This Tex Mex dip recipe is a party appetizer made for your next game day. It’s a 7-layer dip featuring beans, creamy mayonnaise, guacamole, green onion, tomatoes, olives, and shredded cheese.
Grandmama used to make this Tex Mex dip recipe for us every year around Christmas time. It’s great for football season, of course, but we often had it on Christmas Eve because that is when my family eats Tex-Mex. By then we are turkey’d out and ready for something different so a full spread of our finest Tex-Mex dishes hit the spot!
The first time I remember having this was when I was in elementary school. Grandmama made it for Christmas at her house and the adults had to coax me into trying it because, through the eyes of my childhood self, “it looked weird.” I tentatively dipped a corn chip in, took a bite, and declared it delicious with great relief to myself and to them!
This easy Tex Mex dip is also known as a 7-layer dip. Because, you guessed it, it includes 7 layers. We start with bean dip or refried beans. The next layer is a combination of sour cream, mayonnaise, and taco seasoning (a.k.a it’s creamy AND flavorful). Then we add a guacamole/avocado layer. Finally, we add our toppings. I’m opting for green onions, chopped tomatoes, chopped black olives, and shredded cheddar cheese.
I’ve included other topping ideas below as well as serving suggestions. But you can’t look past serving the 7-layer taco dip with some tortilla or corn chips for that quintessential Mexican flavor. Just you wait until you scoop your tortilla chip into the dip and come away with multiple layers of creamy, flavorful, fresh, cheesy goodness.
Now, let’s fix us a lil’ something to eat now…
- Lemon juice
- Salt and pepper
- Sour cream
- Taco seasoning
- Bean dip
- Green onions
- Tomatoes (Roma tomatoes are the best, but whatever you’ve got on hand will work).
- Black olives
- Sharp cheddar cheese
How to Make Tex Mex 7-Layer Dip
Peel, pit, and mash the avocados in a medium bowl.
Add the lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and stir to combine.
Note: This is the only use in my life for avocados. Outside of this dip, I can’t stand the things but in this dip, they are magical.
Combine sour cream, mayo, and taco seasoning and mix well to make your sour cream mixture.
We’ll use that in just a minute.
First, spread bean dip on a large, shallow platter.
Top with the avocado mixture then the sour cream mixture.
Sprinkle with chopped green onions, then the tomatoes and olives.
Cover with shredded cheese.
Refrigerate until ready to serve (for at least an hour).
Serve with tortilla or corn chips.
I’m getting excited for you because THIS IS SO GOOD!
Best if enjoyed surrounded by some of your favorite people.
This Tex Mex dip is best served on the day, as the avocado turns brown pretty quickly. However, if you want to store leftovers, they’ll keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Here are some variations to make this 7-layer dip recipe work for you:
- Instead of bean dip, you can use refried beans (a can of similar size). You can even use canned refried beans with jalapenos or chilies.
- You can also use any type of cheese, like regular cheddar cheese, a Mexican cheese blend, or something like Pepperjack cheese.
- Mix a handful (1/4 cup) of chopped fresh cilantro into the guacamole or use it as a garnish.
- Swap the mayonnaise for cream cheese.
- Swap the lemon juice for lime juice.
- Mix 1/4 cup of salsa into the guacamole.
- Alternatively, use a jar of salsa as an extra layer. Chunky salsa is best, but ensure you drain any extra liquid before spreading it on top of the avocado or sour cream layer.
What is in a 7 layer dip?
The traditional layers in a 7-layer dip include:
- Refried beans.
- Sour cream (mixed with cream cheese and taco seasoning).
- Green onions
- Olives or tomatoes
So feel free to swap and change a couple of the ingredients if you want to follow this traditional 7-layer dip.
Why is it called a 7-layer dip?
Because of those 7 Tex Mex-inspired layers.
Is 7-layer dip supposed to heat up?
No, this 7-layer dip is meant to be served cold. If you heat it up, you’ll affect the texture of the avocado and sour cream layers.
Does guacamole turn brown in a 7-layer dip?
The guacamole can turn brown quickly, but combining it with lemon juice helps, as does covering it entirely with the sour cream layer. But this is why you can’t prep the dip too far in advance. It’s best to make it in the morning and then let it chill before serving that afternoon/evening.
How do you serve a 7-layer dip?
The most common way to serve Tex Mex dip is with tortilla chips. But it works with any type of cracker or chip.
You may also like these Tex Mex recipes:
- 2 medium-sized ripe avocados
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 package taco seasoning
- 1 16-ounce can bean dip
- 1/2 bunch green onions, chopped
- 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
- 3 ounces chopped black olives
- 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- Peel, pit, and mash the avocados in a medium bowl. Add the lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.2 medium-sized ripe avocados, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, and taco seasoning, and mix well.1/2 cup sour cream, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 package taco seasoning
- Spread bean dip on a large, shallow platter. Top with the avocado mixture then the sour cream mixture. Sprinkle with chopped green onions, then the tomatoes and olives. Cover with shredded cheese.1 16-ounce can bean dip, 1/2 bunch green onions, chopped, 2 medium tomatoes, chopped, 3 ounces chopped black olives, 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with tortilla chips.
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