Prepare 7 layer dip recipe as an easy appetizer. Add crumbled bacon and cream cheese as surprise ingredients for a tasty twist.
My family loves a good 7 layer dip. We make it for an easy party appetizer, and we also eat it for a quick and easy dinner. Throw this easy recipe together and bring it to any potluck get-together. Never worry about messing up this recipe because even layers that blend together taste great.
7 Layer Dip Ingredients
The recipe below is the best 7 layer dip ever because of some surprise ingredients in the layers. Mix bacon with the smoked cheddar cheese and mix cream cheese with the sour cream.
The layers and ingredients in this dip include: refried beans, sour cream (with cream cheese – optional), easy guacamole, olives, tomatoes, cheese (with bacon – optional) and green onions.
Layer refried beans, sour cream and guacamole as the hearty part of the dip. Garnish the last four layers with olives, tomatoes, cheese and green onions.
First, find a nice dipping bowl — round, square, rectangular or any other shape you’d like. Customize the bowl for any holiday or special occasion. Start with the refried bean layer. Homemade refried beans, seasoned to your liking taste the best. Or open a can of your favorite brand of refried beans. They taste just as delicious when mixed with chilies and spices.
Next, layer the sour cream, mixed with cream cheese, as an option. Sour cream makes the best second layer, rather than guacamole. Guacamole layered next to to beans often gets lost in the beans.
For a lighter 7 layer dip, don’t add cream cheese to the sour cream. Flavor the sour cream with some spices to give it a kick.
Third, use homemade guacamole for the final hearty layer of your dip (or use your favorite brand). Don’t lose the flavor of the guacamole by layering too thin or the flavor disappears. So be generous with that guacamole. Try this Best Easy Guacamole Recipe.
After the hearty layers are assembled, add the topping layers. I never put as many olives on as the other layers. Partly because my boy does not like olives, but also because too many olives can really be overpowering. Layer olives lightly, if covering the dish completely, or as needed for decoration.
Next add the tomatoes. Pile them on if you love tomatoes. Use fresh tomatoes, home-grown or from a farmer’s market.
Next comes the cheese and bacon mix. People always comment on the bacon when I add it to my 7 layer dip. People love it. Cooking bacon in the oven is easy and can be done as the other layers are prepared. You don’t need much to really give the recipe a tasty twist. Make sure the bacon is cooled before mixing it with the cheese.
Finally, garnish with green onions. Layer green onions last to not overpower your guests with onions. Just sprinkle on to taste. Grab your favorite chips and head out the door to your party. Watch your appetizer be well received. Count how many people compliment you on your dip and comment on the bacon.
Making 7 Layer Dip Ahead of Time
Can you can make 7 layer dip ahead of time? Follow these tips if you need to make the 7 layer dip the night before. First, either prepare the ingredients (chopping, grating cheese, etc.) and keep all the layers separate until shortly before you serve it. Or at the minimum, do not add the last four toppings until time to serve. Although the whole prepared dip still tastes good the next day, some of the layers aren’t as fresh. The cheese, tomatoes and green onions in particular tend to get a little soggy and not have as fresh of a taste as you might like.
What I Used to Make Loaded 7 Layer Dip
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Use a high quality Bamboo Chopping Board and a Hammer Stahl Stainless Steel 3.5 Inch Paring Knife to cut and chop the onions, tomatoes and olives. A good knife and chopping board make life in the kitchen so much easier. Grate the cheese with a sharp grater with a nonslip container and an ergonomic handle Food Shredder Set With Container.
The serving dish I use most often is my Pyrex 2 Quart Glass Dish. If it is just the family, this is my go-to dish for my 7 layer dip. However, if I have guests over, I want it to look a little nicer, so I would use a nicer serving dish such as Mountain Woods Artisan Crafted Organic Acacia Rectangular Serving Bowl or Glass Round Serving Dish.
If there are leftovers, I usually keep them in the same serving dish to preserve the layers. Many serving dishes don’t have lids, so using a silicone reusable universal cover can be a lifesaver to keep the food fresh in the refrigerator.