted up.


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algarveview 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

Hi, Victoria, I just love Mexican food and this dip seems absolutely amazing... Voted up and useful and sharing. Have a great day!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Wesley! Glad you like it. I love this stuff. I could eat the whole pan of it! Thanks for sharing and voting it up!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

algarveview--It IS amazing, I promise!! Thanks!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Thanks for this little up date on the seven layer dip. I have never made it but have enjoyed it at parties. I must give this a try. Thank you for sharing.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

pstraubie48--I love the extras on it. Hope you do, too!


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busillis22 3 years ago

My favorite part of the holidays is when my sister and I make a 7-layer bean dip. This takes it to a whole new level! It sounds and looks delicious! I'll have to set this aside for next year. Thanks for sharing!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

busillis--7 layer bean dip!! What's on it? I would definitely try that one. Yummy. Do you have a hub on it? Glad you liked this recipe. I love, love, love it!


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lesliebyars 3 years ago from Alabama

I love the traditional 7 layer Mexican dip. I can't wait to try this addition. Thank you for sharing this great hub. I voted up and awesome.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

lesliebyars--I love it, too! I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for reading and voting.


Rogene Robbins 3 years ago

Doesn't that make a lovely dish! I'm sure it tastes just as good as it looks.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Rogene--Yes, very pretty and tasty both! :-)


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csgibson 3 years ago from Traverse City Michigan

I have made a similar dish in the past. I think yours will be better. Thanks for sharing this recipe.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

csgibson--I do like the additions I have made to this recipe over the years. Thanks for the comments!


wondering 3 years ago

going to make this for a work function tomorrow at noon. can't get up early enough to make before hand. is it ok to leave it in a fridge overnight or do all the flavors meld too much?


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

wondering--I think it would be fine overnight. If you're adding lettuce, I would wait on that, maybe even chop up the tomatoes and keep them separate before throwing them on in the morning, just to make sure they don't get soggy. If beef, probably wait until morning to add and head it up. I don't usually add beef, but I have. Hope you enjoy it! I don't think you can go wrong with it!

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