7 Layer Taco Dip Recipe – 5 Minute Layered Mexican Taco Dip

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7 Layer Taco Dip is a delicious appetizer, potluck food, or even a whole meal in its own. Great for any time of year and perfect for the whole family!

7 Layer Taco Dip is a delicious appetizer, potluck food, or even a whole meal in its own. Great for any time of year and perfect for the whole family!

7 Layer Taco Dip

Need the perfect appetizer for your next get-together? Everyone will enjoy this easy taco dip! It is easy to make and full of flavor. Serve alongside cracker or chips, or even enjoy it with a spoon or in a tortilla, it’s that good!

–Make your own flour tortillas, gluten free tortillas or corn tortillas!

Taco Dip 7 Layer

The genius part of this recipe is that 7 layer taco dip is that it is extremely easy to make and only takes about 5 minutes to throw together! We’ve always found this to be a party favorite, although it makes a simple meal at home too.

—Looking for more simple meals? Check out these Quick and Simple 3 Ingredient Recipes From Scratch!

5 Minute Mexican Layered Dip Recipe

7 Layer Taco Dip Ingredients

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
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/4 cup olives, diced

How to Make 7 Layer Taco Dip

First Layer of 7 Layer Taco Dip

In a small bowl or saucepan, heat the cream cheese and chili until you are able to mix it together without leaving lumps of the cream cheese. Add this mixture as the first/second combined layer on the bottom of your dish. Smooth it out to form an even layer.

Second Layer of 7 Layer Taco Dip

Add the layer of shredded lettuce.

Third Layer of 7 Layer Taco Dip

Add the layer of diced tomatoes.

Fourth Layer of 7 Layer Taco Dip

Smooth the sour cream over the tomatoes. The easiest way to do this is to drop small dollops of sour cream over your dish and carefully spread them so that they are in a  semi-even layer.

Fifth Layer of 7 Layer Taco Dip

Sprinkle the cheese over the top. I used a white cheddar cheese on my 7 Layer Taco Dip but you can use any shredded cheese you have on hand. A nice sharp cheese works well but a pepper jack is also fun!

Final Layer of 7 Layer Taco Dip

Finally, add the sliced olives to the top.

You can enjoy this layered taco dip right away after you finish putting it together. You can also stick it in the oven at 350 and get give the cheese a nice melt. (Although if you do plan on warming up your taco dip, you might want to add the lettuce last after it’s heated to prevent that wilted lettuce taste.)

Seven Layer Taco Dip


  • Add a spicy chili or refried bean to give it a kick.
  • Use a different kind of cheese, such as pepper jack.
  • Add some Taco Seasoning to give it a little extra kick.
  • Add a layer of guacamole.
  • Add a layer of salsa.
  • Add shredded chicken to make it more of a meal.

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7 Layer Taco Dip

Quick and simple layer Mexican Dip recipe.

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword 7 Layer Taco Dip
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 people
Calories 114 kcal
Creator Merissa


  • 1 can chili
  • 1 8- oz cream cheese
  • 2 roma tomatoes diced
  • 3/4 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/4 cup olives diced


  1. In a small bowl, combine the chili and cream cheese and heat until they can be mixed together. Spread in an 8x8 baking dish for the first layer.

  2. Add the lettuce.

  3. Add the tomato.

  4. Add the sour cream in a layer.

  5. Add the shredded cheese.

  6. Add the olives.

  7. Serve anytime with your favorite tortilla chips.

Nutrition Facts
7 Layer Taco Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 114 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 262mg11%
Potassium 134mg4%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 373IU7%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 154mg15%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This 7 Layer Taco Dip originally appeared on Little House Living in September 2013. It has been updated as of September 2023.

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

  3. 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

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

  5. 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

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

    Take care,


  7. 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.
    ~Newest follower via Pintrest

    Fluster Buster

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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?!

  14. 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.


  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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 🙂

  19. 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.

  20. My family has always made a version of this. It is my go to dish to take to parties.
    The recipe I use is
    One packet of taco seasoning,
    8 oz of cream cheese
    8 oz of sour cream
    Mix these together then spread on bottom of dish
    then cover with shredded cheese of your choice (I use colby jack and mozzarella)
    Then I top with shredded lettuce, cut up green peppers, cut up tomatoes, cut up black olives (but you can top with what you want)
    Always a big hit.

  21. I’ve always loved 7 layer dip, but this one is a little different than the one that I am used to making so I am going to give this one a try. Thank you for sharing at Tasty Tuesdays link party.

  22. We always enjoy this classic 7 layer dip! So glad you could join us on Full Plate Thursday and thanks so much for sharing with us. Hope you have a great week and a very Happy Mothers Day!
    Miz Helen

  23. Just the mention of taco dip and you know this is good. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty