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Classic 7 Layer Dip

Classic 7 Layer Dip is a favorite for parties. This dip serves a crowd and is filling and festive!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword dip
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 15 Serves 12-20
Author A Bountiful Kitchen


  • 3-5 ripe avocados 3 is minimum, 5 means a good thick layer of guac
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • Tabasco to taste
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 package taco seasoning or 3 tablespoons
  • 1- 30 oz can refried beans*
  • 1 bunch of green onions chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped (Roma's are best)
  • 1 cup or one small can sliced black olives
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • corn or tortilla chips


  1. Peel, pit and smash avocados in a medium size bowl. Add lemon or lime juice, salt and garlic. Add Tabasco to taste. Cover and place in refrigerator.

  2. Mix sour cream, mayo and taco seasoning together in small bowl, whisk until smooth. Set aside.
  3. To assemble dip, spread refried beans on a large platter.

  4. Top with avocado mixture, leaving a 1 inch space around the edge.
  5. Spread the sour cream mixture on top of the avocado layer, again, leaving a 1 inch layer around the edge. Sprinkle remaining ingredients on top and serve with tortilla chips.
  6. If not serving immediately, place in refrigerator, covered until ready to serve up to 6 hours before serving.

Recipe Notes

  • I use a large 16-18 inch platter for a whole recipe. You may split this onto two smaller platters or plates as well. 
  • You may substitute 1 teaspoon of garlic salt for the salt and garlic in the avocado layer.
  • Roma tomatoes are best for this dip, because they are less juicy than other types of tomatoes. It is possible to use another type of tomato for this recipe, just remove the juicy seeds before using. Or if you are serving immediately after assembling, it is fine to use juicier tomatoes.
  • Don't make this sooner than about 4-6 hours before serving or the avocado layer will begin to turn brown. The lemon juice will keep it bright for a few hours.
  • I highly recommend using fresh avocado, but have also used pre mashed avocado as well in a pinch. The only brand I have found that is purely avocado that tastes good without a lot of additives is Wholly Guacamole. It is sold in grocery stores and at Costco. 
  • If you 1/2 this recipe it serves 6-8 easily (if serving with other appetizers) and can be made on a large dinner plate or platter that is about 14 inches in diameter.