Mexican 7 Layer Dip Cups

7 Layer Dip Cups ~ portable appetizers layered up like everybody’s favorite Tex-Mex bean dip ~ perfect for Cinco de Mayo, picnics, and barbecues. Now we can mingle and chow down at the same time ~ genius!

*This post was sponsored by La Victoria

These colorful 7 Layer Dip Cups are portable little appetizer stations layered up just like everybody's favorite Tex-Mex bean dip ~ so you can mingle and chow down at the same time ~ genius!

7 layer dips cups are the perfect party appetizer

Everyone gets their own little layered dip to carry around with them ~ we can eat AND socialize

I’ve always been a believer in the individual appetizer. They’re cute, they’re fun, and they do away with the communal dip bowl that turns totally unappetizing after a few hungry guests have had their way with it. You’ve seen them before if you’re a fan of the blog, my green goddess veggie dip cups are a riff on this same idea. Ditto my individual salad cups.

These colorful 7 Layer Dip Cups are portable little appetizer stations layered up just like everybody's favorite Tex-Mex bean dip ~ these colorful appetizers will be the hit of your next party!

how to layer a 7 layer dip (everybody does it differently)

The whole idea sprang up in the 70s or 80s, and since then everybody, including your co-worker, your mother-in-law, and Costco, has their own version. A couple of things are certain ~  it’s layered, it’s Tex-Mex, and it’s delicious. It almost always contains refried beans, usually from a can, sour cream, guacamole, black olives, cheese, and salsa. The 7th ingredient can vary quite a bit, it might be ground beef, lettuce, green onions, jalapenos, or corn. And some people sneak in an 8th layer, but don’t acknowledge it (who, me??)  It’s the Wild West out there when it comes to 7 layer dips!

my secret 8th ingredient!

I came up with an 8th ingredient that I love ~ it’s a layer of finely diced pineapple dusted with chili powder, a treat that comes straight from Mexican street vendors. The sweetness of the juicy fruit and the kick of the spice is fabulous.

These colorful 7 Layer Dip Cups are portable little appetizer stations layered up just like everybody's favorite Tex-Mex bean dip ~ perfect for any party, picnic, or barbecue!

a 7 layer dip can be made with convenience foods

The fun is in combination of all the layers, and in the presentation ~ there’s no need to make anything from scratch, unless you want to. Choose a great bottled salsa and you’re off to a good start. La Victoria salsas are always made with real, simple ingredients, and all of their tomatoes are sourced from the California central valley.

TIP: Sometimes I’ll mix some minced fresh tomatoes and a squeeze of lime juice into my jarred salsas. If you like you can throw in some cilantro, too. It’s an easy way to boost their fresh flavor and texture.

These colorful 7 Layer Dip Cups are portable little appetizer stations so your guests can eat and mingle at the same time!

how I layer my individual dip cups

I always keep flavor and color in mind. Sometimes I used shredded red cabbage, and sometimes minced red onion. Other times I substituted a green olive tapenade for the guac. Mexican La Crema and crumbled cotija cheese can stand in for the sour cream and shredded cheese if you want to go for a more authentic combination.

  1. re-fried beans
  2. chili pineapple or corn
  3. guacamole
  4. sour cream
  5. olives
  6. red onion
  7. salsa
  8. cheese

TIP: You can layer in any order you like, but I recommend starting with the re-fried beans, they make a good base and will absorb any excess juices from the upper layers. After that the order of the layers is up to you.

Mexican 7 Layer Dip Cups ~ colorful individual appetizers that encourage everybody to mingle!

I like to use 9 ounce clear plastic cups for individual dip cups

They hold just the right amount and are easy to handle and fill, and you can find them in most grocery stores.

TIP: Look for cups with a wide mouth for easy dipping, and make sure to buy clear plastic, you want to see all those gorgeous layers!

Layering up Mexican 7 Layer Dip Cups with La Victoria salsa.

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7 Layer Dip Appetizer Cups

7 Layer Dip Cups ~ portable appetizers layered up like everybody's favorite Tex-Mex bean dip ~ perfect for Cinco de Mayo, picnics, barbecues!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American Tex-Mex
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 12 cups
Calories 232kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • 16 ounce can refried beans
  • 1/4 pineapple finely minced (substitute fresh yellow corn)
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder or more to taste!
  • 10 ounces prepared guacamole
  • 10 ounces sour cream
  • 6 ounce can black olives drained and finely minced
  • 1 small red onion peeled and finely minced
  • 16 ounce jar salsa, any variety
  • 8 ounce bag of finely shredded Mexican blend cheese or any cheese you like


  • sliced olives
  • cilantro leaves


  • Put the refried beans in a bowl and stir well. Spoon approximately 2 tablespoons of the beans into the bottoms of 10 9-ounce clear plastic cups. Flatten the layers out.
  • Toss the minced pineapple with the chile powder and spoon a layer into each cup. Flatten out.
  • Follow in the same manner with the guacamole, sour cream, olives, red onion, and salsa.
  • Sprinkle cheese on top of all the cups, and garnish with sliced olives and a cilantro leaf.
  • Serve with sturdy tortilla chips.

Cook’s notes

  • You can assemble these 7 layer dip cups ahead of time, if necessary, up to 24 hours in advance. I would spoon on the top layer and garnish just before serving, though, for best presentation. The guacamole is well insulated in the center of the layers, so it should stay nice and bright.
  • Sturdy tortilla chips work best for this appetizer, thin chips won’t be able to scoop through the layers without breaking.


Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 821mg | Potassium: 298mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 675IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 196mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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  • Reply
    Lindsay Cotter
    May 24, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Love everything about these individual 7-layer dip cups! These are the perfect appetizer for summer BBQs and pool parties! So fun and delicious!

    • Reply
      May 24, 2017 at 9:35 am

      Thanks Lindsay <3

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    May 24, 2017 at 9:01 am

    My favorite summertime party snack! I love that this way you don’t have to worry about those double-dippers!!!

    • Reply
      May 24, 2017 at 9:34 am

      Double Dippers are EVIL.

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    Kim @ Three Olives Branch
    May 24, 2017 at 8:19 am

    How cute! They are so pretty, love the idea. Perfect for when you want to wander around at a party!

    • Reply
      May 24, 2017 at 8:56 am

      So true, I’m usually the one glued to the appetizers, so this helps me socialize ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Elaine @ Dishes Delish
    May 24, 2017 at 8:16 am

    I love the idea of having my own cup of layered dip. Now I know that I won’t have to fight for the dip! Awesome recipe and great idea!

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    Luci's Morsels
    May 24, 2017 at 8:06 am

    This is genius! I love that everyone can have their own little cup and get each part of the dip. It seems like someone always scoops up the top two layers, right? Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      May 24, 2017 at 8:08 am

      haha, you’re so right, I just hate the look of a half eaten bowl of dip, yuck ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply
    May 24, 2017 at 7:53 am

    These look absolutely beautiful! What a great idea!

    • Reply
      May 24, 2017 at 8:08 am

      Thanks Edyta ๐Ÿ™‚

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    May 24, 2017 at 7:39 am

    There are so many great things about this dip! The portable single size c ontainers are not only adorable, but the layers make such a great presentation people can actually see. The added bonus that clean-up is just tossing them away is icing on the cake. La Victoria is the go to salsa at our house… especially since they have a couple of flavors to satisfy the various picky eaters in our house!

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      May 24, 2017 at 7:49 am

      The clear plastic is key, but I suppose you could also use little glass jars if you aren’t afraid of breakage. And yes, La Victoria has a really great range of flavors, I love them all ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Chris Scheuer
    May 24, 2017 at 5:39 am

    What delicious, beautiful and fun idea! I love it!

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    May 24, 2017 at 5:35 am

    So refreshing and delicious!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    May 24, 2017 at 4:44 am

    So pretty and such a great idea and I always love my own individual dip! I don’t like to share ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Reply
      May 24, 2017 at 7:00 am

      I don’t like to share either ๐Ÿ˜‰

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