Mexican 7 Layer Taco Dip
Mexican 7 Layer Taco Dip is a fully customizable appetizer with seasoned beef, refried beans, three types of cheeses, and loaded with your favorite toppings.
Football Sundays are my favorite kind of Sundays. We get to kick back and relax, and forget about the daily stressors in life for a while. We get to spend time together as a family and enjoy different types of foods than what we normally would eat during the work/school week.
Aside from that, appetizers and finger food are just fun to eat. You get to eat with your hands over a napkin or plate, and there is no formal dinnerware involved. It’s ok if it gets messy, because the rules are there are no rules. And if the food contains some kind of melted nacho cheese, that’s even better.
For the fellow foodies out there, you know what I mean.
Technically, this is an 8 layer dip because I add seasoned beef to the recipe. I don’t like the taste of refried beans on its own. The seasoned beef adds a favorable element to the dip that takes a traditional Mexican 7 layer taco dip to the next level.
The base to this recipe is always the same. Seasoned beef, warmed refried beans, and a blend of cheeses. However, I like to switch up the recipe from time to time with the top layers. They primarily consist of lettuce, tomato and onions. My husband doesn’t like onions, so I will portion off one small corner of the dish and sprinkle diced, white onions for me. From time to time, we like to add jalapeño peppers to give the dish an extra kick.
On a typical Mexican 7 Layer Taco Dip kind-of-day, the recipe usually looks like this:
- seasoned beef
- refried beans
- cream cheese/sour cream mixture
- shredded Mexican cheese
- shredded lettuce
- diced tomato
- chopped white onion (in one little corner of the dish)
- and possibly jalapeno’s if I am ‘feeling spicy’
We also like to top it off with ‘his’ and ‘her’ salsas. Chris uses a medium to hot sauce, where as I prefer a hot/fire sauce.
When preparing the 7 Layer Taco Dip, heat the refried beans in a small bowl in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds. Mix it well before you spread it out over the beef mixture. This helps the refried beans spread. Otherwise, refried beans are gloppy and don’t spread well.
The cream cheese needs to be softened before combined with the sour cream. If not, the cream cheese doesn’t like to mix well with other ingredients. If not softened to almost room temperature, the cream cheese will remain in clumps. If the cream cheese is not softened when I am ready to prepare the recipe, I will remove the wrapper of the cream cheese and place it in a small bowl to microwave for about 20 seconds before I blend it into the sour cream.
Personally, I like the flavoring of adding an additional 2-3 tablespoons of taco seasoning into the cheese mixture but this step is not necessary. I have tried it both ways and just really like the extra depth of seasoning in this layer.
You can refrigerate the leftovers for up to two days, if it lasts that long.
How do you layer your Mexican 7 Layer Taco Dip?
Mexican 7 Layer Taco Dip (with beef)
- 1 lb. ground beef, cooked
- 2 packs taco seasoning, divided
- 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
- 8 ounces sour cream
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese (Optional: Sharp or Cheddar)
- 1 small head lettuce, shredded
- 1 large tomato, diced
- 1 medium white or yellow onion, diced
- 1 (6 ounce) can black olives
- Optional: green onions, jalapeños, guacamole
- Using a 9″ skillet pan, pan fry beef on medium heat.
- Season beef with one pack of taco seasoning (approximately 3 tablespoons).
- Spread seasoned beef evenly into bottom of 9×13 glass dish.
- In a small glass bowl, microwave refried beans for 30 seconds and stir.
- Lay refried beans on top of the layer of seasoned beef.
- Mix cream cheese, sour cream and second pack of taco seasoning (approximately 2 tablespoons). More if you wish.
- Spread cheese mixture evenly on top of refried beans.
- Top next layers with toppings of your choice. In the pictures above, the next layers are shredded cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and green onions.
- Set in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.