Sweet Potato Dip

This sweet potato dip is a healthier version of your favorite layered Mexican dip recipe. You’ll love these whole food layers. Serve this as a dip with air fryer tortilla chips or use it with your favorite vegan Mexican dishes!

If you love vegan Mexican recipes, be sure to try these Vegan Burritos. Or how about this Vegan Taco Meat? It’s all so good!

Two serving dishes hold sweet potato seven layer dip, surrounded by chips.

I took this sweet potato dip to my book reading club gathering and they raved about it. Usually, I only get a reaction like that from people who are somehow motivated to say nice things to me, like my family.

But the ladies in my book reading club? They don’t hold back on their opinions! In fact, the whole notion of a book reading club is that we’re all there with different opinions about the same thing and we talk it through…while drinking wine and eating good food. So when this group agreed that they loved this dip, I knew it was a winner.

They sell sweet potatoes at my grocery store 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but somehow sweet potatoes fall into the apples and pumpkin category for me – they scream fall. But here’s a recipe that shows how you can use it all year long!

A layered Mexican dip sits on a dark table top. There's a cherry tomato next to it along with blue tortilla chips behind it.

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Black beans
  • Salsa
  • Ground flaxseed
  • Garlic powder
  • Sweet Potato Nacho Cheese
  • Quinoa cooked
  • Taco seasoning
  • Vegan guacamole
  • Black olives
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Vegan cheddar cheese
  • Tortilla chips

How to Make Sweet Potato Seven Layer Dip

The goal with this recipe was to take the traditional seven layer dip and make it whole foods, plant-based. You know, healthy!

  1. Layer One: Prepare the Black Bean Dip by combing black beans, salsa, ground flax seed, and garlic in a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth. Spread across the bottom of a deep-dished serving plate.
  2. Layer Two: Spoon the Sweet Potato Nacho Cheese over the black bean mixture on the serving plate, reserving 1 tablespoon.
  3. Layer Three: Prepare the Quinoa Taco Filling by combining cooked quinoa, taco seasoning and remaining paprika in a medium bowl. Add one tablespoon of the sweet potato mixture (reserved from step above) to the quinoa mixture and stir until combined (this helps the quinoa stay together better for dipping purposes). Then spread the prepared Quinoa Taco Filling over the Sweet Potato layer.
  4. Layer Four: Drop spoonfuls of the guacamole along the outside edge over the quinoa layer and then work your way inward, using the back of your spoon to spread it evenly across the top.
  5. Layers Five – Seven: Top the dip with layers of chopped black olives, diced tomatoes, and vegan shredded cheese. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  6. Serve with tortilla chips, corn chips, or chopped veggies.

Obviously the vegan cheddar cheese is not necessarily plant-based so you can leave that out if you’d like. For a cheesy flavor, you can sprinkle some vegan parmesan over the top.

A serving dish holds a layered Mexican Dip. The text above it reads: Sweet Potato Seven Layer Dip

More Dips

I figured it would be perfect to showcase these cheesy sweet potatoes with layers of taco-flavored quinoa, salsa-infused black beans, and all the toppings like black olives and diced tomatoes that make this new fall flavored dip something to be remembered at your party, whatever the theme!

A close-up shot of sweet potato hummus in a bowl. It's topped with chopped cilantro, olive oil, and paprika. There's another bowl and tortilla chips in the background.

Sweet Potato Hummus

Prepare this sweet potato dip for your next party and enjoy the oohs and ahhs of guests as they dip into this smoky vegan, gluten-free snack!
5 from 1 vote
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 118kcal
Author: Namely Marly

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika shredded
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons water

Instructions

  • Heat 2 teaspoons olive in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Peel the sweet potato and cut it into cubes. Add the cubes to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes, until tender. Remove from heat and stir in the garlic. Let this sit for several minutes until the garlic is tender.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and the reserved olive oil to a food processor. Pulse until smooth. Add the sweet potato and garlic mixture and pulse until smooth. Add water, one tablespoon at a time until you achieve a nice consistency.
  • Garnish with drizzles of olive oil and smoked paprika. Serve with toptortilla chips, corn chips, or chopped veggies.

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Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Hummus
Amount Per Serving
Calories 118 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 37mg2%
Potassium 245mg7%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 8259IU165%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post was originally published in 2019 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.

17 Responses to Sweet Potato Dip

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlyjanae @ bring joy Reply

    I love that you use quinoa! I never would have thought. I can see why they were raving about the dip. Looks so good.

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyTyme Reply

    Oh, my. That does look great! I’ve never seen sweet potato tortilla-style chips. I’d like it in the low dish — easier to get some of each layer.

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlySommer @ ASpicyPerspective Reply

    This looks great, Marly! Perfect party dish!

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyTeresa Arneson Reply

    Yum this sounds great and very healthy! I am sweet potato lover so any opportunity to use them I am in!

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKiran @ KiranTarun.com Reply

    So colorful!! Love the delicious layers, Marly!!

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMelanie @ Carmel Moments Reply

    That looks so fabulous! All the layers look beautiful.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Melanie. I must confess that it tastes just as good as it looks!

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlysowmya Reply

    These look absolutely delicious and colorful.. !! beautiful layers .. I love it

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks Sowmya!

  8. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyYvonne Reply

    It looks great and I´ll definitely make that!
    If you make it in advance, how will you make the avocado stay green?
    The greyish color, after a bit of time, doesn´t look that attractive..

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I’ll be honest – we usually eat this so fast we don’t have to worry about the avocado changing colors. However, keeping a sheet of plastic wrap over the top can help.

  9. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlySue/the view from great island Reply

    This is too pretty to pass up, I love the colorful layers!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      It’s almost too pretty too eat. Not!!

  10. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMaggie Reply

    This looks great! I found it trying to find a seven layer dip using pumpkin. I’m gonna use that instead of sweet potatoes and serve this warm (adding cold toppings just before serving). Thanks for posting this recipe!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Ooh, I love the pumpkin change-up! Can’t wait to hear how it goes!

  11. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLindsey Reply

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I made this for dinner tonight… with a few substitutions based on what I had in my pantry… it tastes a million times better than the typical 7 layer dip.. and healthy its to boot! This is definitely my new go-to appy for parties!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I LOVE substitutions based on a pantry. That’s when things get really creative. So glad you liked this recipe as a foundation!

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