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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

Guilt-Free, Healthy 7 Layer Bean Dip

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Can 7 Layer Dip actually be healthy? Absolutely! It’s usually filled with fat, calories, and not much nutrition – but with a few easy swaps you’ll get a dip that’s still FULL of flavor, but healthy enough to be a one dish meal. I was inspired by this recipe from Fannetastic Food, and made a few modifications to Anne’s recipe for dinner a few nights ago. My modified ingredients list is below, and you can find the original here. Thanks Anne for a great recipe! My husband totally loved this dish – and it’s great as a quick & easy weeknight meal, or as an appetizer for parties.

The secret swaps / ingredients that make this dish healthy are:

  • 1 15 oz can of Refried black beans, made with all-natural ingredients with no oil, sugar, etc. added (instead of the processed refried beans usually used)
  • 2 Mashed avocados (instead of avocado “dip”) Season them with 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 8 oz of 0% Fage Greek Yogurt seasoned with Taco Seasoning, or you can also use fat-free sour cream (instead of full fat sour cream or mayo)
  • Fresh veggies! I used 1 bunch of green onions, red bell peppers, 3-4 roma tomatoes, diced (per Anne’s suggestion) – but you can use diced red onions, olives, lettuce, spinach, etc – the sky’s the limit.
  • 1/4 cup low fat Mexican Cheese blend
  • I served the dip with homemade, baked tortilla chips: made using corn tortillas, olive oil spray, and salt – and broiled in the oven at 350 degrees

Directions

  1. Warm up refried beans in a small pot over medium heat. Add in taco seasoning to taste. Once all combined, set aside to cool
  2. Peel, pit, mash avocados in a small bowl – add lemon juice, salt, pepper and stir to combine
  3. Combine yogurt and taco seasoning mix in another bowl
  4. Cut corn tortillas into eighths, spread on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with olive oil cooking spray. Spray the tops of the tortillas with cooking spray, season with salt, and broil at 350 degrees on low until the tortillas are crispy & golden brown.
  5. To assemble:
    • Spread refried beans on a large, shallow serving platter
    • Spread avocado mixture over bean dip
    • Spread yogurt mixture over bean dip
    • Sprinkle with green onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes
    • Cover with grated low fat Mexican cheese
  6. Serve with the homemade corn chips!

Here’s the mashed avocado ready to go…

And the yogurt dip (Note – my husband didn’t like this as much as low fat sour cream, but I LOVED it – so try it out and see what you think)

Aren’t the veggies pretty?

The bean dip, all assembled and ready to eat

Served with my baked corn chips

Doesn’t this just make you want to dig in and devour the dip? And the best part is – you can enjoy it totally guilt-free.


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Guilt-Free, Healthy 7 Layer Bean Dip

Can 7 Layer Dip actually be healthy? Absolutely! It’s usually filled with fat, calories, and not much nutrition – but with a few easy swaps you’ll get a dip that’s still FULL of flavor, but healthy enough to be a one dish meal.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 133

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz can of low sodium refried black beans there should just be two ingredients on the can - black beans and salt
  • 2 Mashed avocados instead of avocado “dip”
  • Lime Juice a couple squeezes
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 8 oz of 0% Greek Yogurt
  • Prepared taco seasoning Trader Joe's has a wonderful all natural blend -- make sure you get a taco seasoning with only spices on the ingredients list - nothing artificial!
  • 1 bunch of green onions chopped
  • 3-4 roma tomatoes diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1/4 cup low fat Mexican Cheese blend
  • Corn tortillas olive oil cooking spray, dash of salt (for homemade tortilla chips)

Instructions

  • Warm up refried beans in a small pot over medium heat. Add in taco seasoning to taste (about 1 tsp). Once all combined, set aside to cool.
  • Peel, pit, mash avocados in a small bowl – add lime juice, cilantro, salt, pepper and stir to combine
  • Combine yogurt and 1 tsp taco seasoning mix in another bowl
  • Cut corn tortillas into eighths, spread on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with olive oil cooking spray. Spray the tops of the tortillas with cooking spray, season with salt, and broil at 350 degrees on low until the tortillas are crispy & golden brown.

To assemble:

  • Spread refried beans on a large, shallow serving platter
  • Spread avocado mixture over bean dip
  • Spread yogurt mixture over bean dip
  • Sprinkle with green onions, bell peppers, tomatoes
  • Cover with grated low fat Mexican cheese
  • Serve with the homemade corn chips!

Notes

Adapted from Fannetastic Food

Nutrition

Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.5g | Protein: 6.3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1.1g | Sodium: 120.8mg | Fiber: 4.6g | Sugar: 1.4g

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59 responses to “Guilt-Free, Healthy 7 Layer Bean Dip”

  1. Hi Anjali, i visit you blog often. we are all big foodies in our house..very picky picky eaters and so the struggle to make and eat healthy food that also tastes good is always there. your blog is very unique and caters wonderfully to my Indian/ vegetarian/mexican and italian food loving family. Thank you!

    • Aw thank you so much Ams!! I’m so happy that my blog has made healthy eating easier for you and your family!

    • Hi Margaret! Yes absolutely! I love the Trader Joe’s and the Whole Foods store brands – they are both great options 🙂 I hope you love this recipe when you try it, it’s one of my favorites!

  2. Ok, I’m feeling dumb. How is this 7-layer dip? I just count 6 unless you count the chips, too. Or are you counting the cilantro as a layer (even though it’s mixed in the avocado)? What am I missing?
    1. beans
    2. avocado
    3. sour cream or yogurt
    4. onions
    5. tomatoes
    6. cheese.

    • So sorry for the confusion! I actually counted one more veggie as a layer which I just realized I left out of the post. I added chopped red bell peppers as well (so it’s: beans, avocado, yogurt, onions, tomatoes, bell pepper, cheese). I’ll update the post now so it’s more clear!

  3. I’ve made this guilt-free recipe more than 5 times. It’s my go-to side whenever I am cooking any Mexican dish. It is SO delicious and SIMPLE. My family cannot get enough of it and I usually double or even triple the recipe to make sure everyone gets enough. Thank you so much for this mouth-watering dip!!!

    • Woohoo! That is so wonderful to hear Sierra! I’m so glad this recipe has been working out for you – it’s one of my favorites too!

  4. I must be doing something right. I’ve been making it this way for years.

    One more variation: substitute a can of black beans, cooked and mashed with garlic and cumin to taste.

    • That’s awesome Bert! Oh and I love the idea of using whole black beans mashed (essentially making your own “refried” beans!)

    • Awww thanks so much Michael! And thanks so much for your kind words about my blog! Will head over to your site now to check it out – thanks for sharing!

  5. I just made this for the Seattle playoff game tonight and it was gone by halftime! They loved it! I did admit to making some healthy adjustments so my friends ate even more of it, especially the ladies. No leftovers, and the dish was dipped clean! By the way, I prefer black beans anyways. Thanks! Gin

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