Baked Taco Ground Beef Dip

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We make a quick 5 Minute Taco Dip which is a fast favorite but adding some ground beef and baking it adds melty cheesy goodness!

This hot cheesy ground beef dip is packed with taco flavor, heaps of cheese, and fully loaded with all the fixin’s!

It’s guaranteed to be a huge hit and to disappear as soon as it is placed on the table.

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A Great Appetizer Dip Recipe

  • This ground beef dip recipe is great for game day!
  • We use ground beef seasoned with taco seasoning, any ground meat can be used.
  • Prep ahead of time and refrigerate up to 48 hours, this makes it party perfect.
  • Top it with some shredded lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, or olives (or whatever toppings you add to ground beef tacos).

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Ingredients in Ground Beef Dip

Cheese Layer: The base of this dip is cream cheese and the addition of sour cream makes it easy to scoop. Add half of the cheeses to this layer (and save the rest for topping).

Ground Beef Layer: Lean ground beef & taco seasoning adds zesty flavor. Any ground meat works (or even leftover shredded chicken taco meat).

Spice up the dip by using a hot salsa. Restaraunt style or homemade salsa aren’t as thick (and are sometimes more runny) so drain them slightly and put the drained liquid into the beef in place of water.

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How to Make a Ground Beef Dip

  1. Cook the ground beef. Add taco seasoning and a bit of water (as per the recipe below).
  2. Mix the cream cheese base. Layer with taco meat, salsa, and more cheese.
  3. Bake until browned and bubbly. So good!

Cheesy Tips and Tricks

  • Remember to soften the cream cheese. This will make it easier to mix with the other ingredients. Let it soften on the counter, or do it in the microwave on a lower power for about 45 seconds.
  • Use a hand mixer to combine the cream cheese mixture, this makes the dip easier to scoop.
  • Make this up to 2 days ahead and bake just before the guests arrive.
  • Top with your favorite toppings.

Party-Perfect Dips

Did you make this Hot & Cheesy Ground Beef Dip? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

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4.88 from 16 votes
Review Recipe

Taco Ground Beef Dip

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Make this appetizer for a party or potluck & serve warm out of the oven with tortilla chips!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey or ground chicken
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded, divided
  • 1 cup Monterey jack cheese shredded, divided
  • 2 ounces green chilis chopped
  • 1 cup salsa

Optional Toppings

  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • olives
  • cilantro
  • jalapenos
  • green onions

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • 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 large bowl. Mix until fully combined and spread into the bottom of a baking dish.
  • Layer the meat mixture on top, then layer the salsa and finish with the remaining cheese
  • Bake 25 minutes or until bubbly and browned. Top with desired toppings and serve warm with chips.

Recipe Notes

  • Remember to soften the cream cheese. This will make it easier to mix with the other ingredients. Let it soften on the counter, or do it in the microwave on a lower power for about 45 seconds.
  • Use a hand mixer to combine the cream cheese mixture, this makes the dip easier to scoop.
  • Make this up to 2 days ahead and bake just before the guests arrive. 
  • Top with your favorite toppings. (Sour cream, tomatoes, green onions, shredded lettuce, black olives, cilantro etc).
Toppings are not included in nutritional information. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 499, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 33g, Fat: 37g, Saturated Fat: 22g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 150mg, Sodium: 1321mg, Potassium: 503mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 1845IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 479mg, Iron: 3mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Appetizer, Dip, Party Food
Cuisine American, Mexican
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  1. Love the taco dip…my family if so picky I just put all the fixings on the side….they add what they like….delicious !!!5 stars

  2. Where does the Monterey Jack cheese come in? Recipe has instructions for the 2 cups of cheddar, but nothing for the 1 cup of Monterey jack. Pls advise. Thanks!

  3. Great recipe made with lean ground turkey – tons of flavor! I find no need to bake it I just add the salsa at the end when the cheese is melted. 3 stars