7-Layer Flag Dip is a traditional Mexican dip with layers of refried beans, guacamole, salsa and sour cream mixed with taco seasoning. It’s topped with grape tomatoes for the red stripes, shredded Monterey Jack cheese for the white strips, and crushed blue tortillas with sour cream for the stars. It’s perfect for Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July or any time you want to share your summer patriotic festivities with family and friends.
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Ingredients for 7-Layer Flag Dip
Most of the ingredients for this awesome patriotic dip are those found in traditional 7-layer dips.
How I Made the 7-Layer Flag Dip
Step 1: Preparing the Sour Cream Layer and the Tomatoes.
Before building the dip, I needed to do some minimal prep. First, I combined the sour cream and taco seasoning in a bowl and set it aside.
Then, I cut each of the grape tomatoes in half, lengthwise and set them aside. That’s it!
Step 2: Building the First Four Layers
The first four layers of this dip are standard layers for a 7-layer dip. First, I spread the refried beans on the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch dish (Photo 1).
Then, I spread the guacamole on top of the refried beans (Photo 2). Next, I spread the salsa which I had drained on top of the guacamole (Photo 3).
Finally, I spread the sour cream mixture on top of the salsa (Photo 4).
Step 3: Adding the Red Stripes
I used sliced grape tomatoes for the red stripes. I started by placing a single layer of sliced tomatoes lengthwise with the sliced end down along the bottom of the dish. For my grape tomatoes, this used 10 sliced tomatoes.
Then, I repeated the placing of the tomatoes for the second red stripe about an inch and a half from the first stripe.
Before adding the third and fourth stripe, I marked where I wanted the star layer to go. After that, I used six half tomatoes for the two remaining stripes, again spacing them about an inch and a half apart.
Step 4: Adding the White Stripes
For the white stripes, I used shredded Monterey Jack cheese. I carefully placed the cheese between the tomatoes, leaving the space for the star layer untouched.
Step 5: Adding the Star Layer
For the final layer, I sprinkled crushed blue tortilla chips in the area I had left empty for the stars. Then, I piped some reserved sour cream as stars on the blue tortilla chips using a 1M star tip.
The 7-Layer Flag Dip was a lot of fun to put together and super simple to build. The finished product was a perfect complement to the summer patriotic festivities. Yum!
Frequently Asked Questions
The colored tortilla chips came from Publix! I was actually just looking for blue tortilla chips for the star layer and was surprised to see the trip-colored chips.
I got the white 9 x 13-inch dish at Publix. I had several 9 x 13-inch clear dishes that I could have used. However, I thought that a white dish would look the best. This particular dish was quite inexpensive – I was thrilled to find it!
You can definitely place the first four layers in whatever order your like. I generally start with the refried beans on the bottom. Because the sour cream layer was the lightest, I wanted that layer below the Stars and Stripes layers.
Like other Mexican dips, this 7-Layer Flag Dip can definitely be made ahead of time. In fact, it’s preferable to make it ahead of time and refrigerate it covered until serving time.
I like to use grape tomatoes because of their size and shape. If you’re unable to find grape tomatoes, you could also use finely chopped Roma tomatoes that you had seeded.
Other Dip Recipes
If you’re looking for other delicious dip recipes, look no further. These are some of my favorite dip recipes:
- White Queso Dip: White Queso Dip is like the queso cheese dip served at your favorite Mexican restaurant, only better. This super simple dip takes only minutes to make and and is amazingly versatile. You are going to love this super simple restaurant quality Mexican white sauce.
- Easy Spicy Sausage Queso Dip: Ready in minutes, and made with real cheese, Easy Spicy Sausage Queso Dip is a real crowd pleaser. This dip thickens as it cools, but doesn’t become hard like other cheese based dips. It’s amazing with tortilla chips and spread on French bread or crackers.
- Bacon Jalapeño Popper Dip: Bacon Jalapeño Popper Dip is the perfect appetizer for the busy holiday season and ultimate holiday feast. It’s creamy and cheesy, and full of bacon and jalapeño peppers. Bacon Jalapeño Popper Dip is easy to put together, can be made ahead of time and will likely be the first appetizer to disappear.
- Cheesy Salsa Dip in a Bread Bowl: Cheesy Salsa Dip in a Bread Bowl is an amazing appetizer to serve at your Cinco de Mayo celebration. You will absolutely love the blending of flavors and the taste. You can serve it with tortilla chips, fresh veggies, toasted bread cubes, etc. It’s a snap to put together, and can be made ahead of time. Olé!
- Make Ahead Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip: For many, watching the Super Bowl is an excuse to devour this amazing Make Ahead Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip. It tastes like the ever-popular Buffalo Chicken Wings, but without the fuss and mess. This tangy and cheesy dip takes minutes to put together. It can be made ahead of time and heated to bubbly perfection right before big game.
- Spinach Artichoke Bread Ring Dip: Spinach Artichoke Bread Ring Dip is the perfect marriage between soft and fluffy homemade rolls and amazing Spinach Artichoke Dip. And guess what? The food processor does most of the work, starting with the kneading of the bread dough! This eliminates the need for a stand mixer or bread machine to produce awesome rolls! Once the bread dough is made, the food processor does the work of combining the ingredients for the Spinach Artichoke Dip in four or five pulses.
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7-Layer Flag Dip
- 9 x 13-inch rectangular dish
- 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream, divided (See Tip 1)
- 1 ounce package Taco Seasoning Mix
- 1 ½ cups grape tomatoes, sliced in half, lengthwise
- 16 ounce can fat-free refried beans
- 16 ounce container guacamole
- 16 ounce jar salsa, drained
- 1 ¼ cups (5 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese (See Tip 2)
- ½ cup crushed blue tortilla chips
- Combine 1 ¾ cups of sour cream with taco seasoning mix. Reserve remaining ¼ cup of sour cream for later use.
- Slice grape tomatoes in half, lengthwise.
- Spread refried beans on bottom of 9 x 13-inch dish. Top with guacamole, drained salsa and sour cream mixed with taco seasoning mix.
- Mark an area at the top left of the sour cream layer approximately 5 ¼-inches by 4 ½-inches. This area is for the star layer.
- Place a single layer of sliced grape tomatoes, lengthwise at the long-end of the bottom of dish. Place a second layer approximately 1 ½-inches from the first layer. Place the third and fourth layer of sliced tomatoes up to the area marked off for the star layer, each 1 ½-inches apart.
- Place shredded Monterey Jack cheese between the tomato layers for the white stripes.
- In the top left area that was marked off, sprinkle on crushed blue tortilla chips. Place remaining ¼ cup of sour cream in piping bag fitted with 1M star tip. Pipe white stars on the crushed blue tortilla chips. (See Tips 3 and 4)
- Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with tri-colored tortilla chips. (See Tip 5)
- Yield: 12 servings.
Chula’s Expert Tips
- I used low-fat sour cream.
- You could also use Mozzarella cheese, white Cheddar cheese of other white cheese of your choice.
- If the sour cream seems a bit runny, thicken it with about 1 ½ teaspoons of corn starch. You want the stars to hold their shape.
- You could also use a smaller star tip.
- If you’re unable to find tri-colored tortilla chips, use regular tortilla chips.