Clean Eating Refried Bean Dip
Author - Alyssa Rimmer
While everyone else is filling out brackets, I’ll be sitting on the couch stuffing my face with Mexican dip. What else is new?
Truth is, I’ve never liked basketball. Matt on the other hand? Straight up obsessed, especially when it’s college basketball. So when March Madness hits, it’s goodbye trashy TV shows and hello sweaty men running around on the screen. While there could be worse things to watch, this all kind of works out for me in the end because now I have an excuse to make all sorts of game-day eats and he gets to watch sports. (think pizza, guac, queso, salsa…you know the drill)
Plus, curling up on the couch and eating is pretty much one of my favorite pastimes. Lazy much? I like to think of it more as lounging…
But today we’re not talking about any old couch-worthy, sports-watching meal. It’s all about chips and dip.
We’ll start with the chips because these might just be my newest favorite snack on the planet. For starters they’re made with quinoa – they’re called Quinoa Chips and they’re made by Simply 7 Snacks. Chips with quinoa? Oh heck yes.
And second, they come in a bunch of fun flavors like barbecue, cheddar, sour cream + onion and my personal fave, sea salt. Yes it might sound boring, but these sea salt quinoa crisps are pretty much the the best dipping vessel on the planet. So totally in love.
I’ve tried every flavor and I can honestly say, it is hard to choose. Matt likes the sour cream + onion ones, but they’re all super delicious, super crunchy and perfectly salty. Not to mention Simply 7 Snacks also prides themselves on providing chips that are Non-GMO, gluten-free, kosher, high in protein and some vegan options too.
But truly what I love about my quinoa chips are that they're the perfect alternative to corn chips. You see I’ve had a long-time love (well, more like obsession) with corn chips but not only are they high in fat, a serving size is usually like 8 – 10 chips. I mean really, 8 – 10!? Excuse me while I enjoy at least 4 servings.
With my quinoa chips though, for the same amount of calories and way less fat, I can have twice that amount. And let's be honest, more eating? Always a win in my book.
When I got my bags of quinoa chips, there was only one recipe that would do them justice. The most epic dip of all time.
And let me tell you friends, this clean eating refried bean dip totally takes the cake. It’s got FIVE layers of awesome Mexican goodness, is totally addicting, BUT it’s still super healthy too. I’ve basically taken the traditional 7 layer dip, stripped out the junk and replaced it with fresh, vegan ingredients. (ps…don’t tell your friends there’s no cheese involved – they’ll never be able to tell!)
We started this layered bowl of heaven with organic refried black beans which I warmed up so they were ultra creamy. Next was a layer of my fabulous vegan queso. I shared the recipe this past summer and I’ve probably made it a hundred times since. It’s seriously so good. The third layer was quinoa, which I know probably sounds a little strange, but it adds the best texture. Plus the added protein, fiber and minerals, how could I not add it in?
The fourth layer is…GUAC. I mean how can you say no to guac? It's only the most important thing to have with any Mexican-inspired dish. Mexican food without the guac? It's a catastrophe.
And the fifth and final layer of my tasty refried bean dip was fresh pico de gallo. It's bright, flavorful and adds a nice crunch to the dip. Plus all that cilantro and lime juice just bring all the flavors together.
So whether you're a basketball fan or not, I totally hope that you plunk yourself in front of the tube and enjoy this outrageous chip and dip combo!
And now the good stuff! Simply 7 Snacks is giving one lucky SQ reader a chance to win an awesome case of their delicious snacks. Inside you'll get two bags of their quinoa chips, 2 bags of their hummus chips AND 2 bags of their lentil chips. Oh and they're also throwing in an extra special promo goody, so enter below for your chance to win!
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Clean Eating Refried Bean Dip
This clean eating refried bean dip totally takes the cake. It’s got FIVE layers of awesome Mexican goodness, is totally addicting, BUT it’s still super healthy too.
for the dip:
- 1 15oz can refried beans (I used these black beans)
- 1/2 batch of my vegan queso
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
- Guacamole from 1 avocado recipe below
- 1 cup fresh Pico de Gallo recipe below
for the guacalmole:
- 1 avocado
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- Pinch of chili powder
- Pinch of salt
for the pico de gallo:
- 1 roma tomato chopped
- 1/2 a small red onion chopped
- 1/4 cup cilantro finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- Pinch of salt + pepper
- Simply 7 Snacks Quinoa Chips for dipping
Add the refried beans to a small sauce pot and heat on medium low until smooth and cream (you might have to add a touch of water to get it to smooth out).
Transfer the beans to a large bowl and smooth the layer with a spoon. Now it's time to layer the rest of the dip: add the queso, then quinoa, then guacamole and top it all with the pico.
Serve immediately with a side of Simply 7 Snacks Quinoa Chips
If you make this recipe, make sure to snap a pic and share it on Instagram using #SIMPLYQUINOA – I want to see your own quinoa creations!
This post was sponsored by Simply 7 Snacks – all text and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the companies who support Simply Quinoa!