mexican fiesta board

This Mexican fiesta board is the stuff foodie dreams are made of! There’s 3 epic dips on this smorgas-board and I am so ready to share these creations with you.

Make a Mexican Fiesta Board with 3 Vegan Dips

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it’s dipping time

Let’s get into these tasty dips, shall we! The heart of the board is in the dips and then it’s really up to you to fill in the gaps with whatever kind of dipping vessels you want. Tortilla chips are obvious, but I think it was pretty clever to add vegan taquitos on the board for something a little more substantial.

The recipes that follow are for all different tastes. There’s my personal fave, elote queso dip, as well as a smoky refried bean dip, and a very refreshing avocado watermelon salsa. Of course, I have a bunch of other ideas for your Mexican fiesta too including my famous nacho cheese, even more salsa recipes, and if you need it, a homemade sour cream.

elote queso dip recipe
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elote queso dip

this dip is super creamy and cheesy, but the corn really shines through.

Course Appetizer, dip
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword corn, dips, vegan cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Servings 4
Author Lauren Toyota



  1. Heat a cast iron over medium-high heat. Add all the corn in an even layer. There's no need to thaw frozen corn. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes without tossing to develop some char on the kernels. Add vegetable oil, then toss and cook the other side for about 4 to 5 minutes.

  2. Remove 1 cup of corn kernels onto a plate and spread out to cool. Turn heat to low on the cast iron pan and to the remaining corn add garlic, onion powder, smoked paprika, and chili powder and continue to sauté for about a minute more. Remove the corn to another plate to cool completely. You don’t want to mix this corn with the vegan sour cream while it’s extremely hot. However, it can be slightly warm to room temperature.

  3. To a food processor combine the cooled seasoned charred corn and garlic mixture with sour cream, vegan feta/contija cheese, pickled jalapenos, cilantro, lime juice, and sea salt. Blend until combined but still slightly textured. Remove the blade of the food processor and stir in the remaining charred corn and ground pepper. Garnish with cilantro and a bit more cheese. This can be served immediately or refrigerated for a day and served at room temperature.

When choosing dried chilis for the refried bean dip you’re looking for a dark, prune like chili pepper. I used pasilla, but ancho or morita would work as well.

smokey refried bean dip recipe
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smoky refried bean dip

this super easy refried bean dip is has mild spice and a deep smoky aroma.

Course Appetizer, dip
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword beans, chili, chili peppers, dips, refried beans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
soaking 8 minutes
Servings 4
Author Lauren Toyota


smoky refried bean dip

  • 2 dried ancho or pasilla pepper
  • 1/4 C warm water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 C red onion
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic (about 2 garlic cloves)
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 can (16oz / 454g) refried pinto beans
  • ½ C fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • sea salt, to taste


  • 1 tbsp vegan cheddar shreds
  • 1 tsp finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tsp finely chopped cilantro


  1. Soak the dried pepper in 1/4 cup of warm water in a bowl for about 6 to 8 minutes. Place a spoon or something on top so it gets submerged under the water. Once it's much softer, de-stem and de-seed and place in a food processor.

  2. In a cast-iron pan over medium heat, add olive oil and sauté red onion and garlic for about 3 to 4 minutes until softened and fragrant. Stir in smoked paprika and cook for another minute. Add canned refried beans and 1/2 cup fire roasted tomatoes (with the liquid) and stir to combine until warmed through, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the mixture to the food processor with the dried pepper and process until mostly smooth but still has some texture and the pepper is flecked throughout.

  3. It should be warm enough to serve. Otherwise reheat for serving, add to a bowl and top with chopped red onion, cilantro, vegan cheddar shreds – or other garnishes of your choice

I love this combo of watermelon and avocado. But what really makes this salsa pop is the Tajin seasoning. I’m not sure this popular seasoning is available in Canada so you can order it online here. I’ve also provided a homemade version in the recipe below that works great as well.

watermelon avocado salsa recipe
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avocado watermelon salsa

this is a refreshing twist on traditional guacamole. The sweet watermelon and tangy Tajin are a match made in heaven!

Course Appetizer, dip
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword avocado, dip, salsa, watermelon
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Lauren Toyota


homemade Tajin (if you don’t have Tajin)

  • 1 tsp flaky sea salt
  • 1 lime zested
  • ¼ tsp chili powder

watermelon avocado salsa

  • 1 large ripe avocado, diced into small cubes
  • 1 C watermelon, diced into small cubes
  • 1/4 C red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 C cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp Tajin seasoning
  • ½ a lime, juiced
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped jalapeño (optional)


  1. To make homemade Tajin seasoning, in a medium serving bowl add flaky sea salt and lime zest. Use your fingers to rub the salt and lime zest together. Add the chili powder and combine with a fork. Use this bowl to continue on with the recipe.

  2. In the same mixing bowl add avocado, watermelon, red onion, cilantro, Tajin, lime juice, and jalapeño, if using. Fold together gently until combined. This is best served immediately so the avocado doesn’t get brown.

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