7 Layer Dip (Easy and Dairy Free)

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Always popular at parties, 7 Layer Dip is an easy make-and-take recipe that everyone loves to share. Use this recipe to make a quick dairy-free version of this popular dip, thanks to a delicious plant-based queso made from veggies. Every layer is so delicious, and all together they make for a flavor-popping bite with every colorful scoop!

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Black platter filled with 7 layer dip topped with fresh cut veggies, black olives, and plant based sour cream.

Recipe Highlights: 7 Layer Dip

This classic party dip has a big fan following. It’s so good, and here are some reasons we love this recipe:

  • a simple dairy-free version using plant-based queso
  • loaded with nutritious ingredients, like beans and veggies
  • colorful and delicious
  • quick to make and easy to transport
  • easy to customize with your favorite ingredients

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Why is it called 7 layer dip?

This great-tasting party dip features Tex-Mex taco flavors. Seven individual layers are stacked one to top of another to make a platter full of dip. To eat it, take your favorite dippers, such as tortilla chips or veggies, and dip it down through all of the layers to get a nice taste of each one. Combining all your favorite taco flavors and toppings into a layered dip makes you feel like you’re eating a delicious bite of taco with each dip! Read below for the 7 layers that are most common in this party dip.

Black platter filled with 7 layer dip, plant based sour cream drizzled on top with corn tortilla chips in the dip.

what Are the 7 layers in 7 Layer Taco Dip?

One of the great things about a 7-layer dip recipe is that you can easily make it your own by adding any layers that you want or eliminating any layers that you don’t want. Have a favorite veggie? A favorite spice? A favorite taco topping? You can easily work those ingredients into 7 Layer Dip to make the dip just right for you and your party guests.

Here are the typical layers in Seven Layer Dip:

  1. beans – most recipes have a base of refried beans
  2. guacamole – creates a flavorful and vibrant green layer
  3. sour cream – typically, this layer is mixed with taco seasoning for added flavor; in our version we use vegan plain yogurt or vegan sour cream to make a dairy-free dip
  4. cheese – you can use shredded cheese or queso for the cheese layer (or both); in our recipe, we use vegan queso, such as this plant-based Queso Blanco to get great cheesy flavor without the dairy
  5. tomatoes – tomatoes are the typical veggie used and they add a nice bright red layer to the dip. You could also use salsa, diced bell peppers, or any favorite crunchy veggie here (or a combination of them)
  6. green onions – sliced scallions are a beautiful and flavorful addition that is commonly used
  7. black olives – sliced black olives add a stunning dark topping to this dip

Other common ingredients added to seven-layer dip, include fresh cilantro, sliced jalapeños, diced red onion, shredded lettuce, corn, black beans, and diced avocado. Some versions even included cooked taco meat and Spanish rice.

Find the ingredients list with exact measurements in the recipe card below.

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Ingredients to make dairy-Free 7 Layer Dip Recipe

Gather these ingredients to make this popular party dip for every fun occasion:

  • refried beans – use any brand of refried pinto beans or refried black beans for the base layer
  • salsa – you can use any favorite salsa or pico de gallo for this layer
  • guacamole – for a convenient already-made guacamole that tastes so fresh, reach for Good Foods Chunky Guacamole (they also make a great Spicy Guacamole). Use this store locator to find Good Foods sold near you
  • plant-based queso – we love this Spicy Queso Blanco from Goods Foods, which is made from a base of cauliflower, almonds, and veggies
  • sour cream – you can use standard sour cream or plant-based sour cream, depending on if you want your seven layer dip to be dairy free or not. Alternatively, you can use plain Greek yogurt or a plain vegan yogurt, too
  • taco seasoning – you can use any favorite brand of taco seasoning. Or, easily make your own Homemade Taco Seasoning that you’ll love
  • veggies – we used diced tomatoes, diced yellow bell pepper, and green onions here. But you can use any favorite veggies to make this your own
  • garnishes – our dip uses sliced black olives, sliced jalapeños, and chopped fresh cilantro for garnishes on the top layer. But you can use any garnishes that you’d like (scroll back up for some more suggestions)

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Ingredient Spotlight: Plant-Based Queso Dip

The special secret to our recipe for dairy-free 7 Layer Dip is a creamy layer of Spicy Guacamole 100% plant-based queso. Our whole team loves the rich flavor and perfect creamy texture of Good Foods Spicy Guacamole and Good Foods Spicy Queso Blanco, which we used here in this recipe. These dips are both vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free dips. The queso blanco is made from a base of cauliflower, almonds, jalapeños, green chiles, and other veggies (and nothing weird)!

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Black platter with refried beans spread on circle for bottom layer of 7 layer dip.
Black platter with layer of refried beans with guacamole spread in a circle.
Black platter with layers of refried beans, guacamole, and salsa spread in a circle.

How to Make this 7 Layer Dip Recipe

This no-cook, no-baked dip recipe couldn’t be easier. Have fun stacking the layers with these basic steps:

  1. Start building the layers: Create the base layer by spreading the refried beans on a platter, then top the taco seasoning over the beans
  2. Add more delicious layers: Spread the guacamole over the beans, then top with the salsa and dollops of sour cream, then gently spread those out before adding the next layers
  3. Add the fresh layers and queso on top: Finish the layered dip by adding fresh tomatoes, green onions, and bell pepper (and any desired toppings) over the sour cream layer. Drizzle the queso over the veggies and add any desired garnishes. Serve with dippers, such as chips and veggies, and enjoy!

For the complete directions and ingredient amounts, scroll down to the recipe card below. All of our recipes include the nutrition analysis, listing calories, protein, carbohydrates, fiber, sugar, sodium, and more per serving.

Black platter with layers of refried beans, guacamole, salsa, and sour cream spread in circle.
Side view of 7 layer dip on black platter topped with fresh cut veggies, black olives, jalapeńo slices and lime wedges.
Overhead view container of plant based sour cream being held in one hand, spoonful scooped out ready to drizzle over 7 layer dip.

Black round platter with black handles against white background.

Our Favorite Dip Platter

Use any medium- to large-size flat platter for building your 7 Layer Dip. We love this stunning modern black acacia platter from the Threshold collection at Target. It’s easy to clean and great for bringing all kinds of foods to the table (and also makes a pretty fruit or veggie bowl, too).

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Overhead view 7 layer dip on black platter topped with fresh cut veggies, plant based sour cream, and jalapeńo slices. Corn tortillas sticking into top of dip.

How To Make This Dip Dairy Free

By using a plant-based queso dip (like this one) in place of the standard shredded cheese, and by swapping in a vegan sour cream or a plain vegan yogurt in place of the sour cream, you can easily make this a dairy-free dip

This Dip Is Naturally Gluten Free

This dip is made up of layers of foods that are naturally gluten free. Those gf layers include beans, guacamole, queso, veggies, and more. If gluten is a concern for you or your guests, be sure to serve gluten-free dippers, too. Some great choices include corn tortilla chips, grain-free tortilla chips, and fresh-cut veggies

Easily Make this a Whole30 Dip

This dip doesn’t contain any added sugars. And when you use the dairy-free swaps listed above you make it Whole30 friendly, as well. Using our Homemade Taco Seasoning will also help ensure you make this is a Whole30 friendly dip

Make It Vegan with Simple Swaps

Use the dairy-free swaps listed above to make this a vegan and 100% plant-based dip recipe that everyone at the party will appreciate

A corn tortilla scooping up a serving of 7 layer dip from a black platter.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does 7 Layer Dip contain dairy?

Yes, most versions of this popular party dip include sour cream and cheese, which are both foods that contain dairy. To make a dairy-free version, use a vegan sour cream or plain vegan yogurt in place of the sour cream, and use a dairy-free queso dip, such as this one, in place of the shredded cheese layer

How should I store the leftovers?

We highly doubt that you’ll have any leftovers! Every time we serve this dip at a party, it is one of the first foods to disappear! But on the chance that you do have some leftovers, you can wrap the platter with plastic wrap and store in in the fridge for another day or two.

Can I make this dip ahead?

Yes, you can make this dip several hours prior to serving it, making it a great recipe to prep ahead of a party or potluck. For the freshest looks, we suggest that you build the base layers (the beans, guacamole, sour cream, and queso) up to 6 hours in advance and store on the platter in the refrigerator. Prior to setting out the dip, add the top veggie layers and garnishes.

What are some good dippers to serve with this dip?

Corn tortilla chips and veggies make great dippers for this Tex-Mex flavored bean dip. Some favorite veggie dippers include carrot sticks, cucumber slices, bell pepper strips, and celery sticks.

Is this dip spicy?

This dip has some subtle spice to it, which we think makes it so great! But if you’d like an even milder 7 Layer Dip, Good Foods makes both guacamole and plant-based queso style dip that are not spicy. Find where Good Foods dips are sold near you.

Overhead view 7 layer dip spread in layers on a black round tray. Topped with cut peppers, jalapeńo slices, black olives, and corn tortillas.

Side view black round tray filled with layers of 7 layer dip topped with cut peppers, black olives, and drizzled with plant-based sour cream.

Recipe

7 Layer Dip (Easy and Dairy Free)

A favorite party dip gets a dairy-free makeover with some easy swaps. Serve this delicious and colorful layered dip at any party. Any friends who are dairy-free will be so appreciative, and everyone will love the rich pops of flavor in every bite!

Prep: 20 minsTotal: 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 (15-ounce) can refried beans
  • 1 teaspoon taco seasoning of choice (or make your own)
  • 1 (14-ounce) container Good Foods Chunky or Spicy Guacamole
  • ½ cup salsa of choice
  • 1 ½ cups dairy-free sour cream or dairy-free plain yogurt (or omit if desired)*
  • ½ cup cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 small yellow bell pepper, diced 
  • ½ cup Good Foods Spicy Queso Blanco Dip
  • For garnish: thinly sliced jalapeño peppers, sliced black olives, chopped fresh cilantro, and/or lime wedges
  • For serving: Tortilla chips and/or mini bell peppers or other vegetables of choice

Instructions

1. Spread the refried beans in a thin layer on a large plate or platter. Sprinkle evenly with taco seasoning. 

Black round tray with layer of refried beans spread in circle for 7 layer dip.

2. Spread the guacamole over the refined beans layer.

Black round tray with layer of refried beans and guacamole spread in a circle.

3. Then, spoon the salsa over the guacamole spreading it into a thin layer. 

Black round tray with layers of refried beans, guacamole, and salsa spread in a circle for 7 layer dip.

4. Next, dollop the sour cream over the salsa in 8-10 small mounds and use the back of the spoon or a knife to spread the sour cream over the salsa layer. 

Round black tray with layers of refried beans, guacamole, salsa, and plant-based sour cream for 7 layer dip.

5. Top the sour cream layer with chopped tomatoes, green onions, and bell pepper along with any additional toppings you’d like. 

Side view black round tray with 7 layer dip spread and layered onto it. Topped with black olives, cut peppers, and lime wedges.

6. Drizzle the Queso Blanco dip over the vegetable layer. Garnish with lime wedges, sliced jalapeños, black olives, and fresh cilantro, if desired. Serve with tortilla chips and/or vegetables for dipping.

A container of plant-based sour cream being held and spoonful scooped out ready to drizzle of 7 layer dip.

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Notes

* if you don’t need dip that is dairy-free, you can also use regular sour cream or plain Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1/12th of recipe
  • Calories: 110
  • Fat: 5 g
  • (Sat Fat: 1 g)
  • Sodium: 395 mg
  • Carbohydrate: 12 g
  • (Fiber: 5 g
  • Sugar: 2 g)
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Overhead view 7 layer dip on a black round tray, topped with black olives, jalapeńo slices, and drizzled with plant based sour cream.

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Jessie Shafer

Jessie Shafer

Jessie is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist living near Denver, CO where she splits her time among nearby playgrounds, typing away at her trusty laptop, and heating up her home kitchen with delicious experiments. Her best taste tester is her husband, a Denver firefighter with a well-trained palate. A former magazine editor-in-chief, Jessie has a long career in food publishing and health writing. While she once played centerfield for the Northwestern University softball team, Jessie now prefers her fitness in the way of biking up mountain passes and chasing two busy toddlers (the latter proving to be the more exhausting activity).

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