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5 Layer Mexican Bean Dip (vegetarian, gluten-free option)

Bring this 5 Layer Mexican Bean Dip to your next party. It's a crowd-pleaser and great for summer, pool parties, BBQs, and the Fourth of July.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time40 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Nisha


  • <b>for the beans</b>
  • 2 16 ounce cans Trader Joe's traditional refried beans
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1.5 tbsp taco seasoning I used Trader Joe's
  • 1/4 cup cold water
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  • <b>for the veggies</b>
  • 1 entire bunch scallions chopped
  • 5 plum tomatoes chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • One jalapeno deseeded & chopped
  • 1 4 ounce can black olives, chopped
  • handful of fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning
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  • <b>assemble</b>
  • 1 24 ounce container sour cream
  • a generous drizzle of red or green sauce I used Yellowbird Serrano Sauce
  • 1 12 ounce bag shredded Mexican cheese


  • On medium heat, add the beans to a pot.
  • Add a 1/4 cup sour cream. You can use this amount from the 24 ounce container you purchased.
  • Add taco seasoning and water.Stir well.
  • Cover and cook for 5 minutes until beans are cooked through.
  • Beans are done.Turn off the stove.
  • Pour the beans into a 9"x13" glass tray. Spread evenly.
  • Chop the tomatoes.
  • Drain the tomatoes for 10 minutes and in the meantime, chop the remaining veggies.
  • Chop the bell pepper and jalapeno.
  • Chop the scallions. Also chop the black olives (not shown).
  • Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, including the tomatoes and black olives. (note: olives not shown).
  • Add the fresh cilantro and taco seasoning. Stir.
  • Now assemble. Spread all the remaining sour cream over the beans.
  • Top with your favorite red or green sauce. You can even use taco bell's sauce. You don't want to use salsa, you need sauce here.
  • Top with most of the veggies reserving some for later.You will probably have some leftover.
  • Top with cheese. Garnish with a sprinkle of taco seasoning and veggies. Serve with nachos.


* for gluten-free - beans are naturally gluten-free, however if you want use canned refried beans that are specifically gluten-free.
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