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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?


Easy Entertaining Dish: The 7-Layer Dip

  • Author: Aggie Goodman


  • 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

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

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

(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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35 comments on “Easy Entertaining Dish: The 7-Layer Dip”

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

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

  3. 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.

    • 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. 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:)

    • 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. 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. 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.

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

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

  9. It looks perfect just like this to me!

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

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

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

  14. Always a great dip and a hit at get togethers.

  15. Such delicious looking recipe. Perfect for guests at home!

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

  17. Looks so good Aggie!!!

  18. 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. 🙂

  19. 7 layer dip is the ABSOLUTE BEST. and I love how easy this is!

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

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

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  28. No servings amount. Might need to halve it.