Creamy Layer Taco Dip is a perfect last-minute snack or appetizer with ground beef, tomatoes, olives, and cheddar cheese, ready in 20 minutes!
This easy, rich Taco Dip is the perfect Appetizer Recipe to serve at a Superbowl party or family get-together. If you’re hosting for a big group, put it out with other delicious appetizers like Buffalo Wings and Cheesy Bread.
CREAMY LAYER TACO DIP
This easy Creamy Layer Taco Dip is made with sour cream and cream cheese layers, taco meat, and salsa. Then it’s topped off with lettuce, cheese, and olives. The sour cream and cream cheese layer give the dip a wonderful velvety, creamy consistency that you won’t be able to get enough of. The creamy base and cheesy topping perfectly balance the savory taste of the veggies and meat for the perfect combo.
Taco meat in this recipe is flavored with tasty taco seasoning. Instead of using taco seasoning packets from the store, you can make your own Homemade Taco Seasoning. It turns out extra flavorful with the fresh mixture. Then the seasoned ground beef is mixed with the Tomato Salsa, which you could also make fresh, for even more savory Mexican flavor.
All together, the simple ingredients make the perfect appetizer to serve with tortilla chips. Although there are several layers, the Creamy Layer Taco Dip isn’t too thick, so you should be able to scoop up all the way to the creamy base and get all the layers in each bite.
Whip up a batch of this easy dip for your next potluck, BBQ, or house party. Put out a bowl of crispy tortilla chips next to the dip and watch how fast this tasty snack gets gobbled up! It’s a favorite with kids and adults alike.
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TIPS FOR MAKING EASY, CREAMY LAYER TACO DIP
- Creamy Base: In the medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, and cream cheese. Continue mixing until the mayonnaise, sour cream cream cheese mixture is completely combined and smooth. Spread the cream cheese layer evenly into the serving dish.
- Taco Meat: Put a skillet over medium-high heat, and add the ground beef. Break the meat apart as it browns. It should only take about 6-8 minutes. Drain the fat from the mixture before adding in the water and taco seasoning mixture. Next, add in the salsa and continue cooking for another 5 minutes as the mixture thickens. Let the mixture cool before adding it over the creamy layer.
- Layer: Finish the Creamy Taco Dip with layers of lettuce, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, onion, and olives. You can also cook the onions along with the beef if you don’t want to have raw onions in the finished dip. Serve the finished dip with tortilla chips.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Try adding some different vegetables like green onions, green bell pepper, or corn. You can also use cilantro or fresh chives to garnish the dip.
Along with the shredded cheddar cheese you can add different kinds of cheese like Mexican Blend Cheese, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, cotija, or Swiss cheese.
Try adding a bean layer to the Taco Dip. Refried beans, black beans, or pinto beans could all make great additions.
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HOW TO STORE CREAMY LAYER TACO DIP
- Serve: Don’t leave Creamy Layer Taco Dip at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
- Store: Covered in plastic wrap or sealed in an airtight container the dip will stay good for 1 week.
- Freeze: Due to the mayonnaise-based layer, the dip won’t keep well in the freezer. It’s better just to make it fresh.
- 8 ounces cream cheese , softened
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 packet ranch dressing mix
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 packet taco seasoning , or 3 tablespoons homemade
- 1 cup bottled tomato salsa
- 2 cups shredded lettuce
- 2 cups cheddar cheese , shredded
- 2 vine tomatoes , chopped
- 1/2 yellow onion , finely chopped
- 1/2 cup black olives , sliced
- Whisk together cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, and ranch dressing mix until smooth.
- Spread in serving dish.
- Add ground beef to a skillet on medium-high heat, breaking it apart until well browned, about 6-8 minutes.
- Drain fat, whisk together water and taco seasoning in a small cup then add it to your skillet.
- Add in salsa and stir, cooking for 5-6 minutes until thickened.
- Let beef cool away from the stovetop (if you leave it on the hot stovetop it won't cool as much) for 5 minutes then layer over the sour cream mixture.
- Layer lettuce, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, onion (if you dislike raw onions, cook them with the beef), and olives.
- Serve with chips.