A classic seven layer dip is a quick and easy vegetarian appetizer, inspired by the flavors of Mexico. It's perfect for any party, including the Super Bowl, and is sure to disappear shortly after you set it on the table.
This particular seven-layer dip recipe comes from Bush's Beans. It's a little more interesting than most because it combines the refried beans and salsa into a single layer. It also spices up the sour cream with taco seasoning.
This really is the perfect "semi-homemade" vegetarian bean dip, which is why it's so fast to make. Sure, you didn't make the salsa or the beans from scratch, but you will improve on the store-bought ingredients and add a few fresh ingredients, too. The most important part, however, is that everyone will love it.
- 1 16-ounce container sour cream
- 1 package taco seasoning
- 2 16-ounce cans refried beans (vegetarian)
- 1 16-ounce jar tomato salsa
- 1/2 cup green onions (chopped)
- 1 large tomato (chopped)
- 2 avocados (diced)
- 2 cups cheese (shredded)
- 1 4-ounce can black olives (sliced)
- 2 cups lettuce (shredded)
- In a small bowl, mix together the sour cream and the packet of taco seasoning. Chill this mixture in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to combine.
- In a small saucepan, combine the vegetarian refried beans and salsa. Heat on medium until evenly blended, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow it to cool.
- Shred lettuce and dice the tomatoes, avocados, and green onions.
- In a 9- by 13-inch pan, spread the cooled beans and salsa in an even layer.
- Spread the spiced sour cream over beans.
- Layer the cheese, olives, lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, and green onions in that order evenly over each ingredient.
- Serve your seven layer dip with tortilla chips.
There's no real right or wrong way to make a seven layer dip. You can add or subtract ingredients as you like, so have fun with it and add your favorite taco toppings.
Make It All From Scratch
If you do want to turn this dip into a truly homemade appetizer, it is possible. You can make the refried beans from scratch, using olive oil rather than bacon drippings. Likewise, a homemade taco seasoning is incredibly easy. It's actually a little better because you can control and fine-tune the flavor to suit your personal taste. And, of course, there are many homemade salsa recipes to choose from.
Vegan and Gluten-Free Variations
Need this dip to be vegan? Easy! Just use a non-dairy sour cream substitute or make your own with soy products, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Also, you can either omit the cheese or use a non-dairy vegan cheese substitute. You might also want to try this vegan seven-layer dip recipe
Need it to be gluten-free? In reality, it may be easier to make your own gluten-free taco seasoning than it is to find it in a store. That's okay, though, because that recipe will serve you well in a variety of Mexican dishes. As an alternative, you can mix a gluten-free taco sauce, or even a hot sauce and some chili powder, into the sour cream. Just be sure to choose gluten-free tortilla chips as well.