Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Layered Taco Appetizer- a Party Favorite

layered taco appetizer vegetarian

If you enjoy Nachos or Tacos, you will love this layered Mexican Salad that is my sister in law Amy's party go to !. She made it this year for her neighbor's Super bowl Party , and as usual there was not a morsel left over! It's kind of her signature dish, and I always look for it when ever she has a party!

It's easy to assemble, tastes fabulous, and is made from real food including fresh chopped tomatoes and scallions.!

 And I love that it simply requires assembling, not cooking.
If you have unexpected company drop by, you can whip this chopped salad  up in 15 minutes.

Make it as spicy or mild as you like- that part is based on individual taste. Personally, I like my food on the milder side, but feel free to give it the kick that you like!

You'll love the beautiful presentation, and that it meets vegetarian and gluten free standards!

It's a layered salad type appetizer,  so you will need to serve it with some sort of chip or raw veggie. I like raw carrot wedges which are sold in bags in most supermarkets.

**You will also need to use a spring form pan if you would like to remove it from the bowl!

Author: Judee Algazi
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time:  None
Special Tools Needed: spring form pan

old recipe card with taco recipe
Amy's original recipe card

1st layer:      1 vegetarian can of refried beans, drained
2nd layer:    1 eight ounce package of cream cheese and 1 eight ounce container of sour cream or plain Greek Yogurt mixed together well
3rd layer:    1 eight ounce container of taco sauce
4th layer:    2 tomatoes chopped, 2 scallions chopped and 1 small can mild chopped jalapeno peppers ( or less to taste)
5th Layer:   8 ounces of Shredded Cheese


spring form pan with refried beans
Layer One

Mixing sour cream in a bowl

spreading sour cream in spring form pan
Layer 2

chopped tomatoes and scallions
Layer 3 - taco sauce
layer of tomatoes and scallions in a spring form pan
Layer 4

taco appetizer in a spring form pan
Final Layer ( if you make in advance, add the cheese layer just before serving)

spring form pan with vegetarian taco appetizer

Spread refried beans in a spring form pan. Next spread the cream cheese and sour cream ( or Greek Yogurt) mixture for the 2nd layer. For the 3rd layer spread a jar of taco sauce. For the 5th layer, spread the chopped tomatoes, scallions, and chopped jalapeno peppers ( mix together first) . For the 5th and final layers, sprinkle the 8 ounces of cheese over the top. Remove from the spring form pan before serving.

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    1. Judee this looks amazing and could easily be made vegan by subbing vegan sour cream/ cheese or even using guacamole for one of the dairy layers! Pinning this to make or take to the next party I go to!

      1. Jen,
        I love the idea to male it vegan . Thanks for the suggestion

    2. Hi Judee,
      What's a party without a great dip? This festivel party dip is are absolutely perfect for my friends and family! Thank you so much for sharing your healthy and delicious Taco Layered Appetizer with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I'm pinning and sharing!

    3. Appetizer or salad--I could make a meal just out of this. ;-) Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week Judee--it's always nice to have you.

      1. Thanks Deb- I know what you mean about making a meal out of it..

    4. Hi Judee, Welcome back from South America! Will you be sharing any photos? Brazil, Peru, and Columbia are on my (I wish) bucket list! Also, this recipe sounds like one that I requested from a friend and never received. We LOVE a great layered taco salad appetizers! I'm pinning and printing to save! Thank you so much!

      1. Thank you Roz. I didn't think about posting photos, but maybe I should. Thanks for the suggestion.

    5. This layered taco appetizer looks fabulous. I am anxious to try it. Thank you for sharing at Over the Moon.


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