Mexican Dip Recipe
This 7 layer Mexican dip recipe is a delicious cold appetizer that is easy to make and perfect for casual gatherings and settings.
This 7 layer Mexican dip recipe, often also called 7 layer taco dip, is a classic appetizer to serve, especially for casual gatherings such as birthday parties, sports parties, graduation parties, and more.
It gets its name of being seven layers because it typically includes 7 key ingredients:
- re-fried beans
- ground beef
- tomato or salsa
- sour cream
- and cheese.
There are many different variations, and you can always add or subtract individual ingredients to suit your tastes. Many other popular additions include chopped onion, hot peppers, black beans, green chiles, black olives, crumbled bacon, and many others. For something different, you could substitute the ground beef with cooked chicken.
This recipe is very simple to make and delicious. It is also very popular at any and all kinds of gatherings.
Have a look at the recipe details below:
7 Layer Mexican Dip
You Will Need:
1 Can of Re-fried Beans
1 pound of ground beef
1 package taco seasoning mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup salsa
1 cup guacamole
1 1/2 cup shredded lettuce
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Brown ground beef in skillet until cooked through and drain. Mix in one package of taco seasoning with the meat according to package directions. If the package directions call for adding water, you may want to add very little or half the amount so the dip does not become “soupy”. Allow to cool to room temperature or refrigerate to assemble the dip later.
In a 9 x 13 glass pan, spread the can of re-fried beans in a thin layer on the bottom. Add the cooled taco meat. Spread the sour cream over the taco meat, then the guacamole. Layer next the salsa. You can also add any other additions you may wish to add such as olives, onion, broccoli, hot peppers or others. Top with lettuce and then the shredded cheese. Cover the baking pan with foil and allow it to refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. You can also use more or less of the measurements listed above according to taste preferences. For example, some people may like a little more salsa, or a little more cheese, or a little less lettuce, etc.
You do not have to layer your dip exactly the way we have listed here; this is just what we’ve found works the best in keeping the lettuce on the top to stay crisp – plenty of good salads and dips have been made in a different order!
7 Layer Mexican dip is good enough to eat all on its own. You will want to make sure that you have forks and plates available. While it is possible to eat it with your fingers, it could get a little messy!
Tortilla chips are the classic standby to serve with this dip. You can use our homemade tortilla chip recipe to create your own chips or you can serve with either white or corn tortilla chips. Some people even incorporate crushed chips into the dip itself, though this can lead to them becoming soggy if the dip is not eaten right away. While it’s unlikely you’ll have a lot of leftovers, usually it’s best to keep the chips separate. Blue corn chips or whole wheat chips are also very good.
If you will be serving a crowd that prefers the more “spicy stuff” but will also have guests that enjoy mild taco dip, a nice compromise is to place chopped jalapeno peppers in a small dish beside it, along with your favorite hot sauce of choice.
Do you have any suggestions or variations of this 7 Layer Mexican Dip you would like to share? We’d love to hear your comments below!