7 Layer Dip

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Who doesn’t like Seven Layer Dip. No one I know… except for me a few years ago. WHAAAAAAT?

You guys. I’m totally crazy. Why the heck didn’t I like Seven Layer Dip? Actually I can tell you why. Promise not to judge me? Sour Cream. It used to totally freak me out. I couldn’t even tell you why, but I used to freak out if it was even accidentally placed on my plate at dinner. Whaaaaat? Who am I?

Clearly, I’ve come a long way. And now I like sour cream. In fact it’s kinda awesome. Especially when you use to in 7 layer dip or in sour cream enchiladas. (Oh the enchiladas. To die for. Another post on another day) But one thing that still totally freaks me out is olives. I think I overdosed on them as a child and they now haunt me. So instead of topping this 7 layer dip with olives, I’ve topped it with something way way better. Bacon. And let’s not even go into the fact that I didn’t eat bacon until I went to Culinary School a few years ago. I was living under a rock. I know. Clearly I’ve come a long way in the past few years in terms of my eating habits.

So let’s get back to the dip. Bacon 7 Layer Dip. Bring it on Superbowl Sunday. I’m ready for ya!

There really isn’t any perfect recipe for 7 layer dip, it’s more of an abstract art.

Here is mine, starting with the bottom layer.

Re-fried beans mixed with a little salsa.

Sour Cream.

Shredded Cheddar Cheese.

Scallions. Or chives if you’re feeling fancy.

Guacamole. Lots and lots of Guacamole.

Chopped Cherry Tomatoes and a bit of salas.

Bacon. Perfectly crisp chopped bacon.

Layer those delicious ingredients on a large plate or whatever else you’d like and serve them up with a bag or two of tortilla chips and perhaps an ice cold beer.


  1. So funny…
    Mayo used to freak me out. I could not handle that creamy rich consistency. i would literally gag. Then for some reason in college I just flipped the switch and decided to like it. Go figure.
    The bacon on top looks good!

  2. In my grandma’s recipe we mix a cup of sour cream with 2 tablespoons of mayo and a packet of taco seasoning, so good!!

  3. I love 7-layer bean dip and it’s always a huge success wherever I take it. I use a can of the spicy refried beans, but love the idea of adding salsa to it. Here’s something that I do that always makes people say “this is delicious, what makes it different?”….. I add a packet of taco seasoning mix to my sour cream. It gives it a really zesty flavor and makes it stand out from other dips and a great disguise for those of you that don’t like it.

    Happy Super Bowl Sunday and happy munching!!! 🙂

  4. I love many of your recipes, I was going to print this , and the link to print ,I couldn’t find it.Help.A fan of yours.

  5. For some reason, I have an aversion to sour cream too! I wish I could get over it like you did! Last night I tried some jalapeno sour cream and it was OK, so maybe I’m getting there! 🙂 This 7-layer dip looks amazing though! Perfect for the superbowl, and to console myself that the niner’s aren’t playing … wah.

  6. I definitely want to make this tomorrow. So if I add, say, a tablespoon or two of salsa to the refried beans and mix together that’ll be enough? I want to make sure the beans have some sort of (edible) flavor and this seems like a good alternative to taco seasoning.

    1. Nicole, You can totally about a few tbsp of salsa. I’d probably go for 4 tbsp or so of salsa so people can taste it 🙂

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