This baked taco dip is so easy to make with taco-inspired layers starting with cream cheese and sour cream base, browned ground beef, salsa, shredded cheese, freshly diced tomatoes, and jalapenos! Perfect for your next summer cookout!
❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
- This baked taco dip only requires 7 main ingredients with optional toppings that are so easy to vary to suit preferences.
- It’s a meaty and cheesy dip loaded with your favorite taco flavors that’s perfect for game day or your next party.
- It’s so easy to make! Simply layer the ingredients, bake, and serve!
It’s easy to understand why everyone loves this baked taco dip with meat. Starting with cream cheese and sour cream base, this dip is then built layer to layer with typical taco ingredients and your choice of favorite toppings!
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Note: The full list of this recipe ingredients with their amounts and options are listed in the recipe card below.
- Ground beef
- Taco seasoning
- Cream Cheese
- Sour Cream
- Cheddar Cheese
- Monterey Jack cheese
- Green Chilis
- Salsa - your heat preference.
- Optional toppings: lettuce, tomatoes, olives, cilantro, jalapeños, green onions.
Note: This is an overview of the instructions. The full instructions are in the recipe card below.
- Brown the ground beef in a large pan. Drain the excess fat and return it to the pan. Add the taco seasoning and water and continue to cook the beef.
- Add grated cheese to a large mixing bowl, chop the chilis and let the cream cheese sit at room temperature.
- Mix the cream cheese, sour cream, grated cheese, and chilis in the mixing bowl.
- Spread the creamy mixture into the bottom of a baking dish.
- Top the creamy base with the cooked beef.
- Add a layer of salsa.
- Sprinkle the remaining grated cheese on top.
- Bake the dip for 25 minutes until bubbly and browned.
- Start to top the dip with chopped tomato.
- Next, add chopped green onions.
- Finish off the dip with sliced jalapenos.
- Serve the dip warm with tortilla chips or whatever else you prefer.
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These are the questions we are most frequently asked about making Ground Beef Baked Taco Dip Recipe.
This taco dip is made of typical taco ingredients such as browned ground meat, fresh toppings, salsa, jalapeno peppers, and other delicious options typically enjoyed with tacos. The dip starts with a base of cream cheese, sour cream, and chopped chilis and then gets layered with beef, salsa, greeted cheese, and toppings (once baked).
Absolutely! It’s best though to remove any fresh toppings such as diced tomato and lettuce before warming this dip up as those toppings won’t hold up well.
You could make this dip a thicker consistency by increasing the cream cheese or even add in something like cornstarch which provides a creamy texture and is often used in cheesecake fillings to thicken.
If your dip has become watery, it’s usually an indication that it’s been sitting in the refrigerator for too long or the watering toppings such as lettuce and diced tomatoes have now released excess water, affecting the dip.
- It’s best to first allow the cream cheese to soften at room temperature before combining it with the other ingredients. This will help it mix better for a smoother taco dip. If you are rushed for time, pop the block of cream cheese (removed from the foil packaging) into the microwave for about 45 seconds on low.
- You can mix the cream cheese mixture with a spoon but a hand mixer makes it much easier.
- This taco dip can be assembled and stored in the refrigerator 2 days ahead of serving. Just prior to serving, bake the dip and only then top it with the fresh topping options.
- I’ve listed an array of toppings that you could use to top this taco dip. Feel free to mix and match or use other toppings that you know will be loved by the family and friends.
- Since this dip contains dairy-based ingredients, make sure that it is stored back in the refrigerator when no longer in use. This dip shouldn’t be left out for extended periods of time.
- I always grate my cheese for recipes for the best taste. Packaged shredded cheese usually contains a coating to preserve it which detracts from the taste and its ability to combine with other recipe ingredients.
- Always use cream cheese in a block, not the variety that is packaged in a tub.
- I love using full-fat ingredients for maximum flavor but you could use low-fat ingredients instead and this tip will still be super delicious!
- Go ahead and make use of other ground meat such as ground chicken, turkey, or pork.
- For added heat to this taco dip, use a hotter salsa, add in some cayenne pepper or use a cheese such as Pepper Jack.
- Bulk up this dip by tossing in some refried beans. You could also thicken the consistency of the dip by adding some cornstarch.
- I’ve used salsa as one of the dip layers but you could opt for a taco sauce instead.
- Make this dip vegetarian by removing the ground beef and either adding a layer of beans or a vegan ground meat alternative.
- Mix up the toppings to suit your personal preferences.
- Italian seasoning can replace taco seasoning. You could also use crumbled feta instead of shredded cheddar cheese, yogurt instead of sour cream, and red pickled onions are great alternatives to the jalapenos.
This dip can be stored in an airtight container or in the baking dish, covered tightly with plastic wrap, for 3-5 days.
You also have the option of freezing this dip for 1-3 months although the quality of the texture and taste will not be the same as when freshly made.
Make sure to remove any fresh taco dip toppings before storing the dip in the refrigerator or freezer as these toppings will become soggy and affect the dip.
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🍽 Serve with
This taco dip can be enjoyed with tortilla chips, freshly sliced veggies, chips, crackers, pretzels, and slices of artisan bread. Leftover dip can also be enjoyed by the spoonful!
If you are following a low-carb diet, make sure to select snack offerings that are low-carb.
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A tasty homemade dip can seriously elevate your party snack spread and keep those hungry guests or family members satisfied while you get on in the kitchen with your main meal preparations.
Having tested quite a few dips over the years of entertaining, nothing gets people more excited than a dip with a twist. This taco dip provides all the delicious textures and flavors of a classic taco that’s loved by all who try it!
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📝 Recipe Card
This baked taco dip is insanely easy to whip up with various taco-inspired layers starting with cream cheese and sour cream base, seasoned and browned ground beef, salsa, shredded cheese, freshly diced tomatoes, and jalapenos…and anything else your heart desires!
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Baked Taco Dip With Ground Beef
- 1 pound Ground Beef may use ground chicken, sausage or turkey
- 1 package Taco seasoning
- 8 ounces Cream cheese softened
- ¼ cup Sour cream
- 2 cups Cheddar Cheese shredded, divided
- 2 ounces Green chilis chopped
- 1 cup Salsa use which heat you like
- Lettuce Shredded
- Tomatoes Dices
- Olives Sliced
- Cilantro Chopped
- Green Onions Sliced
- Casserole baking dish spray with Vegetable spray
- Preheat oven to 375℉. Spray a baking dish with vegetable spray.
- Brown beef in a large pan over medium heat, drain fat and return to the pan.
- Stir in taco seasoning and water according to package directions.
- While beef is cooking mix cream cheese, sour cream, ½ of the cheese, and chilis in a laarge bowl. Mix until fully combined and spread into the bottom of a prepared baking dish.
- Layer the meat mixture on top, then layer the salsa and finish with the remainin cheese.
- Bake 25 minutes or until bubbly and browned. Top with desied toppings and serve war with tortilla chips.