Seven Layer Dip Recipe

Emily Caruso | Jelly Toast

Seven Layer Dip makes any occasion a party! Try it with spicy chips like Doritos for an extra kick.

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Summer is in full swing and in my neck of the woods, that means cookouts every single weekend. I'm not kidding. Our family can always find a reason to gather around the grill, cook up some mouth watering food, and maybe swim a few laps. 
And by 'swim a few laps', I mean hanging near the edge of the pool, sipping fresh mango margaritas and trying to avoid all of the splashing kids so my hair doesn't frizz beyond recognition. Is that just me? 
For any good cookout or outside summer party, I love to have an array of snacks to munch on while the main course is getting grilled up. Whether it's my favorite BBQ Chicken Wings or this beyond addictive Mexican Layer Dip, I can't attend a cookout empty handed. Me, show up without food? Never. 
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Mexican Layer Dip is one of my all time favorite summer time party snacks. It's spicy, creamy and filling without being too heavy. My version of Mexican Layer Dip is a spin on The Pioneer Woman's Mexican Dip, complete with fresh pico de gallo and chunky guacamole. 
To keep my swim suits from becoming objects of torture, I lightened up my Mexican Layer Dip with fat free refried beans, reduced fat cheese and fat free sour cream. I like to serve it with baked tortilla chips to complete this light-ish version of a summertime classic. 
You can even split this recipe up onto two smaller plates - one to put poolside and one to be inside with the rest of the buffet. Your friends will thank you.

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Seven Layer Dip Recipe

    12 Servings


refried beans layer:
  • 1 16 oz can Fat Free Refried Beans
  • 4 ounces Green Chiles, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Chili Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1-3 dashes Hot Sauce
pico de gallo layer:
  • 5 Plum Tomatoes, diced
  • 1 jalapeños Jalapeño, seeds removed and minced
  • 1/4 Red Onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/4 bunch Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • Salt, to taste
guacamole layer:
  • 2 Avocados, peeled and pits removed
  • 4 tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 cup Pico de Gallo
additional layers:
  • 1/2 cup Reduced Fat Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Reduced Fat Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1/3 cup Fat Free Sour Cream
  • 1/4 cup Black Olives
  • 2-3 tablespoons Fresh Cilantro, chopped


  1. In a skillet set over medium heat, add refried beans, diced green chilies, cumin, coriander, chili powder, garlic powder and hot sauce. Stir together and allow flavors to meld and warm through, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. 
  2. In a medium size bowl, mix together all of the pico de gallo ingredients (tomatoes, jalapeno, red onion, lime, salt and cilantro) and set aside. 
  3. In a second medium size bowl, mash avocados with a fork, potato masher or pastry blender. Add 1 cup of the pico de gallo mixture and the juice of two limes and mix well to combine. 
  4. Spread the refried bean mixture evenly over a medium sized platter with slightly rimmed edges. Then layer the ingredients in the following order on top of the beans, making sure to spread each layer evenly over the top of the previous:
  • sour cream
  • cheddar cheese
  • guacamole 
  • jack cheese
  • black olives
  • 1 cup of pico de gallo
  • chopped cilantro

5.  Serve dip with tortilla chips and enjoy!



Extra dip can be covered and stored in the fridge for up to 2 days. This recipe can also be made on two smaller platters or plates. Just divide each layer evenly between the two plates. Easy peasy.


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Author: Emily Caruso
Source: The Pioneer Woman
Recipe Yields: 6 cups
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1/2 cup of dip
Servings Per Recipe 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 57
Calories 138

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g
  Saturated Fat 2g
Sodium 382mg
Total Carbohydrate 12g
  Dietary Fiber 5g
  Sugars 1g
Protein 6g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Emily Caruso

About Emily

Emily is known for her absurdly beautiful food photography and coffee co-dependencies on her Jelly Toast Blog. On Food Fanatic, she shares a third addiction: fabulous snacks.

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