My son will eat this 7 Layer Bean Dip for a meal! No word of a lie you guys, Mr K thinks that 7 layer bean dip is a meal. He will happily take a bowl of it and chow right down. I can’t really complain, because really when you look at the layers that go into the bean dip, it’s not that bad. It could be worse, it could be a bowl of mac and cheese from the box, right?

 Tex-Mex 7 Layer Dip
Tex-Mex 7 Layer Dip

How to Make a 7 Layer Bean Dip

Fine. He gets it from me. I can also sit down and make a meal out of a good 7 layer bean dip. I’ve been known to pick them up in the store ( I KNOW I now have no food cred after admitting that) and he and I will share them and totally skip dinner. I’ve been on a bit of a dip kick lately and can’t wait to make seafood dip next! That’s another dip that I can eat a a meal, no problemo! We had it this past summer at my brother’s house ( his mother in law brought it) and we literally were scraping the plate fighting over it. I hadn’t eaten it in years and now I have been craving it like mad!

It is so simple to make a 7 layer bean dip that I shouldn’t have admitted that I buy them.

7 Layer Bean Dip aka Mexican Dip

The Order of Layers in 7 Layer Bean Dip

The order of the layers in the dip is fairly important, the right ingredients are separated so that the tomatoes don’t make the sour cream/guacamole watery, etc. The order is:

  1. Refried Beans
  2. Sour Cream
  3. Guacamole
  4. Shredded Cheese
  5. Tomatoes
  6. Green Onions
  7. Black Olives

7 Layer Dip aka Mexican Dip

Heating 7 Layer Dip

You can heat up the refried beans before you place them in the bottom of the pan so that they stay warm and serve it right away, but to be honest most people don’t heat 7 layer dip. You could even place the entire thing in the oven and heat it up, melting the cheese on top, the choice is really up to you!

This dip will last 3-4 days in the fridge BUT the quality really deteriorates after two days, let’s be honest!

The secret to the BEST 7 layer bean dip is using fresh minced garlic in the avocado layer. Not garlic powder, not garlic salt, it has to be fresh garlic. Then you’re basically putting a layer of from-scratch guacamole, which in my opinion is the best food ever created.

I think I’m going to make guacamole for supper. Just that and a bag of carrots. Just me that can eat it that way?

Happy cooking you guys! Enjoy this retro classic dip!



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3 from 3 votes
7 Layer Bean Dip
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Nothing beats a classic 7 layer bean dip when it comes down to snacking!
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 7 layer bean dip, seven layer bean dip
Servings: 16
Calories: 148 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • 2 avocados pitted, insides scooped out and diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic minced very finely
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 8 ounce container sour cream
  • package taco seasoning mix
  • 4 to matoes diced and drained well!
  • 1 bunch green onions finely chopped
  • 1 16 ounce can refried beans
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican-style cheese blend
  • 1 2.25 ounce can black olives, drained ( chopped if you like)
  1. Mash the avocados in a medium sized bowl. Mix in the fresh lime juice, cilantro, salsa, minced garlic, and pepper.
  2. Blend the sour cream and taco seasoning together completely in a small bowl or measuring cup.
  3. In a 9x13 inch dish or on a large serving platter that has a curved lip or edges ( you build up the dip so make sure it's not flat!) spread out the refried beans in an even layer. Top the beans with the sour cream mixture next, in another even layer on top. Spread the guacamole next for the third layer
  4. . Top with the tomatoes, green onions, the shredded cheese and black olives.
  5. For the best dip, let it sit in the fridge for an hour to let the layers blend together. This does NOT keep overnight well however.
Recipe Notes

Make sure that the tomatoes and olives are drained well, extra moisture will mean that the dip won't keep as long!


Nutritional information will vary depending on products used.

Nutrition Facts
7 Layer Bean Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 245mg 10%
Potassium 158mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 5.6%
Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 19.9%
Iron 1.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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