Easy 7-Layer Chip Dip

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2016

7 layer dip

One of my most favorite “Mexican-ish” snacks (or side dishes) is this yummy 7-layer chip dip.

It’s SO quick and easy to make and it tastes absolutely delicious with tortilla chips, corn chips, or even just by the spoonful (shhh)! Plus, it’s a great make-ahead recipe that is the perfect addition to any Mexican feast, group potluck, or almost any type of backyard BBQ party.

I’ve already made this dip twice for 2 different summer gatherings (one with taco salad, the other with burgers on the grill). Both times the dish was scraped clean!

There are 101 ways you could mix up this recipe based on your own taste preferences and what you have in the house — and of course, you could easily omit ingredients to make a 4 or 5 layer dip, or add ingredients to make an 8 or 9 layer tip.

The possibilities are endless!

If you’re looking for a ridiculously easy, make-ahead cold side dish for an upcoming summer gathering, this layer dip should do the trick!

Recipe for 7-Layer Chip Dip

serves 24

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  • 1 can (16 oz) refried beans (or make your own)
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 1 packet (1 oz.) taco seasoning (or make your own)
  • 4 small avocados; pitted and peeled
  • 2 T. lime juice
  • 1/4 c. salsa
  • 1/4 c. fresh cilantro; chopped
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can (16 oz.) black beans; rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (16 oz.) diced tomatoes; drained (or 3-4 fresh roma tomatoes)
  • 1 bunch green onions; chopped
  • 2 c. shredded cheese


  • Spread refried beans over the bottom of a 9″ x 13″ baking dish (or 2 9″ pie plates)
  • In a small bowl, mix sour cream and taco seasoning. Spread over beans.
  • In the same bowl, mash avocados. Stir in lime juice, salsa, cilantro, garlic, salt, and pepper, and spread over sour cream mixture. NOTE: You can also use already prepared guacamole in place of these ingredients (use about 2 cups)
  • Sprinkle black beans, tomatoes, green onions, and shredded cheese over guacamole mixture.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

I like to let this dip sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving (because it’s best nice and cold) but since I prefer to make my food well in advance of any party or gathering, I usually make it the night before and keep it tightly covered in the fridge until we’re ready to eat.

The longest any leftovers have lasted in our refrigerator is 2 days — but that’s only because we always eat it so quickly (not because it goes bad)!

I have gotten SO many compliments on this super simple dish over the years — everyone always wants the recipe.

Add in the fact that many of the ingredients are easy to keep on hand in the pantry AND that it can easily be made ahead of time, and it’s no wonder this yummy 7-layer dip quickly became one of my go-to dishes to bring to parties or make for entertaining at home!

What’s your favorite dip recipe?

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  1. Anna


    Interesting I’ve never tried it with black beans…ours has olives on top instead. I will have to try it!


    Andrea Reply:

    yeah, we really do not like olives and all our kids like black beans — so it’s a good swap on my part 🙂


  2. Stacie


    I love this dip, however I am going to try your version, as it looks delish! I also LOVE your cowboy caviar dish! My sons birthday is friday and his favorite home cooked meal is quesadillas, so I will also be making the 7 layer dip and cowboy caviar! Good timing on this post! Thanks!


  3. Kelly


    Looks delicious! I’ve had the Mexican layered dip at other people’s parties, but I don’t think I’ve ever made it myself… will have to keep it in mind!

    My favorite dip is the layered Greek dip from Our Best Bites. It’s sort of the same idea as this one, but with cream cheese & feta (mixed), hummus, lettuce, tomato, olives, and feta cheese. You scoop it up with pita chips.


    Anna Reply:

    Hi Kelly,

    Your greek dips looks interesting. My husband loves lettuce. Is that the full recipe to make it?


  4. Amber Woods


    We do this same recipe in the winter but stick it in the oven for about 20 minutes until it is warm throughout and the cheese gets bubbly. It is great this way also.


    Candis Reply:

    I was wondering if this could be baked, yummy. I might try it but leave out the avocado though; now sure if that would bake well.


  5. Christine @ The (mostly) Simple Life


    Yum! This looks awesome! I’ve never seen a dip like this with the guac as a layer.


  6. Deni


    This recipe looks so good! Your blog continues to be my favorite, I look forward to your posts every morning! Thanks for sharing 🙂


    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks so much Deni!