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Loaded 7 Layer Dip


Prepare 7 layer dip recipe as an easy appetizer.  Add crumbled bacon and cream cheese as surprise ingredients for a tasty twist


7 layer dip recipe


My family loves a good 7 layer dip.   We make it for an easy party appetizer, and we also eat it for a quick and easy dinner.  Throw this easy recipe together and bring it to any potluck get-together.  Never worry about messing up this recipe because even layers that blend together taste great.

7 Layer Dip Ingredients

The recipe below is the best 7 layer dip ever because of some surprise ingredients in the layers.   Mix bacon with the smoked cheddar cheese and mix cream cheese with the sour cream.

The layers and ingredients in this dip include: refried beans, sour cream (with cream cheese – optional), easy guacamole, olives, tomatoes, cheese (with bacon – optional) and green onions.


7 layer dip ingredients


Layer refried beans, sour cream and guacamole as the hearty part of the dip.  Garnish the last four layers with olives, tomatoes, cheese and green onions.

First, find a nice dipping bowl — round, square, rectangular or any other shape you’d like.  Customize the bowl for any holiday or special occasion.  Start with the refried bean layer.  Homemade refried beans, seasoned to your liking taste the best. Or open a can of your favorite brand of refried beans.  They taste just as delicious when mixed with chilies and spices.

Next, layer the sour cream, mixed with cream cheese, as an option.  Sour cream makes the best second layer, rather than guacamole.  Guacamole layered next to to beans often gets lost in the beans.

For a lighter 7 layer dip, don’t add cream cheese to the sour cream.  Flavor the sour cream with some spices to give it a kick.

Third, use homemade guacamole for the final hearty layer of your dip (or use your favorite brand).  Don’t lose the flavor of the guacamole by layering too thin or the flavor disappears.  So be generous with that guacamole.  Try this Best Easy Guacamole Recipe.


7 layer dip recipe


After the hearty layers are assembled, add the topping layers.  I never put as many olives on as the other layers.  Partly because my boy does not like olives, but also because too many olives can really be overpowering.  Layer olives lightly, if covering the dish completely, or as needed for decoration.

Next add the tomatoes.  Pile them on if you love tomatoes.  Use fresh tomatoes, home-grown or from a farmer’s market.


7 layer dip recipe


Next comes the cheese and bacon mix.  People always comment on the bacon when I add it to my 7 layer dip.  People love it.  Cooking bacon in the oven is easy and can be done as the other layers are prepared.  You don’t need much to really give the recipe a tasty twist.  Make sure the bacon is cooled before mixing it with the cheese.

Finally, garnish with green onions.  Layer green onions last to not overpower your guests with onions.  Just sprinkle on to taste.  Grab your favorite chips and head out the door to your party.  Watch your appetizer be well received.  Count how many people compliment you on your dip and comment on the bacon.


7 layer dip recipe

Making 7 Layer Dip Ahead of Time

Can you can make 7 layer dip ahead of time?  Follow these tips if you need to make the 7 layer dip the night before.  First, either prepare the ingredients (chopping, grating cheese, etc.) and keep all the layers separate until shortly before you serve it.  Or at the minimum, do not add the last four toppings until time to serve.  Although the whole prepared dip still tastes good the next day, some of the layers aren’t as fresh.  The cheese, tomatoes and green onions in particular will be soggy and not have as fresh of a taste as you might like.



7 layer dip recipe

Loaded 7 Layer Dip

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  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 servings


Prepare 7 layer dip recipe as an easy appetizer.  Add crumbled bacon and cream cheese as surprise ingredients for a tasty twist.


Refried Bean Layer

  • 30 oz refried beans
  • 1 can green chilis
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

Sour Cream Layer

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup cream cheese softened

Guacamole Layer

  • 3 cups guacamole

Tomato Layer

  • 1 cup tomatoes chopped

Olive Layer

  • 1/2 cup olives sliced

Onion Layer

  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 1 tbsp cilantro finely chopped

Cheese Layer

  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup smoked mozzarella shredded
  • 6 slices bacon cooked, cooled and crumbled


Refried Bean Layer

  1. MIX garlic powder, smoked paprika and cumin and add to the refried beans. Add the chilies and mix well.

Sour Cream Layer

  1. MIX sour cream and softened cream cheese together.

Onion Layer

  1. MIX the green onions and clilantro.

Cheese Layer

  1. TOSS the shredded cheese together. Add the crumbled bacon and toss again.

Assembling the Layers

  1. SMOOTH the refried bean mixture into the bottom of a container. Make sure the beans are as smooth as possible
  2. ADD the sour cream mixture, carefully spooning over the beans so the two layers do not mix.
  3. SPOON the guacamole on top of the sour cream mixture.
  4. SPREAD the tomatoes over the top of the sour cream mixture.
  5. ADD the chopped olives as the next layer.
  6. SPRINKLE the cheese mixture over the top.
  7. GARNISH with the green onion mixture.
  8. SERVE with your favorite dipping chips.



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