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!
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Why this Recipe Works
For the past couple holidays I’ve been obsessed with creating fun and easy taco dip recipes!
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
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.
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! (Our pineapple salsa would be delicious here)
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!
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!
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.
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!
More Appetizer Recipes
- Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Taco Cheese ball
- Lemon Hummus
- Fruit Dip
- Dorito Taco Salad
- Loaded Potato Chip Dip
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7 Layer Dip
- 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 bunch romaine shredded
- Choose your dish. I used a 13×9 baking dish, but a trifle bowl would work great too!
- Layer 1: Blend cream cheese, 1 cup sour cream and 1 package taco seasoning until smooth. Spread in bottom of dish.
- 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.
- Layer 3: Guacamole. Spread 1 1/2 cup of either homemade guacamole or already prepared guacamole over the meat.
- Layer 4: Sour cream. Spread over guacamole.
- Layer 5: Salsa or Pico de Gallo. Spread over sour cream.
- Layer 6: Shredded Cheese. Sprinkle your favorite cheddar or mexican blend cheese over the salsa.
- 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!
- Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy,
- Keep in refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Obviously this dip is best fresh, as the layers don’t mingle and bleed together.