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Easy Entertaining Dish: The 7-Layer Dip

Ahhhh, the 7-layer dip. The dip everyone gravitates too at a party, right? I’m a fan that’s for sure.

For some reason though, I have a hard time keeping it at just 7 layers. But this time I did. Only because I didn’t have layers 8 & 9 (which happen to be shredded lettuce and sliced jalapenos usually).

I made this “old reliable” dip last weekend to serve over at my sister’s house along with this Zesty Corn Salsa. I did something a little different this time though. This time, I jazzed up the refried bean layer by adding in half a can of drained RO*TEL tomatoes. Am I the last one to try this? It made a huge difference in flavor, and even in texture. Usually, for me, the bean layer seems a little dry. Adding a bit of RO*TEL really perked up the taste and made it much more smooth and creamy…and easier to dip and scoop.

And we all know dipping and scooping are the name of the game when it comes to eating at parties.

For me, a dish like this 7-Layer Dip is a perfect appetizer to bring to or serve at a party. Most of the ingredients you’ll already have in your pantry which makes it all the better. This was the first time most of my family members tried a dip like this and they all loved it. I love introducing my family to different recipes that they might not normally make on their own.

Do you stick to the traditional 7-layers in this dip, or do you like to bulk it up a bit with extra layers?

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Print Recipe

The 7-Layer Dip


  • 1 can (10 oz) RO*TEL Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, drained, liquid reserved
  • 1 can (16 oz) refried beans
  • 1 container (12 oz) prepared guacamole (or homemade of course)
  • 1 container (16 oz) sour cream
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese blend
  • 1 can (2.25 oz) sliced olives, drained
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • Tortilla chips, for serving


  1. Reserve 1/2 cup drained tomatoes, set aside. Blend remaining tomatoes and a couple of tablespoons of reserved liquid with beans in a medium bowl.
  2. Spread bean mixture on bottom of 8×8 glass baking dish or round casserole dish. Top with guacamole.
  3. Blend together sour cream and taco seasoning in a small bowl. Spread over guacamole. Top evenly with layers of cheese, olives, green onions and reserved tomatoes. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours before serving. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips.
  4. Optional layers: shredded lettuce, sliced fresh jalapenos, chopped red onion, grilled corn kernels.


Recipe from RO*TEL

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Happy Weekend everyone!

More “kicked up” party food favorites perfect for Memorial Day weekend entertaining:

Cheesy Corn Stuffed Jalapenos

Guacamole That Rocks and Spicy Black Bean Salsa from Reluctant Entertainer

Restaurant Style Salsa from Mountain Mama Cooks

Crock Pot Chicken Nachos from Mommy Hates Cooking

The Best Queso Ever from Bake at 350


(Disclosure: I am in a working relationship with RO*TEL and ConAgra Foods and have received compensation and product for this post.)

You can find more recipes and ways to use RO*TEL on their website, Facebook page, Pinterest board or by following them on Twitter.


Always a party hit! Serve this Mexican 7 Layer Dip with tortillas at your next get together.

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34 Responses to “Easy Entertaining Dish: The 7-Layer Dip”

  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar posted May 25, 2012 at 9:09 am

    My favorite dip! Your recipe sounds so tasty. Perfect for summer entertaining or a picnic!

  2. Cassie posted May 25, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Love it, Aggie! These flavors are at the top of my favorites list. Sounds amazing!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted May 25, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      Thanks Cassie! All of my favorites too 🙂

      Have a great weekend!!

  3. Melanie @ Nutritious Eats posted May 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Everytime I make this dip I think to myself “why don’t I make this all the time?”. So good, easy and great leftover. I see what you’re saying re the beans being slightly blah. I’ll have to try the rotel addition next time.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted May 25, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      I know right? I make it a lot during football season, then forget about it. The rotel mixed into the beans really make a huge difference. Love it!
      Have a great holiday weekend!

  4. Page posted May 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Hey Aggie,
    I caught a smal error in the recipe instructions. “Top evenly with layers of cheese, olives, green olives and reserved tomatoes.” I think you meant to write green onions instead of green olives:) Do you think I will ever be able to read instead of proofread! Hazard of marketing career I guess. Trying this and the corn salsa this weekend:)

    • Aggies Kitchen posted May 25, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      Oh yes! Thank you for that, need to fix. Girl I totally understand – I found an error in a cookbook recently & it made me cringe. I think a magazine too. We were trained well 🙂
      Have a great weekend and enjoy those dips!! xo

  5. Julia posted May 25, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I looooove 7 layer dip… and I don’t always stick to 7 layers, sometimes it’s more, sometimes it’s less. But it’s always gotta include beans, cheese, and sour cream.

  6. Bev Weidner posted May 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm


  7. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel posted May 25, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Perfect for a party! Yum

  8. Karly posted May 25, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I love Mexican food more than just about anything, but I’ve never had 7 layer dip. How can this be?

    I totally just added all of this to my grocery list and I’m serving it with dinner tonight.

  9. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen ink posted May 26, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Ser me down with this dip, some chios, and veggies and I’m all set. I could eat this for dinner!!

  10. Lenore posted May 26, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I loooove Seven Layer Dip, but I never even thought to add a can of Rotel to it…it makes so much sense!

  11. Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen posted May 27, 2012 at 12:13 am

    It looks perfect just like this to me!

  12. Delishhh posted May 28, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Last time i made a dip like this i just ate the whole thing – so good!

  13. Page posted May 29, 2012 at 11:03 am

    The family loved it! made the corn salsa also, very tasty.

  14. Bree posted May 29, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Everyone does gravitate towards it, so true!
    This version looks great. I have a similar one on my site too:

  15. Jamie posted May 29, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Always a great dip and a hit at get togethers.

  16. Minnie(@thelady8home) posted May 29, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Such delicious looking recipe. Perfect for guests at home!

  17. Kristen posted May 30, 2012 at 3:55 am

    This is definitley the dip I’d gravitate towards too – so good!!

  18. JulieD posted May 30, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Looks so good Aggie!!!

  19. Kim | At Home With Kim posted May 31, 2012 at 8:24 am

    This is one of my favorite things to eat on the planet. It satisfies my Mexican Food cravings…. but it’s also just so GOOD! Love the ideas of using Rotel in it. Gonna try this for our Friday night Mexican Food night. 🙂

  20. claire @ the realistic nutritionist posted June 4, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    7 layer dip is the ABSOLUTE BEST. and I love how easy this is!

  21. bridget {bake at 350} posted June 27, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    I want a big ol’ plate of this right now…and ps…thank you so much for the linky love! 🙂

  22. AM posted July 4, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Can someone tell me what size dish to use? Thanks!

    • AM posted July 4, 2012 at 11:39 am


    • Aggies Kitchen posted July 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      Hi there! The dish I used in the picture measures out to be 8×10, but I’ve used 8×11 casserole dishes as well as 9″ round pie plates for a dip like this.


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