Weekly Recipes

Individual 7 Layer Dip

7 Layer Dip in a Cup

Individual 7 Layer Dip is perfect for that outdoor bbq – it’s a dip in a cup, complete with bean dip, chiles, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, tomatoes, onions, olives. Just serve with tortilla chips.

Such a simple recipe – this is a traditional 7 Layer Dip … but served in individual cups. Perfect for that 4th of July outdoor bbq. Everybody can just grab a cup and a handful of chips.

I like to mix green chiles in with the refried beans. I do that for lots of dishes that have refried beans (burritos, tacos, etc). Nothing else needed for that layer. I used medium hot Big Jims for a nice amount of heat; you can taste the heat, but it’s subtle. For the guacamole, I used Classic Wholly Guacamole. Walmart sells a 16 oz tub of it for about $5, perfect for this recipe. Or use your favorite guacamole.

If you have kids, I’d have them assemble these – this is an assembly project. Better yet, after a few rounds of margaritas or beer, make it a game and have the guests assemble them. These will taste good no matter what, and probably nobody will notice if the layers are all lopsided. See the blue chips in the photo? Those are the Broncos tortilla chips from Safeway from last Super Bowl season. You may have to settle for ordinary tortilla chips.

Have fun with this … and Happy 4th!

Individual 7 Layer Dip
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Serves: 8 servings
  • 1 16 oz can refried beans
  • ½ cup diced green chiles
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup chunky salsa (I used hot 505)
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 4 green onions, slices
  • 1 2.25 oz can sliced black olives, drained
  • 8 9-oz clear plastic tumblers
  • tortilla chips
  1. In a small bowl, mix the refried beans and diced green chiles.
  2. For each tumbler, put 2 tbsp of each ingredient in this order: beans, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, shredded cheese, tomatoes, onions, olives.You may want to use more or less of some ingredients depending on your preference.
  3. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. Stick a tortilla chip in each and serve along with a big bowl of tortilla chips.


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