Ultimate Seven Layer Dip

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It’s football season (apparently), and while I may not care much about the sport, I certainly get pumped up about the food served at kickoff parties and tailgating events! One dip certainly rises above the rest: seven layer dip. It’s hard to fumble this recipe and it’s sure to score a touchdown with all your sport-loving friends and fam. Okay, I promise I’m done with the football puns…

I’ve made seven layered dips before, but this version was definitely the easiest. Mostly everything comes from a package or can, and the only actual cooking required is browning the meat and chopping the onions.

Start by layering the bottom with refried beans. Out of the ingredients used in this recipe, the beans are likely to be the thickest, and heaviest layer, so it’s the best to start with. For aesthetic reasons, I used a glass dish so you could really see every layer. I poured on the nacho cheese next, followed by the taco sauce and then the browned hamburger.

Next spread the sour cream over the top of the hamburger, followed by the guacamole. It’s important that the next layer seals in the guac completely, otherwise you’ll have brown guac! I made sure to completely cover every exposed part of the guac with shredded cheese.

Top the dip with the shredded lettuce, and chopped red and green onions. My boyfriend loves black olives, but a majority of our friends dislike them, so I sparingly garnished the top of the dip with olives. That’s totally up to you how pretty you want to make it. Serve the dip with lots of chips (and veggies too!) and enjoy the game!

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Ultimate Seven Layer Dip

The Starving Chef
Seven layers of taco and nacho goodness – the perfect appetizer for game day!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Chill Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Appetizer, Dips, Game Day
Cuisine American, Dips
Servings 10


  • 8 oz ground beef cooked & crumbled
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup refried beans
  • 1 cup nacho cheese
  • ¼ cup taco sauce
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 3 green onion chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ tablespoon chili powder
  • ¼ cup black olives slices, optional
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Cook the hamburger meat until brown and crumbled. Rinse with cold water and let cool completely. Season with the onion powder, garlic powder, chili power, and salt and pepper.
  • In a glass dish, spread the refried beans in an even half inch layer. Pour the nacho cheese on top, followed by half of the taco sauce.
  • Spread the cooled hamburger on top of the taco sauce, then pour the remaining taco sauce in an even layer on top of the hamburger.
  • Gently spread the sour cream across the top of the hamburger using a spatula, taking care not to lift the hamburger and mix it into the sour cream. Clean the spatula then use it to spread the guacamole in an even layer on the sour cream.
  • Seal in the guacamole with shredded cheese – make sure the guacamole is completely covered so it does not start to brown. Spread the shredded lettuce on top of the cheese.
  • Garnish with black olives, chopped red onion and green onions. Serve with chips, carrots, and celery at your next sporting event. Enjoy!
Keyword avocado, ground beef, lettuce
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