Individual 7 Layer Bean Dips


On occasion, I’ve been known to make 7 layer dip for dinner. That’s just how much I love the stuff. It’s been a long time family favorite so when I saw these individual servings from The Girl Who Ate Everything I knew I’d have to try it (and I saw those three years ago and I still haven’t forgotten about them, genius idea for sure). Good bye messy scooping and double dippers!

Individual 7 Layer Bean Dips | Cooking Classy

Their perfect individual serving size makes these perfect for a party and this recipe could easily be doubled. You can also adjust it to suit your taste, like for me personally I prefer it without the salsa because that’s they way my family has always made 7 Layer Bean Dip. I just like to focus on the fresh tomatoes and feel the salsa isn’t needed but that’s just me. Make them how you like and enjoy!

Individual 7 Layer Bean Dips | Cooking Classy

Individual 7 Layer Bean Dips | Cooking Classy

Individual 7 Layer Bean Dips | Cooking Classy


Individual 7 Layer Bean Dips

4 from 1 vote

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 (15.5 oz) can refried beans
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp taco seasoning , recipe follows in notes (or to taste)
  • 3 medium ripe avocados
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime or lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup thick and chunky salsa (optional, I prefer it without)
  • 1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese (4 oz)
  • 2 large Roma tomatoes , diced
  • 2/3 cup black olives , diced
  • 2 - 3 green onions , diced
  • Also needed , 8 (9 oz) cups


  1. In a bowl, using a fork, stir together refried beans with 2 Tbsp water (or more to reach desired consistency. You don't want them to be runny but not so thick they'll break the chips either). Mix in taco seasoning.
  2. Peel and core avocados and mash with lime juice to reach desired texture, while seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. To assemble:
  4. Add a heaping spoonful of the bean mixture to the bottom of cup (careful not to smear it along the edges or you'll mess up the look of the layers. It doesn't have to be perfect and you can wipe it of with a damp paper towel as needed) then spread into an even layer using the back of a spoon. Add a heaping spoonful of the avocado mixture over bean layer and spread into an even layer, then follow with a layer of a spoonful of sour cream (spread) then a spoonful of salsa if using (spread). Sprinkle with a layer of cheese, then finish by layering tomatoes, black olives and green onions. Store in refrigerator and serve with tortilla chips.
  5. Recipe Source: adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything

Recipe Notes

For the tacos seasoning: in a bowl combine 1 Tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper. Use what is needed then store remainder in an airtight container for another use.


  • Matt Robinson: So funny, my first though was about double dipping too! Problem solved! Love these:) July 21, 2014 at 11:19am Reply

  • Shari Kelley: I love this idea, Jaclyn! It makes me want to have a party just so I can make these. Thanks for the idea and recipe. Pinning for my next party! July 21, 2014 at 2:00pm Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): Like you, I could make a meal out of this dip. Love these individual servings – perfect party food! July 21, 2014 at 2:15pm Reply

  • Jeni: This is perfect for a party or even a meal! I don’t know why I haven’t thought of this before! July 21, 2014 at 4:37pm Reply

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet: Love this idea! It makes serving dip for parties so much easier and classier! Pinned! July 21, 2014 at 6:15pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: What a fun idea! I think we should pair up your bean dips with my guac bar from last week, and throw a massive fiesta :) July 22, 2014 at 2:41am Reply

  • Tom @ Raise Your Garden: Wow that 7 layer bean dip is a must for every party. Quick, easy and looks delicious! July 22, 2014 at 4:09am Reply

  • Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare: These are so cute! What a great idea. For me, whenever I have leftover 7 layer dip, it never stays intact in the fridge. This is the answer to that dilemma! :) July 22, 2014 at 8:31am Reply

  • Karen @ Lushious Eats: This looks amazing! I’m thinking about skipping lunch and going straight to munching on this dip!! ;) July 22, 2014 at 8:46am Reply

  • Rasa @ This Fox Cooks: I am a sucker for anything miniaturized. These are so cute! I’m also thinking that now I need to have a party just for an excuse to make these… July 22, 2014 at 8:54am Reply

  • Olivia – Primavera Kitchen: You amaze me more every time I visit your blog! I am in love with your creative food dishes. July 22, 2014 at 10:44am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Olivia! July 22, 2014 at 11:13am Reply

  • michela: I’m doing this for the next poyluck at work
    Great Idea :) July 23, 2014 at 8:39am Reply

  • Christy Denney: Yay! I’m so flattered! I’m such a big fan of your site. You are so talented. July 23, 2014 at 7:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so flattered you are a fan of my site :)! I have always LOVED yours! July 24, 2014 at 9:49am Reply

  • Julie: What size cups are recommended? July 24, 2014 at 8:09pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I forgot to list that, it’s recommended to use 9 oz cups. July 24, 2014 at 10:52pm Reply


  • becky: Can these be made ahead of time for for a party tomorrow? Or should I wait till tomorrow to prepare? December 23, 2015 at 9:47am Reply

  • MaryBeth: But how do you get a taste of all of it together? Do you just dip one layer at a time? January 24, 2016 at 5:53am Reply

  • Susan Brookshire: This is an older post but I thought I’d add a note anyway. I made these for a shower this weekend and they were a hit! For future reference, if you layer the guacamole in the middle of the dip – it will stay green for several day, so you can make the individual servings a day in advance.. I had a couple of leftover cups and the dip was still good – and the guacamole still green – after 4 days! October 7, 2016 at 8:25am Reply

  • Janet: What a great idea! Looks and taste wonderful. January 17, 2017 at 1:54pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad you liked it Janet! January 31, 2017 at 11:41am Reply

  • Beth Marshall: Made this for a party and they were a big hit! Everyone liked the way they looked but struggled with how to eat it and get all the layers. Also, most people dumped it on a plate and split it between two or more of them b/c it was difficult to get to all the layers. So, they looked pretty and got eaten but were difficult to manage when trying to get to all the layers. November 10, 2017 at 2:12pm Reply

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