Party Time Seven Layer Dip

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins

This makes a HUGE amount of dip, perfect for a party. It's very addictive, I've know people to ladle this out onto their plates, as if it were the main course and not the dip. I usually make the bean and guacamole layers the night before and assemble the total dip right before people show up.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bean layer: In a bowl, mash everything together until smooth, set aside.
  2. Guacamole layer: Mash everything together until smooth.
  3. If you are making the guacamole ahead of time, cover it very tightly with plastic wrap.
  4. The wrap should rest on top of the guac, not above it.
  5. Don't even think about putting the avocado pit in the guac to keep it green, it's not going to work.
  6. What works is the lime juice in the guac and the plastic wrap on the guac, to keep out the air.
  7. Even after 24 hours the guac is not going to be a gorgeous green, but no one will care, it will taste delicious anyway, and have another 5 layers of stuff over it.
  8. Other layers: In a large, straight-sided glass dish, spread the bean layer across the bottom.
  9. Spread half the tomatoes over the bean layer.
  10. Spread the guacamole over the chopped tomatoes.
  11. Spread the drained salsa over the guacamole, then the sour cream over the salsa, then the other half of the tomatoes, then the grated Cheddar.
  12. You can add some black olives over the Cheddar, and then you can call it Eight Layer Dip.
  13. Serve with lots of tortilla chips.
Most Helpful

At the beginning of our party, I was worried because there was so little conversation. But, as I looked around I could see that everyone was too busy dipping and stuffing their mouth with your dip to be able to say a word. Finally they began to talk again...about how much they loved the dip. I was happy to have such a popular recipe and one that is a snap to assemble even though there seems to be a whole bunch of ingredients. I made it a couple of hours ahead and it kept just fine! I added a layer of chopped cilantro on top because I'm just addicted to the stuff and it looked nice too. One day soon, I'm just going to eat this for a meal; why save it for company?

Geema June 14, 2003

I served this at my holiday party. This is a FABULOUS dip. I'm a bit sparse on the dairy in my food (budding vegan :)) so I used greek yogurt instead of sour cream and skipped the cheddar cheese. NOT A SOUL could tell the difference! So, it was really a "six-layer dip" :D Still was absolutely fantastic. The guac layer held up really well too per your prep suggestions. I could have eaten the whole bean layer by itself!!

kellymbrown February 02, 2008