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Seven-Layer Dip {Secret Recipe Club}

by Jeanette on June 13, 2011 · 23 Comments
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Seven-Layer Dip, a Crowd-Pleaser

This is my second month joining in on the fun with the Secret Recipe Club, created by Amanda of Amanda’s Cookin. This month there are over 100 food bloggers participating in the Secret Recipe Club. The idea behind this club is to give bloggers the chance to try each other’s recipes without the other bloggers knowing it until everyone posts their results.

This month I was assigned Mary of Giving Up On Perfect, where Mary blogs about life – “sometimes funny, occasionally deep, always real.” Mary likes to talk about “family, faith, books, diet-friendly and fiber-filled foods like granola bars and nachos (what?), celebrity-look-alikes and my favorite TV shows.”

As I read through Mary’s blog, I noticed a few similarities between the two of us – we both married young (she married her high school sweetheart and I married my freshman college sweetheart); she had a premature delivery (my twins were born 11 weeks premature); and we both have a strong Christian faith.

Although Mary does post recipes on her blog (she loves Mexican food, especially anything with a tortilla!), she writes on a variety of topics, including parenting, christianity, work, and compassion. For this month’s Secret Recipe Club, I decided to make Mary’s Seven Layer Dip, the perfect appetizer for a big party.

Easy Dips, like bean dips and layered dips, are especially popular during the summer for casual barbeques and get togethers. I’ve made different versions of 7-Layer Dip in the past, but haven’t made it in a while. With one of my son’s baseball season ending, our team had a end-of-season celebration, so I couldn’t think of a better appetizer to bring for a large crowd. Whether you call it Mexican dip, taco dip, bean layer dip, or 7-Layer Dip, this layered dip is a winner every time.

I made a few adjustments to the layers in this Seven Layer Dip, mainly to suit the taste of a younger crowd.

Seven-Layer Dip

From Mary’s Giving Up On Perfect with a few minor swaps. 

Seven-Layer Dip Ingredients:

  • 1 can (fat free) refried beans
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • Simple Guacamole (see below)
  • 1 cup low-fat shredded cheese
  • pickled sliced jalapeno peppers

Simple Guacamole Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt to taste


  1. Spread the refried beans in a pie plate.
  2. Layer tomatoes and onions on top.
  3. Mix Greek yogurt with 1 tablespoon taco seasoning and spread on top.
  4. To make Simple Guacamole, mash avocado, lime juice and a little salt together until smooth. Spread on top.
  5. Sprinkle cheese on top.
  6. Top with jalapeno peppers.
  7. Serve with tortilla chips.
Mashing avocado, lime juice and a little salt together makes a Simple Guacamole


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  1. I've seen many layered dips, but your looks excellent. The greek yogurt must make it hold together far better than sour cream!

  2. Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy says:

    I love seven-layer dips; this one looks so yummy. I like the idea of using Greek yogurt.

  3. Inside a British Mum's Kitchen says:

    This looks like a great layered dip – infact more of a meal! lovely ingredients

  4. Hi there! I saw your blog linked over at Secret Recipe Club (I didn't participate but was just checking out all of the blogs that did) and I'm so glad I found your blog. Your photography is GORGEOUS! And this dip looks delish. Can't wait to look around more. I am your newest follower!

    Check out my blog and follow back if you like!


  5. You can't go wrong with dips like this and there are so many places to take them during the summer. Looks great!

  6. Yum, I love seven-layer dip! This one sounds really delicious…especially with homemade guacamole! :)

  7. Cooking Rookie says:

    What a nice recipe! you are so patient to make all seven layers, I would probably just pick 3 or 4 :-)


    Jeanette, what a great recipe! I haven't had 7 layer dip in so long. Adding this to the menu this week. :)

  9. Jeanette says:

    This seven-layer dip is really easy to put together, and I tried to make it a little bit healthier by substituting 0% fat Greek yogurt for the sour cream. Homemade guacamole is also really easy to make and contains no preservatives.

  10. Oh my YUM! This is soooo yummy looking! great choice; cant wait to try it!

  11. I love seven layer dip. Your pics are great!

  12. I'm enjoying my first month in the Secret Recipe Club and checking out all the blogs and recipes. I love that this recipe uses Greek yogurt, yummy!

  13. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Such a delicious looking dip! Yum! Great pick for the SRC :)

  14. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    I like that you've lighten up this classic dip, it's a great one to bring to picnics and bbq's.

  15. wow, how did you get to be a part of this club? sooo neat! and i love the dip idea! it's always so unhealthy, but using the yogurt instead of the sourcream/cream cheese is perfect!

  16. What a fun dip! I'm betting it would be perfect for a father's day bbq!

  17. Jeanette says:

    Anyone can join the Secret Recipe Club. Amanda's Cookin hosts this event every month. Here's the link: http://www.amandascookin.com/p/secret-recipe-club.html

    Hope you all join in on the fun!

  18. I could make a whole meal out of that dip. Looks wonderful.

  19. One of the reasons I love the events that have you cook from another's blog is the fact that you meet so many new people you may not have otherwise met – and sometimes become great friends because of it! The did looks very yummy! A great take to a party kind of dip!

  20. amanda @ fake ginger says:

    This looks fantastic! I love that you used Greek yogurt and guacamole. I bet I could eat that entire dish by myself!

  21. Jeanette says:

    This would be perfect as an appetizer for Father's Day BBQ. It's lightened up with fat-free refried beans and 0% Greek yogurt, but no one will ever know.

  22. Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) says:

    I ate so much of this dip in my twenties, and happily so! Glad to see it back again and updated with Greek yogurt. I have the chips but I'm missing this in my kitchen, a pity. Looks so good!

  23. Simply Life says:

    ooh i wish I could dip right into this!

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