Cheesy Baked Taco Dip

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The ultimate cheesy baked taco dip is an easy appetizer made with layers of cream cheese, taco seasoned ground beef or turkey, beans, salsa & guacamole!

Baked taco dip in a cast iron skillet, sitting on a wood cutting board with a bowl of chips in the background, sitting on a red and white striped towel

Hello Taco Tuesday!  Let’s turn this taco party up a notch today with a seriously delicious dip!

For this recipe, I took the idea of the classic 7 Layer Dip, then kicked it up a notch!

While cold dips can be great, there’s really nothing like the taste of a warm, cheesy dip coming out of the oven and straight onto a chip!

Buffalo Chicken Dip, Chipotle Pulled Pork Dip, Green Chili Queso Dip and Buffalo Cheeseburger Dip are just a few of my warm, cheesy dip favorites!

This Cheesy Baked Taco Dip is absolutely perfect for a party, pot luck or the ultimate game day, Super Bowl Sunday! My friends love this recipe and request it every time I throw a party!

Overhead shot of cheesy taco dip baked in a cast iron skillet topped with diced cherry tomatoes and guacamole

How do you make taco dip?

The first step in making a delicious baked taco dip is cooking onions, garlic and ground beef or turkey together with taco seasoning, black beans and salsa.

Next, spread a layer of cream cheese mixed with green chilies in the bottom of an oven safe baking dish. (I used a 10″ cast iron skillet.) Top with the cooked meat, beans and salsa, then a layer of shredded cheese.

Bake the dip in the oven for 20 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips on the side for dipping!

Can taco dip be made ahead of time?

Yes, this taco dip can be made ahead of time. Simply prepare the entire dip, cover it with foil or plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator. About 30 minutes before serving, preheat the oven, then bake the dip for 20 minutes.

How long does taco dip last?

Leftover taco dip will last in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. To reheat, either place back in the oven for 15 minutes or reheat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.

How to make taco dip in a crock pot?

Instead of baking the taco dip in the oven, you can also layer it up in a small crock pot. Cook the dip in the crock pot set to low for 1 hour. After an hour, switch the slow cooker over to the warm setting.

This is a great option for a party, as the dip will stay warm throughout the event for guests to enjoy!

Is taco dip gluten free?

Yes, this taco dip is gluten free. I always use Homemade Taco Seasoning because I know exactly what’s in it and that it’s 100% gluten free. If purchasing packaged taco seasoning mix at the grocery store, always read the label to make sure it’s gluten free.

How to make Taco Dip without Meat

It’s so easy to make this taco dip vegetarian. Replace the ground turkey or beef with soy chorizo or meatless crumbles. You can also substitute an extra 15 oz can of black beans for the ground meat.

Hand dipping chip into cheesy baked taco dip topped with guacamole and diced tomatoes

To keep the Taco Tuesday party going, be sure to check out these popular taco recipes!

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Cheesy Baked Taco Dip

The ultimate cheesy baked taco dip is an easy appetizer made with layers of cream cheese, taco seasoned ground beef or turkey, beans, salsa & guacamole!
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 513 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup onions diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb ground turkey or beef
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning click link for homemade recipe
  • 16 oz jar salsa
  • 15 oz can black beans drained & rinsed
  • 16 oz cream cheese
  • 4 oz can diced green chilies
  • 2 cups spicy cheddar or pepper jack cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • 2 tbsp green onions diced
  • ½ cup tomatoes diced

Serve With

  • 10 oz bag tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add the onions, saute 3 minutes, add the garlic & saute an additional 1 minute.

  4. Add the turkey and cook through.

  5. Once the turkey is cooked through, drain any grease, then add the taco seasoning, salsa & black beans.

  6. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.

  7. In the meantime, combine the cream cheese and green chilies in a small bowl.
  8. Spread in the bottom of an oven-safe baking dish.
  9. Top with the ground turkey mixture.
  10. Top with the shredded cheddar cheese.
  11. Place in the oven for 20 minutes.

  12. Remove from the oven and top with the guacamole, green onions & tomatoes.
  13. Serve with tortilla chips for dipping.

Recipe Notes

Vegetarian Option: Substitute the ground turkey with soyrizo or meatless crumbles to make this recipe vegetarian.

Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free using the ingredients shown above. If using store-bought taco seasoning mix, always check the label to make sure it's gluten free