Gluten-Free Layered Bean Dip with Cottage Cheese

Make my Gluten-Free Layered Bean Dip Cottage Cheese Recipe for your next party or game day. Served in a trifle bowl, it’s a stunning centerpiece made with colorful layers of refried beans, homemade guacamole, Cilantro Lime Crema with Cottage Cheese, shredded cheese, tomatoes, cilantro, and green onion. And they’re all bursting with flavor from garlic, fresh lime juice, and seasoning.

Gluten-Free Layered Bean Dip with Cottage Cheese in a trifle bowl.

Make my Gluten-Free Layered Bean Dip Cottage Cheese Recipe with clean, simple ingredients for your next party or game day. Served in a trifle bowl, it’s a stunning centerpiece and perfect appetizer that is sure to be a party favorite! It’s made with colorful layers of refried beans, homemade guacamole, Cilantro Lime Crema with Cottage Cheese, shredded cheese, tomatoes, cilantro, and green onion. And they’re all bursting with flavor from garlic, fresh lime juice, and seasoning. But they’re easy on the spice level for gentle digestion. It is the perfect base, so you can easily add more spice to meet your preference. This 7-layered dip can be enjoyed year-round, including football season and the big game.

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Why You’ll Love This Healthy 7-Layer Bean Dip Recipe

  • You only need a few major ingredients.
  • It is super easy to make for an impressive result.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.
Gluten-Free Layered Bean Dip with Cottage Cheese in a trifle bowl.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Refried Beans: Ensure that your favorite refried beans you use are labeled as gluten-free. You can also make homemade refried beans from scratch or used mashed black beans.

Mayo: Instead of traditional mayo, you can use a gluten-free mayonnaise or substitute it with plain Greek yogurt or sour cream for a lighter option. I recommend my Easy Homemade Mayo.

Cottage Cheese: You can replace it with sour cream, greek yogurt, or vegan sour cream.

Greek Yogurt: You can substitute it with sour cream, cream cheese, or vegan sour cream.

Light Olive Olive Oil: Verify that the olive oil you use is labeled as gluten-free.

Cheddar Cheese: Use any variety of hard shreddable cheese, including sharp cheddar, white cheddar, Monterey jack cheese, or any Mexican cheese. You can also use dairy-free cheese.

Sliced Olives: You can omit the olives or use any variety you like.

Avocados: Be sure the avocados are ripe. You can use a premade store-bought guacamole or make it fresh according to my recipe.

Fresh Cilantro: You can omit or replace it with an additional green onion.

Limes: You can omit or replace with 1/3 amount of lemon juice

Tomato: You can use any tomato variety you like. Or you can omit it. You can also replace it with your favorite salsa or pico de gallo.

Green Onion: Substitute with additional cilantro or any onion variety you like including red onion.

Ground Onion, Cumin, Garlic, and Salt: You can replace with your favorite Mexican spices, chili powder, or favorite taco seasoning mix.

Gluten-Free Layered Bean Dip with Cottage Cheese on a chip.

How to Make My Seven Layer Bean Dip Recipe

Step 1: Prepare the Refried Bean Layer

In a mixing bowl, combine the 2 cans of refried beans, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and mayo. Mix well by hand or with an electric mixer until the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Set aside.

Adding seasoning to refried beans.

Step 2: Make the Guacamole Layer

In a separate bowl, combine the three ripe avocados, garlic powder, salt, and lime juice. Mix well by hand or with an electric mixer until you achieve a smooth guacamole consistency. Set aside.

Mixed guacamole in a bowl.

Step 3: Prepare the Cottage Cheese Lime Crema

In a blender, food processor, or the chopper cup with an immersion blender, combine the cottage cheese, greek yogurt, olive oil, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, and salt. Blend until the mixture becomes smooth and creamy. Set aside.

Lime creme ingredients in a chopper cup.

Step 4: Prep the Fresh Ingredients

Shred the cheddar cheese, dice the tomatoes, and finely dice the cilantro and green onions.

Chopped vegetables on a cutting board.

Step 5: Assemble the Layers

Choose a serving dish or a trifle bowl for layering. Start with a base layer of the refried bean mixture, spreading it evenly at the bottom of the dish.

Then, spread a layer of guacamole on top of the beans. To create the ring of black olives, begin by pressing an olive against the glass above the guac layer. Then, gently push the olive down the glass into the guac. Continue all the way around the trifle bowl.

To get a clean line of Cottage Cheese Lime Crema, scoop the crema into a sandwich or piping bag. Cut a .5″ triangle off the corner. Begin piping the crema above the olives around the outside of the glass. Then, fill in the center and spread with a spatula.

Then sprinkle on the shredded cheddar cheese, cilantro, and chopped tomatoes. Arrange the black olives in the center and then sprinkle the green onions on top.

Cover the layered bean dip with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours to allow the flavors to meld.

Serve the seven-layer bean dip with corn tortilla chips, celery sticks, or corn tortillas.

Adding ring of olives to trifle bowl.
Piping crema into a trifle bowl.
Gluten-Free Layered Bean Dip with Cottage Cheese in a trifle bowl.
Gluten-Free Layered Bean Dip with Cottage Cheese in a trifle bowl.

Healthy Gluten Free Layered Bean Dip Recipe Notes

Refried Beans: You can use the beans right out of the can and skip adding the mayo and spices. 

Avocados: Be sure to use ripe avocados. Adding the avocados as a lower layer in the dip helps them stay fresh longer by minimizing air exposure.

Lime Crema: You can replace this with sour cream. You can also make the crema in advance and store it in the fridge. 

Ring of Olives: Slicing the olives by hand is the best way to get a clean, circular shape on your olives. Be sure to press the olive slice against the glass before sliding it down into the guac layer to keep the guac from seeping in between the olive and the glass bowl.

Dip Toppings: Creating a circular shape on top of the dip with the olives makes for a striking visual. You can wait to add the additional toppings, including tomatoes, black olives, and green onions until right before you serve the dip for optimal freshness.

Refrigeration: Store any leftover layered bean dip in the refrigerator promptly. The cold temperature will help preserve the freshness of the ingredients.

Airtight Container: Transfer the remaining dip to an airtight container or cover your trifle dish tightly with plastic wrap. This prevents the dip from absorbing odors from the refrigerator and helps maintain its flavors.

Use Within 2 Days: For optimal taste and texture, it’s recommended to consume the leftover dip within 2 days. 

Avoid Freezing: This dip contains ingredients, such as avocados and dairy, that may not freeze well. 

Separate Components: If you anticipate having leftover components (such as guacamole or cottage cheese lime crema), consider storing them separately. This allows for better preservation of individual layers.

Reheating Not Recommended: Due to the fresh and layered nature of this dip, reheating is not recommended. The textures and flavors are best enjoyed when served cold.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time for a party?
Yes, you can assemble the layered taco dip a few hours in advance and refrigerate it to be served the next day. This allows the flavors to meld. However, for the freshest taste, it’s recommended to add the toppings just before serving. You can assemble the main ingredients, including the beans, guac, and lime crema, a day in advance.

Can I use store-bought guacamole instead of making it from scratch?
Yes, using store-bought guacamole is a time-saving option. Just ensure that the guacamole you choose is gluten-free and fits your taste preferences.

Is there a dairy-free alternative for the cottage cheese lime crema?
You can replace the cottage cheese with a dairy-free alternative like cashew cream or coconut milk yogurt. Adjust the other ingredients accordingly to maintain the desired consistency and flavor. You can use dairy-free cheese for the cheese layer.

Can I freeze the layered bean dip for later?
Freezing is not recommended as some ingredients, such as avocados and dairy, may not retain their optimal texture after thawing. This dip is best enjoyed fresh.

How do I prevent the guacamole from turning brown?
To prevent guacamole browning, press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the guacamole, minimizing its exposure to air. This helps maintain its vibrant green color.

Can I customize the spice level of the dip?
Yes, absolutely! The recipe provides a mild spice level, but you can adjust it to your liking. Add more spices, or a pinch of cayenne pepper, to suit your preference.

What can I serve with this layered bean dip?
Gluten-free tortilla chips or an assortment of vegetable sticks make excellent dippers for this dip. Choose options that align with your dietary preferences.

Gluten-Free Layered Bean Dip with Cottage Cheese in a trifle bowl.

Gluten-Free Layered Bean Dip Cottage Cheese Recipe

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
Make my Gluten-Free Layered Bean Dip Cottage Cheese Recipe for your next party or game day. Served in a trifle bowl, it's a stunning centerpiece made with colorful layers of refried beans, homemade guacamole, Cilantro Lime Crema with Cottage Cheese, shredded cheese, tomatoes, cilantro, and green onion. And they're all bursting with flavor from garlic, fresh lime juice, and seasoning.
5 from 2 votes
Servings 12
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients
  

Refried Bean Layer:

  • 32 oz refried beans 2–16 ounce cans
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup mayo

Guacamole Layer:

  • 3 avocados
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice 1 lime

Cottage Cheese Lime Crema:

  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice 1 lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Additional Layers:

  • 6 oz sliced olives 1 can
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 roma tomatoes chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 green onion chopped

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the 2 cans of refried beans, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and gluten-free mayo.
    Mix well by hand or with an electric mixer until the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the three ripe avocados, garlic powder, salt, and lime juice.
    Mix well by hand or with an electric mixer until you achieve a smooth guacamole consistency. Set aside.
  • In a blender, food processor, or the chopper cup with an immersion blender, combine the cottage cheese, greek yogurt, olive oil, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, and salt.
    Blend until the mixture becomes smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  • Shred the cheddar cheese, dice the tomatoes, and finely dice the cilantro and green onions.
  • Choose a serving dish or a trifle bowl for layering. Start with a base layer of the refried bean mixture, spreading it evenly at the bottom of the dish.
    Then, spread a layer of guacamole on top of the beans. To create the ring of black olives, begin by pressing an olive against the glass above the guac layer. Then, gently push the olive down the glass into the guac. Continue all the way around the trifle bowl.
    To get a clean line of Cottage Cheese Lime Crema, scoop the crema into a sandwich or piping bag. Cut a .5" triangle off the corner. Begin piping the crema above the olives around the outside of the glass. Then, fill in the center and spread with a spatula.
    Then sprinkle on the shredded cheddar cheese, cilantro, and chopped tomatoes. Arrange the black olives in the center and then sprinkle the green onions on top.
    Cover the layered bean dip with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours to allow the flavors to meld.
    Serve the seven-layer bean dip with corn tortilla chips, celery sticks, or corn tortillas.

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Notes

Healthy Gluten Free Layered Bean Dip Recipe Notes

Refried Beans: You can use the beans right out of the can and skip adding the mayo and spices. 
Avocados: Be sure to use ripe avocados. Adding the avocados as a lower layer in the dip helps them stay fresh longer by minimizing air exposure.
Lime Crema: You can replace this with sour cream. You can also make the crema in advance and store it in the fridge. 
Ring of Olives: Slicing the olives by hand is the best way to get a clean, circular shape on your olives. Be sure to press the olive slice against the glass before sliding it down into the guac layer to keep the guac from seeping in between the olive and the glass bowl.
Dip Toppings: Creating a circular shape on top of the dip with the olives makes for a striking visual. You can wait to add the additional toppings, including tomatoes, black olives, and green onions until right before you serve the dip for optimal freshness.

Nutrition

Calories: 272kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 12gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 1099mgPotassium: 335mgFiber: 7gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 529IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 200mgIron: 1mg
Keyword bean dip, chips, Mexican food, party, seven layer
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