Baked Taco Dip is an easy to prepare appetizer made with layers of refried beans, cream cheese, salsa, ground beef with taco seasoning, chopped tomatoes, and cheese.
This six layer Baked Taco Dip combines classic taco ingredients to create a hearty and crowd-pleasing dip that is perfect for your next party. It’s easy to prepare and comes together with just 20 minutes of active preparation time, and then bakes for 30 minutes.
My Baked Taco Dip recipe has many of the same ingredients in a classic 7 layer taco dip, but it gets baked and served hot instead of being served cold. To make Baked Taco Dip, you cook up some onions and ground beef seasoned with taco mix. Then you simply layer all of the ingredients together and let the dip bake.
The best way to make this dip is in a deep 8-inch square baking dish. It turns out best when you create thick layers with the ingredients. If the layers are too thin, they get mixed together as the dip bakes. I think that the dip is best when you can taste each distinct layer.
The photos show a half batch of the dip in a small glass pan. I wanted to use a glass pan so that you could see all the layers, but I do think that the dip tasted better when I made a full batch in a larger deeper dish. The layers stayed separated more successfully when the layers were thicker.
You can make this dip mild or spicy. For a milder spice level just use a mild taco seasoning and a mild salsa. Or for a hot and spicy dip, use a spicy taco seasoning and a hot salsa. You could even add in a layer of chopped jalapenos if you really love spice.
I topped the dip with cheddar cheese, but you could use Monterey Jack, a Mexican cheese blend, or Chihuahua cheese.
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How to make Baked Taco Dip:
- 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.
Bake the dip for 30 minutes, then serve with tortilla chips.