The Best 7 Layer Dip Recipe {with or without meat}

The Ultimate 7 Layer Dip recipe is packed with layers of Cream Cheese, Sour Cream, Ground Beef (and/or Beans), Guacamole, Salsa, Cheese, and more! 

Serve up some game day favorites. Including hot Spinach Artichoke dip or spicy Rotel Dip with tortilla chips and veggies!

7 Layer dip in a clear glass serving dish.

Why this Recipe Works

For the past couple holidays I’ve been obsessed with creating fun and easy taco dip recipes!

You may remember this 7 layer taco dip for Halloween, decorated like a spider web. Or this festive, Christmas Wreath Layered Taco Dip.

One question I get all the time is “how can I make this in a 13×9 dish?”

Well, I decided to go ahead and share a basic 7 Layer Dip recipe, FOR YOU. 

The best part is you can customize the layers to your favorite taco toppings! Serve this up for Super Bowl Parties, holiday gatherings, or DINNER!

Easy 7 layer dip should NOT be mistaken for this delicious Seven Layer Salad recipe. Two very different, very delicious recipes!

How to make Layered Taco Dip

Step by step photos showing how to make seven layer dip in a glass dish.

Layer 1: Cream cheese.

In a small bowl, blend cream cheese with sour cream and taco seasoning. You can make homemade taco seasoning, or use one packet of store bought. Spread this in the bottom of a 13×9 baking dish. This can also be assembled in a trifle bowl!

Layer 2: Meat or beans.

Brown one pound of ground beef (or ground turkey) and add taco seasoning mix. If you prefer to keep this vegetarian, you can use refried beans or black beans instead. You can also use your slow cooker to make your taco meat ahead of time!

Once the meat is browned, spread over the top of layer one.

Layer 3: Guacamole.

This might be my favorite layer! I used my favorite homemade classic guacamole recipe, but this mango guacamole would have been delicious too! Spread guacamole over meat (or bean) layer.

Layer 4: Sour Cream.

We use a thin layer of sour cream to allow even the pickiest of eaters to enjoy this dip. But if you love the creamy white stuff, slather it on thick!

Layer 5: Salsa.

The thicker the better. I find most store brand salsas are too watery for this dip. I mean, they work great for the first ten minutes, then the salsa layer really starts to get watery.

For best results, a homemade Pico de Gallo would be my number one choice. But, if you don’t have time to make your own, the thickest salsa you can find is the best option!

Layer 6: Cheese.

Cheddar. Colby Jack. Mexican Blend. Pick your favorite shredded taco cheese and pile it on!

Layer 7: This is where the “rest of it” goes. Tomato, shredded lettuce, black olives…whatever you feel needs to be added, this is the place! 

Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!

Seven layer dip in a glass bowl served with tortilla chips.

More Tex Mex snack recipes

One of my favorite things to serve at a party or get together is chips and salsa or dip. Here are a few of my tex mex favorites!

Try this Tomatillo Salsa recipe for an authentic, tangy Mexican salsa verde. Perfect for pairing with tacos, enchiladas or a big bowl of chips!

Tropical Pineapple Salsa is a spicy, sweet, colorful snack idea! So versatile, you can enjoy with tortilla chips or spoon it over your favorite grilled chicken or fish!

My love for the farmer’s market inspired this delicious Watermelon Peach Salsa. You’ll love the fruit paired with the spice!

This Mango Salsa is tropical, refreshing, and totally delicious!

These Taco Tortilla Stacks have been made in our family for years! They are so easy to assemble ahead of time, and serve as a quick snack for a crowd. We enjoy ours served with salsa!

Need a delicious game day snack that won’t completely ruin your diet? Try making a batch of this Healthy Taco Dip.

7 Layer dip topped with lettuce and tomato.

Ingredients Needed

The best part of this easy 7 layer taco dip is that you can customize how YOU like it. Add more of something you love, take out something you hate! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cream cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Ground Beef or turkey (or add refried beans!)
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa or Pico de Gallo
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Tomatoes, Lettuce, Black Olives (optional)
7 Layer Dip packed with layers of Cream Cheese, Sour Cream, Ground Beef (and/or Beans), Guacamole, Salsa, Cheese, and more! 

How Long Does 7 Layer Mexican Dip Last

At my house, about one hour. Ha!

Seriously though….keep in refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Obviously this dip is best fresh, as the layers don’t mingle and bleed together.

Once you’ve set it out though, don’t keep it out of the refrigerator more than a couple hours, otherwise you’ll have to throw it away. 

IF I end up with some leftover taco dip after a party, I immediately refrigerate it. Serve a dollop of this dip on top of my Chicken Taco Soup or Slow Cooker Taco Chili. It’s the perfect garnish, I’m sure you’ll agree!

The Ultimate 7 Layer Dip recipe is packed with layers of Cream Cheese, Sour Cream, Ground Beef (and/or Beans), Guacamole, Salsa, Cheese, and more! 

More Appetizer Recipes

Yield: 10 servings

7 layer dip

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

The Ultimate 7 Layer Dip recipe is packed with layers of Cream Cheese, Sour Cream, Ground Beef (and/or Beans), Guacamole, Salsa, Cheese, and more! 


  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sour cream, divided
  • 2 packages taco seasoning, divided
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 ½ cups guacamole
  • 1 ½ cups salsa (or pico de gallo)
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheese
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 stalk romaine, shredded


  1. Choose your dish. I used a 13x9 baking dish, but a trifle bowl would work great too!
  2. Layer 1: Blend cream cheese, 1 cup sour cream and 1 package taco seasoning until smooth. Spread in bottom of dish.
  3. Layer 2: Meat or Beans. Brown your ground beef in a medium skillet over high heat until all the pink is out. Drain meat and add 1 package taco seasoning (no water needed). Spread meat over the first layer. If you prefer, use a can of refried beans instead of meat.
  4. Layer 3: Guacamole. Spread 1 ½ cup of either homemade guacamole or already prepared guacamole over the meat.
  5. Layer 4: Sour cream. Spread over guacamole.
  6. Layer 5: Salsa or Pico de Gallo. Spread over sour cream.
  7. Layer 6: Shredded Cheese. Sprinkle your favorite cheddar or mexican blend cheese over the salsa.
  8. Layer 7: Add the finishing touch by sprinkling the diced tomato shredded lettuce on top. Can also add green onions and black olive slices if desired!
  9. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy,

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 445Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 773mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 5gSugar: 6gProtein: 21g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice

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Posted on February 26, 2019

Comments & Reviews

  1. This is awesome. Took it to a church luncheon. It was a big hit. Possible to freeze it? I have a friend I want to give it to but not for 5 days or so will it be til I can see her.

  2. I’d like to make this ahead of time. Can I make it with the guacamole covered by other ingredients OR will the guacamole change colors???

    1. The guacamole will not turn colors as long as you dont expose it to oxygen. No more than a day in the fridge. Adding a thin layer of lemon juice or water stops the oxidation but only for a short period of time.

  3. Can I do it without meat and guacamole without changing measurements of other ingredients?

  4. I’d like to make this for a picnic. Does the guacamole change color or do the layers protect it from the air ?

  5. This dip is so delicious! I’ve made this recipe 2 times now. Yummy! I used both refried beans and taco meat together.Thank you for sharing! Taco seasoning is good as well! I reduced the salt some. Because I am lowering my family salt intake. Thanks for both.. yummy!😋

  6. Yum! You had me at layered!  And then I thought  about Lasagna  which is also layered! Count me in!??‍♀️??‍♀️??‍♀️

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