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How to Make an Easy 7-Layer Dip

Updated on September 19, 2018
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Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, blogger at Healthy at Home, and educator. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

How to Make an Easy 7-Layer Dip
How to Make an Easy 7-Layer Dip | Source
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7-Layer dips are fun to make, and even more fun to eat!

This is another one of those amazing appetizers, next to my Easy Peasy Creamy Deviled Eggs of course, that is always requested and always loved by everyone.

From this entire platter, that serves at least a party of 24-30 people a few scoops of dip each, we came home with only about a cup and a half left from an 8 person party. lol

And my husband and I killed that the next day!

Not only do you get to feel like a kid splashing around a great deal of toppings to make an attractive but delicious party dip for your friends, but it is just as good going down.

There are so many possible toppings for this dip, and I'm sure you have some ideas that have never even been considered before.

  • refried beans
  • sour cream
  • taco seasoning
  • guacamole
  • salsa
  • onions
  • olives
  • shredded cheese
  • shredded lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • chives

. . . are just a few of the many choices you have for this amazing dip!! Let's get started on making one of these fun dishes for yourself!

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: Serves an entire party of 24-30

Ingredients

  • 1 (15oz) can refried beans
  • 1 (16oz) tub sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 3 large avocados, (Quick and Easy Creamy Guacamole Dip)
  • 2/3 cup salsa
  • pinch salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 1 very large (or 2 medium) tomato, chopped
Step One: With the help of a friend (Isn't he cute!!), pull out a large platter for your dip
Step One: With the help of a friend (Isn't he cute!!), pull out a large platter for your dip | Source

Instructions

  1. Start with a very large platter. One that is bigger than 12 inches in diameter is exactly what you're looking for!
  2. Open up a can of refried beans, no need to cook them first, and spread the whole can evenly across the bottom of the platter, to the very edges.
  3. Open up your container of sour cream, dump out the whole thing on top of your beans, and spread it evenly across the top.
  4. Make sure to leave enough showing on the edges so everyone can see all of the layers.
  5. Now sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning, any brand, on top of your sour cream. If you would prefer to have more, use at your own discretion.
  6. Lightly spread it into your layer of sour cream so no one gets a powdery mess when scooping into your dip later.
  7. Next, using my "Quick and Easy Creamy Guacamole Dip," make your guacamole with at least 3 large avocados, and spread this layer on top of your sour cream and taco seasoning.
  8. Don't forget plenty of lemon juice so that your guacamole doesn't turn brown before the party.
  9. Make sure to leave enough showing on the edges so everyone can see all of the layers.
  10. I wanted to spread a layer of salsa over the guacamole, but my husband said that there was already salsa in the guacamole. lol
  11. So instead I spread on a layer of chopped onions I had set aside from another recipe.
  12. With your shredded cheese, finish off your dip by spreading a thick layer over the top of all of your other layers.
  13. Finally, garnish with a layer of chopped tomatoes for color
  14. Serve with plenty of tortilla chips. Doritos make great scoops as well!!
  15. Yummy! Yummy!
Step Two: Spread an entire can of refried beans onto the bottom of your platter, all the way to the edges
Step Two: Spread an entire can of refried beans onto the bottom of your platter, all the way to the edges | Source
Step Three: Next spread an entire container of sour cream on top of your beans; Make sure to leave some refried beans exposed on the edge
Step Three: Next spread an entire container of sour cream on top of your beans; Make sure to leave some refried beans exposed on the edge | Source
Step Four: Sprinkle the top of your sour cream with two tablespoons and smear in lightly with a spoon
Step Four: Sprinkle the top of your sour cream with two tablespoons and smear in lightly with a spoon | Source
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Step Five: Follow my recipe for "Quick and Easy Creamy Guacamole Dip" using three avocados, and spread this mixture on top of your sour cream and taco seasoning, leaving the bottom layers exposed on the edgesStep Six: I thought we needed to spread a layer of salsa on top, but my husband insisted on onions instead, lolStep Seven: Finish your beautiful 7-Layer Dip with a thick layer of shredded cheeseStep Eight: And finally with chopped tomatoes
Step Five: Follow my recipe for "Quick and Easy Creamy Guacamole Dip" using three avocados, and spread this mixture on top of your sour cream and taco seasoning, leaving the bottom layers exposed on the edges
Step Five: Follow my recipe for "Quick and Easy Creamy Guacamole Dip" using three avocados, and spread this mixture on top of your sour cream and taco seasoning, leaving the bottom layers exposed on the edges | Source
Step Six: I thought we needed to spread a layer of salsa on top, but my husband insisted on onions instead, lol
Step Six: I thought we needed to spread a layer of salsa on top, but my husband insisted on onions instead, lol | Source
Step Seven: Finish your beautiful 7-Layer Dip with a thick layer of shredded cheese
Step Seven: Finish your beautiful 7-Layer Dip with a thick layer of shredded cheese | Source
Step Eight: And finally with chopped tomatoes
Step Eight: And finally with chopped tomatoes | Source

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2-3 tablespoons of dip
Calories 150
Calories from Fat90
% Daily Value *
Fat 10 g15%
Saturated fat 6 g30%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 9 g3%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 6 g12%
Cholesterol 30 mg10%
Sodium 750 mg31%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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One of the most fun things about making this dish is that you can be creative.

So you wold rather it have 13 layers rather than just 7, go for it! You want to make it vegetarian? That's fine too!

I really like being able to dump an entire container of anything onto a plate and smear it around with a spatula. It makes me feel like a kid again playing with clay and paints! But this project is much more delicious. lol

Black olives, salsa, and chives normally make an appearance on this popular dish, but we don't like olives, my husband didn't want salsa, and I didn't have any chives on hand.

Cheddar cheese is also a large feature on top of this platter, but we use white cheese in most of our recipes because of it's lower fat content. Make it your own!

Let us all know what your favorite toppings are in this amazing party dip!!

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    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Absolutely! This is one of my favorite go to recipes for parties. :)

      Thanks for the comment!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      Looks like a winner for game night at home. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe idea.

    • VVanNess profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Thanks! It was delicious!!

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      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      Mmm what a wonderful,recipe. Voted up, shared and saved.

      Eddy.

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