This crowd-pleasing 7 Layer Taco Dip can be prepared in just 5 minutes. It also tends to be the first thing to be eaten when I host parties. This cold dip is the perfect appetizer to serve on game day.
My 7 Layer Taco Dip recipe brings together 9 simple ingredients to create 7 delicious layers of taco goodness: refried black beans, a taco seasoning mix and sour cream mixture, salsa, avocado, chopped lettuce, Mexican cheese, and chopped tomatoes.
The only steps to prepare the dip are mixing sour cream with taco seasoning, mashing avocado with some lime juice, chopping, and assembly.
The hardest part of making 7 layer taco dip is not eating it all yourself.
I made a little video showing how to make 7 layer taco dip – but heads up – I am making a half batch in this video. I had to make a half batch simply because I know myself… and I probably shouldn’t be eating an entire tray of taco dip.
I ate so much of this that I called it dinner, and I am ok with that life choice.
One of the reasons why I love this 7-layer taco dip so much is that this recipe is so easy to customize. There are many variations of this recipe. Many people like to add a layer of black olives. I am not a fan, so I leave them off. I add a layer of mashed avocado, but you could add fresh guacamole instead. You could use fresh pico de gallo or taco sauce instead of the salsa. Plain Greek yogurt, light sour cream, or cream cheese can be used instead of full-fat sour cream – and it can be seasoned if your own homemade taco seasoning or chili powder instead of a taco seasoning mix.
There are no rules here. You can add all of your favorite taco toppings to this dip. It can even have more than 7 layers!
If you don’t want to stop at 7 layers, you could certainly opt to add ingredients like ground beef taco meat, green onions, green chiles, corn salsa, or jalapenos.
One of my favorite things about this layer dip recipe is that it can be made a few hours in advance. Since mashed avocado is one of the ingredients, you don’t want to make it too far in advance or you will risk the avocado turning brown. Just make sure that the avocado is completely covered by the other layers so that no air can get to it, and it should stay nice and green.
Every last bit of this taco dip was eaten, and I think that it will be making an appearance at my parties going forward.
More party dip recipes:
Having a party? Need some more recipes? I have got you covered. Here are some of my best party appetizers. These are crowd pleasers that I make again and again:
Corn Queso is cheesy and delicious and the corn adds an extra burst of flavor and texture.
Sweet Peppers Stuffed with a Cheesy Spinach Dip are a personal favorite.
Homemade Roasted Garlic and Lemon Hummus tastes far better than anything you could buy in a store.
Roast Beef Sandwich Sliders are a hearty appetizer that takes just minutes to prepare.
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How to make 7 Layer Taco Dip:
- 1 can of Refried Beans
- 2 cups Sour Cream
- 1 Taco Seasoning Packet
- 1 jar of Salsa (16 ounces)
- 3 Ripe Avocados
- 1 Lime
- 2 cups Shredded Lettuce (they sell it already shredded!)
- 2 cups Shredded Cheese (I recommend a Mexican cheese mix or sharp cheddar cheese)
- 3-4 Tomatoes (I used Roma tomatoes)
- *I used a 9×13 dish
- Serve with Tortilla Chips
- For the first layer, spread the refried beans out evenly in the bottom of a 9×13 inch (or similarly sized) dish.
- To prepare the next layer, mix the taco seasoning and the sour cream in a small bowl. Spread the seasoned sour cream over the refried beans.
- Spread the salsa layer over the sour cream.
- Half, pit, and scoop the avocados into a bowl. Squeeze the lime over and then mash the avocado, mixing in the lime juice. Then layer the mashed avocado on top of the salsa.
- Continue layering the lettuce, Mexican cheese, and, finally, the tomatoes.
- Seal in an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour before serving. Serve with tortilla chips.