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.


  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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