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7 Layer Bean Dip Recipe

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7 layer bean dip is an extremely versatile mexican dip. It makes an easy party food recipe.  You can assemble this bean dip recipe in 15 minutes. 

7 layer bean dip poised on a tortilla chip.

Set a bowl of tortilla chips next to a pan of this layered bean dip at your next large gathering. This is a perfect choice for holiday appetizers and game day recipe.

This chip dip makes great finger food for parties. You won’t have leftovers. 🙂

Make it your own with your favorite additions and garnishes. Read on for ideas and variations on this recipe.

seven layered dip.

This is a good choice for an easy make ahead party recipe. You can make it, cover it and keep it in the fridge a day ahead.

If you do have leftovers they hold up well in the fridge for several days.

Looking for more party dip ideas?

Here are several more party dips your guests will enjoy.

Healthy Appetizer Choice:

This bean dip recipe is full of good nutrition. The dip is low carb and low sugar. The beans are fantastic for you and the other fresh ingredients work well together to give your party a power boost.

Think low sugar when choosing your salsa and make good choices about your prepared seasonings to keep the sodium content reasonable.

Also choose your chips wisely to make a truly healthy appetizer. Costco has several healthy chip choices. I buy their organic tortilla chips. They are fairly low carb and delicious.

7 layer bean dip recipe
7 layer bean dip is delicious and popular at all sorts of gatherings.

7 Layer Bean Dip Recipe:

This Mexican chip dip can be created in several forms. We give you some ideas below for variations. It’s always a crowd pleaser. Enjoy!

Prep:

Make this 7 layered bean dip in your favorite glass 8×8 baking dish or 2 quart shallow dish. Straight sides rather than sloping shows off those pretty layers best.

avocado halves on a wooden board.
Use ripe avocados for best results. They need to be creamy so they will mash correctly.

Start with fully ripe avocados. When you choose avocados look for the dark ones that are firm but not mushy.

Dicing black olives
Dice the olives small so they sit properly on a chip. Large chunks will fall off the chip.

Kayti has not finished dicing the olives. When she is finished they will be minced small so they make a proper layer over the cheese.

mincing green onions
Mince the green onions as shown. They need to make more of a presence on top of the dip.

Visual Guide:

Here are the steps involved in making this recipe. Also watch our video in the recipe card and side bar for a complete recipe demonstration of this Mexican party dip.

Serve with tortilla Chips on the side in a bowl. This is also a great base or mix in for vegetarian super nachos.

Layered Bean Dip Variations:

Here are several ideas for variations you can try with this recipe. CAUTION: Not all of these will work together. Think your recipe flavor blends through before you begin changing things.

  • Mix rotel tomatoes into the refried beans for some added flavor and spice.
  • Mince a hot pepper together with the olives to form a very finely chopped layer. Choose your favorite heat of pepper. I have used pasilla and also Jalapeños. They add some spice!
  • Add a meat layer over the beans for a meal replacer. I have used both cooked ground beef mixed with taco seasoning mix and cooked Chorizo sausage. This makes an awesome meaty super nachos.
  • Add fresh chopped tomatoes to the top of this dip for a pretty finishing touch.
  • You can also make a more flavorful sour cream layer. Mix the sour cream with taco seasoning. (You might want to be careful how much seasoning you put in one dish) 🙂
  • Choose your favorite store bought (Or homemade) salsa. We used Pace this time but I have used many different salsas over the years in this chip dip. It’s all about what you like.
  • Chop up fresh cilantro to garnish the top of this dip. Your cilantro fans will love it!

This recipe can stand alone with a meat layer and become a yummy Mexican meal.

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7 layer bean dip recipe
Yield: one 8 x 8 inch pan-about 25 servings

7 Layer Bean Dip Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

7 layer bean dip is a very popular chip dip. It's very versatile. There are many ways to present this party dip. Here is our basic layered bean dip recipe. Our notes section will have MORE options for presentation and flavors. It's always a crowd pleaser.

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz. Can Refried beans
  • 1 15 oz. can olives
  • 1 cup Salsa (we use Pace brand)
  • 1 Cup Sour cream
  • 2 Avocados
  • 1 package guacamole seasonings
  • 1 Cup Mexican cheese blend-fine
  • 1 Cup minced green onions

Instructions

To prepare:

  1. Deseed the avocados and scoop the pulp into a bowl.
  2. Add the guacamole seasoning to the avocado and mash together. Set aside.
    Mince the olives (You can mince jalapeño pepper in with them for a kick). Set aside.
  3. Mince the green onions. Set aside.

Assembly:

  1. Spread the refried beans in the bottom of your transparent 8 x8 pan.
  2. Smooth the prepared mashed avocado over the beans.
  3. Dollop the sour cream carefully over the avocado and spread it evenly. You can add more (up to double) sour cream to your taste.
  4. Spread your preferred salsa over the sour cream.
  5. Sprinkle the Mexican cheeses over the salsa layer.
  6. Spread the olives evenly over the cheese layer.
  7. Top with the minced green onions.


Garnishes:

  1. Arrange fresh chopped tomatoes over the onions
  2. Sprinkle fresh chopped cilantro over the onions.

Notes

Variations:

  1. Mince the olives together with your favorite Hot pepper to bring up the spiciness.
  2. Change the top layer order for different presentations. For example put the olives over the sour cream and then the cheese.
  3. Stir Rotel tomatoes into the refried beans.
  4. Add taco seasonings to the refried beans.
  5. Use canned tomatoes as a layer instead of the salsa.

Nutrition Information

Yield

30

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 84Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 8mgSodium 239mgCarbohydrates 5gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 2gSugar 1gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 2g

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