A long-time favorite at parties, 7 layer bean dip is a fantastic and easy recipe to make. Once you've gathered the ingredients and supplies, you can have your 7 layer bean dip made in under 30 minutes. This recipe combines the soulful goodness of refried beans with a cool sour cream mixture and fresh vegetables. All it takes is one dip with your tortilla chip and you will be hooked. This recipe works best in a flat pan. You can put it in a large bowl, but flat surfaces make it easier to scoop out the dip and get every delicious layer. Be sure to have plenty of chips on hand in a nearby bowl. Eat the 7 layer dip quickly, because the avocados turn dark and lose flavor when they are exposed to air.
You can serve this dip with flour tortillas or crackers, too. Just be sure to have a serving spoon handy for scooping the dip out of the pan and onto the tortilla.
Pour the sour cream into a small bowl. Add the taco seasoning and mix well. Set aside. Open the beans and put both into the pan. Smooth with a spatula or spoon until the beans are an even layer. This is the bottom layer of the bean dip. Wash the spatula (and continue to do so as you use it to smooth out each layer). Cut the avocados in half and scoop out the insides. Discard the seeds and skins. Mash the avocados on a small plate with a fork. Add sea salt, garlic powder and black pepper to taste. Mix in one teaspoon of olive oil for a smooth consistency. Take the avocado mixture and layer it on top of the beans. Smooth with the spatula.
Take the sour cream mixture and place on top of the avocado layer. Again, use the spatula to make the layer smooth. The tomatoes should be chopped into small pieces. Be sure to seed and drain off any excess liquid before putting on the sour cream. If the tomatoes are runny or contain too much moisture, it will make the dip soggy. Now sprinkle the chopped green onions on top of the tomatoes. You can purchase a block of cheese and grate it, or buy shredded cheese. Colby Jack gives a nice flavor to this dip, and is preferred over Cheddar cheese. Layer the cheese over the tomatoes.
Last, open and drain a small can of sliced black olives. When all the liquid is gone, sprinkle the olives over the cheese. This is the last layer of the 7 Layer Bean Dip. Serve with tortilla chips. Refrigerate unused portions and keep the dip covered tightly. This recipe won't last long, even when kept cool. Eat promptly and enjoy!