The Ultimate Hot Taco Layer Dip

This easy Hot Taco Layer Dip is perfect for tailgating. This vegetarian appetizer is made with easy homemade refried beans, creamy hummus, corn salsa and cheese. Perfect for scooping with chips!

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Hi friends!

The big game is right around the corner and this hot taco layer dip is sure to make you a fan favorite. It’s perfect for an appetizer or side dish, comes together quickly and it is packed with flavor. 

We’re big sports fans around here and for several years now I’ve been searching for the perfect game day recipe. One I can whip up quickly if we’re hanging out in the living room. I’ve finally found that recipe. 

Hot Taco Layer Dip

This warm layered bean dip is pure perfection. While the general idea of this recipe isn’t new, this recipe has a few specifics that really make it stand out. 

First, I teach you just how easy it is to make refried beans at home using Bush’s® Pinto Beans. All you need are the following basic ingredients:

  • Bush’s® Pinto Beans
  • Garlic
  • Seasonings – chili powder, cumin and salt
  • Lime juice

That’s it! And if you have a cast-iron skillet you can build this layer dip right in the pan. Just sauté the garlic in a little oil. Add the drained beans, seasonings and lime juice, sauté for a few more minutes and then smash to the desired consistency. Then just spread them around the pan to make the bottom layer of your dip!

Next, I swapped the traditional mixture of cream cheese and sour cream for a blend of creamy hummus, salsa and some green chiles. If you have a few extra minutes you can even make a batch of simple hummus using Bush’s® Garbanzo Beans, lemon juice, tahini, garlic and oil.

Finally, we throw together a simple corn salsa to layer on. Made with just:

  • Corn
  • Red onion
  • Tomatoes
  • Jalapeno
  • Cilantro
  • Lime juice

Top it all off with a few handfuls of shredded cheese, and pop it in the oven until it’s warm and bubbly. This type of dip often has a layer of ground meat, but I love the plant protein you get in this recipe from both the refried beans and hummus!

Trust me when I say you won’t be able to resist dipping a chip (or 10) into this dip! Here’s how you make it:


The Ultimate Hot Taco Layer Dip

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This easy Hot Taco Layer Dip is perfect for tailgating. This vegetarian appetizer is made with easy homemade refried beans, creamy hummus, corn salsa and cheese. Perfect for scooping with chips!

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Yield: serves 6



1 Tbsp oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 (16oz) cans Bush’s Pinto Beans, drained and rinsed
Juice from one lime
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup hummus
1/2 cup jarred salsa
12 tsp taco seasoning (depending on your taste preference)
1 (4oz) can diced green chiles (optional- make sure they are well-drained as they will add a little moisture to the dish)

1 (16oz) can corn, drained
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
1 jalapeno, minced (optional)
2 Tbsp minced cilantro
juice from one lime
1/4 tsp salt

1 cup shredded cheese
1/2 cup sliced green onions


  1. In a large cast-iron skillet, sauté garlic in oil over medium heat for 2 minutes.
  2. Add beans, lime juice, cumin, chili powder and 1/2 tsp salt. Sauté 5 minutes.
  3. Use a potato masher to mash to the desired consistency. If baking in a cast-iron skillet simply remove from heat and spread refried beans evenly over bottom of skillet. (If baking in a pan, you can make the beans in any skillet then transfer to a 9×9 pan or other baking dish.)
  4. In a bowl, mix hummus, salsa, taco seasoning and chiles (if using) and spread evenly over bean layer.
  5. In a bowl, mix corn, onion, tomatoes, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice and salt. Stir to combine and then layer over the hummus mixture.
  6. Top with shredded cheese.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes. Top with green onions after removing from the oven. Serve warm.


My cast-iron skillet is about 10 inches across the bottom.

Feel free to add other toppings like guacamole, salsa, diced avocado, olives, etc!

You can make this spicy by using jalapeno in the corn salsa and hot green chiles. You can also add cayenne pepper to the hummus mix or even use spicy hummus!

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Don’t let the homemade aspects of this recipe intimidate you. It’s just a few simple steps and the end result is so worth it!

What’s your favorite game day appetizer?



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