Layered Taco Dip

Layered Taco Dip: WARNING: it's too good to stop eating. Refried beans, spicy Greek yogurt, avocado, cheese, peppers. Just add tortilla chips.

Do you have a signature dish you’re always asked to bring to parties? My sister-in-law has had a few over the years: a Harvey Wallbanger Cake (definitely dating myself), a creamy chocolate layered dessert called Chocolate Olsen, then came her Dill Dip with fresh cut vegetables and her ridiculously delicious Cheesy Potatoes that she gave me the recipe for but mine never turns out as tasty as hers – it’s probably the love she adds to every dish. I don’t really have a signature dish, but anytime my youngest daughter comes over she: (a) is hungry and (b) asks “do you have stuff to make The Dip?”. I know exactly which dip she’s craving. It’s this Layered Taco Dip that made so many times I’ve lost count. The dip we devour it like wild dogs. 

Layered Taco Dip: WARNING: it's too good to stop eating. Refried beans, spicy Greek yogurt, avocado, cheese, peppers. Just add tortilla chips.

Seriously though, Layered Taco Dip should come with a warning because once you start eating it, it’s hard to stop. One scooped chip after the next. Layered Taco Dip: WARNING: it's too good to stop eating. Refried beans, spicy Greek yogurt, avocado, cheese, peppers. Just add tortilla chips.

I’ve been making a version of Layered Taco Dip for a long time. Originally it was just seasoned refried pinto beans, topped with full-fat sour cream, some sharp cheddar cheese and a layer of salsa from the jar. The only ingredient that remains from that um, recipe (using the term loosely) is the cheese and the margaritas we drank with them. Layered Taco Dip: WARNING: it's too good to stop eating. Refried beans, spicy Greek yogurt, avocado, cheese, peppers. Just add tortilla chips.

Somewhere along the line I started using refried black beans. The flavor is better and I *think* they’re a tad healthier. Gone is the sour cream because plain Greek yogurt with Hidden Valley seasonings is just as delicious, has less calories and way more protein That’s a win in my book.

Tip: Replace sour cream with plain Greek yogurt whenever you can. Sour cream has less than 5 grams of protein. Plain Greek yogurt has a whopping 18 grams (1 cup serving each) and far less calories, too. 

Layered Taco Dip: WARNING: it's too good to stop eating. Refried beans, spicy Greek yogurt, avocado, cheese, peppers. Just add tortilla chips.

My daughter and I have experimented with toppings: if I don’t have avocado, we skip that layer and sometimes we add black olives – yummmm. It’s a dip that’s simple to customize as you like.

LAYERED TACO DIP INGREDIENTS:

  • 16 ounce can refried black beans
  • 1 1/2 cups + 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt, divided
  •  3 1/2 tablespoons Hidden Valley Spicy OR Fiesta Ranch
  • 2 small or 1 large avocado
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced cilantro, divided
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3/4 – 1 cup of finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup bell pepper, chopped (any color)
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced jalapeno (fresh or jar)
  • 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons mild pepper rings, chopped (or more to taste)
  • tortilla chips

I used to use Fiesta Ranch Dip mix until suddenly I couldn’t find it anymore at the grocery store. Spicy Ranch is just as good and now I use them interchangeably, depending on what I have on hand. Layered Taco Dip: WARNING: it's too good to stop eating. Refried beans, spicy Greek yogurt, avocado, cheese, peppers. Just add tortilla chips.

We work together on the Layered Taco Dip, dividing chopping and mixing tasks almost without words and in just a few minutes the dip is in the refrigerator chilling. Sometimes we don’t wait for it to chill and pop it into the freezer for a few minutes. Now that’s impatient.

Layered Taco Dip Instructions:

Spread the beans onto the bottom of the dish.Layered Taco Dip: WARNING: it's too good to stop eating. Refried beans, spicy Greek yogurt, avocado, cheese, peppers. Just add tortilla chips.

In a bowl, combine 1 ½ cups of plain Greek yogurt and 3 1/2 tablespoons of Hidden Valley Spicy Ranch (or Fiesta Ranch) seasoning then spread it over the top of the refried beans.

Next mash the avocado in a bowl using a fork then add a tablespoon of cilantro, a tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt, the lime juice and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Stir to combine then spread as the next layer.

Sprinkle the cheese over the top of the avocado mixture, then add the bell, jalapeno and mild peppers. NOTE: the avocados were smaller than I realized. That layer should actually come to the edges like the others.

Layer the tomatoes, garnish with cilantro then cover and refrigerate at least an hour.

The ingredients and amounts are loosely written. Feel free to swap in or out, add more or less as you like. A 9 x 9 pan (or slightly larger) works well with the amount of the ingredients. 

Layered Taco Dip is a popular dip year-round. It’ll definitely be on our menu this Memorial Weekend as either an appetizer or side dish with hot dogs and hamburgers which, incidentally will also be on the menu.

If you’re looking for a cocktail to sip with this Layered Taco Dip, a Grapefruit Margarita is my choice.

Enjoy the dip and the time with family and friends.

Also, the ingredients and amounts are loosely written. Feel free to swap in or out, adding more or less as you like until you reach your own Layered Taco Dip perfection. The amounts listed work well in a 9x9 pan or dinner plate size dish. If you go any smaller, the layers may be too thick or too thin in a larger pan. Layered Taco Dip is a great dip year-round. It’ll definitely be on the menu this Memorial Weekend. It’s a great appetizer or acts as delicious side dish for hot dogs and hamburgers which, incidentally will also be on the menu.

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Layered Taco Dip
Ingredients
  • 16 ounce can refried black beans
  • 1 ½ cups + 1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt divided
  • 3 ½ tablespoons Hidden Valley Spicy OR Fiesta Ranch
  • 1 large or 2 small avocados
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced cilantro divided
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ - 1 cup finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ¾ cup bell pepper chopped (any color)
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced jalapeno (fresh or jar)
  • 1 cup finely diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons diced Mezzetta deli-sliced mild pepper rings (or more to taste)
Instructions
  1. Spread the refried black beans on the bottom of the pan.

  2. In a bowl, combine 1 ½ cups of plain Greek yogurt and Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning then spread over the top of the refried beans.

  3. Next in another bowl mash the avocado with a fork then add 1 tablespoon of cilantro, 1 tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt, the lime juice and a sprinkle of salt and pepper then spread as the next layer.

  4. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top of the avocado blend.

  5. Next add the chopped bell peppers and top with jalapeno and mild peppers.

  6. Layer the diced tomatoes over the top then garnish with the remaining cilantro. Refrigerate at least one hour then serve with your favorite tortilla chips

  1. Mary
    May 25, 2017

    This is certainly going to be made this weekend. It looks so darn good…pretty as a picture! I love the refried black beans and seasoned yogurt ideas! Sounds so “healthy”. Pinned. Thanks for sharing. Happy and safe Memorial Weekend!

    • Bernie
      May 30, 2017

      Hi there Mary – boy today (Tuesday) sure feels like Monday – funny how a long weekend can throw things off, eh? Thank you so much! I hope you had a chance to enjoy the dip this weekend, but if not, maybe another time this summer. We had a good weekend here – the storms predicted never reached us. Hopefully you and your family enjoyed some time and good food together. More this week! 🙂

  2. Lauren
    May 28, 2017

    Love this layered taco dip!! I usually add a little fresh squeezed lime to the top. Definitely making this weekend!

    • Bernie
      May 30, 2017

      Great minds, eh? This is my all-time favorite summer dip and a little fresh squeezed lime juice can only make it better. Love how lime juice brightens flavors! Thank you – love the idea – enjoy the dip!