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Taco Dip Recipe With Ground Beef

Looking for an easy appetizer to make a great addition to your snacks on game days? Cheesy beef taco dip is the ultimate answer for this occasion. It creates an irresistible, dippable delight that has everyone scraping their tortilla chips along the bowl to get every last bit!

Taco dip in a white bowl.

Ingredients for Cheesy Taco Dip

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning 
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups Velveeta cheese, cubed  
  • ¼ onion, diced
  • 1 cup mild salsa
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 diced tomato, for garnish
  • ¼ cup black olives for garnish 

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed below in the dip recipe card.

A dip with ground beef and seasonings in a white bowl.

Why You Will Like This Hot Taco Dip Recipe 

In my experience, cheesy beef taco dip is the perfect crowd-pleaser. You can serve it for Taco Tuesday, your Cinco de Mayo party, family movie nights, or holiday parties. It’s a year-round classic that makes everyone swoon. This delicious taco dip is always one of the first things to disappear whenever I put out a spread of appetizers and snacks. Take one taste, and you’ll understand why! 

If you need a great way to whip up something fast and tasty for your next gathering, throw these simple ingredients together, and they’ll create this delicious cheesy dip that is always a huge hit. 

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Taco Dip Recipe with Ground Beef

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

A savory taco dip recipe featuring seasoned ground beef layered with creamy cheese, fresh tomatoes, mild salsa, and zesty taco sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning 
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups Velveeta cheese, cubed  
  • ¼ onion, diced
  • 1 cup mild salsa
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 diced tomato, for garnish
  • ¼ cup black olives for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium-sized pan, add ground beef, onion, and taco seasoning over medium-high heat. Cook for 7-10 mins or until meat is fully cooked and browned. Drain grease from the pan.
  3. Add salsa to the pan and stir until well combined. 
  4. In an 8x8-inch baking dish, add cream cheese and spread to fill the bottom of the dish. Add Velveeta cheese on top of the cream cheese.
  5. Next, add cooked ground beef on top.
  6. Cover with aluminum foil and cook for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and garnish with cilantro, tomatoes, and black olives, if desired. 

Notes

  • Best served warm.
  • Best served with tortilla chips.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container and keep them refrigerated.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 499Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 1455mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 31g

Nutrition is approximate.

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How to Make and Assemble the Recipe

Making taco dip in steps.

TIP: This cheesy taco dip is super easy to make, but you can make it even easier on yourself by letting the cream cheese soften before you begin. You’ll also want to cube up the Velveeta cheese.

  1. When you’re ready, heat your oven to 350 degrees. As it warms up, grab a medium-sized skillet and brown your ground beef with the onion and taco seasoning over medium-high heat. You’ll want to cook this for seven to 10 minutes or until the meat is browned and fully cooked. 
  2. Drain the excess grease from your pan, and then add the salsa. Stir this well to combine it with the meat. 
  3. By this point, the oven should be preheated and ready to go. You’ll take an 8×8-inch baking dish and put in the cream cheese, spreading it so it fills the bottom. Top this with the cubes of Velveeta cheese.
  4. Pour the ground beef mixture on top of the cheese, then cover with aluminum foil. You’ll bake this layered taco dip for about 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. Once it’s done baking, remove the foil and add your garnishes. I’ve used cilantro, diced tomatoes, and black olives. You can additionally add any of your other favorite taco toppings either on top or on the side along with your bag of tortilla chips. 
Dipping into a taco dip with a tortilla chip.

Additional Toppings To Add Variety

  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Green chiles or chili peppers
  • Sliced bell peppers
  • Monterey jack cheese
  • Diced green onions
  • Hot sauce
  • Your favorite toppings
  • Add some refried beans or black beans on the side. 

Substitutions

If you’re not a red meat person or want a healthier version, you can replace the ground beef in this recipe with either ground chicken or ground turkey. 

This cheesy taco dip is such a great party appetizer, though it tastes best when it’s warm. You can cover it with foil to help it retain its heat or simply pop it in the oven when everyone arrives. 

Taco dip in a square baking dish.

The next time you’re having friends and family drop by, or you need an amazing warm appetizer for a potluck, the delicious way to delight is with this cheesy ground beef taco dip. This layered taco dip recipe is one of my most requested items, and when you make it for the ones you love, they will beg you to make it again!

What’s your favorite ingredient to dip with? Answer the comments below, and I will answer in a timely manner!

Toni

Saturday 3rd of February 2024

I made this for family game night and it was an instant hit. The ground beef was a great addition to this taco dip and it's a new family favorite that we will make often.

Julie Pollitt

Saturday 3rd of February 2024

So glad you liked it!

Delia

Friday 2nd of February 2024

I love making taco dip with ground beef, it's always the best party appetizer and this recipe is my absolute go-to!

Julie Pollitt

Friday 2nd of February 2024

So glad you like it, Delia!

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