Christmas might be over, but the celebrations are not! I seriously love the six weeks from Thanksgiving to New Years because there's so much food and happiness to be had in every home.
What more could a food blogger wish for?
I really do love the holidays for more than just a job, though. They're a time of family, feasting, and festivities; a time when we're focused more on who we love most rather than the trivial things from online shopping and long wish-lists.
At the end of the day, the feasting and feastivities help us create memories with our loved ones.
That's honestly why I love being a food blogger so much. I love that I can provide "products" that people use to bring joy into their homes, services that bring smiles to their faces, and goods that put the finishing touch on whatever occasion they're celebrating.
So without further ado, today's dish is the perfect party food, easy appetizer, game day snack, and potluck recipe: Healthy Mexican 7 Layer Dip!
Originally published as "Tex-Mex Dip" in the 1980s, 7 Layer Dip is an American appetizer made with iconic American-Mexican flavors like refried beans, guacamole, and taco seasoning. It is also known as "bean dip." Today, it is a crowd-favorite dish served with tortilla chips and made with seven main layers:
What makes this 7 Layer Dip fresh and healthy is the unique ingredient swaps for some of the layers.
These substitutions not only add a boost of nutritional value to this party favorite, but an incredible amount of flavor as well!
For this easy 7 Layer Dip recipe, you'll need:
I like to soften my beans on the stove prior to assembling the bean dip, but they're cooked and ready to serve right out of the can. This step is total personal preference! You can even add a can of diced green chilis if you really love spicy food!
In a medium bowl, whisk together the plain Greek yogurt, cumin, chili powder, and oregano until smooth.
Mash the avocados until few clumps remain. Add the lime juice, chili powder, garlic powder, green chilis, and salt, mixing until well combined. Feel free to add more seasonings according to taste!
Using an offset or rubber spatula, layer the easy 7 Layer Dip in the following order: beans, yogurt, guacamole, cotija cheese, black olives, cherry tomatoes, and chopped cilantro.
Of course! I do not recommend making it more than 24 hours in advance, as it is best the day of.
Since we're making it in a 9x13 dish, it's easiest to just keep this 7 Layer Dip in the baking dish. Simply cover with foil and store for up to 5 days in the fridge. You can also invest in these incredible Pyrex baking dishes that come with tupperware lids!
Yes! Just make sure to serve it with your favorite gluten-free tortilla chips.
I think so! Just swap the Greek yogurt for your favorite dairy-free yogurt and the cotija cheese for your preferred vegan cheese. I've never tried it though, so make sure to leave a comment below to let me know how it goes!
Traditionally, the recipe calls for either sour cream or a mixture of sour cream and mayonnaise. If you can't or don't want to use Greek yogurt, I recommend only using light sour cream. Honestly, if you're put off about the taste of Greek yogurt vs. sour cream, I promise you cannot tell the difference!
Healthy Funeral Potatoes (no cornflakes!)
Ok go! It's time to dive headfirst into this incredible bean dip, Mexican 7 Layer Dip, easy 7 Layer Dip, whatever you want to call it! I promise there won't be leftovers. So if you're worried, make sure to double the recipe!
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Made with black refried beans, taco seasoned Greek yogurt, guacamole, cotija cheese, black olives, cherry tomatoes, and fresh chopped cilantro, this Healthy Mexican 7 Layer Dip is the perfect appetizer for any party or celebration!
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