When it’s time for the big game, it’s hard to beat this classic seven-layer dip! This appetizer is super easy to make (no cooking required!), looks beautiful, and is always a crowd-pleaser.
Make a big batch of your 7 layer taco dip in a classic clear serving dish or divvy it up into individual Ball® Collection Elite Wide Mouth Pint Jars for a cute single-serving option for game day. Let’s make some dip!
Why is it called seven-layer dip?
No surprise here, it’s called 7 layer dip because it traditionally has seven layers! We cheat a bit here and add a few more layers because we think it improves the presentation and flavor, but the spirit of 7 layer taco dip remains the same.
What are the layers in 7 layer dip?
If you can spoon food into a dish, you can make seven-layer taco dip. Here are the layers:
- Refried beans
- Chunky salsa—this is a great place to use the canned salsa you made over the summer
- Sour cream mixed with taco seasoning and lime juice
- Shredded cheese—we like a combo of cheddar cheese and monterey jack cheese
- Shredded lettuce
- Diced cherry or Roma tomatoes
- Sliced black olives
- Sliced green onions—optional, but awesome
- Minced cilantro—optional, leave it out if you don’t know the cilantro preference of your party guests
If your salsa is liquidy, strain it in a fine-mesh strainer before spooning it into the dish. This is especially important if you plan on making the dip in advance.
How do you make 7 layer bean dip?
This is a great dish for kids or beginning cooks to make because it’s just so darn simple, and the results are beautiful! Here’s how to make it:
- Layer refried beans into the bottom of a straight-sided, clear glass bowl (you can also use a 13×9 casserole dish, but it doesn’t look quite as pretty).
- Top with guacamole and salsa.
- In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine sour cream, taco seasoning, and lime juice. Spoon the sour cream mixture over the salsa in an even layer.
- Top with shredded cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and black olives.
- Sprinkle with green onions and cilantro, if using.
- Serve immediately with your favorite dippers.
If you want more of a spicy kick, feel free to swap in hot salsa and add additional chili powder, cayenne pepper, or black pepper to the sour cream mixture.
Do you serve 7 layer dip hot or cold?
We found the best flavor and dippability come from serving it at room temperature. While chilling the dip is totally fine, the texture of certain elements starts to degrade in the fridge (we’re looking at you, tomatoes).
How do you make individual 7 layer dips?
If you want to make grab-and-go dipping easier, we highly recommend dividing your seven-layer dip into individual servings by using Ball® Canning Jars! We used the Ball® Collection Elite Wide Mouth Pint Jars, which are the perfect size to divide this dip recipe into four portions. These portions are big enough for one person to make it into a meal or for two people to share.
How do I make vegan 7 layer dip?
It is so incredibly easy to make this dip plant-based with just two swaps! Swap the sour cream for either store-bought plant-based sour cream or homemade cashew sour cream (using a scant 2 cups) and use Mexican-style or cheddar-style vegan cheese shreds instead of dairy cheese. Vegan deliciousness DONE!
What dippers go well with seven-layer dip?
Our favorite dippers for this dip are scoop-style corn chips—they are sturdy enough to last through the deep dive and get goodness from all 7 layers. Thick tortilla chips also do the trick.
How far in advance can you prepare this dip?
You can make this dip up to two days in advance with two modifications:
- Make sure you strain your salsa through a fine-mesh sieve before putting it in the dip.
- Add the lettuce, tomatoes, olives, green onions, and cilantro for topping right before serving.
Worried about browning guacamole? Don’t be! By nestling the guacamole between the layers of beans and salsa, you are creating an environment free of air, which keeps the avocado from browning.
How long does seven-layer taco dip last in the fridge?
We recommend enjoying the taco dip within 2-3 days of making it. Make sure to wrap it up tightly with plastic wrap (or pop the lids on the Ball® Jars if you went the individual serving route) before stashing in the fridge.
How long can you leave out a dip?
In a room temperature area, you can get by leaving this dip out for about two hours before it needs to head back into the fridge. You can extend its life on the pitch-in table by placing it on a bowl of ice that you regularly swap out.