Growing up we saw my mom’s side of the family more often than my dad’s. Mostly because they lived slightly closer to us. Partially because the mom’s usually set up the get-togethers so naturally she and her sisters leaned toward each other. There were several dishes that I would consider staples at our family gatherings. One of the big ones is this now famous taco dip. It wasn’t always the same person making it, but the dip was always there and always well-loved.
Even though I am sure it started further back than my mother, and I know I have had it prepared by my Grandma Johnson and Great-Aunt Jerrie, I still think of it as my mom’s dish. It is a basic recipe, not hard to follow. The preparation and chopping always takes me a bit longer than I expect, but this is still quick to put together.
If you are able, prepare it 2-3 hours in advance and store in the fridge. The flavors get even better when they have time to meld a little. Over the years I have made my mom’s famous taco dip as an appetizer for many parties. All with the common result of the plate being scraped clean before the end, resulting in the ‘famous’ designation! Now I almost always make a double recipe.
I honestly make this dish year round. I have made it for a contribution to Halloween parties, Christmas gatherings, mom’s nights in, preschool kick-off lunch, pretty much everything I can. This dip goes over especially well in the summer months. It is perfect if you are hosting or attending a BBQ, picnic, or pot luck event. A little planning and prep work then you can sit back and let the compliments roll in! I promise, you and your friends/family/co-workers are going to love it! Don’t forget the organic tortilla chips! There are lots of options available.
In recent years I have slightly adjusted the recipe to keep the ingredients organic pretty easily. As with all of my recipes, you can use all, some, or none of the organic version of the ingredients and get a similar result. These are just suggestions and examples of how to make this dish organically.
Refried Beans – Canned organic refried beans are pretty common. My moms original recipe uses Fritos Bean Dip, which doesn’t have horrible ingredients but I realized the canned refried beans I was already buying for taco night were a perfect organic substitute. I usually get the Meijer or Whole Foods store brand.
Mayo – Organic mayonnaise is a long standing challenge for me! I went through a long (and expensive!) process of trying every organic brand I could get my hands on and ending up disappointed every time. When you grow up with the flavor of Hellman’s, it is hard to adjust! I finally found Just Mayo which isn’t organic, but it is vegan so there are no animal products to worry about and it is Non GMO Project verified so I like it as an acceptable alternative. The best part is it tastes like normal mayo! And it isn’t much more expensive than the conventional brand names sold in grocery stores. More recently Hellman’s has come out with an organic version and I like that one as well.
*if you do use a mayo containing eggs, obviously this dip can’t be left out for hours on end. But that shouldn’t be a problem, it will be gone quickly!
Produce – Of the veggies used in this recipe, both tomatoes and green peppers are on the EWG Dirty Dozen list meaning they are likely to be contaminated with nasty pesticide residue. These are best bought organic in order to avoid consuming toxic pesticides yourself. Green onions are about halfway down the list, a little more towards being clean so that is a call you can make when comparing options in the store.
Taco Seasoning – It is super easy to quickly make your own taco seasoning. Mixing it yourself avoids added fillers and gives you better flavor while saving you money in the long run. Check out my recipe here
Moms "Famous" Taco Dip
This 7 layer taco dip will be the hit of any gathering. Plus, it is easy to make with organic ingredients!
- 1/2 cup Refried Beans appx 1/2 can Organic Refried Beans
- 5 Tbsp Mayonnaise
- 4 Tbsp Sour Cream
- 3/4 - 1 Tbsp Taco Seasoning appx 1/2 store bought packet
- 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 1/2 cup Diced Green Pepper
- 1/2 cup Diced Tomato
- 1-2 Stalks Thinly Sliced Green Onion
- 1/3 cup Sliced Black Olives
- Organic Tortilla Chips for serving
Spread Beans evenly over surface of plate or serving platter
Combine Mayo, Sour Cream, and Taco Seasoning. Mix well. Spread evenly across bean layer.
Layer next 5 ingredients in order (Cheese, Green Pepper, Tomato, Green Onion, Black Olive).
Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!