Quick Vegetarian 7-Layer Dip for a Party (With Variations)

Low fat Mexican layered dip
Vegetarian 7-layer bean dip appetizer.

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  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 bowl (8 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
923 Calories
49g Fat
91g Carbs
38g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 bowl (8 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 923
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 49g 63%
Saturated Fat 29g 143%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 339mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 91g 33%
Dietary Fiber 32g 113%
Protein 38g
Calcium 509mg 39%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A classic 7-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 (1-ounce) package taco seasoning
  • 2 (16-ounce) cans refried beans (vegetarian)
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar tomato salsa
  • 2 cups lettuce (shredded)
  • 1 large tomato (diced)
  • 2 avocados (diced)
  • 1/2 cup green onions (chopped)
  • 2 cups cheese (shredded)
  • 1 (4-ounce) can black olives (sliced)
  • 1 bag tortilla chips

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. 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. 

  3. In a small saucepan, combine the vegetarian refried beans and salsa. Heat on medium until evenly blended, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow it to cool.

  4. Shred lettuce and dice the tomatoes, avocados, and green onions.

  5. In a 9-by-13-inch pan, spread the cooled beans and salsa in an even layer.

  6. Spread the spiced sour cream over beans.

  7. Layer the cheese, olives, lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, and green onions in that order evenly over each ingredient.

  8. 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.
  • 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.

Recipe 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.

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