Vegan Three Layer Dip

vegan three layer dip

I’ve never been a sports lover. Which means that I’ve never entirely gotten into the superbowl craze each year, in spite of the fact that most of my loved ones are rooting for one team or another, with gusto.

Still, I can appreciate Superbowl Sunday as a day on which to savor food and good company. and in that spirit, I’ve created a vegan three layer dip that’s perfect for sharing with family and frients on game day. It’s healthy, it’s flavorful, and if you prep one or two of the components ahead of time, it’s easy, too.

I love this sort of dish because it easily falls into the category of “vegan food that no one thinks to consider as being vegan.” This isn’t to say that I don’t make and share vegan dishes with pride. But it can be nice to gently show one’s family and friends that a lot of popular dishes–refried beans, gaucamole, and salsa among them–are already vegan. Most of us know and savor a lot of vegan food already–whether we’re associating it with veganism or not.

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Vegan Three Layer Dip
Recipe Type: dip, spread
Cuisine: vegan, gluten free, soy free, nut free
Author: Gena Hamshaw
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Serves: 6-8 servings
  • For the black bean layer:
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans (1 can beans, drained and rinsed)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup roasted red bell peppers (homemade or from the jar)
  • 4 sundried tomatoes, pre-soaked and drained or oil-packed
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Black pepper to taste
  • For the guacamole layer:
  • 2 Hass avocados, pitted and chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • For the mango-jicama salsa
  • 2 ripe ataulfo mangoes, diced
  • 1 medium beefsteak tomato, diced
  • 1 small jicama, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Dash crushed red pepper flakes
  1. To prepare the black bean layer, place all ingredients into a food processor fitted with the S blade. Process till everything is evenly incorporated, but the mixture still has some texture to it. Add a few tablespoons of water as you go, until you have reached a desired consistency. Season to taste.
  2. To prepare the guacamole, place the avocado into a medium sized mixing bowl and gently mash it with a fork. Fold in all additional ingredients and season to taste.
  3. To prepare the salsa, toss all ingredients together and season to taste.
  4. To prepare the dip, place the black bean layer on the bottom of an 8 x 8 baking dish or round or oval serving dish. Top with the guacamole, then the salsa. Serve with corn chips.
The salsa can be prepared up to two days in advance and stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Mix well before using in the dip.[br][br]The black bean dip can be prepared up to 3 days in advance and stored in an airtight container in the fridge. [br][br]Leftover dip will keep overnight in an airtight container in the fridge.


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I know that the dip looks like quite a bit of work, but as you can see, the black bean portion and salsa can be prepared a couple days in advance to make for easy assembly. It’s also worth saying that each component of the dip is really tasty in its own right. The salsa is perfect for summer dipping, and the black bean layer is really great for easy tostadas at home. As for the guac…well, I never lack for ideas on how to enjoy guac! I can eat it on or in just about anything.

Sporty readers: what are your favorite things to eat as a sports spectator? I’d love some additional vegan game day ideas!


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Categories: Vegan Basics
Ingredients: Black Beans
Dietary Preferences: Gluten Free

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  1. I thought you HATE onions?? I can’t stand raw onions so I appreciate your onion-free recipes. Are they inoffensive in this salsa? Give me the scoop (hehe get it?)

  2. Hummus + guacamole with red pepper strips = my favorite sports spectator snack

  3. These dips all look so good to me. I’d eat any one of them.
    Mentioned you on my dip blog today. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. As a completel non-sports fan (except for gymnastics, horse events, and diving at the Olympics), I don’t think I contribute much to this discussion! So I’ll simply say that I might have to make this on weekend and deliver half to my dad who will be watching the Superbowl on his own (It’s not really a big deal here in Australia :P)

  5. This looks like an amazing dip and I can already tell will be a hit at our Superbowl gathering this year. Your raw burgers were a hit at last year’s party. πŸ™‚

  6. It’s fun to see the words super bowl and quasi-raw vegan dip in the same post- always good to break down stereotypes, methinks.
    Growing up in NY, I always felt like I should be more fanatical about the Yankees (or Mets, or Jets..) but I’ve never been one for team allegiance, though I’m usually game to watch.

  7. Guac and chips always, however any dip always goes down well.
    Being a New Zealander, I grew up with rugby and now living in soccer-mad Germany have discovered that my family and i are really passionate about our national sport because we will go to great lengths to watch the famous All Blacks.

  8. I love that dip.. so delicious. It’s the best thing ever to give people flat out yummy food that is so good they won’t have a clue it’s good for them!

  9. As a lifelong Red Sox fan who married a Yankees fan (sorry again, dad), certain things can be forgiven! And this recipe looks like it could help ease even the worst sports rivalries. Can’t wait to try it!

  10. i dont know how i became a sport fan because, well, ive always been one…
    i played almost every sport possible growing up.
    i went to every cal football and basketball game with my parents (my first was the historically famous cal-stanford “the play” when i was one month old). my parents often tell the story about how i made them miss the ucla-cal football game when i was born. then, after being raised a cal fan my entire life, i chose ucla over cal. “irony over destiny” is a phrase oft heard in the dieden household, haha.
    anyway, kyle went to HS with aaron rodgers so i feel like im a part of the packers by proxy.

  11. Hi pretty lady!

    I will probably join in some manner of Superbowl festivities this weekend, but unlike you I just can’t get myself to care about the game. I’m 100% in it for the food and the company, and I don’t care who knows it.

    I’ve enjoyed catching up on your last few posts–despite your schedule you have been a beast in the kitchen! You have this pizza lover almost (almost!) considering making her own pizza crust (that is not just a tortilla, that is…). We’ll just see about that.

    Thinking of you, miss you, love you! xo

  12. I just love to eat chips and guac, so this recipe hits home!! Truth be told, I was more of a fan of playing sports than being a spectator… until college. Get me a good Gators game, and I’ll yell like crazy! πŸ™‚

  13. YUM!

    I’ve actually posted this as my gchat status in the hopes that some distant football-loving friend will invite me to a super bowl party so I can whip up this marvelous dip concoction.

    Unfortunately none of my friends watch football, and weirdly most of us don’t even have tvs. I wonder how hard it would be to sneak this dip into a bar?

    Or I guess I could just make it for another event. Like an impromptu groundhog day soiree?

  14. Looks absolutely delicious! I’m not so much a sports fan (except I love tennis and basketball can be fun), but I do enjoy the food πŸ™‚ Dips are the best! I always go straight for veggies and dip!

  15. YUM! I love mangoes and this look amazing.

    I wondered why you liked the Packers. I live in WI, and although I’m happy for the Packers going to the Superbowl, I’m pretty excited to not have to hear “Go Pack Go” everywhere I go. (I’m not originally from WI, so don’t share the same enthusiasm as the natives)The radio stations her have turned all the songs into Packers songs. For example, “Like a G6” is “Like a Cheesehead” and the entire song has been changed into a song about the Packers going to the Superbowl.

    I became a football fan when I was a kid. My family always made special Sunday football snacks (totally not vegan…) and we would also each get to choose who we thought was going to win all the games for the week. We didn’t win anything, but it was fun to do. I became a college football fanatic after I started college. I went to the University of Iowa and am a HUGE Iowa Hawkeye fan. (hence the e-mail/twitter name hawkjen) Now that I’m vegan we usually make hummus/salsa/guac with chips. I’ve made some Gardein meatless wings before as well. This recipe is bookmarked and I will definitely be making it come next football season. Go Hawks! And for now, Go Pack Go. πŸ˜‰

  16. black and yellow black and yellow black and yellow πŸ˜‰ i hope the steelers win but i also hope my new place doesn’t get damaged from happy rioting! i’m almost moved in!

  17. Thanks for a super healthy twist on the 7 layer dip that’s so not good for you πŸ™‚

  18. I’ve always found the food part of watching sports to be the best so thanks for another great incentive to watch!

  19. Since The Bears didn’t make it (I lived in Chicago for 12 years and my allegiance remains there, not to my new home teams in NYC) I will watch the game for the commercials πŸ˜‰ My (omni) husband and I have given ourselves a challenge to veganize some traditional game day eats. I think I’ll be making this dip!

  20. I love sports especially baseball and football!! (go phils and eagles!!) Playing and watching:) Unfortunately i managed to find an awesome guy that hates watching sports:( But with all these delicious treats maybe ill be able to wrangle him into watching the game with me:)

  21. Gena-Thank you so very much for the shout out! It seems that female vegan pro football fans are shockingly rare! I’m so excited to see all of your ideas for your Super Bowl Party. And this dip! Gorgeous!!!
    xoxoxoxox, Wendy

  22. First of all, these recipes all look totally delicious! I would love to try the mango-jicama salsa, but my hubby hates mango… hmmm… actually, maybe I will make it. More for me!

    I know what you mean about becoming a sports fan by proxy. I was a casual hockey fan growing up, enough to follow my favorite team (the New Jersey Devils – my hometown minor league team was their farm team at the time) in the paper and be happy when they won, but didn’t much care beyond that. I went to a collage with a major hockey program and got pretty into cheering for my school’s team. But when I met my husband, he was (and remains) a rabid Buffalo Sabres fan. After about a year of watching games out of the corner of my eye while doing something else, I started getting really interested in the team and before I knew it, I was just as enthusiastic a Sabres fan as my hubby (sorry, Marty Brodeur – Ryan Miller has my heart now). I also have a mind for trivia so I was able to commit to memory a lot of little details about the game and the players. I’d love the team anyway, but it certainly helps that my father-in-law now thinks I am the awesomest daughter-in-law a guy could ever want. I’m still not a football fan and while I like the Yankees, I don’t have the patience for a baseball game. I’m a one-sport girl, but I don’t know how I ever lived without hockey in my life!

  23. You being a sports fan
    You eating mango (I know you don’t gravitate towards that many fruits)
    You using onions frequently lately in your recipes
    These are all new things…very cool to see this other/new side of you, Gena!

    The Mango-Jicama Salsa itself looks delish!
    And the 3 layer dip…oh that looks awesome! I was actaully wanting to make a dip today, sort of in honor of the superbowl. And I did use a can of beans and nooch, but went with a baked casserole type thing, not a dip.

    I really think this dip is going to be in my future, soon πŸ™‚

  24. That looks great! I always love chili while tailgating.

    I became a football fan when my brother played in middle school and high school — I went to every single one of his games! Then when I went to college I had a friend who played on the IU team and I went to all those games. My friend got drafted into the NFL this year so it’s official, I love football at all levels. =)

  25. YUM. Smooshy black beans & guac is one of my favourite combos, I’m just trying to figure out how to work some sweet potato into this too…maybe just a layer of mash in there somewhere?!

    As for sports, I’ve been watching hockey basically since birth; I used to compulsively/nervously devour carrot sticks and cashews during Canucks games in lieu of anxious cigarettes! And sometimes I get up waaaaaaaaaay too early to watch European football on tv, which means I snack on breakfast & coffee, ha.

  26. ooh yummy! I love bean dips and guac and salsa. This is right up my super bowl alley! πŸ˜‰

  27. I think I am yet to make a layered dip! I will have to rectify that pronto.

    Anything with beans and guac and I’m there! I can imagine the mango would be such a great flavour addition to this.

  28. My family are huge football fans, so growing up around that has made me a fan. (I think I’m the only one who enjoys it out of all of the students attending fashion school)
    I love dips! Great football party food! I definitely want some of this dip in my belly this Sunday!

  29. I LOOOOVE to eat nachos while watching football. Anything mexican, really.

    I grew up in WI in a huge football playing and loving family. I’m a lifelong fan and I’ve been to too many games to count. I am SO excited for Sunday!!!!

  30. Lovin’ the layers!

    Not a sports fan, although I PLAYED a lot of sports when I was younger.

  31. This 3 layer dip sounds so much better than any 7 layer dip I’ve had, and I used to love that stuff! πŸ™‚

  32. I love layered dips, they are so pretty and all the flavor contrasts are so yummy!!!

  33. Ahhh I absolutely love dips!! And the Super Bowl:) Black and yellow, black and yellow!

    I became a sports fan when my serious boyfriend last year was really into his athletics. Watching hockey is my favorite! πŸ™‚