seven layer tacos

by Kristina Sloggett

in appetizers, Dinner, Gluten Free, Guest Posts, Vegan, Vegan MoFo

Seven Layer Taco

Google Reader users were treated to a sneak preview of this over the weekend. After spending two full days at the hospital (Dad is recovering expeditiously!), I was too exhausted to sleep late Saturday evening, but exhausted enough to hit publish instead of draft save. Oops.

A teaser that also lets you know I do sometimes follow a meal plan, and we were looking forward to Taco Tuesday. Also? National Taco Day. We had to plan for and celebrate that.

We celebrated Taco Tuesday with my favorite seven layer dip, made into tacos!

Seven Layer Tacos


I still have quite the obsession with my noocho cheese sauce. I can’t get over the perfect blend of flavors. Buttery sweet, cheesy and spicy hot, it is truly the star of the seven layers, and stands well on its own, happily traveling on vehicles of chips and veggies.

I started out building these tacos in layers. After a couple, however, I would begin with the noocho cheese, spreading it all over the interior of the taco shell, followed by the remaining six flavor layers. Exceptional!

seven layer tacos

vegan, gluten free, dairy free

base layer – jalapeno beans
salsa spiced quinoa
Noocho Cheese Sauce
chopped lettuce and scallions
chopped tomatoes
sliced avocado
jalapeno soaked olives

Base layer – canned pinto beans (drained) and chopped jalapeno: I used 2 cans beans and 2 seeded jalapenos, processed in food processor to a blend of chunky/creamy.

Second layer – salsa spiced quinoa – quinoa cooked with dried and powdered “salsa flavors” added to the water: I used 1 cup quinoa to 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth, I added 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 2 teaspoons chili flakes, 1 teaspoon chili powder, bring to boil then simmer 25 minutes.

Third layer – Noocho Cheese Sauce.

Fourth through seventh layers – layer the lettuce and scallions, then tomato, then avocado, then olives. 


{ 63 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jeni Treehugger October 5, 2011 at 7:36 am



2 spabettie October 5, 2011 at 11:08 am

I think this sound was heard last night…


3 Crystal Carter October 5, 2011 at 7:36 am



4 spabettie October 5, 2011 at 11:08 am

😀 indeed!


5 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List October 5, 2011 at 8:30 am

headed that way now! What an honor, Kristina!


6 spabettie October 5, 2011 at 11:08 am

thanks, girl! :) I love to guest post, and you know v + gf is my thing! 😀


7 panda cookie October 5, 2011 at 8:48 am

Those look mighty fine.


8 spabettie October 5, 2011 at 11:07 am

thank you, Lisa! 😀


9 katie October 5, 2011 at 9:05 am

these look taco-licious!!!! YUM!

Im sorry to hear about your dad : ( I hope he gets better fast : )

and you should be excited about being among those peeps ; ) you deserve it and congrats!


10 spabettie October 5, 2011 at 11:07 am

my dad is doing good – thanks for the well wishes <3

and yes, we loved these tacos… I’m not kidding that we may have them again tomorrow 😉


11 Heather (Where's the Beach) October 5, 2011 at 9:12 am

Now that’s a taco!! I wish we could have eaten together yesterday,


12 spabettie October 5, 2011 at 11:05 am

YES!! sharing BOTH of our dinners, for a fun taco Tuesday… one of these days! :)


13 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty October 5, 2011 at 11:19 am

Looks good!!

If you ever want to cook for me, you know where I am! :)


14 spabettie October 5, 2011 at 11:33 am

thank you, my friend! :) that would be FUN!


15 Kiran @ October 5, 2011 at 11:43 am

This tacos looks just too beautiful and colorful to NOM 😀


16 spabettie October 5, 2011 at 11:46 am

thank you, Kiran! 😀 but we DID nom them 😉


17 Cara October 5, 2011 at 11:45 am

Sooooo, what time is dinner tonight? :) And can I stay for “Wheel of Fourtune” afterwards? haha


18 spabettie October 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm

weeee! sounds like a perfect plan to me! 😀


19 Caroline @ Out of Liney October 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Goodness gracious- love the quinoa-and-refried-beans taco combination.
Looks great!


20 spabettie October 5, 2011 at 3:45 pm

hi Caroline!! I love that quinoa is a protein, so it finds its way into many things here… 😀


21 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I hope that noocho sauce is over there…I’m going now to find it!


22 spabettie October 5, 2011 at 3:45 pm

oh, girl. the noocho. I don’t know if you understand how much I stay away from words like nooch. this saucy sauce just makes me forget my head sometimes. Mmm!


23 Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} October 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Well, I know what we will be having for dinner. Yum!


24 spabettie October 5, 2011 at 3:43 pm

weee! I hope you enjoy, my friend!


25 Jojo October 5, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Those look really really good.


26 spabettie October 6, 2011 at 6:29 am

thank you, Jojo! 😀


27 lindsay October 5, 2011 at 6:41 pm

i love, i mean LOVE, your taco recipes. My hubs would be in awe of that master piece. NExt time I am in portland, i need a one on one lesson!


28 spabettie October 6, 2011 at 6:28 am

DEAL !! soon, right? XO!


29 Lisa October 5, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I am such a huge fan of tacos…lately I’ve been making taco salad and really mixing everything together (it’s terribly ugly but delish!). I may try the layer method next time—this looks awesome!


30 spabettie October 6, 2011 at 6:28 am

oh, yeah, I know about the ugly – (we have made this seven layer dip into “bowls” – it doesn’t stay layered and nice looking for long!). the flavors are fantastic, though. 😉


31 October 5, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Noocho cheese changed my life. True story. Okay, maybe it didn’t change my life but it’s pretty amazing – as are these tacos!!!


32 spabettie October 6, 2011 at 6:27 am

I try to stay away from saying foods are “life changing” – AND… yes, I know what you mean! 😀 thank you, this is a great compliment! the noocho cheese IS pretty outstanding, if I can say so!!

Happy Thursday, my friend! XO


33 Amanda October 5, 2011 at 8:38 pm

I want to eat these right now! These are going on the “to make” list and in the bookmark folder, too.


34 spabettie October 6, 2011 at 6:23 am

you know, Amanda, we just had these, and I WANT THEM RIGHT NOW TOO! 😀 one of our favorites – I hope you enjoy them just as much!

Happy Thursday to you!


35 Kris | October 5, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Hey Doll!! What’s going on with your daddy??? I hope he feels better really, really soon!! Lots of love his way!!

I LOVE TACO’s!!! We used to make “hard” tacos when little all the time and I always had the same way I would build it. The cheese would go right on top of the warm meat and beans so it melted….jeez…now I don’t eat cheese or meat…LOL!



36 spabettie October 6, 2011 at 6:22 am

thank you, Kris!! had surgery late last week, doing GREAT now! 😀

yep – I’m in the same place as you, with similar taco memories! these definitely surpass those for me!


37 Lou October 5, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Wow, those tacos look amazing! Your photos are beautiful, I’m a little “snapper-challenged” shall we say (doesn’t help having crappy ancient camera) so it’s all very inspiring. Hope all is well with your pa :)


38 spabettie October 6, 2011 at 6:21 am

thank you, Lou – for all the compliments AND especially well wishes for my Dad – he is going great! 😀


39 Shirley @ gfe October 6, 2011 at 3:27 am

Gorgeous tacos, Kristina! I love to “recycle” recipes. :-) Looking forward to VeganMoFo. People seem to get very creative (and certainly profilic) during VeganMoFo. 😉

And I’m sorry to hear your dad is in the hospital, but grateful that he’s recovering well.



40 spabettie October 6, 2011 at 6:20 am

I love Vegan MoFo too – it’s overwhelming my reader but it’s FUN! Dad is doing great – thank you SO much for your support! XO Happy Thursday to you!


41 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers October 6, 2011 at 6:13 am

I missed taco day??? Ahhhhh!!! I must make up for this somehow…


42 spabettie October 6, 2011 at 6:19 am

you missed it? there’s a make up day, it’s called Taco THURSDAY!! 😀


43 lindsay October 6, 2011 at 6:34 am

Mmmm these look fabulous! Can’t wait to see lots of yummy recipes from you for Vegan MoFo!! 😉 I Haven’t made noocho cheese sauce yet but it’s def on my to-do list. I’m afraid I’ll like it so much I’ll want to spoon-feed myself sauce all day long. ha!!


44 spabettie October 6, 2011 at 6:58 am

seriously. you WILL want to. it’s my new favorite thing, and the best part of making a new batch, cleaning out the processor – YUM. 😀


45 lindsay October 6, 2011 at 6:35 am

sorry to hear about your dad girlie. You’re in my thoughts!! I’m super close to my parents so I can understand the stress about worrying about a parents’ health! hang in there.



46 spabettie October 6, 2011 at 6:57 am

thank you SO much, my friend. I appreciate that – I am close to my dad (I see him at least once a week!). he is doing good now! XO


47 Kelsey Anne October 7, 2011 at 8:52 am

wow – stunning photography! these look great, and I know what I am making for dinner today!!


48 spabettie October 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Thank you, Kelsey Anne! enjoy!!


49 Lara October 7, 2011 at 11:33 am

These look yummy! Where can I find the noocho cheese sauce?? I’m intrigued!!


50 spabettie October 7, 2011 at 11:44 am

hi Lara! here’s the sauce –> Noocho Cheese I hope you like it! :)


51 Lara October 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Thank you!! Can’t wait to devour it!!!


52 spabettie October 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm

let me know how you like them!


53 Lacey October 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I love using taco seasoned quinoa as the ‘meat’ in tacos. It pairs well with winter squashes and sweet potatoes. I haven’t made crunchy shell tacos in ages, thanks for the reminder that I can revisit an old, cheap, favorite!


54 spabettie October 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm

you are very welcome, Lacey! :) these are in our top three favorites right now – we love tacos and the hard shells! :)


55 hihorosie October 7, 2011 at 9:28 pm

first off, sorry about your dad. That’s tough but glad to hear he’s on the mend and hope he continues to be.

Those tacos look so good! Yay for tacos!


56 Kath (My Funny Little Life) October 8, 2011 at 4:15 am

I believe they’re a fireworks of flavors, but how do you eat them without making a mess? 😀 (Okay, you take a fork and pick things out, but it would be *not the same*! ;))


57 spabettie October 11, 2011 at 5:48 am

you DON’T eat them without a mess! :) and that’s okay!


58 Angela @ October 9, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Those look so great! I always make fajitas, but really must use taco shells next time. Glad to hear your dad is doing well! :)


59 Sharie October 20, 2011 at 1:46 am

your pictures are beautiful! these sound very good, I have not had a taco in a long time! layered dip even longer, probably!


60 Sarah October 26, 2011 at 8:08 am

OMG! Just stumbled across your blog and found these little gems! Definitely making these soon!!!


61 spabettie October 26, 2011 at 9:34 am

hi Sarah!! I hope you do – the noocho cheese is still an obsession in this house. (well, maybe just with me…). 😉


62 Sarah October 26, 2011 at 9:46 am

NOM! I love trying out new vegan cheezy sauce recipes! Sounds YUM!


63 spabettie October 26, 2011 at 10:37 am

thanks, I hope you like it!! it is SOOOO good, I think about it entirely too much.


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