7-ish Layer Dip

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One of the best things about 7 Layer Dip is that it’s easy to customize for picky eaters. I don’t like a ton of raw onions, I’m the only one who likes tomatoes, and my daughter is obsessed with black olives…on everything…literally everything.

There are tons of 7 Layer Dip recipes online, but we like ours with only 6 layers.

Recipe (layered in this order)

1 can refried beans w/ a few tablespoons of taco seasoning mixed in
Sour cream
Pico de Gallo
Cheese (Cheddar, Fiesta Mix, Colby Jack)
Black Olives

2018-04-06 17.40.30 How much of everything totally depends on how much you like of it. We’re from New Mexico, so we like lots of cheese. I personally like Colby Jack best, but hubby likes cheddar so that’s what we had in the fridge this time around.

And as I mentioned, my daughter can’t get enough black olives, so I didn’t skimp on those.

I’m not a huge onion fan, and the rest of the family won’t eat tomatoes outside of salsa, I went somewhat sparingly on the pico de gallo. A lot of recipes call for onions and tomatoes layered separately, but combining them in pico and skipping the salsa works better for us, so maybe this is 6-1/2 layer dip.

If you haven’t found favorites or developed your own recipes for pico and guac, here’s ours:

Pico de Gallo

2-3 large Roma tomatoes, diced
1/4-1/2 c yellow onions
3 green onions sliced
1 T lime juice
1 tsp dried cilantro or 1 T fresh cilantro
Salt & Pepper to taste


3 avocados, mashed
2 T lime juice
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp cilantro
Salt & Pepper to taste

The pico and guac are best left to sit for an hour or so so all the flavors mix together – especially if you use dried cilantro instead of fresh.

We’ve made this with ground hamburger as a layer, too, if you want something a little more hearty. You can also sub refried black beans for pinto and it’ll still taste great. It’s hard to mess this one up too much! Enjoy 🙂

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