7 Layer Taco Dip

by Merissa on May 23, 2013

in Recipes

7 Layer Taco Dip - Little House Living

7 Layer Taco Dip

Do you want to be a rock star at the next get-together you are invited to? You can be, in three easy steps:

1. Make 7 Layer Taco Dip.

2. Bring it to the get-together.

3. Sit back and listen to people rave about it.

It's that good, folks. The only thing is, you may want to double the recipe.

The genius part of this whole endeavor is that 7 layer taco dip is extremely easy to make and only takes about 15 minutes hands on!

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7 Layer Taco Dip

What You Need:

  • 1 can chili (Feel free to use homemade chili, about 1 1/2 cups, you could also use Easy Refried Beans)
  • 1 8-oz bar cream cheese
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced finely
  • 3/4 cup shredded lettuce (any kind is fine, I used romaine because that's what I had on hand)
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheese - any kind works, but cheddar or colby jack are probably your best bets
  • 1/4 cup olives, diced

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Here's what to do:

7 Layer Taco Dip

In a medium glass bowl, add the cream cheese and the chili. Heat in the microwave about 1 minute until you are able to mix it easily. Using a spoon, mix the cream cheese and chili together thoroughly.

Add cream cheese/chili mixture to the bottom of an 8x8" glass pan. Smooth it out so it is somewhat level.

7 Layer Taco Dip

Add the layer of shredded lettuce.

7 Layer Taco Dip

Add the layer of diced tomatoes.

Smooth the sour cream over the tomatoes. I use a bent icing knife to do this.

7 Layer Taco Dip

Sprinkle the cheese over the top and dot it with the diced olives.

If you can't wait, by all means, dig in right away, I promise it will be delicious.

But if you can wait for 10 minutes, stick it in the oven at 350 and get that cheese all melty and delightful.

Some other delicious dishes that you might enjoy:

Have you ever made 7 Layer Taco Dip before? Is your recipe the same as mine?


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{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Clare May 23, 2013 at 10:47 am

I make one similar but it is a hot dip. You put cream cheese and flatten it into the pan. Cover with salsa and then cover with cheese. Cook at 350 until the cheese is all melty and yummy


2 Mike the Gardener May 24, 2013 at 7:50 am

Ok, you had me at Taco Dip! I printed this out and will definitely be making it at the next gathering.


3 Cathy May 28, 2013 at 12:56 am

I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight.
Have a wonderful week!
Hugs, Cathy


4 [email protected] Stroll Thru Life May 28, 2013 at 8:08 am

Love this, great recipe too. I would love for you to link up to my ongoing party Inspire Me. – -http://www.astrollthrulife.net/2013/05/166th-inspire-me-tuesday.html. Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty


5 Jelli May 29, 2013 at 7:28 am

Growing up in the midwest, this dish was a staple at carry-in dinners. I love it. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe.


6 Miz Helen May 31, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Hi Sarah,
We will just love your 7 layer taco dip, it won’t last long here. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a fabulous weekend.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen


7 Trish @ Uncommon June 1, 2013 at 4:48 pm

This looks so good… that first picture is simply gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing with us at Monday Funday!

Take care,



8 Robin June 2, 2013 at 8:48 pm

This looks amazing! It would be great for all of those summer parties! I host a really fun party on Wednesday’s and I would love for you to come by and share this with my friends.
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9 Karly June 2, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Best party dip evah! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!


10 Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines June 5, 2013 at 9:53 pm

This looks fantastic~ Perfect for any party~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines


11 Sinea Pies June 8, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Congratulations on being featured on the What’s Cookin’ blog hop.
When I saw the photo of this dip, I had to stop by. It is a lovely site to behold. My family loves dips like this. We’re more likely, though, to scoop it into a bowl and eat it all up! LOL.


12 Kara June 9, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Great recipe! Sometimes I make my taco dip with a homemade roasted red pepper hummus on the bottom(no cream cheese,chili, taco seasoning) with the lettuce, tomato(leave off cheese for vegan friends), other toppings, etc. For a super healthy layer taco dip. It’s awesome and you don’t so much miss that other stuff.


13 Angela Steele August 16, 2014 at 9:06 am

Does this have to be served warm? Or is it ok cold? I am wanting to take it to a party and need to make it about an hour ahead of time. Thanks!


14 Merissa August 16, 2014 at 12:46 pm

I usually serve this cold, it could go either way.


15 Melina December 15, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Can I make this the night before? Wanting to take it to a work party!


16 Merissa December 15, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Yes, it should be just fine making it the night before.


17 joy February 2, 2015 at 10:05 am

I’ve madr thisnusing mynown chili, and it was delicious! A great tip for the spir cream topping is to put it into a plastic bag and cut the tip off–the pipe the sour cream over the dish in whatever pattern suits you. It makes it much easier and let’s the whole dish look professional!


18 Jerri July 10, 2015 at 7:37 am

Your dip sounds great!

I’d love for you to share with us at our Friday Favorites party!


19 Joy @ Joy Love Food July 13, 2015 at 7:29 pm

I love taco dips, they are always such big hits at parties, your version sounds delicious! I have definitely made similar versions before. Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend?!


20 Marilyn McGowan December 11, 2015 at 9:31 am

What size dish are you using?

Thank you,



21 Danielle January 5, 2016 at 2:20 pm

This looks so good. I love black olives the most!


22 Danita Carr January 5, 2016 at 10:24 pm

Looks delicious and super easy! Thanks for sharing! #SmallVictories


23 leigh powell hines January 10, 2016 at 9:30 am

Just perfect for the upcoming superbowl. Thanks for sharing. #SmallVictoriesLinkUP.


24 leigh powell hines January 10, 2016 at 10:41 am

I made your recipe my featured blogger for SmallVictories this week in my latest post. It went really well with the hot sausage dip I posted.



25 Kristan Kremer June 29, 2016 at 9:54 am

Yum! I make a similar dip with refried beans (mixed with taco seasoning), sour cream, cheese, tomatoes, black olives, and green onions. It’s only 6 layers but 7 ingredients :). Do you mind if I share this on my blog on Monday? Can I use a photo? Thanks!


26 Merissa June 29, 2016 at 2:51 pm

Hi Kristan, thanks for asking! Here’s a link to our Sharing Guidelines.


27 Michelle June 30, 2016 at 8:59 am

LOVE taco dip! This sounds like such a great, easy recipe, and I can’t wait to try it (this weekend, for sure). Visiting from Think Tank Thursday blog hop.


28 Miz Helen June 30, 2016 at 4:15 pm

Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a fabulous 4th!
Miz Helen


29 Janet Vinyard July 1, 2016 at 10:30 am

Hi Sarah, This one’s always a classic hit! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Janet


30 Easy Peasy Life Matters July 2, 2016 at 9:01 pm

My mouth won’t stop watering! This sounds so good!! πŸ™‚


31 Charlotte Burkholder July 4, 2016 at 9:16 am

Visiting from Inspiration Monday linkup. Pinned for later!


32 Charlotte Burkholder July 4, 2016 at 9:17 am

Btw I like the cute little eggs in your header. We got our first chickens this year. One just crowed his first little cracking rooster voice yesterday. But still waiting on the little prizes they are supposed to deliver.


33 Angela July 4, 2016 at 6:19 pm

That looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at Merry Mondays!!


34 Emily @ Two Purple Couches July 5, 2016 at 9:49 pm

I LOVE taco dip, and I could probably eat a whole pan in one sitting! Thanks for linking up with Creative Spark – I’m featuring your dip recipe at this week’s party. Hope you’ll come by and link up again – the party starts at 6am EST tomorrow πŸ™‚


35 Leanna November 6, 2016 at 10:03 pm

This looks delicious. Pinned, my family will love this.


36 easypeasylifematters November 8, 2016 at 7:41 pm

This sounds so yummy and it’s perfect party food! πŸ™‚


37 Charlotte Burkholder November 10, 2016 at 6:06 am

I love delicious dips for chips. Can just eat and eat them!


38 Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams November 10, 2016 at 7:32 pm

I will definitely have to bring this to my next party, easy and looks delicious!


39 Theresa November 10, 2016 at 9:51 pm

Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Shared


40 Julia November 11, 2016 at 2:00 pm

I tried to bring a dip like this to a gathering last week, but l forgot it in the fridge! Incorporating chili is a great idea.


41 Angela November 14, 2016 at 9:57 pm

This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!


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