Fresh Seven-Layer Dip Recipe

A healthy Tex-Mex layer dip made with fresh ingredients! Homemade “refried” black beans, guacamole, salsa verde, pico de gallo, etc. Also vegan and dairy-free.

Refried black bean – 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil – ¼ cup finely chopped yellow or white onion (about ¼ medium onion) – 1 clove garlic, pressed or minced – 1 teaspoon ground cumin – 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained, or 1 ½ cups cooked black bean – ¼ cup water – ¼ teaspoon salt – Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Quick guacamole – 2 medium avocados, halved and pitted – 1 tablespoon lime juice (about ½ medium lime) – ¼ teaspoon salt Pico de gallo – 1 large or 2 medium tomatoes, chopped (about 1 ½ cups chopped) – ¼ cup finely chopped yellow or white onion – ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro – 1 tablespoon lime juice (about ½ medium lime) – ¼ teaspoon salt Remaining layer – ½ cup salsa verde, homemade or jarred, or your favorite salsa – Handful of chopped pickled jalapeños (optional, if you like spice)

Step 1


Melt the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until it shimmers. Set this aside while you cook the black beans. Put in the onions and a little salt.

Step 2

Cook the onions for 3–6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened and translucent. Add cumin and garlic. Stir constantly until fragrant, 30 seconds.

Step 3

Pour in drained beans and water. Stir, cover, and cook 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, remove the lid, and mash at least half the beans with a potato masher or fork.

Step 4

Stir beans often for 3 more minutes, uncovered. Remove the pot from heat and add salt and pepper. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed

Step 5

If the beans seem dry, add a little water and stir. Layer beans evenly in a shallow, medium-sized serving bowl.

Step 6

Scoop avocado flesh into a small bowl with a spoon to make guacamole. Add salt and lime juice. Mash with a clean potato masher or fork until smooth.

Step 7

Use lime juice and salt to taste. Position guacamole on beans, leaving ½” for presentation. Don't dilute your dip by draining salsa or transferring solids onto guacamole, leaving the outer ½” visible.

Step 8

Mix tomatoes, onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt in a medium bowl for pico de gallo. Mix well and place pico on salsa with a fork, reserving juice. Optional: sprinkle chopped pickled jalapeño.

See Also

Strawberry Salsa Recipe