Mini Seven-Layer Dips Recipe

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Miniature seven layer dips

We have the best patio on the block, and now that the weather has warmed up, we’re entertaining over the weekends like it’s our job. For a party crowd, I love making seven layer dip with a big ol’ dollop of guac in the center. And I’m sharing the how-to for totally cute (and flavor-packed!) mini seven layer dips that are perfect for a casual party. Everyone can grab their own, so no one has to hover over the snack table to get their dip on. Brilliant.

Before you can make the miniature dips, you have to make the guacamole. Buy it if you’re looking for a shortcut—nobody will judge you. But homemade tastes so much better and can be made in five minutes, and that includes ingredient-chopping time! 

Ingredients for guacamole

Homemade Guacamole 

(makes 3 cups) \\ Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ripe avocados, pitted and sliced: 3
  • white onion, small: 1
  • garlic clove, minced: 1
  • red tomato, diced: 1 
  • small limes, juiced: 3
  • salt & pepper: to taste

Ingredients for guacamole

Directions:

Step 1: In a large serving bowl, mash the avocados until soft and resembling a dip. I like to leave a few small chunks instead of mashing it up completely.

Ingredients for guacamole

Step 2: Add the onion, garlic, tomato, and lime juice and mix well. Add the salt and pepper to taste. 

Ingredients for guacamole

Add a few other ingredients to make miniature seven-layer dips.

Ingredients for guacamole

Miniature Seven-Layer Dips

(serves 8) \\ Prep time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • refried beans: 2½ cups
  • sour cream: 2 cups
  • guacamole: 3 cups
  • salsa: 2 cups
  • cheese, shredded, Mexican blend: 1 cup
  • black olives, sliced: ¾ cup
  • green onions, chopped: 1 cup

Directions:

Step 1: Start by placing a large spoonful (2 tablespoons) into the bottom of each cup. 

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Step 2: Add the sour cream on top of the refried beans. I like to add about ¼ cup to each glass. People love sour cream.  

how to assemble mini 7 layer dips

Step 3: Pour on the guacamole! Add at least ¼ cup to each glass. 

how to assemble mini 7 layer dips

Step 4: Gently pour a layer of salsa on top of the guacamole. I can’t handle the heat, so I only like a little bit!

how to assemble mini 7 layer dips

how to assemble mini 7 layer dips

Step 5: Next, sprinkle cheese over the top of the salsa. 

how to assemble mini 7 layer dips

Step 6: Add the olives and then sprinkle the chopped green onions for the finale! 

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Serve these shot glasses next to a few bowls of tortilla chips and watch your guests quickly snatch them up! They’re the perfect size, and your pals will feel so loved for all the *hard work* you put into making these! 

beautiful mini 7 layer dips

I’m scooping hard to make it down to the layer of homemade guacamole! 

beautiful mini 7 layer dips

These mini dips can be made up to twp days in advance. Simply omit the green onion (or the last three toppings altogether!) and place those on the dips right before your guests arrive.