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7 Layer Taco Dip with Lentil Walnut Taco "Meat"

Say goodbye to junk food and hello to this plant-based vegan 7 layer dip that won't leave you feeling bloated and heavy! It has all the flavor of the original, but none of the bad ingredients.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword healthy dips, healthy vegan appetizers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 403 kcal
Author Sophia DeSantis


For taco "meat":

  • 1 cup walnuts soaked overnight
  • 1 cup French green dry uncooked lentils
  • 3 1/2 cups veggie broth plus 1/2 cup to sauté , low sodium if needed
  • 1 cup chopped onion about 1/2 medium onion
  • 5 tablespoons cumin
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt may need more or less depending on broth used
  • 1-3 teaspoons cayenne pepper optional for spice

For taco dip:

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For taco "meat":

  1. Using a food processor, pulse dry uncooked lentils until partially chopped and chunky. Set aside. Next pulse walnuts until chopped into small pieces. Set aside.
  2. In a large pan over medium heat, sauté chopped onion in 1/2 cup veggie broth until onion begins to get translucent. About 5 minutes. Add walnuts and sauté 3 more minutes until mixture begins to caramelize.
  3. Add chopped lentils to the pan and sauté for 1 minute. Add 3 1/2 cups veggie broth and spices and mix well. Cook covered for 10-15 minutes until lentils have softened and broth is almost gone. Uncover and sauté until all broth is gone and mixture begins to brown and get dry, about 3 minutes.
  4. Serve in tacos, use as part of dips or any other recipes.

For taco dip:

  1. Make Lentil Walnut Taco Meat, Ultimate Cheese Sauce, Easy Fresh Mexican Salsa, Guacamole and Chili Taco Crema if haven’t prepared already.
  2. Chop cilantro and green onions.
  3. Layer in a square 9 x 9 pan starting with taco “meat” and layering in order listed. After Chili Taco Crema, sprinkle with chopped cilantro and green onions.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips. Devour.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
7 Layer Taco Dip with Lentil Walnut Taco "Meat"
Amount Per Serving
Calories 403 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 479mg 20%
Potassium 1096mg 31%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 16g 64%
Sugars 6g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 101.4%
Vitamin C 25%
Calcium 12.8%
Iron 41.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.