A classic 7 layer bean dip made by layering refried beans, creamy guacamole, spicy sour cream, shredded cheese, black olives, green onions, and fresh salsa.
For the Super Bowl this year I decided to make 7 layer bean dip. I searched for the Mexican dip recipe on my site, and was surprised I’d never posted it. So after I made it this time, I decided to snap some pictures and post it. Now the next time I’m looking for the recipe it will be here. I hope you’ll give it a try too.
The unique thing about my recipe is that it includes fresh salsa. You can use a mild salsa like I did, or if you and your crowd like a little more heat, use your favorite spicy salsa. Just make sure it’s a chunky salsa that’s not watery.
The beauty of 7 layer dip is that it’s super easy to make, but it’s colorful and fun and looks like it took a long time to make. Not to mention it tastes great and has a great contrast of textures and flavors.
In keeping with the ease of making the dip, I used a taco seasoning packet, refrigerated guacamole and store bought fresh salsa. My favorite local grocery store, Harmons, makes a great fresh salsa. Of course you can make your own salsa, guacamole, and it’s easy to substitute spices that are in a taco seasoning packet.
This dip is always a hit at our house, and I’m sure it will be at your house too.
- fresh chunky salsa
- canned refried beans
- refrigerated guacamole
- sour cream
- taco seasoning mix
- Mexican cheese blend
- sliced olives
- sliced green onions
How to Make 7-Layer Bean Dip
To make my favorite, delicious 7-layer dip, follow these steps:
In a mixing bowl, combine ½ of fresh salsa with the refried beans. Mix well and spread the bean mixture evenly in a glass pie plate or round serving bowl.
Spread the guacamole evenly over the refried beans layer.
In the same mixing bowl, mix together the sour cream with a packet of taco seasoning mix. Spread this mixture evenly over the guacamole layer.
Sprinkle shredded cheese (Mexican blend or substitute cheddar cheese if you prefer), sliced olives, and chopped green onions over the top of the sour cream layer.
Finish by spreading the remaining ½ cup of salsa on top of the cheese layer. Optional toppings/ingredients include: pickled jalapenos, chopped cilantro, ground beef or turkey, shredded lettuce, slices of ripe avocado.
Chill the dip in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
Serve with tortilla chips or your favorite dipping snack!
If the glass pie plate or round serving bowl you used to make the dip has an airtight lid, use it to cover your dip. Otherwise, use plastic wrap or foil to cover your dip. Place the covered dip in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
7 Layer Bean Dip Recipe
- 1 cup fresh chunky salsa divided
- 1 16- ounce can refried beans
- 1 package refrigerated guacamole
- 1 16- ounce container sour cream
- 1 1.25- ounce envelope taco seasoning mix
- 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
- ¼ cup sliced olives
- ¼ cup sliced green onions
- In a mixing bowl, combine ½ cup fresh salsa and refried beans. Spread bean mixture in an even layer in a glass pie plate or round serving bowl. Spread the guacamole evenly on top of the refried beans.
- Mix together the sour cream and taco seasoning mix in the mixing bowl. Spread evenly over the guacamole.
- Sprinkle the cheese, olives and green onions over the top of the sour cream. Finish with the remaining ½ cup salsa on top.
- Keep chilled until ready to serve.