This past weekend we were invited to a BBQ and I wanted to use it as an opportunity to make one of the many recipes I’ve pinned on Pinterest, because I’m the person that always pins but never ends up making any of the food. I wanted to make something that was easy to eat, mess free, visually appealing and of course delicious. This vegetarian 7 layer dip was perfect! I bought some nice plastic cups from the dollar store (they are actually wine glasses), and they worked perfectly for the dip. I wanted to make sure that the Tostitos would fit into the cup and this was a perfect size. For those that prefer, you can eat the dip with a spoon as well.
I always wondered why this was called a vegetarian 7 layer dip, because I couldn’t figure out what the 7th layer was. I mean we have refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, veggies and cheese. But this only makes 6 layers. I guess the veggies can be divided into 2 layers. Hmmm…
For the refried beans layer, I microwaved the beans for a minute and mixed in Taco seasoning. If it is too thick, add in a little bit of water to make it into a smoother, workable consistency. Also, I want to try making my own Taco seasoning one day because I’m not sure if this is the healthiest.
I looooveee guacamole!!! And avocados are so photogenic. I remember as a kid I HATED avocados, but now they are one of my favourite foods!
When adding the different layers into the cups, it can get messy. At first I considered wiping down the sides of the cups before adding the next layer but I think the ‘messiness’ gives the dip cups a more homemade, authentic feel.
These were so delicious and even easier to prepare. It’s definitely a quick, easy and delicious BBQ/picnic food!
INGREDIENTS – Vegetarian 7 layer dip
1 can refried beans
3 avocadoes, mashed
1 container sour cream
1 package cheese
1/2 can sliced black olives
1 jar salsa
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
The directions couldn’t be any simpler. Once you have prepared all the ingredients, all you have to do is layer the ingredients for the vegetarian 7 layer dip. I placed refried beans mixed with taco seasoning on the bottom. Next went the guacamole, then the sour cream and salsa. Finally I added the cheese and veggies.
Hope this makes the perfect addition to your next summer picnic and if you are looking for more ideas for picnic foods check out this amazing salad recipe!