I’ve always been a fan of bean dips. Texas Caviar and this Chili Cheese Dip are some of my favorites, but I really love a good Seven Layer Bean Dip. Over the years, I’ve paid attention to the different ways I’ve seen it made. For this recipe, I’ve taken all the elements I love and put them together in this Ultimate Seven Layer Bean Dip.
First of all, stirring salsa into the refried beans gives them an extra layer of flavor. Second, using your favorite store-bought guacamole is a huge time-saver and adds amazing flavor. Thirdly–and I think this is my favorite tip–use a Hidden Valley Fiesta Ranch Dip packet in the sour cream to really add a punch of flavor.
Having each layer bursting with flavor makes for a delicious bite with every chip you dip! Your friends and family will be so excited to see you show up at your next shindig with a giant pan of Ultimate Seven Layer Bean Dip! I can’t wait to hear how you like it!
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Step-by-Step Pictures for how to make Ultimate Seven Layer Bean Dip
Frequently Asked Questions for how to make Ultimate Seven Layer Bean Dip
Does it matter what type of refried beans I use? Fat-Free? Regular?
I personally don’t really like the flavor of the fat-free refried beans, so I always use regular. It’s totally up to you. I have also used homemade refried beans before and they added even more flavor because they are cooked with onions and garlic.
What should I do if I can’t find store-bought guacamole?
You can either make homemade guacamole or you can just add some diced-up avocado under the sour cream layer. Putting the guacamole or avocados between the beans and sour cream is important so that it doesn’t turn brown because of exposure to oxygen.
Can I substitute something for the tomatoes?
If you aren’t a fan of tomatoes, just leave them off or only put them on half if you think others eating the dip might like tomatoes. This could go for onions or olives, too.
Can I halve this recipe?
Yes. It is easy to halve and works well. Just put it in an 8×8 glass baking dish, if you choose to halve it.
What’s the Best Way To serve this in individual Portions?
If you need to serve this in individual portions, it works great to put the dip in clear plastic cups that are about 1 cup capacity. Make sure you will have space to refrigerate them after preparing them. To prepare, evenly portion the beans into the bottom of 16-20 cups, and then do the same thing carefully with each layer. This will definitely take more time but is a cute and fun way to make individual portions of the dip.
- 2 (15 ounce) cans refried beans or 4 cups of homemade refried beans
- 1 cup salsa, I used chunky style Pace
- 2 cups guacamole (Wholly Guacamole or any store-bought guacamole works great for this.)
- 1 (16 ounce ) container sour cream or 2 cups
- 1 envelope Hidden Valley Fiesta Ranch Dip
- 1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 3 Roma tomatoes, diced
- 1 can of olives, sliced
- 3-4 green onions, thinly sliced
- Large bag of your favorite corn chips
- In a medium-sized bowl combine the refried beans and the salsa. Mix until well blended and spread in the bottom of a glass 9x13 baking dish.
- Spread the guacamole over the layer of beans.
- Mix the fiesta ranch packet into the sour cream, and then spread that layer over the guacamole.
- Sprinkle cheese evenly over the sour cream layer.
- Next, add the sliced olives, tomatoes, and green onions.
- Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Serve with your favorite corn chips.