7 Layer Bean Dip

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It isn’t a celebration with out 7 Layer Dip! We make it with scorching refried beans and topped with cheddar cheese, chilies, tomatoes, avocados, bitter cream, and sliced black olives. It is a vital Sport Day appetizer.

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Refried beans must be served heat.

There, I’ve mentioned it. I don’t often put my foot down about meals preferences, however chilly refried beans are about as interesting as a chilly hamburger. That is why I make 7-layer dip beginning with a layer of scorching refried beans.

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Tips on how to Make 7-Layer Dip

Shredded cheese is added on to the highest of the nice and cozy beans so it melts from the warmth of the beans. Then the layers of tomato, avocado, olives, and chilies, onions (all principally room temp) are added.

The one chilly a part of the dip is the topping of bitter cream (or crema Mexicana). Served this fashion and the style delightfully mimics tostadas or do-it-yourself nachos, however in an easy-to-serve dip kind.

Methods to Adapt this Recipe

By the best way, relying on what you have got available, your 7-layer dip might find yourself with eight or 9 layers, or six. The fundamentals are refried beans, grated cheese, avocados (or guacamole), chilies (or salsa), bitter cream, and olives. Improvise with extra or fewer toppings to your individual style.

You may as well add a layer of seasoned floor beef or shredded rooster. Heat them up and add them together with the refried beans and cheese.


What You Can Do Forward of Time

Whereas the dip itself must be assembled and served whereas the beans are scorching, there are some parts you are able to do forward to make the ultimate steps simpler on your self.

  • In the event you’re making your refried beans from scratch, you may make these a day or two forward after which simply re-warm them as directed within the recipe beneath if you’re able to assemble the dip.
  • Shred the cheese as much as a day forward, and maintain it refrigerated in an air-tight container till wanted
  • Chop the chiles or or pickled jalapeños as much as a day forward, and maintain refrigerated in an hermetic container till wanted
  • WAIT to prep the avocado and tomato: The avocado will flip brown if prepped upfront and the tomatoes will flip mushy and lose taste if refrigerated.

Tips on how to Serve 7-Layer Dip

Serve your 7-layer dip with loads of corn tortilla chips for dipping! It is a pretty thick and heavy dip, so ensure to purchase thick, sturdy chips, not the super-thin type.

Blue corn tortilla chips are a enjoyable various to common white or yellow corn chips.

Extra Favourite Get together Dips

  • Whipped Goat Cheese 7-Layer Dip
  • Fast and Simple Artichoke Dip
  • Buffalo Rooster Dip
  • Sizzling Reuben Dip
  • Caramelized Onion Dip
  • Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Bacon
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7 Layer Bean Dip Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Prepare dinner time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 8


  • 2 cups refried beans, from one 15-ounce can or do-it-yourself
  • 1 teaspoon (or extra) of bacon fats (or 1 strip of bacon, cooked and minced), non-obligatory
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder, Tabasco chipotle sauce, or adobo sauce, extra to style (or plain chili powder to style)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon floor cumin
  • Salt
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped inexperienced Anaheim chiles (canned) OR 1 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapeños (extra to style)
  • 1 avocado, peeled and chopped
  • 1 scorching home tomato, minimize in half horizontally, seeds and juice gently squeezed out and discarded, chopped
  • 1/3 cup bitter cream, or if you may get it Crema Mexicana (Mexican bitter cream)
  • 1 cup sliced ripe black olives, from a 15-ounce can
  • Corn tortilla chips, to serve


1 Put together the refried beans: Warmth the refried beans in a medium sauté pan or forged iron skillet. Stir in sufficient water to get a creamy, simply dip-able consistency, about 1/4 of a cup.

The style of refried beans is tremendously enhanced by bacon fats; we’ll add a teaspoon to canned beans or a tablespoon or extra to style if we’re making the beans from scratch.

If you do not have bacon fats, you may prepare dinner up a strip of bacon, chop it up positive and add that to the beans.

If you’re making an attempt to keep away from pork, be aware that almost all canned refried beans are made with added lard, so examine the substances. You need to use olive oil as an alternative, to assist the consistency of the beans.

Combine within the chipotle chili powder (or Tabasco, or adobo, or common chili powder) and cumin to style. Notice that the avocados and the bitter cream will settle down the spiciness of the beans significantly, so you may afford to be a bit extra spicy than you would possibly assume.

Stir in salt to style, relying on how salted your refried beans are to start with, and relying on how salty the tortilla chips are that you’re serving with the dip.

2 Unfold on serving dish, prime with cheese: As soon as the beans are scorching and bubbly, unfold them over the underside of a warmed serving dish. Instantly add the shredded cheese in order that the warmth from the beans helps soften the cheese.

(The cheese would not should be fully melted, however even whether it is just a bit, it’s going to assist the dip keep on the chip.)

3 Layer on toppings: Layer on the chopped inexperienced chilies, chopped avocado, chopped tomato. Spoon on the bitter cream (or crema Mexicana, crema fresca, and even cream fraiche).

High with sliced inexperienced onions and olives.

Serve instantly with tortilla chips.