Sep 6

7-Layer Mexican Dip with Homemade Tortilla Chips for Game Day

7 Layer Mexican Dip

I am thrilled that college football season is underway! Coincidentally, this was perfect timing to test out this 7 layer mexican dip recipe on my unsuspecting guests wonderful friends.

The verdict? Well, the plate was scraped clean, so I kind of like to think they weren't just trying to be polite when they said it was delicious...

Can you guess which team we were rooting for? LOL, I guess it's really no secret that we're diehard Ohio State Buckeyes football fans here.

Back to this 7 layer mexican dip though... If you really want to go the extra mile, it tastes best with fresh, homemade tortilla chips.

No, really, I promise they're not difficult to make at all. If you want to go the super simple route, just cut store bought tortillas into wedges, spread them out in a single layer on a cookie sheet, and bake in a 350-degree oven for about 10 minutes.

I added just a little extra flavor by squeezing some fresh lime juice over them and giving them a light sprinkling of kosher salt before baking.

The dip is pretty darn easy to throw together too, starting with a layer of refried beans, then a mixture of sour cream, cream cheese and taco seasoning, followed by shredded sharp cheddar cheese, green chiles, diced Roma tomatoes, diced avocado, and a generous sprinkling of cilantro.

We used the hot green chiles, and they were tempered nicely by the sour cream mixture. But feel free to go the mild route all the way. Don't like cilantro? I know some people feel very strongly about cilantro. Well, substitute shredded iceberg lettuce instead. I'm not a huge fan of raw onion, but some chopped red onion or scallions would be a nice addition.

7-Layer Mexican Dip with Homemade Tortilla Chips

Serving Size: 6 servings

7-Layer Mexican Dip with Homemade Tortilla Chips


    For the Homemade Tortilla Chips
  • 2 packages tortillas, medium size
  • 2 limes
  • kosher salt
  • For the 7 Layer Mexican Dip
  • 1 can refried beans (16 oz.)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded
  • 1 can diced green chiles
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro


    For the Homemade Tortilla Chips
  1. Cut store bought tortillas into wedges and arrange in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet.
  2. Squeeze a lime wedge over top and sprinkle with kosher salt.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 10 minutes, until crispy and slightly brown.
  4. For the 7 Layer Mexican Dip
  5. Mix together the refried beans, lime juice, and water and spread on serving plate.
  6. Whisk together the sour cream, cream cheese, and taco seasoning, and spread on top of the refried bean mixture.
  7. Follow with layers of cheddar cheese, green chiles, diced tomatoes, diced avocado and chopped cilantro respectively. Note that I did layer them from edge to edge in my photos to show the layers, but I'd simply cover each layer totally otherwise.
  8. Optional: squeeze some fresh lime juice over the avocado layer to prevent browning.

I really feel like it's the bottom two layers that are key, and then you can feel free to layer on whatever your heart desires after that. Either way, be sure to give the homemade tortilla chips a try with it!

My kids' latest obsession is IBC Root Beer -- they love root beer, and it's a pretty novel idea to drink out of a glass bottle for them. So it was our drink of the day (for the little ones at least). Adults might prefer these tasty strawberry daiquiris...

Need a few more game time party food ideas? Check these out!

Creamed Corn Casserole -- you'll want to double or even triple this one!
Lightened Up Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip -- fewer calories, same great taste!
Slow Cooker Chex Mix -- yes, made in a slow cooker!
Easy Slow Cooker Ribs -- notice a theme here, love my slow cooker!
Buckeyes Candy -- Ohio State fan or not, these are delish!

What's your favorite game time party food?

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by Tara | 17 comments

  • marly

    I LOVE this veggie packed 7-layer dip. I can't wait to give it a vegan twist and try it at home. Maybe this could be our "tailgate" snackfood for this week's US Open finals! Tennis and 7-layer dip...I think it works!

  • Paula – bell’alimento

    You can't go wrong with 7 layer Mexican Dip. I like to make mine in individual jars (so I don't have to share LOL)

  • Karo

    Just because it has mexican ingredients, it doesn't means is mexican. Have a little respect for our food. We wouldn't make something so americanized.

    • Lori

      Wow Karo, you're being kinda rude don't ya think? I happen to be Mexican and would have saw this as a Mexican inspired dip myself.

      Tara, don't you fret over her comment. Some folks just don't have anything better to do than find something to gripe about. ;) You have a great blog, great recipes, and I love your photos!

  • Tara @ Unsophisticook

    It's Mexican inspired, but that certainly doesn't mean that I don't respect traditional Mexican cuisine. I have no desire to offend anyone. It's called creative license, and it's what's such a great part of living in this wonderful country!

  • Cassie

    This is awesome Tara! I'm such a fan of dips. This is perfect for football!

  • Cece Bustamante

    Awesome post! I love all the OSU stuff! :)

  • Elizabeth @Food Ramblings

    I try out all my new recipes on "unsuspecting guests" :)

    • Tara @ Unsophisticook

      LOL, glad it's not just me, Elizabeth!

  • Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

    I love a seven layer Mexican dip and with your strawberry daiquiris it would definitely be a party!

  • JulieD

    I love 7-layer dips...I love yours, Tara!! Thanks!

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

    Wow, those homemade chips look so good!

  • Angie

    I love your presentation of this dip. It's so pretty!

  • lisacng @

    What I love about this 7 layer dip is that it's served on a shallow dish and not a 5" dish, which is so unwelcoming

  • Vanessa Gonzalez

    Great! post
    I will add the fresh top layers to my also Mexican bean-dip... btw have u every tried frying the beans with chorizo? delicious, filling and rich.

    • Tara @ Unsophisticook

      I haven't tried that, Vanessa, but I definitely will in the future. Love me some spicy chorizo!

  • Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser

    mmmmm, I love dips! This one looks absolutely divine!

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