Friday, December 31, 2021

7 Layer Taco Dip + Video

7 layer taco dip is loaded with layers of cheesy rice, beef, and refried beans! Make this Mexican dip recipe for a full meal or party snack.

Pair this easy 7 layer dip with chips or spoon some into warm tortillas for an easy dish that feeds a crowd.

For another easy party recipe, try these Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Pretzel Bombs. Soft, bite-sized pretzels stuffed with jalapenos and cream cheese filling - these will definitely get you invited back!

Or, pair some guacamole with my Garden Fresh Salsa for something classic. It’s packed with fresh vegetables and is so easy to make!

7 layer taco dip in clear bowl

7 Layer Taco Dip - Tips and Tricks

  • Make individual portions! Divide the ingredients into several 2-cup oven safe bowls so no one has to huddle around the table.
  • Tip for easy meal prep: Prepare the recipe as directed, but don’t bake. Instead, wrap oven-safe dishes in aluminum foil and freeze. Then, bake for 30-45 minutes at 350°F until warmed through. Uncover for the last 10 minutes to melt the cheese.
  • Need to free up your baking dish? Line it with enough foil to hang over the sides before making the 7 layer taco dip.

    Cover and freeze, then lift the whole thing out of the pan and crimp the two layers of foil together to seal. When you’re ready to bake, just pop it right back in the pan for a perfect fit!
easy 7 layer dip ingredients

Video: Easy 7 Layer Dip

To see us make this from start to finish, check out the video in this post.

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Ground beef - Easily replace this with ground chicken or turkey for a leaner option.
  • Rice - I love using my chicken rice for this recipe, but Spanish or cilantro lime varieties would taste just as great!
  • Salsa verde - This is a green sauce made from tomatillos, chile peppers, and herbs. You can replace it with a few cans of diced green chiles if you prefer.
  • Red enchilada sauce - Use your favorite brand or make my homemade recipe in just 10 minutes!
  • Cheese - Try other varieties like sharp cheddar, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, or a blend of Mexican cheeses.
refried beans layer

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • Skillet - This is my go-to pan that I’ve had for over a decade! It heats evenly and cleans up beautifully with a little baking soda so it still looks brand new.
  • 7x11 Casserole Dish or 7 Cup Pyrex Bowl
  • Baking Sheet - Makes it easier to get in and out of the oven, and prevents any spills if the cheese bubbles over.
  • Cheese Grater - As much as I love buying bagged shreds because it’s easier, freshly grated cheese melts down so much smoother and tastes better too.
chicken rice layer

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

Can I add more layers to this easy 7 layer dip?

Yes! Just be sure that whatever else you add can be baked.

If you want to use fresh ingredients like sour cream, guacamole, or shredded lettuce, add them on top after the dish cools down a bit.

seasoned beef layer

How long does 7 layer taco dip last in the refrigerator?

Typically, it will last for 3 to 4 days. Keep in mind that the texture may change after a couple of days due to the sauces, but it will still taste just as delicious!

easy 7 layer dip ready to go in the oven


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7 layer taco dip wide photo

Yield: 12
Author: Donna Elick
7 Layer Taco Dip

7 Layer Taco Dip

7 layer taco dip is loaded with layers of cheesy rice, beef, and refried beans! Make this Mexican dip recipe for a full meal or party snack.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 35 MinTotal time: 45 Min


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons Mrs Dash Southwest chipotle seasoning
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 can refried beans (I like spicy refried beans)
  • 2 cups chicken rice (cooked) or your favorite cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup salsa verde (green chile sauce)
  • 1/2 cup red enchilada sauce
  • 12 ounces Colby Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 can large black olives, sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium skillet over medium, add ground beef and salt. Cook, until cooked through. Once it is cooked, add chipotle seasoning and stir to combine. Add water and cover. Simmer 15 minutes, remove cover and cook until water is cooked out. Set seasoned beef aside until needed.
  3. In a medium casserole dish or heat safe bowl (I used a 1.75 quart). Spread refried beans into dish and add 4 ounces of the cheese. Mix to combine well.
  4. Add cooked rice and spread evenly.
  5. Add salsa verde and smooth over the rice layer.
  6. Sprinkle approximately 4 ounces cheese onto salsa verde layer. Sprinkle cooked beef evenly over cheese layer.
  7. Add enchilada sauce and smooth evenly over the seasoned beef.
  8. Sprinkle remaining cheese over top.
  9. Arrange sliced olives on top of cheese.
  10. Place dish on a small baking sheet and place in center of oven. Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and lightly browned (or up to 30 minutes if ingredients are cold).
  11. Serve with chips.
  1. This dish freezes very well. I like to make (6) 2-cup servings and freeze them for easy dinners. Each one serves 2 with chips.
  2. I have made this in a 7 cup/1.7 quart Pyrex bowl and also a 2 quart/7x11 casserole dish. I prefer the 7 cup bowl for the tall layers and beautiful presentation.
  3. To pre-make: Prepare recipe as written, but do not bake it. Wrap oven safe dishes in aluminum foil and freeze. Then, place in oven for 30-45 minutes on 350°F until warmed through. Uncover the last 10 minutes to melt the cheese.
  4. This is an incredibly versatile recipe that can be made with your favorites. Substitute the seasoned ground chicken layer with ground beef or turkey, Italian sausage (omit seasoning) or even diced left over chicken, turkey, beef or pork.
  5. Diced green chiles are fabulous in place of the Salsa Verde Layer.
  6. I also like to double the seasoned beef in this recipe for a heartier meal.

7 layer taco dip closeup

Originally published September 2011, updated and republished December 2021

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  1. Donna, this is one of my favorite dips but you make it look soo good. Your pictures are wonderful, but then again so is this dish. Love it.
    Laura @ A Healthy JalapeƱo

  2. That looks like a great dip And so pretty. Since I'm currently on vacation I'm all about the happy hour!

  3. Who doesnt love 7 layer dip. How can you not. It is a staple at my parents house as my dad asks for it ALL THE TIME! Thanks for reminding me about it- I haven't made it in ages

  4. This would definitely make my happy hour happy!!! YUM!

  5. Great idea and look so ncie on the table;))

  6. OMG, this looks amazing!!! i am salivating just looking at it. I would love to learn how to make it! thanks for sharing the recipe and step by step!

  7. No wonder your monkey has been happily eating Mexican food all week! I bet she just loved this.

  8. OH, my gosh!! This looks amazing!!! I usually make those cold layer taco dips so this is a fabulous change of pace. Will definitely try at my next opportunity...thanks!!!

  9. This looks ridiculous!! I need this dip...NOW! Bookmarked! Thanks for sharing! :)

  10. This looks amazing! Pinning so that we can try it soon. Tammy ~

  11. OMG this looks AMAZING! Way over the top of a regular 7 layer dip. I can't wait to try this. I might even make it for dinner :) Thanks for sharing.


  12. I made the 7 Layer Mexican Dip for a Super Bowl Party. I added sliced jalapenos on the Green Salsa layer and lettuce, tomato, guacamole and black olives to the top. It was a biggggggg hit. Most people ate it as a casserole instead of a dip. Thank you. That one's in my permanent recipe file.

  13. I have a dumb question. Do you cook the rice first???

  14. Replies
    1. Yes. The rice is cooked. There is a link for spicy baked brown rice, but you can use whatever rice you like. Enjoy. Let us know how it goes.

  15. What brand salsa verde? It looks so much smoothie than the ones I've seen before.

    1. You can use whatever you like. I even use a can of diced green chiles sometimes. Sometimes I puree the can of diced chiles or use Green Chile Enchilada Sauce (Macayos Brand). Enjoy!

  16. looks like the perfect addition to a new years eve party!

    1. Thanks Jessica. It's a family favorite for sure.

  17. This didn't turn out right for me. it didn't havev the consistency of a dip. Too watery.


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