7 Layer Bean Dip

7 Layer Bean Dip
seven layer bean dip

7 Layer Bean Dip

Carson Morby
The best bean dip, for the best occasions!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American


  • 1/4 Cup Sliced Olives
  • 1/4 Cup Diced Tomato
  • 1/4 Cup Shredded Lettuce
  • 3/4 Cup Shredded Colby Jack Cheese
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1+ Cup Guacamole Recipe Below
  • 2+ Cups Refried Beans Recipe Below

Guacamole Ingredients

  • 2 Avocados
  • 1/4 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1/4 Cup Diced Onion
  • 1/4 Cup Diced Tomato
  • 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Lime Juice
  • Salt to Taste

Refried Beans Recipe

  • 16 Oz Canned Refried Beans
  • 1/2 Smoked Salsa Regular Salsa is Fine


  • FOR THE GUACAMOLE: Mash the avocados with a fork or potato masher. I prefer a smoother texture, especially when making 7 layer bean dip. Stir in the sour cream and liquid ingredients next until mixed well. Add the onion and tomato, and salt to taste. 
  • FOR THE REFRIED BEANS: Mix the beans and salsa until evenly incorporated
  • FOR THE COMPLETE DIP: Start with spreading the beans evenly across the bottom of a 9″x9″ pan, then work up through the layers. The sour cream spreads much nicer if it has been stirred beforehand. The cheese should make an even layer across all the creamy ingredients, and the remaining layers are sprinkled on in order. I prefer to use green onions flavor-wise or when I expect leftovers, but often substitute shredded lettuce. Make sure to season and add flavor to every layer  You want every layer to be top notch.  Every layer should taste great by itself before it is added.  
Keyword 7 layer bean dip, bean dip, dip

Blog Post

7 Layer Bean Dip is our family’s favorite dip.  When my wife and I were dating, we made 7 layer bean dip for the big football game and we ended up eating the entire pan.  I don’t recommend eating the whole pan in one sitting, but it’s difficult not to.  Some people will debate about what the 7 layers are supposed to be, but in my opinion it doesn’t really matter.  That’s the great thing about food.  You make it what you want it to be, and what you like.

Our 7 layers consist of refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, grated cheese, lettuce or green onion, tomato, and sliced olives.  You can make every layer exactly how you like.  This is a super customizable dip.

Let’s start with the refried beans.  We don’t just throw plain refried beans down there.  This is where the smoke comes in.  I like to mix my homemade smoked salsa into the refried beans.  It doesn’t really add much smokiness to it, but the flavors really help it pop!

The next step is the delicious guacamole.  The difficult part about this step, is actually saving enough guacamole for the dip.  We usually eat a bunch by itself.  I mean, come on.  Who doesn’t love guac? We will throw our guac recipe in, but you can always feel free to use pre-made guac.

Sour cream is the next wonderful step.  It adds a nice creaminess to bind the flavors together.

Then there’s cheese.  Your can pretty much go anywhere with your grated cheese, but we like to use colby jack.  Cheese is life, and it adds a vital flavor to the dip.

The next layer is either shredded lettuce or green onions.  This all depends on what you prefer.  If you are planning on having leftovers, it may be smart to use green onions, as they last a little longer in the fridge than the shredded lettuce.  Both add a nice refreshing flavor and texture.  Sometimes we even like to mix both of them together to get both flavors.

Next we have tomatoes.  This one of my favorite layers.  As a kid, I didn’t like tomatoes much, but now I love them.  They are relatively cheap year round in Utah, so that always helps too.  I like to use either roma, or vine ripe tomatoes for this dip.

Last, but not least, we have the olives.  I could probably eat an entire can of olives in one sitting.  We like to dice them up and lay them across the top of the dip.  Not only is it beautiful, it is delicious!

This recipe is my wife’s masterpiece, and she gets full credit for this one!  I have some recipes that I really love, but she knocks it out of the park every time with this 7 layer bean dip.  We really hope you enjoy it!