Seven Layer Dip Macaroni Salad

Seven Layer Dip Macaroni Salad is a combination of everyone’s favorite potluck dishes: macaroni salad and seven layer dip. Perfect for potlucks!

With Memorial Day this weekend, the unofficial kickoff to summer is here! It’s time to think about all the BBQs and backyard parties!


What are your favorite BBQ foods? I love the burgers, the hot dogs, the watermelon, the seven layer dip, the macaroni salad. That makes this recipe a no-brainer. Seven Layer Dip Macaroni Salad. It’s the best of both worlds and you and your family and friends are sure to love it. I know we did.

Seven Layer Dip Macaroni Salad is a combination of everyone's favorite potluck dishes: macaroni salad and seven layer dip. Perfect for potlucks!

When I sat down to create this Seven Layer Dip Macaroni Salad I wrote down all of the ingredients in a traditional seven layer dip. You’ve got your refried beans, your guacamole, your sour cream/mayo/taco seasoning mixture, tomatoes, olives, green onions and cheese. Looking at the list, I knew that I was going to have to make a few modifications if I was going to turn this into a pasta salad.

First, I knew that the “dressing” for the salad was definitely going to be the sour cream/mayo/taco seasoning mixture, which in all honesty is my favorite part. Then I got to thinking that refried beans wouldn’t really work well in a pasta salad so I decided to substitute whole black beans. Instead of guacamole, I decided to use diced avocado. And while you could certainly use shredded cheddar cheese, I wanted some bigger chunks of cheese so I used diced cheese.

This Seven Layer Dip Macaroni Salad came together really quickly. And as much as I wanted to dive right in, I thought that waiting would make it taste even better. So I covered it. Put it in the fridge and waited a couple of hours.

Seven Layer Dip Macaroni Salad is a combination of everyone's favorite potluck dishes: macaroni salad and seven layer dip. Perfect for potlucks!

Boy am I glad I did. The flavor babies that this Seven Layer Dip Macaroni Salad made are unbelievable. And it will be the perfect addition to your Memorial Day spread this weekend!

If you are looking for other Memorial Day Recipes you’ve got to check out this Garlic Grilled Chicken and for a twist on BBQ sauce for all those burgers you’ve GOT to try Alabama White BBQ Sauce.


Update: this post was originally posted in 2014 but was updated with new photos and a video in 2018.

Seven Layer Dip Macaroni Salad is PERFECT for summer get togethers! #pastasalad #memorialday #4thofJuly #laborday #BBQ

Seven Layer Dip Macaroni Salad Recipe

Serves 6 - 8 Prep Time: Cook Time:
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  • 2 1/2 cups dried elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced green onions
  • 1 cup diced cheddar cheese or 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 ( 6 oz) can sliced black olives
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • salt



Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cool water.


Meanwhile, whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream and taco seasoning.


Add in black beans, diced tomatoes , green onions, cheddar cheese, black olives and diced avocados. Stir in macaroni. Toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour. Adjust seasoning with salt if desired. Serve.


Note: This can be made a day ahead, but wait to add the avocado until just before serving.


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  • Reply
    August 18, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    I want to make this for a party. How much of each ingredient would I use for 40-50 people?

    • Reply
      August 26, 2018 at 6:05 pm

      Hi Lisa- Sorry for the late response, I was out of town on vacation. If you are still needing the ingredients you could add the recipe to a recipe multiplier. As this one serves about 8, you’ll have to multiply it 5 – 6 times. Here is one I found. I hope that it helps!

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    June 18, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Realllllyyyy gooooooddd, except I would the tomatoes out just because I dont like tomatoes.

    • Reply
      June 18, 2018 at 8:30 pm

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed it! And that is the great thing about pasta salads, you can take out anything you don’t like and add anything that you do!

  • Reply
    June 1, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    I love all these flavors together!

  • Reply
    Megan | MegUnprocessed
    June 1, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    What a great idea! So much flavor in this combo!

  • Reply
    Ruth Lawdermilk
    May 30, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Just wondering how long this will keep refrigerated and will avacado turn brown?

    • Reply
      May 30, 2018 at 12:39 pm

      You can make this a day ahead but I would wait to add the avocado until just before you serve :)

  • Reply
    Kim - Liv Life
    August 7, 2014 at 9:17 am

    What a treat!!! Taco seasoning makes everything just a little better, doesn’t it?? Love this!

  • Reply
    The Food Hunter
    August 7, 2014 at 7:35 am

    what a cool idea

  • Reply
    Michelle De La Cerda-Nash
    August 6, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Love it! So creative.

  • Reply
    August 6, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Such a unique recipe twist! I love it!

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    August 6, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Great idea! Sounds delicious!

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    Patricia Conte
    August 6, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Great idea! Love this :)

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    Janelle Dangerfield Shank
    August 6, 2014 at 7:44 am

    what a great idea to combine two awesome sides into one!

  • Reply
    May 22, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    I love this so much! Two of my favorite cookout foods combined into one!

    • Reply
      May 22, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      Thank you! They are my favorite too! :)

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