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Seven Layer Dip

Prep: 20 mins | Cook: 10 mins | Total: 30 mins | Servings:24


Seven Layer Dip
Seven Layer Dip
Seven Layer Dip
This dip is the mother load of dips. The Queen Behemoth. The big bad baddy of all dips. This is the dip that all other lesser dips aspire to be. If a dip were to come alive and take over the world ... this would be that dip. This is the dip to end all dips. This dip is ... THE dip.

What I love about this dip is ... how appropriate it really is for low carbing! It's full of ground meat, cheese, and sour cream. Sure, the guacamole, salsa and beans have some carbs, but not much ... especially if you make it with my "refried" beans recipe!

I do want to say that ... I made this dip in a sort of weird container. I wanted something clear, so you could see the layers. I actually suggest using something wider and more squat ... then layering and smoothing out each layer as you go. This will make it more pleasing to dip and ... less of a struggle.

All hail the Seven Layer Dip!

Nutrition Note: This recipe took some creative fiddling to get results that seemed reasonable and honest. No guarantees, but ... I feel good that the nutrition results are close and sincere. Each of the 24 people served will get roughly 1/3 of a cup, with roughly the nutritional amounts shown below.

Another Note: Photos taken with baked low carb tortilla chips.

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IngredientsCaloriesFatProteinCarbsFiberSA'sNet Carbs
1 lb (454g)  ground beef115390.877.180000
4 each (12g)  garlic cloves, minced16004004
1 tsp (2g)  cumin seed, ground7.5.440.88.2200.66
1 tsp (2g)  coriander seed, ground5.
1 each (6.67g)  jalepeno chillies, seeds removed and finely diced2.
2 cup (400g)  "refried" beans (recipe)46128242917012
1 cup (230g)  sour cream4444558008
1 cup (200g)  guacamole (recipe)278234.72111.2.729.08
1 cup (227g)  salsa mexicana (recipe)
1/2 lb (227g)  cheddar cheese, grated902.4374.36562.75002.75
1/2 cup (90g)  sliced black olives, drained93.936.
salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste0000000
Totals (of 24 Servings):3429.39268.46g171.27g89.48g35.51g2.72g51.25g
Per Serving:142.8911.19g7.14g3.73g1.48g0.11g2.14g *


  1. In a large non-stick pan over medium heat, sauté the ground beef with the garlic, cumin, coriander and jalepeno. Season with salt and pepper. Break up the meat and cook until you have cooked browned ground beef.
  2. Transfer the beef to a wide plate and spread it evenly on the plate or tray.
  3. Refrigerate the beef until it is cold. And ... by cold, I mean COLD. When this dip is served, it should be served chilled, so that people don't get sick from warm dip. Building it with a warm ingredient is a good way to grow bad bacteria. Please, thoroughly chill the meat before you use it.
  4. While the meat is chilling, assemble the rest of your ingredients.
  5. In a wide serving bowl, spread an even layer of chilled refried beans.
  6. Evenly spread your cooked and chilled ground beef on top of the beans.
  7. Evenly spoon your sour cream on the ground beef. With the back of a spoon or a spatula, spread it evenly and to the edges of the bowl.
  8. Repeat the above process with the guacamole and then the salsa.
  9. Finally, garnish with the cheese and top it off with sliced olives!
  10. Chill and save for later, or serve in a bed of ice. You can place it on a table for guests, without the need for ice, but please don't let it sit out at room temperature for more than 4 hours.
  11. Enjoy with chips!

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So what do you use to dip with? 

 Tiffany   6/14/2015


---Reply posted by DJ on 6/14/2015
Lots of things! Click "search" at the top of the page and look for "crackers". I have a cheddar cracker that's just excellent with this. In the photos, you'll also see low-carb baked tortilla chips (recipe is also on the site). Outside of chips and crackers are pork rinds, raw veggies like peppers or carrot sticks, cheese sticks, cheese crisps, spoons, forks and fingers! Many different ways you can go with this. I hope it helps! :)

That is a FANTASTIC idea, Suzanne!!! WOW! Yes, I can picture that completely Use similar seasonings and the color and texture would be very very close. REALLY great suggestion! Thank you!

 DJ  2/24/2014


I made a 7-layer dip this week that used pureed roasted eggplant in place of traditional refried beans. It took 2 eggplants to have enough for a 9"x9" casserole dish. I didn't tell anyone what I had done until after they had eaten it, and nobody knew. The eggplant's texture came out remarkably similar to the real thing.

 Suzanne  2/24/2014


---Reply posted by Suz on 2/3/2016
I would love your eggplant recipe as well. We cannot eat soy at all so the soybean refried bean part of this dip is off the menu for us. Thanks. Love the recipe otherwise.
---Reply posted by Lisa on 6/5/2015
can you email me your pureed roasted eggplant recipe....that sounds so good!