The Best Mexican 7 Layer Dip

Whether it’s football game day in the fall or winter, there’s nothing better than wandering over to the food table and finding Mexican 7 layer dip. It’s the best I’ve ever had!


7 layer dip with tubs of ranch dressing


Mexican 7 Layer Dip Recipe

Alright, you’ve been assigned a dip or appetizer and you just don’t have time to slave over something extravagant, but you also want to show up having shown a little more effort than just a bag of pretzels. Introducing: the best 7 layer Mexican dip! That’s right, this version is better than any other.

We’ve teamed up with Marzetti to share a simple 7 layer bean dip recipe that will have your guests devouring, and even begging for more of your recipe at the next game day party with all of your favorite people.

I had my very first 7 layer dip from a friend in high school, Steffanie Leopard, who totally rocked it at a Young Women’s get together at my church. We all sat down and dug in, absolutely loving every bite. Oh to be young and not think a moment about what we are eating.

Our 7 layer taco dip takes things to a whole new level. I mean, we love the original, but I was missing some flavor and on a whim I decided that, you know what, even if this isn’t what the rest of the blogosphere is doing, if it’s the best Mexican 7 layer dip then who cares if it’s different as long as it’s awesome!


pan of 7 layer bean dip with tortilla chips


7 Layer Dip Ingredients

7 layer dip is basically the same everywhere, but we chose to mix things up a bit. The secret to our Mexican dip is Marzetti ranch. You can use original or Southwest Ranch, both are fantastic, so it’s up to you, but lately we’ve been busting out the Southwestern. Marzetti is thick and creamy like sour cream but sour cream can kind of just sit on your palate, while Marzetti has that texture that is meant to be dipped and enjoyed.

In addition to the Marzetti ranch, here’s what all you’ll need to make this layered taco dip recipe: 

  • Refried beans
  • Taco seasoning
  • Guacamole
  • Marzetti ranch
  • Shredded cheese
  • Sliced olives
  • Sliced grape tomatoes
  • Green onion 
  • Cilantro


7 layer dip in large baking dish


How to Make 7 Layer Dip

Homemade 7 layer dip couldn’t be simpler to make! Don’t let the notion of creating 7 layers fool you, 7 layer bean dip takes maybe 10 minutes to make. Here’s how to make 7 layer dip: 

  1. Mix together the refried beans and taco seasoning. 
  2. Spread the bean mixture into a 7×11-inch pan. 
  3. Spread the guacamole over the beans, followed by the ranch. 
  4. One at a time, sprinkle the shredded cheese, tomatoes, olives, green onions, and cilantro over the 7 layer taco dip. 

We like to serve our 7 layer Mexican dip with tortilla chips, but you could also scoop this dip into taco shells to make bean tacos, serve it atop nachos, and more! 


two tubs of ranch dressing next to pan of 7 layer dip


Can I Use Salsa Instead of Fresh Tomatoes? 

We have been more drawn to tomatoes versus salsa lately. I feel like the salsa gets a tad watery and that can ruin the thick and creamy dip, and it definitely can make the cheese soggy quite quickly. However, salsa is awesome so you really can’t go wrong in using that instead.

Can I Prep 7 Layer Dip in Advance? 

Yes, you can make this layered taco dip up to 24 hours in advance. Just note that the tomatoes will release some juices over time. 

What Type of Ranch Should I Buy? 

You should buy the Marzetti ranch veggie dip that comes in a tub. Do not buy the Marzetti ranch salad dressing that comes in a squeeze bottle, as it’s too runny for this 7 layer dip. 


baking dish filled with 7 layer taco dip


Tips for Making 7 Layer Dip

We like to use grape tomatoes because they have great flavor, and they don’t release as much water as the basic vine or roma tomatoes. But if that’s all you have on hand, you can definitely use them instead of grape tomatoes. 

In general, feel free to play around with this recipe a little bit. If you don’t like olives, leave them out, or replace them with pickled jalapeños. Use your favorite shredded cheese blend, and so on. 

We prefer making this 7 layer taco dip with homemade guacamole, but you’re welcome to use a store-bought kind instead if that’s easier. 


pan of seven layer dip topped with olives


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Whether it's football game day in the fall or winter, there's nothing better than wandering over to the food table and finding the best Mexican 7 layer dip. It's the best I've ever had!
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The Best Mexican 7 Layer Dip

Whether it's football game day in the fall or winter, there's nothing better than wandering over to the food table and finding the best Mexican 7 layer dip. It's the best I've ever had!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: America's Best 4th of July Desserts, Recipes and Sides
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 7 layer dip, APPETIZER, dip, football, mexican
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 230kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


  • 1 16 ounce Can Refried Beans
  • 1 Tablespoon Homemade Taco Seasoning
  • 16 ounces Guacamole
  • 1 tub 15.5oz Marzetti Ranch (or Southwest Ranch) Veggie Dip
  • 2 Cup Shredded Cheese (we use Colby Jack)
  • 1 Small Can Sliced Olives
  • 1 1/2 Cups Grape Tomatoes sliced
  • 1 Green Onion sliced
  • Cilantro for Garnish


  • In a small bowl, mix together the refried beans and taco seasoning.
  • In a 7x11-inch pan, evenly spread the refried beans.
  • Gently spread the guacamole next, being careful to not press it into the beans.
  • Over the guacamole, spread the Marzetti Ranch,  and then top with cheese, tomatoes, olives, green onions and finally cilantro.
  • Serve with chips!


We can get away with making the dip up to 24 hours ahead of time as long as we don't use the salsa.


Serving: 1/4 cup | Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 540mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g
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Whether it's football game day in the fall or winter, there's nothing better than wandering over to the food table and finding the best Mexican 7 layer dip. It's the best I've ever had!

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Carrian Cheney

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25 comments on “The Best Mexican 7 Layer Dip”

  1. Always a big hit at parties! Pinning!

  2. I am a big fan of Marzetti anything so this recipe caught my eye. I made it and brought it to a party – big hit! If you are a fan of 7-layered dip you will love this recipe. Thank you Carrian for sharing!

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  5. PULEASE edit the ingredients to clarify: 1 tub Marzetti Ranch Veggie Dip 15.5oz. Marzetti sells ranch salad dressing and if you just go straight to the recipe as I did, you have no idea what Marzetti thing you’re talking about.

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  7. I tried it for a party today and it was delicious. Thanks for the recipe. 

  8. You didn’t say anything about the guacamole on your Mexican seven layer dip. I never deal with avocado, my husband always makes the guac. Is there a certain kind of guac you buy?

    • The guac you can buy at Costco is actually pretty dang good, but we like to make ours at home. We just mash up a few avos, toss in some diced tomatoes, purple onions, and cilantro, and then season with a little cumin and salt. Add a little fresh lime juice and you are all set! It is good without the tomatoes, onions, and cilantro too if you want just plain avocado!

  9. hoy hice tu 7 layer dip. SABE muy bien y muy fácil de hacer! estoy concinado para mi espanol clase y ESPERO QUE LO DISFRUTEN

  10. Just pinned this! Will be perfect for football season!

  11. This looks interesting, and sounds a lot more exciting than the usual dip. I love the taco seasoning recipe!! That will go a long way. I am going to make the dip for my friend’s graduation party this weekend. Thanks!

  12. Going to make this dip for a wedding buffet although I will have to use different cheese as I live in Scotland and some ingredients are not available to me.

    • I’ll trade you, we will come to Scottland and you can come get the ingredients in the US. 😉 We’ve always wanted to visit. Hope the recipes goes well!

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  15. Love Mexican food and that looks really colourful and appetising!

  16. Wow, they are so delicious – thanks you!