7 Layer Taco Dip

This 7 Layer Taco Dip is just what any party, or fun Saturday night needs! 7 layers of Mexican inspired flavor that is so delicious! This dip is gluten-free and optionally dairy-free and paleo!

7 layer taco dip recipe with meat and chips7 Layer Taco Dip Recipe

Is there any better food to bring to a pot luck or serve at your own party than a 7 Layer Taco Dip? Don’t think so! This classic dip is made healthier here with a few homemade substitutes for standard store-bought ingredients, and so so worth it! This version is gluten-free and we offer a few substitutions to make it paleo and dairy free if you need it.

Be warned: there is no way there will be any leftovers when this dish is served, so make sure you get in there early if you want to have some yourself!

How to make a 7 Layer Taco Dip

Make or gather all of the layers!

  • Layer 1: Refried Beans (or extra guacamole for paleo/whole30)
  • Layer 2: Cooked beef mixture
  • Layer 3: Salsa
  • Layer 4: Guacamole
  • Layer 5: Cooked beef mixture
  • Layer 6: Cheddar cheese (substitute another layer of salsa for paleo/whole30/dairy-free)
  • Layer 7: Chopped Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion

Layer in all of the ingredients in an oven 8″x8″ (or similarly sized ) oven safe dish. After placing in cheddar cheese put in the oven to melt. Layer on the remaining and serve with hearty tortilla chips and veggies.

baked 7 layer taco dip with meat

Can this be made ahead of time?

You can assemble and prep this entire dish 1 day ahead of time, with the exception of adding the fresh ingredients on top. You can prep those ahead of time though and have them all ready to go for your party. Right before serving place the assembled dip under the broiler to warm up and melt the cheese, and then top with fresh lettuce, tomato and onion.

What to serve with this dip?

Serve it with the classics: Tortilla chips (either corn or a grain free option like Siete) and veggies like celery, cucumber, peppers or carrots.

Best ever Mexican layer dip with chip

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7 Layer Taco Dip

Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 10 min Total Time 0:30

Ingredients

    Layers

    Refried black beans

    Beef mixture

    Salsa

    • Store-bought or homemade

    Guacamole

    Directions

  • 1. Make refried black beans- Heat 1 tbsp oil of choice in a pan
  • 2. Add in beans and let heat for 3-5 minutes, begin mashing
  • 3. Add in spices, mash and mix well
  • 4. Add in 2 tbsp water; mix until water is combined
  • 5. Remove from heat and set aside
  • 6. Make beef- in a skillet heat oil and garlic
  • 7. Add in beef and cook until brown
  • 8. Add in tomatoes, spices, and hot sauce; let cook for 3-5 minutes then remove from heat and set aside
  • 9. Make guacamole and chop lettuce, tomato, and onions for layer 7
  • 10. Once all the layers are prepared, start assembling in your dish; serve and enjoy!
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    Paleo Chicken Stir Fry

    This Paleo Chicken Stir Fry uses cauliflower rice, whatever veggies you have on hand, and is so simple to throw together! It is a great Whole30, low-carb, dairy-free, egg-free, and gluten-free meal for any night of the week!

    Paleo Chicken Stir Fry mealPaleo Stir Fry

    Stir-fry night should also be called clean-out-your-refrigerator night to make a delicious, quick meal! Let this recipe serve more as a guide to using up what you have on hand to create a quick meal that everybody will love, with a really delicious paleo stir fry sauce. We serve this with a garlic scallion cauliflower rice, but you could alternative serve the stir fry with regular white rice if you would like!

    You could also alternative use another meat here, like thin sliced steak or pork, or you could really fill up on the veggies and make this meatless!

    Paleo Stir Fry with cauliflower rice

    What Veggies Can You Use For This Paleo Chicken Stir Fry

    In this recipe we used:

    • Broccoli
    • Red Pepper
    • Snap Peas
    • Bok Choy
    • Mushrooms
    • Carrots
    • Bean Sprouts

    But you could really use any veggies you have on hand or what is in season. This is the perfect dish to cook up all year long, but particularly good during the CSA season when your refrigerator is full of veggies!

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    Stir-Fry with Garlic Scallion Cauli Rice

    Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:15 Total Time 0:20 Serves 4

    Ingredients

      Teriyaki sauce

      Stir Fry

      • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
      • 2 garlic cloves, minced
      • 1 red onion, sliced
      • 2 broccoli crowns, chopped
      • 1 cup mushrooms, thinly sliced
      • 1 organic red pepper, chopped
      • 1/2 cup snap peas
      • 1 lb organic chicken breast
      • 2 handfuls fresh organic spinach
      • 1 bunch baby bok choy, sliced in half
      • 2 cups bean sprouts

      Garlic Scallion Cauli-Rice

      Directions

      1. In a bowl, mix together teriyaki sauce ingredients and set aside.

      2. In a large skillet, heat sesame oil over medium-high heat.

      2. Add garlic and onion and let cook until the onion turns translucent, about 3-5 minutes.

      3. Add broccoli, mushrooms, red pepper, and snap peas and cook for 3-5 minutes, or until mushrooms have softened.

      4. Add chicken and cook until the chicken is fully cooked through and no pink remains.

      5. Pour in teriyaki sauce and mix well. Add in spinach, baby bok choy, and bean sprouts. Once the spinach starts to wilt, turn off the heat and set aside.

      6. Using a food processor or cheese grater, pulse/grate cauliflower until rice consistency.

      3. Heat a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat.

      4. Add in cauliflower rice, seasoned vinegar, salt, and scallions.

      5. Let cook, stirring often, for 3-5 minutes or until the cauliflower starts to soften.

      6. Transfer to bowl and serve hot.

      Recipe Notes

      Updated 3/1/2017

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      Coffee Banana Smoothie

      This easy Coffee Banana Smoothie Recipe is the perfect creamy and flavorful smoothie to add to your morning routine! It uses leftover coffee or cold brew, and is dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and SO delicious.

      Coffee Banana Smoothie

      Coffee Banana Smoothie

      Looks like summer is here and I am certainly ready! I started off my day with a refreshing shake that contains my morning coffee, protein, and healthy fats (don’t be afraid of fats, you guys!). Oh, and it was DELICIOUS.

      Easy Coffee Smoothie Recipe

      This smoothie is a hit with everyone who makes it! To build a perfect smoothie, you want it to be nutrient dense, creamy, and not super thin. 

      Frozen bananas smoothie prep

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      Vanilla Coffee Protein Shake

      Prep Time 00:10 minutes Cook Time 00:00 Total Time 0:00 Yields 2

      Ingredients

      • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
      • 1/2 cup freshly brewed organic coffee, place in fridge for 10 minutes
      • 1 frozen banana
      • 1 scoop SFH Grass-fed Whey Protein {Use code LEXI for 10% off all purchases}
      • 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
      • Optional: 1 teaspoon raw honey or sweetener of choice
      • Optional: Handful of ice cubes

      Directions

      1. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender.
      2. Blend until creamy.
      3. Taste and add additional sweetener if needed.

      Recipe Notes

      • *If your shake isn't thick enough for your liking, add the optional ice.
      • **Photos updated April, 2017.
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      Homemade Meat Sauce Recipe

      This easy Italian meat sauce recipe is my probably my all-time favorite pasta sauce recipe! It’s an easy homemade meat sauce recipe that is hearty and flavorful, and perfect for a weeknight meal. Make this healthy meat sauce with ground turkey or ground beef, and let it cook nice and slow! It’s gluten-free, paleo-friendly, whole30 compliant, and so yummy! Serve it over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash for low carb, or gluten-free pasta!

      Italian meat sauce recipe

      Homemade Meat Sauce Recipe

      I LOVE Italian dishes. Especially a quick and delicious meat sauce! I often make my favorite Italian dishes into healthy versions that I love to dig into, weekly. This spaghetti meat sauce is delicious, always a hit and so versatile! Serve it over zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, the options are endless! I often make a big batch to have for the week, and I never get sick of it!

      How do you make meat sauce
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      How Do You Make Meat Sauce

      Lexi's Meat Sauce

      Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:15 Total Time 0:20 Serves 6

      Ingredients

      • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
      • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
      • 1 onion, chopped
      • 3 large organic carrot stalks, chopped
      • 1 lb. organic grass-fed beef (or ground turkey)
      • 1 15 oz. can organic diced tomatoes
      • 1 15 oz. can organic tomato sauce
      • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
      • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, more to taste
      • 1 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
      • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, more to taste
      • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, more for garnish
      • Optional: Serve with fresh parmesan
      • Optional: Garnish with fresh Basil

      Directions

      1. In a medium sized saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
      2. Add onion, carrots, and peppers to saucepan. Let cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes until onions are translucent and the carrots begin to soften.
      3. Add meat to saucepan and let cook until brown and no pink remains.
      4. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, spices, and 1 tablespoon fresh basil to the pan and mix well.
      5. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes. Taste and remove from heat.
      6. In a large skillet, heat remaining tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add in zucchini noodles and red pepper flakes and let cook for 2-3 minutes.
      7. Serve over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash.
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      Açaí Smoothie Bowl (Vegan & Gluten Free!)

      Acai Smoothie Bowls (Paleo-friendly, vegan-friendly, gluten-free) | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

      This Açaí Smoothie Bowl is the perfect refreshing and nourishing treat for warm Spring and Summer days! Paleo-friendly, vegan-friendly, and gluten-free! We love topping ours with gluten-free granola, a mix of berries, and bee pollen for a pop of color and added protein!

      Acai Bowl recipe

      Açaí Bowl

      Acai + mixed berries = the ultimate antioxidant treat! I made these bowls inspired by a favorite smoothie shop of mine, Robeks and absolutely love them! Get creative with the toppings for a fun, flavorful, and healthy breakfast!

      What is an acai bowl made of?

      • Frozen Acai
      • Raspberries
      • Banana
      • Nut milk
      • Sweetener of choice
      • Optional: protein powder 
      • Toppings!

      How do you make an acai bowl

      If you like this smoothie bowl recipe, try this one, too!

      Acai Bowl Toppings:

      • Chia Seeds
      • Bee Pollen
      • Crunchy Granola
      • Fresh Fruit
      • Shredded Coconut
      • Nuts or seeds of choice

      How can I thicken my acai bowl?

      Start with less milk, and add more as desired until it reaches your desired thickness. You want the base of the acai bowl to be thick & scoop able, definitely not watery.

      How do you make an acai bowl

      Açaí Smoothie Bowl

      Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 00:00 Total Time 0:05 Serves 1, 16 ounce bowl

      Ingredients

        Acai Bowl

        • 1 frozen organic unsweetened Açaí pack. *You can find this in the frozen fruit isle in your local grocery store! We got ours at Whole Foods Market.
        • 1/2 banana, frozen
        • 1 cup frozen organic mixed berries
        • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, more as needed
        • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
        • Optional: 1 scoop grass-fed whey protein powder (Use code LEXI for 10% off)

        Toppings

        • 1/4 cup paleo granola
        • 1 banana, sliced thin
        • 1 strawberry, sliced thin
        • Handful of raspberries
        • 1/2 teaspoon bee pollen

        Directions

        1. Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender.
        2. Blend until smooth.
        3. Pour into a bowl, garnish with desired toppings and devour!

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        Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

        Sausage Peppers and Onions | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

        This low-carb and keto-friendly Sausage, Peppers, and Onion, one-pan dish is made in just twenty-minutes! Such a perfect sausage and peppers recipe for any night of the week.

        How to make Sausage and PeppersSausage, Peppers, and Onions

        Did you know that peppers are at their growing season peak right now? I was over at my favorite little farm and they had a bin with the most beautiful looking peppers, so I just had to get a bunch! This dish went over big time here.

        This is the EASIEST sausage and peppers recipe! It is made in one skillet, is so flavorful, and you can use chicken sausage, pork sausage, or any sausage you like! I like to find ones with minimal added ingredients.

        Chicken Sausage and Peppers with cauliflower rice

        It is flavorful, comforting, and just plain delicious with the perfect amount of sauce. A great dish for football Sunday or those nights when you need a quick and easy meal!

        How to make Sausage and Peppers

        Sausage Peppers and Onions on a plate

        You can get creative with how you serve this dish! I love it served over roasted spaghetti squash or cauliflower rice but I bet it would be great with gluten-free pasta or spiralized veggies as well! This sausage and peppers recipe is Paleo friendly, whole30 compliant, dairy-free, grain-free, and no sugar added!

        Like this easy skillet recipe? Try these other favorite one pan meals!

        Sausage, Peppers, & Onions

        Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:15 Total Time 0:20 Serves 4

        Ingredients

        Directions

        1. Heat extra-virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add garlic and cook for 30 seconds or just until fragrant.
        2. Add sliced onions, bell peppers, and poblano pepper to the skillet; let cook until the onion is translucent.
        3. Add cooked sausage to the large skillet with the peppers and onions and cook for 1-2 minutes.
        4. Pour in diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and spices. Mix well.
        5. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
        6. Taste and adjust spices as desired.
        7. Serve over spaghetti squash, cauliflower rice, or gluten-free pasta!

        Recipe Notes

        • *If you are using uncooked chicken sausage, remove the casing and cook the chicken sausage and garlic together in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until the sausage is brown on both sides. This should take around 5 minutes, stirring often.
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