Best Hot Taco Dip Recipes

Hot Taco Dip Shopping Tips

Stocking up on no-cook items like cheese, nuts, olives, crackers, and dips will cut down on prep time and help ensure you have enough food for any unexpected guests.

Hot Taco Dip Cooking Tips

Balance the amount of dishes prepared ahead and those put together last minute – serve cold dishes made in advance as well as items straight from the stove.

Hot Taco Dip

Are you looking for a delicious dip recipe for your next party? Try this super easy hot taco dip! Chances are you have the ingredients already in your pantry, so this recipe will only take seconds to throw together! Then just let it bake and you’re done. Yes, it’s really that easy. Easy cheesy hot taco dip at your leisure!

New Year’s Eve Party Appetizer Recipe – Taco Dip

This Hot Taco Dip with layers of refried beans, taco meat, tomatoes, jalapeños, black olives, and lots of Monterey Jack and Cheddar Cheese is the perfect appetizer for any occasion. Serve it at your New Year’s Eve or Super Bowl party. Your guests will devour it!

Recipe originally published on December 30, 2014. Updated with a video on December 26, 2019.

I’d have to say that this layered taco dip is the most universally well-liked appetizer recipe that I make.

When I bring it to parties, it’s one of the first dishes to be wiped clean.

My friend invited us to a New Year’s Eve party and she requested I bring this hot taco dip and a few of the other New Year’s Eve appetizers I have been creating this week including a Parmesan Artichoke Cheesecake Countdown Clock, the Time’s Square Cheese Balls, and my Ball Drop Pinata Cookies.

Although there was a lot of food served, this taco dip was, as I suspected, the most popular dish at the party.

Making it is quick and easy and I’ve often decorated it for holidays.

The first time I made this dip was while I was writing my cookbook, Hungry Halloween. I used it to make a Wickedly Spicy Witch Dip which was decorated with Guacamole and Black Bean Dip Witch.

Then when I began blogging I made a Frankenstein’s Monster Taco Dip complete with a Guacamole monster on top and last year for the Super Bowl I put the dip in a Football Shaped Serving Bowl.

To dress this dip up for New Year’s Eve, I just wrote out �” in black olive slices. It wasn’t fancy, nor is this dip, but everyone seemed to think it added a festive touch to this simple appetizer.

You can, of course, change the date to match the year you are celebrating.

  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup diced White Onion
  • 1 pound of Ground Beef (I used 93% lean)
  • 1 packet of Taco Seasoning
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of Refried Beans
  • 8 ounces of Cream Cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups of Salsa
  • 1 cup of diced Tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups of Shredded Cheese (Cheddar or Mexican)
  • Optional: garnish with chopped Chives

First, you want to cook the onion and the beef. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion saute for 2 minutes, then add the ground beef and half of the taco seasoning. (Save the rest of the taco seasoning, you will need it). Stir the meat to break it up and to evenly distribute the taco seasoning. Once the beef has browned, set it aside.

Pour the refried beans into an 8 inch square baking dish (or similar). Spread into an even layer.

In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese and the remaining taco seasoning together. Then spread over the refried beans.

Next pour the salsa over the cream cheese, and smooth into an even layer.

Use a slotted spoon to add the ground beef, this way you can separate the beef from any excess grease. Then top the beef with the diced tomatoes and the cheese.

fry ground beef in skillet. Drain fat and mix in taco seasoning. Turn heat to low and add Rotel and the retried beans. Mix well and remove from heat. Once cooled slightly add cream cheese and mix. Your mixture should be hot enough to melt the cream cheese but cool enough to keep it from curdling. After mixing thoroughly spread in bottom of baking dish and put a thin layer of salsa on top. Once it's evenly spread cover the top in cheese. Bake 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and center is hot.


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Calories per serving: 251

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Take a Dip! 14 Delicious Dip and Spread Recipes

Here in Savannah, we enjoy warm, sunny days almost all year-round, but come summertime, it gets so hot that we take advantage of any available place to jump in the water or at least enjoy a cool breeze! And what better way to accompany a day of waterside fun than easy, finger-food snacks with dips! Whether you’re spending the day at the beach, looking for a hearty classic to bring to a picnic at someone’s house, or throwing a pool party, we’ve got the perfect suggestion for every occasion…

Bring to the Beach – Lighter Dips to Bring to a Picnic

Black-Eyed Pea Dip Ring in the summer with this colorful dip filled with vegetables like bell peppers, jalapeños, pimentos, corn, and black-eyed peas, tossed with a tangy dressing, and chilled for a while so its flavors marinate – a lean and enticing option that holds up at room temperature.

Lightning Fast White Bean Dip Get some pita and some carrot sticks, and impress fellow beach revelers with a satisfying high-protein, low-fat dip, thrown together in the food processor with white kidney beans, lemon, and spices.

Five Layer Taco Dip Everything you love about tacos, in a bowl. This easy dip is always a crowd pleaser.

Avocado Dip Go simple and healthy our avocado dip, with cilantro and lots of lime juice to keep it refreshing and brightly colored.

Veggie Crudites with Light Dip The Roquefort cheese in this light dip will make you forget you’ve used light cream ingredients.

Pool Party Hits – Bite-sized items best served right off the grill (or out of the fryer), for when you are hosting or can cook on the spot.

Grilled Artichokes with Bacon and Rosemary Dip Make this delicious bacon-rosemary dip in advance, chill it, and serve with grilled artichokes halves and lemon, so refreshing – and tasty.

Chicken Satay with Peanut Butter BBQ Sauce Marinate the chicken ahead of time in peanut butter barbeque sauce, enhance the remaining marinade with extra peanut butter, and savor these grilled skewers.

Southern Fried Oysters Welcome a Savannah favorite into your life: freshly shucked oysters battered with hot sauce, breaded, fried, and served with a mixture of Paula’s Vidalia Onion Peach Grilling Marinade and sour cream. Yum!

Fried Green Tomatoes with Vidalia Onion Relish For another Savannah (and Southern) favorite, whip up this zesty dip of diced Vidalia onions and brown sugar a few hours ahead, and serve with fried green tomatoes.

Jalapeño Bottle Caps with Blue Cheese Dip These beer-battered poppers and zesty blue cheese dip will keep any spice-lover coming back for more.

Take and Bake – No-fuss snacks to bring to someone’s house to throw in the oven when convenient.

Italian Chicken Sticks Coat chicken with melted butter and seasoned breadcrumbs, bake them off, and serve them with marinara or honey mustard sauce for a low-maintenance snack to please everyone.

Oven Fried Potato Wedges You pick your favorite dips and sauces to accompany these baked fries, tossed in cornbread dressing mix for a healthier “fry” with an extra-crispy punch.

Sausage Balls Meat lovers will be singing your praises for these fun, bite-sized sausage and cheddar balls baked and served with mustard-mayo dip.

Remember to bring a cooler or ice and find a shady spot for your food if you will be out in the sun for a while, make sure you have your favorite crackers, toast points, assorted vegetables, or chips, and have fun!

What’s in Taco Dip?

Not only is the recipe no-bake, but you can really use whatever taco toppings you like once you put together your base layer! So, it’s a fully customizable dish! For your base layer, you’ll need cream cheese, sour cream, and taco seasoning. You can use a store-bought taco seasoning packet or opt for your own homemade taco seasoning. You just mix the cream cheese together with the sour cream and taco seasoning – ideally using a hand mixer or some strong hand stirring action on your part to really get things smooth and creamy. It helps if the cream cheese starts closer to room temperature! Now I realize that base layer doesn’t look super appetizing on its own, but I promise it’s delicious! For things like this we love using Shamrock Farms products as they’re made with with pure, wholesome milk containing no added growth hormones. They’re a local company for us (Arizona family-owned) and we love supporting local! You can even take a tour of their working dairy farm here (during October – May). Their sour cream is perfectly smooth and creamy, so it was the perfect base for the dip!You’ll spread that base layer into a serving dish and top with your favorite taco toppings. I usually opt for “classics” like shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and sliced olives, but you can really do whatever you like! Just don’t forget the shredded cheese. Cheeeeeese!Thanks to our June Dairy Month partnership with the Arizona Milk Producers, we had some of this delicious Arizona Farms Cheddar Cheese to use. I love that with the Arizona Milk Producers they produce only high-quality milk from healthy well cared for cows. Plus, there’s no added hormones and the products are antibiotic free! That makes for even better cheese! And, it’s perfect for shredding! I like shredding my own anyway – especially in dishes like this as it has such a better texture when you do it yourself. Cheddar is my go-to cheese for this dip, along with some Pepper Jack for a little kick. But, just like the other toppings, you really can use any cheese you like! Super easy and super delicious! Really, it may be our favorite cold dip! If you need a good, creamy hot dip recipe though, you’ll have to try our loaded baked potato dip. That one is DIVINE too…but I prefer this taco dip in the summer! Anything to not heat up the house when it’s blazing hot out!

  • refried beans
  • cream cheese
  • sour cream
  • taco seasoning
  • two kinds of cheese

It worked perfectly to use a disposable foil pan!

I loved the red, white and blue tortilla chips I found in the deli at the grocery!

The dip was a hit with the company we had over and the easy clean up was a big bonus for me!

So many Dip Recipes in one place it’ll blow your mind! Click on the photo to see them all!

Did you know that Dips are kinda my thing?? It’s true!! Some of my MOST POPULAR recipes are dips. This one here, the Texas Trash Dip? It’s in my top 5 recipes every day!

I decided to put together a little round up of my favorite dips. Click on that photo up above, and see all of my dip recipes!!

Want to see how to turn that can of refried beans into restaurant style beans? Click on the picture!

Speaking of popular. These refried beans here? They are another of my top daily recipes. I figured I would tell you about them since you were here looking at a warm bean dip recipe.

You can take one can of refried beans, and make them taste JUST like the ones at the restaurant. Promise!!

I think it would be perfect to take to those 4th of July get togethers, don’t you? Don’t forget to save the box tops for YOUR school off of the Reynolds® and Hefty® products that are sure to be making all of our lives a little bit cleaner and easier this long weekend!


Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching!

Many of you might not be going out and celebrating the same way you normally do, but that doesn&rsquot mean you can&rsquot still eat the delicious Mexican inspired foods you love. I am excited to be partnering with the Ohio Beef Council to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and bring you this simple, mouthwatering Beef Taco Dip Recipe.

This dip is a Mexican style dip recipe that I love making, and not just for a holiday! This is a nice protein packed meal for your family that you could serve over brown rice or alongside chips.

I think the leftovers are great too, and I often will use them as a quesadilla or enchilada filling. The options are endless with this easy taco dip.

You can easily make this with some simple swaps if you don&rsquot have all of the ingredients on hand too, like using black beans in place of the refried beans.


A lot of you mentioned you are trying to go to the store less these days. The good news is that this dip is one that you can make some easy swaps and it still tastes great!

BEANS: I used a can of vegetarian refried beans in this dip. I love how creamy they are and the flavor they add. If you don&rsquot have refried beans you can use black or red beans.

If you prefer that creamy texture try mashing the beans up first. You also can skip the beans all-together if you want. The beef will provide plenty of protein.

CHEESE: Feel free to use any cheese you have on hand. I like sharp cheddar, pepper jack, monterey jack or mozzarella. Once again you can skip the cheese but I personally wouldn&rsquot! 😉

VEGETABLES: I added a can of diced tomatoes to my dip. Once again you can skip this or try fire roasted tomatoes or even diced tomatoes with green chiles. If you want to add other vegetables to the dip I suggest cooking them with the beef. Try adding onions, poblanos, jalapeños or zucchini.

SALSA: I added a cup of medium chunky salsa. Adding salsa helps add flavor to the dip. You can also make a Homemade Salsa or an Easy Homemade Salsa Verde.

GARNISHES: I love adding garnishes to my dips. With this one I like to add avocado, diced fresh tomatoes, green onions and cilantro. You can skip any of those or add other toppings like crushed chips, jalapeños, red onion and sour cream.


  • Make Taco Tuesday nutritious and delicious by preparing beef! A 3oz. serving of beef provides 25 grams of protein and 10 essential nutrients, like B vitamins, all wrapped up into one tasty package.
  • Beef is BIG on protein, providing 25 grams per 3oz. serving or about half of your body&rsquos daily needs. Adding high-protein foods, like beef, to your diet will help with weight management and will keep you feeling energized all day.
  • Add lean beef to your diet and your heart will thank you! Research shows that enjoying lean beef as part of a heart-healthy diet can lower cholesterol and reduce heart disease risk.


As a resident of Ohio I am so proud of our beef farmers! I have visited a few of the cattle farms in the Ohio area and the farmers are some of the most passionate, driven people I have met.

  • Ohio beef farmers are passionate about protecting the environment and providing excellent care for their cattle. Meet Scott and Sasha Rittenhouse, a millennial beef farming couple from New Carlisle, Ohio, who make caring for their cattle the No. 1 priority on their farm.
  • 98 percent of Ohio&rsquos 17,000 beef farms are family-owned and operated. Beef cattle can be found in every Ohio county.
  • The Ohio beef community includes more than just farmers! Small business owners, community leaders, animal caretakers, nutritionists and environmentalists are all dedicated to producing safe, wholesome, nutritious beef.


  • Have ground beef on-hand? Use it to celebrate Taco Tuesday! Let frozen ground beef thaw safely in the refrigerator for 12 hours and then cook to an internal temperature of 160°F. Remember: color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef&rsquos doneness &ndash use a meat thermometer!
  • Planning to use a skillet to prepare beef for your Cinco de Mayo fiesta? Use this handy guide to learn how long each cut of beef should be cooked.
  • Throw an at-home fiesta on Cinco de Mayo without breaking the bank! Check out delicious, budget-friendly steak options.
  • Add flavor and tenderness to your Cinco de Mayo beef dish by letting it soak in a spicy marinade! To add flavor, marinate beef for 15 minutes to 2 hours, and to tenderize cuts, marinate for 6 to 24 hours.
  • Always marinate beef in the refrigerator, never at room temperature, and allow ¼ to ½ cup of marinade for every pound of beef. Marinate beef in a plastic bag or in a glass or plastic container. Turn or stir beef occasionally to evenly expose every inch to the marinade.
  • Before cooking, remove beef from marinade and pat dry with a paper towel to promote even browning and prevent steaming.

Best Game Day Nacho Cheese Dip

You can even get creative with this nacho cheese dip and make it into a Jack-o-Lantern for Halloween! Loaded with great spices, cheese and beef, this dip is always a crowd pleaser at any party. So much of the flavor comes from sautéing the beef and onions to bring out all the great flavor.

Video: Beef Nacho Cheese Dip Recipe:

You can totally adjust the amount of heat/spicyness of the dip to your preferred levels. It&rsquos one of those cheesy dips that everyone gravitates to and it&rsquos hard make just one serving if you&rsquore at a big party. This is the dip everyone goes to for seconds! Add a few of your favorite crunchy dippers like tortilla chips or crackers. You can always make it a little &ldquohealthier&rdquo by adding some raw veggies for dipping like carrots, celery and bell pepper strips. Always remember to add beer to help wash it all down with because this dip pairs perfectly with beer!

The great thing about this appetizer recipe is that it’s SO easy. The ingredients are simple, and can be adapted to what you have in your pantry now, or if you love a certain spice.

The rest of the ingredients can be switched up depending on what flavors you like! If you prefer cheddar cheese over Monterey Jack, no problem! Maybe sub out the Smoked Paprika for some Cumin. Add some jalapeños or cayenne if you like things spicy! There are lots of different options for this recipe to make it your own!

If you don’t have (or like) Ro-Tel, just use a drained can of diced tomatoes in its place. I am telling you, it’s almost impossible to mess up!

The one trick I always recommend is grating you own cheese.

Fresh grated cheese melts creamier than the pre-grated cheese….but of course, if you’re in a time pinch, go ahead and use the pre-grated!