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.
Seven Layer Taco Dip.
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. 🙂
Today I’m sharing the recipe for this easy bean dip recipe, along with variations so you can make it how your family will love it.
What are the 7 layers of dip?
This dip has 7 layers, but more than 7 ingredients. Here’s how we layer them:
Now what if someone in your family doesn’t like one of the ingredients above? Try one of these variations:
- Leave out the cream cheese. It adds a smoothness and richness to the party dip, but it isn’t necessary.
- 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 if you’d like.
- Use green onions instead of olives.
Do you serve 7 layer dip hot or cold?
This is a cold dip. No need to bake it or heat it through.
Seven Layer Taco Dip
- 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 pan 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 over the refried beans.
- Spread the guacamole over the sour cream mix.
- Spread the salsa over the guacamole.
- Sprinkle the 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 refrigerate before serving.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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 guacamole turning brown if you make it yourself.
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.
No. This dip won’t be good if frozen. Just don’t do it. 🙂
The dairy based ingredients in this dip should be kept cold. You’ll want to refrigerate the dip within 1 hour.
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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.