Vegan Seven Layer Dip

This healthy recipe for seven layer dip is a guaranteed party hit! Refried beans, guac, spiced quinoa, cashew cream & fresh veggies load it with flavor.

Vegan Seven Layer Dip

I have a huge weakness for seven layer dip. Growing up, my mom made it for SO many holidays and gatherings. I’d be sure to grab a seat at the table right next to it so that I could gobble it up, chip after chip after chip after chip. In my family, this was (and still is) called Tex Mex dip. When Jack and I were first dating, he thought this was hilarious, and once I moved down to Texas with him I learned why – this dip is neither Tex nor Mex. In the intervening years, I also learned that I don’t like anyone else’s version except my mom’s. Hers may not be Tex Mex, but I love it, and it doesn’t have weird things like olives.

What’s In My Seven Layer Dip Recipe?

So I decided to use my mom’s seven layer dip recipe as a starting point and actually made a fresh vegan version that tastes pretty close to the original. The only visual difference is the lack of orange cheese, but all of the classic (to me) flavors really come through, especially with the refried beans and tangy guacamole. Instead of sour cream I used cashew cream, and I added chili spiced quinoa to make it heartier. This should serve 4 to 6 as a normal appetizer, but  of course Jack and I sat down and devoured (most of it) for dinner.

7 Layer Dip Recipe

Seven Layer Dip Serving Suggestions

Hosting a party? This seven layer dip would be great alongside mango salsa, tomatillo salsa, or chipotle vegan nachos.

For more snacks and appetizer ideas, check out this post!

5.0 from 14 reviews

Vegan Seven Layer Dip

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This vegan 7-layer dip is a great game day snack or party appetizer! It's a healthy dish full of classic taco dip flavor.
Recipe type: Appetizer, snack
Serves: 6 to 8
  • 1 (14-ounce) can refried beans, or 1¾ cups homemade
  • 1 recipe Kale Guacamole or classic guacamole, pulsed in a food processor
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • ½ bunch scallions, diced
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced or diced, optional
  • Tortilla Chips
Cashew Cream
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Spiced Quinoa
  • 1½ cups cooked red quinoa
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon maple syrup
  1. Make the Cashew Cream: In a blender, combine the cashews, water, olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt and blend until creamy. Chill until ready to use.
  2. Make the Spiced Quinoa: In a medium bowl, mix together the quinoa, garlic, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, lime juice, olive oil, sea salt, and maple syrup. Chill until ready to use.
  3. In a serving tray that's 8x12 (or similar), layer the refried beans, kale guacamole, cashew cream, and spiced quinoa. Top with the tomatoes, scallions, cilantro, more cashew cream and the jalapeños, if using. Serve with chips.



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  1. Doug Wilder

    Delicious! Terrific! Thank you

  2. Gail

    Delicious! I used canned organic retried beans and made my own simple/classic guacamole and it was all so yummy. My mother in law said this will be my new signature dish to bring to future family gatherings.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  3. Bowie

    This was really good. It was a bit of work bc I also made refried beans, kale guacamole and the pineapple salsa from the site all in one go but totally worth it. My husband and I ate it with some homemade sprouted wheat bread. With the salsa and bread the recipe makes about 3 complete meals for us. This will be a regular at our house!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you both loved it!

  4. Tandra

    Could you make it with regular quinoa instead of the red? Also, do you have your mom’s recipe posted as well?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      yep, you can make it with regular quinoa. No, I don’t have her recipe here :). She uses refried beans and shredded cheese instead of the quinoa and cashew cream.

  5. baba-mo

    absolutely fantastic ! very flavoursome, each element delicious – we tried it with the kale guac. had me thinking ‘gosh these veganites really know how to work it’. will definitely make again. and again. thank you jeanine ! !

  6. Eam

    My cashew cream came out more humus texture then cream texture. Thoughts?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Eam, if it’s too thick, add some more water to the blender until it’s thinner. If your blender isn’t too powerful, try blending longer.

  7. Diana

    Excellent! My husband and I almost ate all of it in one sitting! Will for sure make this in the future!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Ha ha, I’m so glad you both loved it!

  8. Paul

    SO YUMMY. Took this on a pontoon boat and served it to all my non-vegan friends. They smashed it. Would eat this all day every day 😀

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Paul – I’m so glad everyone loved it!!

  9. Demi

    This is such an amazing dish. It’s filling and healthy. Thank you so much for this amazing recipe. It was definitely delicious.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  10. Megan Hamilton

    This is a total win!!! My 10 year old daughter made it for a super bowl party, but it is so good that it may not make it. We did cheat and use store bought vegan sour cream and pickled jalapeños. Kudos Jeanine on just another home run.

  11. Heather

    I had made this recipe last night to bring to a Christmas party and let me just say this dish was a hit! So delicious and very easy to make.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Heather, I”m so so happy to hear that!!

  12. Sal

    I forgot to ask, how would you recommend I prep it for say I’m taking it to a pot luck the next morning?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Sal, I’m so glad you loved it!! I’d make it the night before (not too much earlier because the avocado will start to go brown), wrap it tightly with plastic wrap overnight and garnish with the cilantro in the morning. Hope that helps!

  13. Sal

    This is sooooooo good and filling! Better than any beandip I’ve tried. The kale guac is a nice healthy finishing touch! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Sara

    This is my favorite vegan dish. Period. It is far superior to any traditional taco dip I ate as a non-vegan. Adding the quinoa is brilliant. I make my own refried beans and add lettuce to the top layer. With chips, I eat this as a meal. 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Yay, I’m so glad you’re loving this one! We ate it as a meal as well 🙂

  15. Nathan

    Could you use almonds instead of cashews? We have a cashew allergy here. 🙁

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Nathan – yep, when I use almonds in place of cashews I get slivered almonds. They’re blanched and peeled so they will blend smoother than almonds with skins. You could also use store-bought vegan sour cream in place of the cashew cream. Hope that helps!

  16. Sabrina

    I love the traditional version of this too, but am really happy with this alternative while trying to eat healthier, while including legumes and other veg, so this works while keeping me away from beloved cheese and sour cream ingredients, thank you!

  17. Beth

    I made this dip for our super bowl party, and it vanished! So delicious. Didn’t miss the sour cream of cheese at all. New favorite!

  18. Alison

    So simple to make and super delicious! The flavors and textures were spot on. The Spiced Quinoa is genius. Planning on making this again ASAP!

  19. Gaby Dalkin

    Seven layers of pure deliciousness!!! 🙂

  20. This looks so great! That kale gauc sounds amazing, yum!

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