Seven Layer Taco Dip

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Serve this classic Seven Layer Taco Dip at your next fiesta. This no bake party dip has all the Mexican flavors…including guacamole!

I’m sharing today our family’s best taco dip recipe. It’s easy to make (only 15 minutes needed!) and no baking necessary.

Have a party coming up? Bring this popular dip recipe. Looking for a new Meatless Monday option? This is it…there’s no meat, which makes my daughter happy. 🙂

Below is our easy bean dip recipe, along with variations so you can make it how your family will love it.

Seven Layer Taco Dip with refried beans

What are the 7 layers of dip?

This dip has 7 layers, but more than 7 ingredients. Here’s how we layer them:

how to make Seven Layer Taco Dip

Now what if someone in your family doesn’t like one of the ingredients above? Try one of these variations to make your own layer taco dip recipe:

  • Leave out the cream cheese. It adds a smoothness and richness to the party dip, but it isn’t necessary.
  • Don’t have any salsa? Use a diced tomato or even petite diced tomatoes from a can (drain off any juice).
  • Mix the taco seasoning with the beans, with the sour cream or just sprinkle it over one of those two layers. Oh…and use less if you’d like. 3 tablespoons adds a huge kick of flavor!
  • Leave out the guacamole. And use freshly chopped veggies instead. Think finely diced red or poblano peppers and red onions.
  • Use Cotija cheese instead of shredded Colby. Or use cheddar cheese if you’d like.
  • Use green onions instead of black olives.
Seven Layer Taco Dip with colby

Do you serve 7 layer dip hot or cold?

This is a cold dip. No need to bake it or heat it through. Simply serve with a large bowl of tortilla chips and watch it disappear. Your family, friends and guests will love it.

Seven Layer Taco Dip with olives
Seven Layer Taco Dip with olives

Seven Layer Taco Dip

4.59 from 24 votes
Serve this classic Seven Layer Taco Dip at your next fiesta. This no bake party dip has all the Mexican flavors…including guacamole!
Servings 10
Prep Time 15 minutes

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  • 16 ounces traditional refried beans (1 can)
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 12 ounces guacamole
  • 15.5 ounces salsa (your favorite brand) (1 jar)
  • 8 ounces shredded Colby cheese
  • 1 cup finely shredded lettuce
  • 1/3 cup sliced olives


  • Note: This recipe will fill a 9×9 square baking dish to the top. You can also spread it in a 9×13 baking pan but the layers will be thinner.
  • Spread the refried beans in the bottom of a square baking pan, then sprinkle the taco seasoning over the top. (You can also mix the taco seasoning with the beans or with the sour cream mix if you'd like it to be more evenly distributed.)
  • In a small bowl, combine together the cream cheese and sour cream. Mix well, then spread the cream cheese layer over the refried beans.
  • Spread the guacamole over the sour cream mix.
  • Spread the salsa over the guacamole.
  • Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the salsa.
  • Sprinkle lettuce over the cheese.
  • Sprinkle sliced olives on the top.
  • Serve immediately or within 1 hour of preparing the dip. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator before serving. Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 days.


Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 900mg | Potassium: 370mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 943IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 235mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Calories 280
Keyword party food, snack
Seven Layer Taco Dip with tortilla chips

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my taco dip runny?

If you find your taco dip runny, it could be the extra juices from the salsa, fresh veggies or shredded lettuce. It’s best to serve this dip within 1 hour of making it.

Will the guacamole turn brown in taco dip?

We choose to use store bought guacamole for this recipe. We find that it has ingredients to keep it fresh and not turn brown for up to 2 days. You may have more trouble with the avocado turning brown if you make it yourself.

Can I make taco dip in advance?

If you want to make this in advance, layer only the first two layers, cover and refrigerate. Prepare the other layers, but don’t add them until you are ready to serve it.

Can taco dip be frozen?

No. This dip won’t be good if frozen. Just don’t do it. 🙂

How long can 7 layer dip sit out?

The dairy based ingredients in this dip should be kept cold. You’ll want to refrigerate the dip within 1 hour.

Can I add ground beef?

Yes, you can add seasoned ground beef or even ground turkey if you’d like.

Favorite Taco Recipes

Does your family loves taco recipes as much as we do or do you need a new Taco Tuesday recipe? Give one of these favorites a try:

Other Party Dip Recipes

Whether dips are cold or hot, cheesy, scoopable dips are always a favorite at parties, picnics and holiday dinners. Choose one of these for your next gathering.

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I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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4.59 from 24 votes (23 ratings without comment)
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Kathy Gutzman
2 years ago

5 stars
This 7 layer do is delicious! I made it for a small party and it was a hit! I will definitely make this again.