Hot Mexican Layer Dip

Hi Friends!

I’m back with another recipe to share with you guys! This one is a real winner. It’s packed with protein, easy to make and perfect for football season! I made it for hubby and I to eat at half-time over the weekend during the OSU vs. Michigan game. Also, please note that I made an entire pan even though it’s just the two of us. Hello leftovers :)


7 Layer Dip taken to the next level. Try this Protein Packed Hot Mexican Layer Dip at your next party!

So let’s talk about the layers in this dip. The first layer is beans. I added a protein punch to the beans by adding cottage cheese! You don’t taste it or see it because it’s pureed into the beans. The next layer is quinoa. I always seem to have extra quinoa sitting around in the fridge. It’s great in mexican dishes…and a great protein source…so why not?! Next is a layer of bell peppers and cheese. No explanation needed. Both delicious. Final layer is salsa. I used our favorite store-bought fresh salsa. If your salsa is liquidy like mine, you may want to drain it a bit before adding. After you repeat all those layers again, you stick it in the oven to bake. Then you top it with guacamole (which i add plain greek yogurt to for even more protein), green onions and hot sauce and dig in!

Hot Mexican Layer Dip

Bring this protein-packed dip to your next tailgate to score big this football season.

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Hot Mexican Layer Dip


For the Beans
2 cups black beans
1 clove garlic
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 Tablespoon cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup reduced fat cottage cheese
1/4 c water
For the Guac
2 avocados, mashed
juice from 1 lemon
1 tomato, chopped
1/2 c onion, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
1/4 c plain Chobani greek yogurt
2 Tbsp cilantro, minced
Other ingredients
1 c quinoa, cooked
1/2 c reduced fat shredded Mexican cheese
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 c salsa
chopped green onions
hot sauce


  1. In a food processor, combine all ingredients for the beans and process until desired consistency is reached. Add more water if necessary.
  2. Spread half the bean mixture on the bottom of the pan.
  3. Top with 1/2 c cooked quinoa.
  4. Add 1/2 the red pepper and 1/4 c cheese.
  5. Top with 1/2 c salsa, drained if watery.
  6. Repeat layers one more time.
  7. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 min.
  8. Remove from oven, top with guacamole, onions and hot sauce.
  9. Serve warm with tortilla chips for scooping.


Can you handle that? I sure hope so…because you MUST try this dip! If you don’t have a 7 x 12 pan, because really- who does? Except for me…This would probably work just as well in a 9 x 9 pan.

7 Layer Dip taken to the next level. Try this Protein Packed Hot Mexican Layer Dip at your next party!

Happy layering, friends!

7 Layer Dip taken to the next level. Try this Protein Packed Hot Mexican Layer Dip at your next party!

Who’s coming over to help me eat this?!

7 Layer Dip taken to the next level. Try this Protein Packed Hot Mexican Layer Dip at your next party!



About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. Oh my gosh, this looks incredible!! I’ve got to try this out, and it’s Mexican which is by far my favorite cuisine!!
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  2. You are on it with the cottage cheese! I am loving it. I’m doing a Mexican layer thing tomorrow… wish I’d thought to add cottage cheese to mine too. Looks awesome!
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  3. Ooh, pick me, pick me :)
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  4. you haaaad me at packed with protein.
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  5. This looks like another great recipe! Love that you packed it with protein!

  6. A family favorite! I like the addition of cottage cheese and quinoa.
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  7. I need this NOW.
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  8. This looks seriously so amazing! Love the bean + cottage cheese combo! Genius!
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  9. Looks so delicious! I’ve made layer dips so many times, but never thought to use quinoa (DOY). Now I know :) Knowing is half the battle. Thanks for sharing!
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  10. This look amazing, especially after TDay, I’m already tired of turkey. I love Mexican inspired anything
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  11. I am making this one for football games/party this weekend! I will bring a healthy alternative to what will be a breeding ground for naughty food. Big game this weekend for the Badgers (not like they’re deserving of the championship game but I digress).

    It look phenomenal :)

  12. This is a fantastic recipe! I’m quite certain I would sit down and eat the entire dish of it, which might be a problem….
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  13. This looks mighty tasty…and hot :)
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  14. YUM.
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  15. This looks fantastic! I haven’t really made a spread for football yet this season…thinking I might need to add this to the repetoire this coming weekend!
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  16. I love the idea of quinoa in the dip!!! This looks fantastic!

  17. this sounds so good!! a mexican dip that is healthy & cheesy :)
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  18. Yummy! I always forget about adding cottage cheese to make dishes nice and, well, cheesy :) Looks good, Linds!
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  19. Another delish recipe!! Love that it’s full of protein. I wish I could just take a big forkful out of that picture!
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  20. I wish I could just live in your kitchen! My mind pinned this before my fingers could actually do the deed!
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  21. looks delicious– and looks healthy too- yay!
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  22. Oh this looks so delicious, and I LOVE the ways you are getting more protein in there! I’m pinning this. :)
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  23. Oh man, I LOVE Mexican food. Why is it that it’s so freaking comforting and delicious? And of course, if you have a fresh squeezed margarita along side, it only gets better. 😉
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  24. Thanks for sharing! looks amazing!
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  25. This will be great for the next football party I go to. Sounds absolutely incredible!
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  26. This looks delicious. I love Mexican layered dip.
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  27. THis looks great!! I’ve tried Ellie Krieger’s Mexican layer dip several times and it was always a hit!! I have a feeling this one’s going to be a crowd pleaser as well 😉
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