By Dennis Prescott
Updated January 05, 2016
7 Layer Dip

It's not a party without dip, but you don’t want something off the back of the shelf at the grocery store. This 7 Layer Dip is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Fresh, spicy, cheesy, dipping deliciousness. Perfect for game day, your next house party, or any given Tuesday.

7 Layer Dip


  • 3 cups refried beans
  • 2 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups salsa (homemade is best)
  • 2 cups old cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/2 cups green onions, sliced
  • 1 jalapeno, finely sliced
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped


In a bowl, combine the sour cream, 1/2 tablespoon lime juice, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne, and mix well. Peel the avocados, transfer to a bowl, and mash with a fork. Mix together with the lime juice and kosher salt.

Start to build the dip in your serving dish, first with the refried beans, then top with a layer of sour cream, mashed avocados, and salsa. Top the salsa with the grated cheddar cheese, then the halved tomatoes, sliced olives, and green onions. Top with sliced jalapeño and cilantro, and serve immediately.