Recipe: Seven Layer Dip

I love seven layer dip. It’s such classic party food and for good reason – it’s easy to make, you can put it together ahead of time, it travels well, and it’s (relatively) healthy! All you need is 7 simple ingredients and a big dish to layer them in. Every time I make this I use my 13×8 casserole dish from Crate & Barrel.

Domestocrat’s Seven Layer Dip
2 cans (each 16 oz.) refried beans
2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. black pepper
1 head of lettuce, shredded
1 jar (12 oz.) salsa
1-2 tomatoes, cubed
2 cups (14 oz.) guacamole
1 container (16 oz.) sour cream
1 bag (8 oz.) shredded cheese
1 cup green onions, thinly sliced


The instructions here are simple: chop your veggies, prep your beans (thoroughly mix in cayenne and black pepper), put your ingredients in an assembly line, and get ready to layer.

This is the order in which I layer my dip. The rule I use is to alternately layer sturdy ingredients (beans, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese) and looser ingredients (salsa, sour cream, guac) so it’s easy to scoop and eat the dip.

  1. Refried beans
  2. Lettuce
  3. Salsa
  4. Tomatoes
  5. Guacamole
  6. Half of the cheese
  7. Sour cream
  8. The rest of the cheese
  9. Garnish with green onions


Make sure you have a big, flat utensil to spread out the layers with while you’re making this dip (I use this). Don’t worry about making the layers perfect, no one will see it anyway! Do spend some time garnishing the top with green onions to make it look pretty though.


That’s pretty much it. Enjoy with chips, veggie sticks, or pita bread.

Do you make a seven layer dip? What are your seven layers?

Author: Domestocrat

I'm a lady who enjoys photography, football, cooking, long drives with the windows down, This American Life, kettlecorn, hot yoga, pop punk, my nephews, my cat Reggie, and my home: Boston.

8 thoughts

  1. My dip is a layer of refried beans, a layer of cheese, a layer of sour cream (I’ve been subbing in yogurt lately), a layer of guac, a layer of salsa and another layer of cheese on top. I heat it up before serving so it gets all melty. Delish!

    I like the green onion idea. I may have to use that next time!

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