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Easy 7 Layer Dip (Quick No-Cook Appetizer)

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This easy 7 Layer Dip is a quick and simple no cook appetizer perfect for your next party. With delicious layers of fresh salsa, refried beans, guacamole, shredded cheeses and favorite toppings, it’s a simple, crowd-favorite recipe for your next gathering.

Side view of 7 Layer Dip in a glass trifle dish.

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Entertaining family and friends is one of life’s delights. Serving their favorite snacks, like this 7 layer bean dip recipe with tortilla chips, is always an occasion to look forward to. It’s an easy party spread along with other dips like Easy Mexican Street Corn Dip. or healthy options like 2 Minute Greek Dill Yogurt Sauce or tzatziki.

This easy 7 Layer Dip is a simple layering of fresh ingredients, spread into a glass serving bowl, like this 7-inch trifle dish, or a 9×13 pan. Don’t forget crisp tortilla chips because they are the perfect dipper!

What’s In 7 Layer Dip?

Just like most 7 layer dip recipes, this easy appetizer has 7 layers of simple, ready-made ingredients that, when combined, make a beautiful presentation as well as a delicious treat! Here are the layers:

  • Refried beans (which we add a few ingredients to elevate the flavor)
  • Sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt)
  • Guacamole
  • Chunky Salsa (drained)
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Green onions and fresh cilantro
  • Pitted olives

These ingredients are some of our favorites, but you can easily substitute and create your own signature dip, like adding cooked ground meat, which creates an additional layer between the beans and the sour cream.

Top view of dip ingredients for the 7 layers on a white background.

How To Make 7 Layer Bean Dip

Here are the easy steps to making this bean dip:

Begin by draining the salsa in a fine mesh sieve to remove some of the liquid, which can drip into the layers.

Step 1: Refried Bean Layer

This is optional, but it is a quick and easy way to transform canned refried beans into something deliciously special. Combine the beans with the juice of half a lime, chili powder, and ground cumin. Mix together, adding additional lime juice if needed to loosen the beans, creating a creamy consistency that’s easy to spread.

Add scoops of refried beans into the bottom of your dish and spread evenly.

Step 2: Create remaining bean dip layers

  • Spread the sour cream (plain Greek yogurt) over the beans
  • Spoon the guacamole carefully over the sour cream layer
  • Add the drained salsa
  • Top with shredded cheese, chopped scallions, olive, and fresh cilantro

Do You Need to Chill the Dip?

If you have the time, chill the 7 layer dip for about an hour to bring the flavors together. Otherwise, it can be served immediately.

How Long Does 7 Layer Dip Last In Fridge?

The 7-layer dip will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. The longer its stored, the layers can begin to bleed together, but it’s still delicious! If it becomes a bit watery, drain the liquid as needed. It is prettiest when made on the day it is served.

If you have leftovers, serve them with Leftover Chicken Enchiladas, One Pot Skillet Taco, or taco casserole!

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Easy 7 Layer Dip Recipe

Need a quick and crowd-pleasing appetizer? Try this easy 7 Layer Dip recipe with layers of salsa, beans, guacamole, and cheese. Perfect for your next gathering.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 16 servings

Ingredients 

Refried Bean Layer

  • 2 cups refried pinto beans canned
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Remaining 7 Layer Dip Layers

  • 1 ½ cups sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 ½ cups guacamole prepared
  • 1/2 cup chunky salsa drained
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese and pepper jack cheese
  • 1 cup black olives pitted
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup scallions chopped

Instructions

  • Place salsa in a fine-mesh sieve to drain additional liquid while preparing the layers.

Refried Bean Layer

  • Combine the canned refried beans with the juice of 1/2 of a medium lime with chili powder and ground cumin. Stir until it loosens a bit. Add more lime juice if needed.

Remaining Dip Layers

  • Spread the sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt) over the bean layer.
  • Spoon the guacamole and carefully spread over the sour cream and then add the drained salsa.
  • Top with the shredded cheese, scallions, olives, and fresh cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips!

Nutrition

Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 472mg | Potassium: 215mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 464IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex Mex, Southwestern
Keyword: 7 Layer Dip

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