Seven Layer Dip

It’s Super Bowl week! That means a week full of great dips and appetizers for your Super Bowl party on Sunday. In case you missed it yesterday, you’ll want to check out my 45 Super Bowl Recipes for Super Bowl XLV – a roundup of recipes already on the site that are perfect for game day menus. This week I have five new recipes to add to that roundup – one appetizer and four dips that I think you’re going to love. First up is a classic – Seven Layer Dip.

This dip consists of these seven layers of deliciousness:

1. Refried beans
2. Shredded cheese
3. Jalapeños
4. Avocado
5. Tomatoes
6. Sour cream
7. Olives

Can you say amazing? The combination of spice from the beans and jalapenos is perfectly balanced with the coolness of the avocado and sour cream. It’s sort of an all-star concoction of some of the best ingredients from all dip recipes. It’s easy to prepare and also easy to double or triple if you’re feeding a large crowd. Enjoy!

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Seven Layer Dip

Yield: About 8 servings

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


15-oz can refried beans
¼ cup water
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
Salt, to taste
1 cup shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (or a combo of the two)
1 jalapeño pepper, seeds and membrane removed, finely chopped
1 avocado, finely chopped (or 1 cup of your favorite guacamole)
1 tomato, seeds and juices removed, finely chopped
1 cup sour cream
1 small can black olives, sliced


1. Heat the refried beans in a medium saute pan or in a cast iron skillet. Stir in the ¼ cup water to get a creamy consistency. Stir in the olive oil, and then add the chili powder, cumin and salt, stirring until combined.

2. Once the beans are hot and bubbly, spread them over the bottom of a serving dish. Immediately sprinkle the cheese over the beans.

3. Layer on the chopped jalapeño, avocado, tomato, sour cream and black olives.

4. Serve immediately with tortilla chips.

(Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes)

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23 Responses to “Seven Layer Dip”

  1. Katrina on January 31, 2011 at 6:15 am

    I’m obsessed with this dip! I make a similar 7-layer for a lot of parties I go to. It’s so good!


  2. Estela @ Weekly Bite on January 31, 2011 at 7:06 am

    We love 7 layer dip in our house! All the flavors scream football food :)


  3. The Food Hound on January 31, 2011 at 8:14 am

    This is an oldie but goodie! Never any leftovers of this dish!


  4. Caroline on January 31, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I love recipes that are super simple but always impressive. This is one of those recipes. I haven’t had it in forever, but now I’m really craving it! I may just be making this now for the super bowl! Thanks!


  5. Maria on January 31, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Perfect for Sunday’s game! Go Steelers:)


  6. Jenny Flake on January 31, 2011 at 11:21 am

    LOVE seven layer dip! Looks awesome!


  7. Tracy on January 31, 2011 at 11:37 am

    You can never go wrong with a big layered dip on game day! Yours looks lovely!


  8. Delishhh on January 31, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I love this dip, i make it once in awhile and eat the whole thing. It has avocados in it, must be healthy right?


  9. Angela@RecipesFromMyMom on January 31, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I agree with Caroline, now I’m crazing seven layer dip. Not sure I can wait until Sunday!


  10. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on January 31, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Yum! Seven layer dip is always a big favorite here… Yours looks lovely!


  11. Jessica's Dinner Party on January 31, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    These dips are absolutely fantastic! So easy but so delicious!


  12. The Mistress of Spices on January 31, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    I love seven layer dip too! Wish that we had canned refried beans and sour cream here in France.


  13. Cookin' Canuck on January 31, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    This is the ultimate game day appetizer. Good luck to your boys!


  14. Evan Thomas on January 31, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    This is one dish I’m always obsessed with at parties. If there’s any leftover at my house, I have no problem going at it with a spoon


  15. Blog is the New Black on January 31, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Looks great!


  16. Aku on January 31, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Oooooh. This isn’t Super Bowl food for me, this is ideal Saturday night food! Looks superb; can’t wait to slouch down on the sofa with a bowl of this and some corn chips :)


  17. Liz on January 31, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I make a very similar recipe…it is SO fabulous!!! I could eat it for dinner!


  18. Eliana on February 1, 2011 at 9:31 am

    You took dip to another level with this one girl! It looks amazing.


  19. Sharlene on February 1, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Seven layer dip is always welcome in my home!


  20. Lisa @ the Cooking Bride on February 1, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Oh, I LOVE this dip! And every time I make it, it vanishes!


  21. Shirley on February 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Whoa, I could dive into that bowl! I love 7-layer dip.


  22. Christina @ Sweet Peas Kitchen on February 2, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    This looks perfect for a Superbowl party! Love it! :)


  23. Tim on January 1, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I love to make amazing dips like this. My guests love it the most. I’m making this for the next party I have.


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