Make my 7 Layer Taco Dip as a perfect appetizer dip for your next party or event. This loaded dip is ideal served with chips, tortillas, crackers, or even fresh vegetables for dipping.
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I love this 7 Layer Taco Dip, especially when it includes my homemade guacamole recipe. This simple dip is packed with delicious flavor and is perfect for serving to guests.
- TASTE: This is a loaded dip that has tons of flavor. Rich, cheesy, spicy, salty, it is too good to miss.
- TEXTURE: This 7 Layer Taco Dip is creamy and smooth with layers of deliciousness.
- TIME: This recipe takes 20 minutes to make.
- EASE: This dip is so easy to make. You can whip it up with just a handful of everyday ingredients and a few steps.
What You’ll Need
- Refried beans– Canned or homemade is fine.
- Taco seasoning- This ingredient adds a little spicy flavor to the dip.
- Pico de gallo or salsa– You can use store-bought or homemade Pico de Gallo or Mexican Salsa with Roasted Corn.
- Guacamole– I love this with my homemade Guacamole for a creamy fresh element.
- Shredded mild cheddar– Pre-shredded or shredded from a block of cheese works.
Add-ins and Substitutions
- Substitute avocado- Instead of guacamole, you can chop up avocado and sprinkle it on top.
- Add meat- Add some ground beef or shredded chicken or pork as a layer of this dip.
- Skip the beans- If you don’t love beans, you can skip them or substitute meat in place of them.
- Add vegetables- Sprinkle on chopped onions, fresh tomatoes, cilantro, or jalapenos.
How to Make 7 Layer Taco Dip
- Mix the beans. In a bowl, blend the refried beans and taco seasoning using an electric hand mixer. Set aside.
- Make the next layer. In a separate bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream, and taco seasoning with an electric hand mixer.
- Assemble. To assemble the 7 layer taco dip, use a deep 9×13 dish or a deep glass trifle bowl. Begin spreading each layer, starting with the refried beans, sour cream mixture, guacamole, Pico de gallo, shredded cheddar, and a handful of sliced olives. I like to garnish mine with green onion or chopped cilantro. Cover and serve chilled.
Pro Tip: For a unique serving idea, you can serve this dip in individual ramekins. This is great for a party.
- Keep the cream cheese at room temp- When the cream cheese is softened, it mixes better.
- Combine the cream cheese well- You don’t want clumps in your dip, so make sure to mix it thoroughly.
- Keep the layers separate- Keep them separate until you’re ready to assemble. Then layer the beans and cream cheese mixture carefully, then the rest.
A traditional 7 layer taco dip is made of taco seasoned-beans, guacamole, cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, green onions, and olives.
If you place the guacamole as a layer in the middle, it will keep air away from the guacamole so it won’t turn brown. Pack it without air bubbles.
This 7 Layer Taco Dip is perfect for serving to guests. It goes well with lots of other appetizers, dips, chips, and sides.
- Dips: Serve it alongside other dips, like this Easy BLT Dip, Hot Artichoke Dip, or Garlic Cream Cheese Dip.
- Salad: Pair it with a salad, such as this Cucumber Tomato Feta Salad, Pesto Pasta Salad (VIDEO), Antipasto Salad, or Tomato Garlic Salad.
- Fries: Enjoy this dish with some Crispy Air Fryer French Fries, Air Fryer Zucchini Fries, Air Fryer Potato Wedges, or The BEST Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries.
- Appetizers: Enjoy it alongside some Fried Spring Rolls (VIDEO), Eggplant Appetizers (Roll-ups), Mushroom Puff Pastry Appetizers, or Smoked Salmon Cucumber Appetizer (VIDEO).
Make This Recipe in Advance
Make ahead: Since this dip is best served chilled, you can make it a day ahead and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.
Storing: Cover the dip with plastic wrap to keep it fresh and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
Freeze: You can freeze this dip by covering it with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. It can last for up to 3 months. Keep in mind that some water will collect as it thaws. Just drain it off.
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Full Recipe Instructions
7 Layer Taco Dip
- In a separate bowl, combine 8 oz room temperature cream cheese, 1 lb sour cream, and the other 1 oz packet of taco seasoning with an electric hand mixer. Make sure to blend the cream cheese well.
- To assemble the 7-layer dip, use a deep 9×13 dish or a deep glass trifle bowl. The layers will be a little thinner if you use a 9×13 dish. In a dish, begin layering each layer starting with the refried beans, sour cream mixture, guacamole, Pico de gallo, shredded cheddar, and a handful of sliced olives. I like to garnish mine with green onion or chopped cilantro. Cover and serve chilled.
This recipe was originally posted on August 14, 2015, we’ve tweaked it a bit since then.