Individual Seven-Layer Dips

These Individual Seven-Layer Dips are individually portioned Mexican appetizer dips perfect for parties, BBQs, potlucks, and get togethers. Definitely a memorable appetizer that will have people raving. Unlike the traditional 7-layer bean dip, there’s no double dipping here!

These Individual Seven-Layer Dips are individually portioned dips perfect for parties and get togethers. No double dipping here!

We keep it pretty minimal when it comes to toys for our kids on Christmas but yet somehow I feel like there’s STUFF everywhere! Anyone else feel this way?

We’re swimming in Legos over here and just when I think I’ve cleaned up the last of them, I’ll step on one or one of my boys will drop their ships and Lego pieces go flying everywhere.

I think my husband spent 6 straight hours on Christmas helping them build Legos.These Individual Seven-Layer Dips are individually portioned dips perfect for parties and get togethers. No double dipping here!

Seven layer dip is one of my favorites. But after a few people have dipped (hopefully not double-dipped), it starts to look like mush.

All the pretty layers turn into an unidentifiable, unappetizing pile.

My sister told me about the idea of individual seven layer dips as a party idea.

The great thing about seven layer dip is that you can adjust it to your personal tastes.

Now, you could make these in glass tumblers too, but we are pretty casual over here so plastic tumblers are the way we roll.

These would be great for watching a football game or for a New Year’s party.These Individual Seven-Layer Dips are individually portioned dips perfect for parties and get togethers. No double dipping here!

Garnish with one tortilla chip. Store in the refrigerator until serving and serve with chips. Makes around 8 individual dips.
Individual Seven-Layer Dips
Prep Time
22 hrs 14 mins
Cook Time
22 hrs 14 mins
Servings: 8 cups
Author: Christy Denney
  • 1 16 ounce can refried beans
  • 1 1 ounce package taco seasoning
  • 1 cup guacamole or make homemade guacamole
  • 1 8 ounce container sour cream
  • 1 cup chunky salsa or pico de gallo; or make homemade pico de gallo
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
  • 2 Roma tomatoes , diced
  • 1/2 bunch of green onions , sliced
  • 1 2.25 ounce can of sliced olives, drained
  • 8 9 ounce plastic tumblers
  • tortilla chips
  1. In a small bowl mix taco seasoning with refried beans. Some people prefer to mix their taco seasoning with the sour cream layer but I wanted a bright white layer so I did it with the beans.
  2. Here's how the layers are assembled:
  3. Layer 1: beans and taco seasoning; Layer 2: sour cream; Layer 3: guacamole; Layer 4: salsa or pico de gallo; Layer 5: cheese; Layer 6: tomatoes; Layer 7: green onions and olives
  4. In each plastic glass, layer about 2 Tablespoons of the beans, followed by 2 Tablespoons of sour cream, 2 Tablespoons of guacamole, 2 Tablespoons of salsa or pico de gallo, and 2 Tablespoons of cheese. Make sure you drain your salsa or pico to get the excess liquid out before you pour it on. Then top with about 1-2 teaspoons of tomatoes, olives, and green onion (If making ahead of time, wait to add these toppings until shortly before serving).
  5. Garnish with one tortilla chip. Store in the refrigerator until serving and serve with chips. Makes around 8 individual dips.
Recipe Notes

It makes it easier to place the wet ingredients like sour cream and guacamole in a Ziploc bag and snip of the corner for easy piping.

Note: All measurements are approximate. Depending on whether you want thicker or thinner layers you will need more or less.

These Individual Seven-Layer Dips are individually portioned dips perfect for parties and get togethers. No double dipping here!

*Nutritional Info may very slightly depending on your type of guacamole, etc.
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  1. Love this idea and will be perfect for this summers bbq’s, thanks!

  2. These are so cute, and I love that you can double dip because it’s your own cup!

  3. We are so on the same page..I’ve got a seven-layer dip ready to post too! But I love the individual serving idea!

  4. What is awesome about this one for me, is my husband & child are pickier than me, and they don’t want onions, or black olives, or only a certain salsa etc. This could even be a “make your own bar” where guests could customize their layers! love it!

  5. I love this idea! Love Bree’s idea of letting guests “build their own” too. Saw something similar to this on Pinterest where they squeezed Ranch dressing into small plastic cups and then stuck carrot and celery sticks into it! Think I will do both of these things for my New Year’s Eve party this weekend. Thanks for the great idea.

  6. those are really pretty, I love that idea! Thanks. I will remember that one. 🙂

  7. What an excellent idea! I’m copying this right now!!!

  8. so fun!

  9. My husband would love these without the beans 🙂

  10. Awesome idea!

  11. genius! my husband and i were JUST discussing the need for 7 layer dip for our new year’s football watching, but since it’s just the 2 of us we don’t need a full spread. this will be perfect! thanks for the idea.

  12. LOVE this idea! This prevents double dipping and a crowd around the table with the platter! Win, win! Thanks for sharing!

  13. love this idea! No more double dippers in your dip! lol…

  14. what a good idea, this also means I can double dip my chips!! LOL

    We have a HUGE, I mean HUUUUUGE princess castle in our living room – I feel your toy pain.

  15. Love this idea! One because it is fun, and two because of portio control…I always tend to get out of control with the dip.

  16. what a genius idea! A side from loving mexican, these colorful apps are perfect for parties and it’s great because everyone isn’t reaching for the same bowl!

  17. Duh – don’t know why I haven’t thought of doing this! I LOVE 7 layer dip… it’d be great to make some up just for personal portion control 😉

  18. Love, love, love this idea – especially during cold and flu season. No offense intended to all the double dippers!!!

  19. This is such a great idea! I cannot wait to try it!

  20. Such a brilliant idea, loved the individual cups!!

  21. I love this idea for a summer BBQ!

  22. Those look so good and I like the individual serving size!

  23. Found you in Pinterest! Love this idea!!!!

  24. Such a genius idea!

  25. What a great idea! I will definitely be using this the next time I make 7-layer dip.

    And about those Legos…there are some things that you NEVER forget, no matter how old your kids are…things like stepping barefooted on Legos.

  26. I adore this idea for a Super Bowl party!

  27. What a cute idea! Eliminates double dipping and perfect for Super Bowl!

  28. This is a wonderful idea for wedding receptions or any type of party!
    I just have to link this one to my blog.

  29. super cute if you put it in margarita glasses. you can get them cheaply at a 99 cent store!

  30. These look so awesome. Is it just me or does everything look better served in little glass cups?!

  31. These look great – came across your idea on Pinterest. Thanks!

  32. This looks gorgeous (and delish) – and could easily be modified to be healthier (spoil sport, I know :D) – but it’s how we roll. Gonna HAVE to try this! Great idea!

    ~ Tiffany

    Transfer of Health
    Healthy Recipes and How to Feel Good

  33. My 14-year-old grandson has gotten into cooking. He called me to say he’d made a recipe from a cookbook I compiled a number of years back. It was called Mexican Heartburn, or as it is now known, Seven Layer Dip! When I saw your take on it, I had to send him your link! I love your site, and I’ve added it to my favorites. Thanks for sharing! ~Lucia Kaiser from Design by Lucia

  34. I love this idea, although I would have to go back for another cup:) This is most fav dip ever!
    New Follower over from eighteen25!
    (your blog name is AWESOME!)
    ~Jen @

  35. Great idea! Just featured this on our Fun Finds Friday…

  36. What a brilliant idea. I’ve made 7 layer dip tons of times, but always in a casserole dish. How brilliant to make everyone their own cup/dish.

  37. Thanks for sharing! Making these for Super Bowl at home with family and I found your recipe at eighteen25.

  38. Fabulous idea.. portion control and a solution for double dipping along with portability! Brilliant!
    New to your blog, lots of fun can’t wait to check out more of your posts!~

  39. well best part of this post is step on one or one of my boys will drop their ships and Lego pieces go flying everywhere dubai properties

  40. I love it!! And it’s sorta cool that a post from … what? 5 months ago … can still be seen new and fresh thanks to social media. 🙂 I “tumbled” onto this picture from guess where.

  41. Love, love, love these. So clever and it takes out the mess of dips. I came by way of Providence Ltd, where she served it at a party for her mother.

  42. Thank you for this idea. I just saw it on Pinterest and repined. I am planning a going out of town party for daughter and this would be perfect!

  43. Can’t wait to try this on weekend camping trip. 10 people + 10 kayaks = hunger! Looks mouthwatering! Thanks

  44. These will be awesome to serve at the baby shower!!! the new mommy wants mexican food!!!!

  45. These look delicious! I totally agree about the “mush” look when it’s all in one pan. I am using this recipe to get me through football season … 22 dips til Superbowl – you can read about it here!
    Thanks for sharing!

  46. I found your post from Pinterest, and made these for a party last night. They were a hit! I don’t actually like this dip myself, so was glad to be able to send leftover cups of dip home with my guests (along with a baggie of chips, since I don’t eat those either!).

  47. I absolutely love this!!

  48. What a GREAT idea — no double dipping party scoopers! Love it.

  49. What a GREAT idea — no double dipping party scoopers! Love it.

  50. FANTABULOUS idea…….

    Texas Granny

  51. Thanks for this great idea!

  52. I made these for a friend’s wedding recently, they turned out great and were very popular! I was wondering though, how did you get the nice, neat, separate layers ? Is there a trick to that ?

  53. LOVE IT!

  54. How do you keep the sides from being so messy??

    • @Hillary,
      Very carefully! If you had to mass produce these I would put each filling in a large Ziploc bag and snip off the corner, then pipe it in each cup.

  55. Where did you find the tumblers? I have been looking everywhere!

  56. Oh these look so good.
    My kids would love them as a treat in their school lunches. I am wondering how long do these last in the fridge, a few days to maybe a week? Anyone know?

  57. It’s really really fantastic!!! I am copying it right now!!!

  58. Love small plates – can’t wait to try these!

  59. Love little plates – can’t wait to try!

  60. thank you

  61. This is true genius!

  62. So cute for a small Super Bowl Sunday party!

  63. This is a great idea! You could even make an assemble your own layer dip bar with it!

  64. This is fantastic and such a fun idea for everyone! Thank you! Love your blog too 🙂

  65. Great for parties, I am a reuse queen and those little single serving, 1/2 cup size, pudding cups would be perfect for this! WOW

  66. Hi, Just want to say thank you soooo much for this idea. We had our first bbq of 2013 and it went down a treat. Perfect for the appetizers while everyone’s ready but the food is still cooking. Loved by all, thanks ;D

  67. What a great idea!!! Pinned.

  68. We tried these for a party and they were a terrific hit! We also did some regular tossed salad with veggies. Great Great Idea!!!

  69. You deserve 107 comments, Girl. This is so nice. The best thing why i’ll try it for my next party is it makes the guest feel special..when you give them in beautiful individual serving like that. It makes the staement that I care for you…you are not just one in the crowd. Repinning it . Dita.

  70. Would these be good to make the night before or should I wait for the day of event? Just wondering if it would spoil in the fridge the night before. Thanks. I look forward to making these 🙂

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      You could make these the night before but leave off the tomatoes, olives, and green onions. Add those the day of for best results.

  71. I just found you on line. What a great idea!!! I love them all so far. 🙂

  72. I made these for a bridal shower Saturday and they were a tremendous hit!! I did however reverse the order of the guacamole and the sour cream by accident which turned out to be fine because there was 3 leftover and the guacamole did not turn brown in the fridge overnight and they tasted just as good as the day I made them.
    Great recipe, Thank you for sharing!

  73. What a great idea…now I can double dip without recrimination!

  74. Hi! I have to bring a savory appetizer to a party and have been struggling since I want to bring something cold. I love this idea! I never buy refried beans and wondering what brand you use … do you have a preference or find them all to be pretty much the same? Thanks! I love your site — I’m sure I’ll be using many of your recipes.

  75. I love this website!! Happened on it when searching for 7 layer dip. The individual cups are a great idea. I had a previous recipe that mixed the sour cream with the taco seasoning as you mentioned–I like your idea of mixing it with the refried beans better. I’ll try it this Sunday for the Super Bowl. Go Seahawks!

  76. Love this! Want to use for a pre-superbowl party tomorrow. Do you cook the beans first with the taco seasoning? Or can you serve it straight out of the can?

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Straight out of can is always how I do it. If we cooked the beans again would they be re- refried beans? Haha. Just kidding.

  77. I use your Ham & Cheese Sliders for EVERYTHING but was asked to bring a dip to a Superbowl party this weekend. Imagine my surprise when I found this cool recipe on Pinterest and it led me to your site. Thank you for always having amazing (and also easy!) recipes!

  78. Great info. Lucky me I discovered your website by chance
    (stumbleupon). I’ve book marked it for later!

  79. i tried it and it tasted delish, but did NOT look as cute as yours … mine was pretty messy. what’s your secret??

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      Like I said in the tips I think it really helps to use ziplock bags for the fillings. Then you can just pipe it in.

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  81. What a good idea. I love this recipe. Thank you.

  82. Maureen, Milwaukee says:

    I’m late to the party, but I found this on Wednesday and made it on Thursday. Used a tbsp. cookie scoop to add 2 tbsp. of each of the layers, and smoothed the edges to the side of the cups with a teaspoon. Went quickly, looked great. Sort of an assembly line approach. Big hit at the potluck I took them to – thanks for a great idea! Now maybe I could make individual trifles this way, hmmmm… : )

  83. Great Idea!! I’m totally inspired to do this for my SILs shower this weekend… shared it on my blog today!

  84. David Fultner says:

    Great idea

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  86. Awesome post.

  87. Awesome idea! How many days on advance could you assemble the base layers (saving the guac for later so it doesn’t brown)? Thank you!!!

  88. Nice 🙂

  89. Made these for a small gathering and they were a hit everyone LOVED them!!!

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  93. Silly question on your Individual Seven Layer Dips: when mixing the taco seasoning with the refried beans, is it just the dry taco seasoning, or are you mixing it with water?

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  95. This is a fantastic idea! I love it!

  96. I pinned this recipe a long time ago and finally tried it tonight. What a great idea for individual serving cups!
    I made the pico de gallo and guacamole recipes you had on here also for this. SO GOOD! I got rave reviews from everyone except my husband, lol! He said there was way too much onion in the pico. I laughed and told him that most people actually LIKE onion, unlike himself. I asked a couple of people if they felt if it had too much onion and they all said no, that it was perfect the way it was. I thought so too. The idea for individual cups makes the prep work a lot more time consuming, but it is great for a party so I felt like it was worth the extra time. No one likes a double-dipper!
    I followed the recipes as written for the 7-layer dip, guacamole and pico, except I only used about 3/4 of the jalapeño in the guac because there was going to be a lot of kids there. This is now my go-to recipe for a 7-layer dip, guacamole and pico de gallo. Thanks for sharing!

  97. Munira Gangat says:

    Looks awesome. Can the dip be inverted onto a serving plate?

  98. Has anyone made these the night before? Does the guacamole stay green the next day?

  99. This is a great idea, kids are going to love it.

  100. I will be making these for a graduation party. Thanks for sharing

  101. I made these last year for our Family Christmas. I think it’s such a cool idea!

  102. Who wouldn’t love these? However, I might want mine in an extra large bowl instead! Pass the chips!

  103. Made these for a Super Bowl party. They are colorful and look great on the table. I also chose to start with the sour cream on the bottom. So that the layers look even, I piped the sour cream and refried beans into the cups. Otherwise, the sour cream splattered up the cup and the refried beans wouldn’t spread over the sour cream. The only comment I from my guests was that they were difficult to eat with tortilla chips…you can’t get to the bottom – the chips break. I would suggest serving with Fritoes or make the layers a little thinner.

  104. wow thanks for sharing i love your all recipes

  105. it looks delicious! I will try to make it rely on your recipe, thanks for sharing!

  106. I’m making 24 of these for a larger gathering and will be putting each filling (wet ones) in gallon ziploc bags, then cutting off a small edge of the corner. You then make a circle into the cup, by squeezing the baggie with the cut corner. Thanks for this great idea! Adding brown lunch bags, with the tops rolled down, for individual chip bags to go with each dip cup.

  107. If I use A 5 ounce cup, would that be way too small?

  108. Rebecca Smith says:

    I was thinking that I could replace refried beans with 4 Bean mix, would that work?

  109. For 7-layer taco dips, I suggest you let your readers know that the easiest way to handle all that messy stuff (refried beans, sour cream, etc.) is to put each item in a quart bag, seal the bag, snip the corner off the bag and squeeze product into each cup.

  110. How far in advance could these be made?

  111. I made these for tailgate party and it was a big hit. I used slightly smaller cups 5oz which I think I was a good serving. It was a lot of work, but it paid off. Thank you!!

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  114. What do you think about making them the night before a luncheon the following day? Or would the ingredients all sorta blend? Just asking for a friend. ;))