Dairy-free 7 Layer Ground Turkey Taco Dip (Gluten-free, Paleo option provided)
Dairy-free 7 Layer Ground Turkey Taco Dip recipe. A delicious 7 layer dairy-free taco dip recipe that comes together quickly and can easily be made Paleo and Whole30 compliant.
I LOVE a good 7 layer dip. It reminds me of my childhood and of Super bowl parties. I hadn’t had one for years and years because I couldn’t have dairy, so I figured why not make my own dairy-free version.
This Dairy-free 7 Layer Ground Turkey Taco Dip is SO good. It is made with my magic ground turkey taco meat, refried beans, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, olives and dairy-free queso.
This recipe can easily be made Paleo and Whole30 compliant by removing the refried bean layer and replacing it with another layer of your choice like onions or cilantro ( or both!)
My family likes to eat this dairy-free 7 layer dip on random weeknights for dinner. It is such a treat! Especially when you eat it with plantain chips. NOM.
Note: this recipe was originally posted in February 2017. The recipe and photos were updated in April 2021.
Layers in this dairy-free 7 layer dip!
The key to this recipe is the LAYERS! You need 7 layers to make this dip and the layers can easily be tweaked and changed to match your personal preferences or dietary needs.
For this Dairy-free 7 Layer Ground Turkey Taco Dip recipe, you will have the following layers:
1) Magic Ground Turkey Taco Layer
2) Refried Bean Layer
3) Salsa Layer
4) Guacamole Layer
5) Shredded Lettuce Layer
6) Black Olives Layer
7) Dairy-free Queso Layer
The dairy-free queso that I used is from Good Foods. I buy mine at Target and it is my all-time favorite dairy-free queso. It is made with almonds and red peppers and it tastes amazingly like queso!
NOTE: To make this recipe Paleo and Whole30 compliant, remove the refried bean layer and replace it with the layer of your choice. You can easily add onions or cilantro or both!
How to make this dairy-free taco dip:
The first thing you do is make my magic ground turkey taco meat recipe.
You’ll see why it is magic when you taste it. I actually made this recipe by accident one night, but it was sooo amazing that I have been making it this way ever since.
For this layer, you’ll need to use ground turkey with a little extra fat in it. Don’t use 99% lean, use regular ground turkey meat.
You’ll put the ground turkey into the pan, then add a bunch of spices to the turkey ( salt, ground pepper, red pepper flakes, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, onion powder, parsley, oregano). You mix in the tomato paste and hot sauce.
And then the key to making this “magic” is you push the meat aside so that it fills half the pan, and cook diced red peppers on the other half of the pan. Let this all cook itself, mix, and cook a bit longer. BOOM, Magic Ground Turkey Taco is done.
Add it to your dish and layer 1 is done.
After that, you’ll add the refried bean layer to the dip.
Then you add the salsa layer to the dip.
You can buy this in a store or make your own. I bought mine from a store. Just make sure to read all the ingredients to ensure there is no sugar in the ingredient list.
Next is the Guacamole layer. You can make your own or use whatever recipe or pre-made guac that your heart desires.
The shredded lettuce layer is next. I used 2 cups, but add more or less based on your preferences.
Then add your black olives and dairy-free queso.
I used dairy-free queso from Good Foods. I am allergic to cashews so I can’t make any of those types of queso. Again, you can use whatever dairy-free queso you want here. 🙂
Keep in mind you can also add cilantro or diced onions to your dip if you want. You can replace layers that you don’t like or don’t want with those layers as well! This recipe is easily adaptable.
Also, this dip tastes amazing with plantain chips, but any chip of your choice will do!
Other dairy-free appetizers to try:
Vegan Ranch Dip by Allergy Awesomeness
Dairy-free 7 Layer Ground Turkey Taco Dip (Gluten-free, Paleo option)
Magic Ground Turkey Taco Layer
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 pound ground turkey (94% fat or a little bit more, don’t use 99% lean, a little fat here makes the recipe better)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground pepper
- a pinch of red pepper flakes
- 3/4 tsp chili powder
- 3/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp cumin
- 3/4 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 3 Tbs tomato paste
- 2 Tbs hot sauce (Frank’s is Paleo and Whole30)
- 1 red pepper , diced
- 1.5 cups refried beans , heated in the microwave
- 1 cup salsa Note: you can buy this or make your own. I bought one at the store. Make sure there is no sugar in the ingredient list
- 1 cup guacamole Note: you can buy this or make your own.
- 2 cups shredded lettuce
- 1/2 cup black olives quartered
- 1 cup dairy-free queso I used the one from Good Foods
Magic Ground Turkey Taco Layer instructions:
- In a large frying pan, add 2 tsp of olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add the ground turkey to the pan. Top the ground turkey with 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp ground pepper, a pinch of red pepper flakes, 3/4 tsp chili powder, 3/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/8 tsp cumin, 3/4 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp dried parsley, and 1/2 tsp oregano. Mix the spices into the ground turkey while breaking the turkey up into smaller pieces. Add 3 Tbs tomato paste, and 2 Tbs hot sauce to the ground turkey and mix. Then move the ground turkey in the pan so that it fills only 1/2 of the pan, put the diced red pepper so it fills the other half of the pan.
- Increase the heat to medium-high heat and cook for 5 minutes, without mixing. Mix the red peppers and ground turkey together for about 1 minute. Then, cook the mixture for another 4 minutes while mixing every so often. The ground turkey is done, when it is cooked through and browned. Set the mixture aside to cool.
- Pour the Magic Ground Turkey Taco mixture into an 8 in x 8 in pan and even it out with a spatula. Heat the refried beans in the microwave and evenly spread on top of the meat with a spatula. Add the salsa on top of that and spread it out evenly with a spatula. Pour the guacamole on top, and spread it out evenly with a spatula. Then, sprinkle the shredded lettuce on top of the guac layer. Next add the olives. Lastly add your queso layer and evenly spread it out with a spatula.
- Note: if making this recipe Paleo or Whole30, don't add the refried bean layer and add diced onions or cilantro instead.
- Also, if you want your dip to be warm, cook it at 400 F for 15 minutes.
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