7 Layer Taco Dip

by Merissa on May 23, 2013

in Recipes

7 Layer Taco Dip - Little House Living

7 Layer Taco Dip

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1. Make 7 Layer Taco Dip.

2. Bring it to the party.

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!

7 Layer Taco Dip

What You Need:

  • 1 can chili (I used Amy's Organic, 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¬†(Get cultures to make your own Sour Cream here)
  • 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.

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


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{ 17 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 Marty@A 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!


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