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Obvious but Delicious 8-layer Taco Dip

What you need: 

vegan refried beans (1-2 cans)
soy taco filling ( I use 1-2 boxes Fantastic Foods mix)
1-2 containers vegan sour cream (1 container per seasoning packet)
1-2 taco seasoning packets - make sure its vegan!
shredded lettuce
a couple of chopped tomatoes
green onions
sliced black olives
some chopped avocado

What you do: 

Prepare the taco filling according to package directions. In another bowl mix the taco seasoning packet with the Sour Supreme (1 packet per sour supreme container). I usually use a 9x13 casserole dish to layer the stuff in the following order: beans, meat, sour supreme mixture, lettuce, tomatoes olives, onions, avocado.
NOTE: If you use 1 each of the first 3 ingredients, the layers are a little thin, but if you use 2 you will have some extra (I usually make a mini layered dip out of this for my own private vegan use, since the carnivores inevitably will devour this dip in the first 5 minutes of any social function!) Serve with tortilla chips.

Preparation Time: 
45 minutes
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

This recipe was great! I made it this year for Christmas Eve. and since I had a ton left over, I took it again to the family get-together on Christmas day. I have to say, maybe this would be a good one to make ahead of time. I did mix the vegan sour cream (I used Tofutti) and the taco seasoning together the day before I served it on Christmas Eve. because I know that the tastes needed to meld together a bit. Even so, I think it was a lot better Christmas day (two days after I made the mixture). My sister is a big fan of the regular version of this, and no one in my family is vegan or vegetarian, but it received rave reviews by all. The only other thing I might change about this, though (and maybe it was just because of the brand of refrieds I bought), was that the refried beans didn't really "dip" well. It was hard to get them off of the bottom of the dish I put it in. Does anyone have any ideas? I was thinking maybe even mix some of the sour cream together with the beans or something else in order to give the beans more of a creamy/dippier consistency. Overall, though, great!  ;D

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Made this for THanksgiving with my husband's rather large family.  (Truthfully, I made a dairy and non-dairy version.) The fantastic foods taco mix isn't that bad but sort of bland. No matter--in this dip it worked great.  I think the taco seasoning mix did a fair job of covering up the beany taste in the tofu sour cream.  Both versions were good.  No one minded the fake meat even though they were a bit suspicious at first.  Adding fresh avocado is key. My husband liked the ND one but said he thought it would have been a lot better hot.  I'm not sure how you would do that with the lettuce and tomatoes on top.  I will probably make this again.

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