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Easy Mexican 7-Layer Party Dip + Giveaway Winner!

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Last Friday night I met up with several other lovely ladies at my friend Molly’s for a food/wine/Christmas movie night.  We ate.  We drank. We talked…and talked.  And yes, some inappropriate conversation occurred, which always seems to happen when you get a group of 20-something women together ;).  We had intended to watch the movie Elf, but we apparently got a little too side-tracked with the eating, drinking, and talking parts.  Who needs Elf when you have all of that, right?  It was a fantastic way to unwind after a long work week, and a great way to get even more into the holiday spirit.

Oh, and side note: Has anyone tried this seasonal beer?

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It was good, but not great.  I was a little sad it did not have near as much caramel apple taste as I was hoping for.

Molly encouraged us to wear Christmas sweaters or pajamas.  Somehow I do not have either one?, so I dressed in green and red and wore my favorite Christmas socks.  I decided that would have to do, and luckily I was not the only one in similar attire.  Since Molly knows that I have a food blog, she asked me to bring an appetizer.  She was making chicken enchiladas (obviously I did not partake in these- Whole Foods salad bar to the rescue!), so I decided that a Mexican-themed appetizer would be ideal.  I love chips with salsa and guac, but I decided to be just a little bit fancier.  Can you call a 7-layer dip fancy?  Probably not, but I just did.  My only problem, though, was that I was only familiar with Mexican 7-layer dips that contain animal products (hellllllo cheese and lard in the beans).  I figured veganizing the traditional version wouldn’t be too difficult, though.  And guess what?  I was right!

This entire appetizer comes together in less than 10 minutes and I can almost guarantee that party guests will never guess that it is vegan.  In fact, nobody at this get-together asked, and no one was the wiser (except for the few that I told).

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Easy Mexican 7-Layer Party Dip



16 oz can vegetarian refried beans
12 oz vegan sour cream (I prefer the Tofutti brand)
3 TB taco seasoning
16 oz guacamole (you can make your own but I was lazy and bought it pre-packaged)
1 1/2 cups chunky salsa (I prefer medium heat, but used mild since it was for a get-together)
5 TB sliced black olives
8 oz shredded lettuce
1 medium tomato, diced


1. Combine the sour cream and taco seasoning and stir until mixed well.

2. In a 9 X 13″ dish, layer the following:

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Refried beans

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Vegan sour cream/taco seasoning mixture.

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Black olives.

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Shredded lettuce.

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Serve it alongside blue and yellow corn tortilla chips, and it is as easy as that!

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Since this was my first time making a vegan Mexican 7-layer dip, I was a bit nervous about how it might taste.  But let me just say, I really enjoyed it.  Three plates worth, in fact ;).

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Oh, and Erin was there too, and she said it was delicious.  I promise, it wasn’t just me who liked it!

This has officially become my go-to appetizer since it is vegan, delicious, and quick and easy to make.  So if you invite me to a get-together in the near future and ask me to bring an appetizer…well, I am probably going to show up with this!

And finally…the winner of the Happy Herbivore Light and Lean cookbook giveaway is:


Please send me an e-mail to cleaneatingveggiegirl@gmail.com with your mailing address.

Do you have a favorite vegan appetizer?  If so, please share in the comments section!

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  • kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies December 20, 2013, 6:27 am
    You have me craving Mexican food before 8 am, this is going to be a long day! That looks delicious and I always love when something can be unexpectedly vegan.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 20, 2013, 1:58 pm
      Mexican for breakfast is totally acceptable, right?? ;)
  • Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie December 20, 2013, 7:17 am
    This is seriously THE BEST DIP EVER! Hannah is being way too modest. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie recently posted...Visiting Miracle on FarnamMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 20, 2013, 1:58 pm
      Haha, thanks Erin!! ;) I'm glad you enjoyed it!
  • Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl December 20, 2013, 7:54 am
    I love seven layer Mexican dip. I will definitely have to try this version! Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl recently posted...Merry Christmas to you!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 20, 2013, 1:59 pm
      Thanks Kim!! I think you will definitely like it! :)
  • Molly December 20, 2013, 8:55 am
    This was vegan?! Haha I had no idea. And it is true, it was delicious! I think we should have a second go-around at watching Elf, perhaps with a smaller (more focused) group, because Erin has never seen it, and that is unacceptable. And I agree on that beer. It is totally not what you expect - much less caramel cider and much more traditional beer flavor.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 20, 2013, 2:00 pm
      Yup, it sure was!! I figured I would fool a few people! ;) And yes, we definitely need to because it is appalling that she hasn't seen that movie! SO wrong! ;)
  • Ang @ Nutty for Life December 20, 2013, 10:41 am
    Seven layer dips... I could easily eat an entire pan. They are amazing. A lot of people don't like refried beans but I'm a total freak and love them a lot. Ang @ Nutty for Life recently posted...Simple FridayMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 20, 2013, 2:03 pm
      I could too! Once you start you seriously cannot stop. And I am with you on the refried beans. I can honestly just eat them cold straight out of the can ;).
  • sharsti December 20, 2013, 10:50 am
    mmm I love love love a good 7 layer dip. I think it's all about the gaucamole and olives ha Nice recipe=) sharsti recently posted...Cookie dough ball recipe and finished!!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 20, 2013, 2:04 pm
      7 layer dips are seriously the best. I love everything about them, but especially the refried beans and the guac!
  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 20, 2013, 2:05 pm
    You're the 3rd person I've seen give that beer a "meh" review. I'll pass on that and have extra dip. :) Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted...Strange But Good: Mexican Chocolate CakeMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 20, 2013, 4:35 pm
      Yeah, I was definitely disappointed with it :(....but definitely NOT disappointed with the dip! ;)
  • Elyse @ Lizzie Fit December 21, 2013, 6:42 pm
    I always eye the 7 layer dip at Costco and wish it was vegan... this sounds like an awesome alternative!! I think I'll add some vegan cheese :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 22, 2013, 3:05 pm
      I definitely thought about doing that, but was afraid it would scare off the non-vegetarians! ;)
  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats December 21, 2013, 6:51 pm
    That dip looks so so good!! I hope you have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Years I'm officially unplugging till the new year! <3 Jan @ Sprouts n Squats recently posted...Taking a breakMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 22, 2013, 3:05 pm
      Thanks Jan!! You as well :).
  • Jessie December 21, 2013, 8:26 pm
    This dish looks delicious. I was trying to get Joshua to do a Mexican themed Christmas meal this year (he didn't cave in :(), and this would've been great! I suppose Ill just have to make it some other time. Jessie recently posted...Tis’ the Season to Work your CoreMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 22, 2013, 3:06 pm
      Bummer!! A Mexican themed Christmas meal sounds absolutely awesome. Too bad he didn't come around to the idea! :(
  • Meredith December 22, 2013, 12:27 pm
    Looks yummy Hannah! I love healthier-dips, especially at a party, and Mexican is a favorite anywhere! Meredith recently posted...Truth is…My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 22, 2013, 3:07 pm
      Thanks Meredith! Me too :). Healthier dips are awesome because once I dig in I cannot stop! ;)

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