Party Time: Seven Layer Dip Recipe · i am a food blog (2024)

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I make a lot of notes when I cook stuff for the blog. Helpful things like, needs five more minutes in the oven, or definitely could use browning before braising. But sometimes, my notes aren’t really coherent. Like this time around, when I went to look at the notes for these individual seven layer dips, I opened the file with the recipe and found in the notes: DFC.

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I know the DFC isn’t a typo because I don’t actually use capitals, ever, except on the blog. So, naturally, I turned to Mike to see what he thought.

Me: So, I’m looking at the seven layer dip notes…What do you think DFC stands for?
Mike: silence
Me:down to…cook?
Mike: That’s DTC, unless you’re saying your seven layer dip makes people DTF
Me: hysterical laughter

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To be honest I never actually figured it out, but down to cook sounds good to me. I’m definitely down for these seven layer dips, especially when I have no idea what to bring to one of those potluck type bbq parties that happen so often in the summer. I don’t really like bringing dessert because everyone likes to bring dessert and ever since that one time that I tried to deep-fry spring rolls on someone’s unreliable stove, I’ve shied away from that too.

So, the answer my friend, to what to bring to potlucks is this: seven layer dip, individualized! I love that it’s not a giant platter of dip so you know that there’s no communal double dipping action going on. With these individual guys you can dip as many times as you want. And, you can customize them too.

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Most seven layer dips don’t have a meat layer – usually it’s refried beans – but as a nod to my mom, who hates beans, I substitute in taco seasoned ground beef. Growing up, my mom’s seven layer dip never had beans in it, so I’m partial to no beans. But, come to think of it, my mom’s seven layer dip didn’t exactly have 7 layers either, so I’m not sure what exactly I’m nostalgic about.

Nostalgia aside, this is my perfect seven layer dip: equally layered proportions of taco meat, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, cheese; and then sliced jalapeños and green onions. Please make these guys for the next party you go to. If you do, I guarantee I’ll be in the corner, hoarding several containers of dip.

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Seven Layer Dip Recipe
makes about 30 individual seven layer dips

  • 1 batch taco beef (or chicken, or pork), cooled
  • 1 batch guacamole
  • 1 jar (15.5 oz) salsa of choice
  • 16 oz sour cream
  • 1 lb shredded cheese (I used a tex-mex blend)
  • 2-3 sliced jalapeños
  • 1 cup sliced green onions
  • tortilla chips, to serve

In individual cups, layer the ingredients evenly in the following order: taco beef, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese, jalapeños, and green onions. Keep in the fridge until party time and then enjoy with tortilla chips!

Easy Homemade Taco Meat
makes a little under 1 lb taco meat

  • oil, for the pan
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

In a skillet, heat up a bit of oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Turn up the heat and add the ground beef and break up, stirring until crumbly and cooked through. Turn the heat down to medium and add the spices and stir in 2/3 cups of water and cook down until thick and saucy. Remove from the heat and let cool, stirring every so often to help with the cooling process.

Basic Guacamole
serves 4

  • 3 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • juice of 1/2 lime, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons – 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño, minced, or to taste
  • salt and and freshly ground pepper, to taste

In a bowl, use a fork to roughly mash the avocado with the lime juice. Stir in the red onion, cilantro, and jalapeño. Taste and season with salt and pepper, adding more lime juice if needed.


  1. August 9, 2017 at 4:14 am

    would it be wrong of me to make this, maybe a half batch just for my husband and i? I can stick the fridge right? That’s what normal people do?


    1. Stephanie says:

      August 9, 2017 at 9:44 am

      do it!!!! it is what i do and i’m normal…right?!??! >_<


  2. Diana Chong says:

    August 9, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Thanks for the recipe! Just in time for my office tailgating party this Friday!


    1. Stephanie says:

      August 10, 2017 at 9:08 am

      yaaaasss…you’ll be the most popular dip at the party! :D


  3. diana says:

    August 23, 2021 at 8:43 am

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    What a fabulous idea! I have these little glass cups I bought for get-togethers and was going to use them for individual dessert “bites”, but I’m definitely going to use them for dips now. And this looks like a great one to start with. Thank you!


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What is 7 layer dip made of? ›

This classic dip is layered with the best ingredients- refried beans, sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt), guacamole, salsa, cheese, and toppings! Serve with tortilla chips and get dipping. You will love getting a taste of each layer in every bite!

What can I do with leftover 7 layer dip? ›

The most obvious choice is a quesadilla; just spread the dip onto a tortilla, mash lots of shredded cheese into the dip, fold, and fry. In fact, any of the seven layers of a seven layer dip will work in a quesadilla, so invite them all.

What is the best order for 7 layer dip? ›

Layer on salsa verde instead, or switch up the cheese for your favorite variety. Layering 7-layer dip: Our ideal dip starts with a layer of refried beans, followed by the sour cream mixture, guacamole, cheese, salsa, then toppings. That being said, if you accidentally layer some ingredients out-of-order, don't stress!

Why is it called seven layer dip? ›

WHY IS IT CALLED 7 LAYER DIP? Mainly it is called this because it literally contains 7 different layers. This is an American appetizer based on ingredients typical of Tex-Mex food. The first widely published recipe called it Tex-Mex Dip.

Can you freeze layered dip? ›

This dish freezes very well. I like to make (6) 2-cup servings and freeze them for easy dinners. Each one serves 2 with chips.

How do you thicken homemade dip? ›

Use Flour and Water

Combine 2 tablespoons flour with every 1/4 cup cold water and whisk until smooth. Add the mixture to your sauce over medium heat, and continue to stir and cook until you've reached your desired consistency.

How long is homemade dip good for in the fridge? ›

Store Dips Properly:

Keep refrigerated at all times to slow bacterial growth. Consume within the recommended time frame, usually 3-5 days for homemade dips.

What is a seven layer cake made of? ›

The cake is made up of six thin layers of a yellow sponge cake stacked in between six thin layers of a rich chocolate buttercream, and then topped with the seventh layer of cake, which has been sliced and covered in caramel.

What is crack dip made of? ›

Crack Dip is easy, cheesy and full of bacon-y goodness. Cream cheese, sour cream and mayo make the base oh-so-creamy and it's flavored with ranch dressing mix (I make homemade). Add in crumbled bacon (or bacon bits), cheddar and green onions.

What dip contains? ›

Both dip and chewing tobacco contain nicotine, which is addictive. People who use smokeless tobacco and people who smoke have similar levels of nicotine in their blood. With smokeless tobacco, nicotine is absorbed through the mouth and gets into the blood. Then it goes to the brain.

What makes a dip a dip? ›

A dip is defined as a thick, creamy sauce that is used for dipping food into. Dips are usually made from a combination of fat, acid, and flavorings. The most common type of dip is a sour cream dip.


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