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This Easy Layered Taco Dip is chock full of your favorite Mexican ingredients: refried beans, guacamole, cheese, olives and spiced up sour cream. It will be devoured at your next party!

We had a large group of guys for a cookout and this 7 Layer Dip garnered rave reviews. Plus, it’s made in a springform pan, and when the rim is removed, each beautiful layer is revealed!

Overhead view of Layered Taco Dip surrounded by tortilla chips

Easy Layered Taco Dip

Our guests were vintage car racers who had been at the track all day. Running on adrenaline, they don’t eat much at all while practicing or racing. I’d seen their appetites at dinner a couple nights previously. So our appetizers needed to be hearty and delicious (of course!).

With seven colorful layers come seven different textures and all those Tex-Mex flavors that are so well loved. This 7 layer dip was extremely popular with our guests!

Side view of 7 Layer Dip

How to Make a 7 Layer Taco Dip

First, make sure you have a 9-inch springform pan. This is the kind of round pan used to make cheesecakes with a rim that can be removed from the base. Using a removable rim makes it easy to keep the layers of this easy taco dip recipe aligned until they’re well chilled.

  • Using an offset spatula, start spreading the different components in the order in which the recipe states.
  • Try to keep them spread or dispersed evenly for the best presentation.

How to Layer Your Taco Dip

  • First up is a can of refried beans. Super easy as all you need to do is open a can! I am no expert when it comes to refried beans, but I grabbed a 16 ounce can of La Preferida.
  • Next for this easy taco dip recipe is a mixture of sour cream and taco seasoning. Use a packet of your favorite brand, I purchased Old El Paso.
  • After the sour cream comes the cheese. A mixture of grated mild Cheddar and mozzarella created a nice white and orange layer. It would be easy to tweak this mixture and use sharp Cheddar and Monterey jack or even pepper jack cheeses.
  • An easy guacamole is made from avocados, lemon  juice and picante sauce or salsa. It’s nice to leave some texture when you mash your avocados. This is a chance to use another shortcut if you have a good source of premade guacamole.
  • Last comes layers of chopped tomatoes, green onions, and sliced black olives.

How to Serve This Tex-Mex Dip

  • If you can chill this overnight, great. Otherwise 3-4 hours will be OK.
  • To serve, I removed the ring of the springform pan but kept the dip on the base. Next, I placed the base and dip on a serving plate and surrounded it with chips.
Easy Layered Taco dip on a white serving plate surrounded by tortilla chips

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Dips are a terrific appetizer for game day, tail gates, summer or casual parties. The varieties are endless and most can be make ahead of time and just need a bag of chips or crackers to serve. Here are some more of the best dip recipes:

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Overhead view of Layered Taco Dip surrounded by tortilla chips

Easy Layered Taco Dip

An easy Tex Mex 7 layer dip! Perfect for summer entertaining.

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 15 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex

Ingredients

16 ounce can of refried beans

2 cups sour cream

1 package taco seasoning

8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese

8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese

3 avocados

3 tablespoons lemon or lime juice

3 tablespoons salsa or picante sauce

4 tomatoes, chopped and seeds removed if desired

45 green onions, thinly sliced

4 1/4-ounce can of sliced black olives, drained

Tortilla chips or scoops, to serve

Instructions

Spread refried beans on the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.

Mix sour cream and taco seasoning and spread over the refried beans, then layer the cheeses.

Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits and scoop the flesh into a medium bowl. Use a knife to cut the avocados into cubes. Add the lemon juice and salsa and mash with a fork. Spread over cheese layer.

Top with tomatoes, green onions, then olives.

Chill for at least 3 hours or overnight. When ready to serve, release and remove the sides of the springform pan and place the base holding the dip on a serving plate. Surround with chips to hide the base of the springform pan.

Serve with tortilla chips.

Notes

Adapted from Great Beginnings, Grand Finales

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18 comments on “Easy Layered Taco Dip”

  1. i  already know what I’m making next time someone comes over 😉 great recipe!

  2. How delicious is this!? I actually love it as much for a dinner, as I do an appetizer/snack. And brilliant to use the spring form pan to get those pretty layers showing! Love it!

  3. This is always a hit! And I love that you made it in a spring form pan. Great idea, Liz!

  4. Using the springform pan is a fun idea! Love this kind of munchie:@)

  5. This taco dip sounds super easy to make and so delicious. I am sure this would be a hit with my family!

  6. So beautifully layered and plated, Liz. Looks very yummy too!

  7. This was really amazing! A huge hit at my house!

  8. I haven’t made this in years! What a great appetizer for any occasion. LOVE it – pinned 🙂

  9. I cannot wait to make this for all my football parties!

  10. Liz, I would devour this in seconds! I’d rather have this than dinner any day. Brilliant how you made it in a spring form pan so you can see all the pretty layers!

  11. Such a beautiful presentation, Liz! Looks great!

  12. I really like the idea of using a springform pan! Really smart! It must come out so much prettier this way. I’ve never really understood what you’re supposed to do with the bottom part though. Do you just serve with it still underneath?

    • Yes, Mimi, I removed the sides and placed the dip still on the bottom of the pan onto a serving dish. I camoflagued it a bit with chips! I’ll make a note of that in the recipe 🙂

  13. We have the blender out and making margaritas! Join us with your delicious dip. This is actually so good and we don’t make it often enough. Might have to whip up a batch for tailgating football tonight.

  14. I love the layering of the ingredients Liz! Beautiful! Pass the dip, please!

  15. This is the perfect thing to dig into while watching the game! A huge hit at our house!

  16. Oh WOW! This looks fabulous! Given the age/condition of my springform pan, I would probably pull some saran wrap over the bottom before proceeding with all this deliciousness! Something about food directly on that old metal just doesn’t appeal. You can trim the excess wrap when you take the pan part off. Just a thought!

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