Classic Easy Taco Dip – A party on a plate. Just add friends!
Loaded with flavor, this Classic Easy Taco Dip is a guaranteed favorite for any party, movie night, tailgate, or get-together. Made with cream cheese, sour cream, and taco seasoning base, then topped off with classic taco toppings, everyone is going to love this easy to make taco dip!
This simple easy to make classic taco dip recipe came to me at the grocery store last week when I overheard two young women (I presumed to be college freshmen) eyeing up the ready-to-go taco dip platters in the deli case.
The conversation went kind of like this:
Girl #1 – “Ummm, that looks yummy.”
Girl #2 – “Yeah, it would be perfect for serving at dorm movie night. Just add friends.”
Girl #1 – “Can you believe how much the dip costs?”
Girl #2 – “We could make that couldn’t we?”
Girl #1 – “Do you know how?”
Girl #2 – “No idea, my mom always buys it like this for our parties.”
I couldn't help myself.
On instinct, I grabbed a business card from the stack kept in my purse, as an offering. “Hey, I couldn’t help but overhear. The taco dip does look delicious, and it’s super easy to make too. Here’s my website, well, my recipe blog, anyway I’ll add the recipe for how to make taco dip next week for you.” Smiling apologetically for interrupting, I quickly turned away to go about my shopping.
Will they check it out?
I have no idea. But the encounter got me to thinking about why I often forget to share some of the simplest recipes from my recipe box.
You know, the well-used recipes that are hand-scrawled on tiny cards and bits of paper, crinkled around the edges and smudged up from fingers while cooking. The ones rarely pulled out anymore because they’re made so many times, and you know them all so well that they’ve been committed to memory.
This incredibly simple Classic Easy Taco Dip is one of those recipes that I’ve been hesitant to share before this because it is common, and it seems ridiculously simple to make. But thinking more about it, this taco dip recipe is such a classic that any recipe index would be incomplete without it.
A popular taco dip for parties, tailgating and get-togethers...
In Wisconsin, nearly every party and tailgate event you go to has a taco dip on the table, and it’s usually one of the first dishes eaten up.
Taco dip is quick to make with cream cheese, and a sour cream base seasoned with taco seasoning (our favorite is Wildtree Taco Seasoning, or you can use a packet bought from the store), then top it with all your favorite taco toppings.
Shredded cheddar cheese, crisp lettuce, juicy Roma tomatoes, sliced black olives, and green onions always top mine, but you could also add diced jalapenos, sweet peppers, or other veggies to your liking.
How long can taco dip be left out?
If you’re making this taco dip recipe for a warm-weather get-together, picnic, or a dorm room all-nighter, try to keep track of how long the dip will be setting out at room temperature.
It should be fine to sit out for up to two hours. The chances are that it will be gone way before then, but keep in mind that the dip is diary-based, you won’t want to let it set out for hours. If not eaten within two hours (this is true for all dairy-based foods), any leftovers should be thrown out.
Options for serving when you anticipate that your party will continue for hours:
- When hosting a party that you know will go on for a while, as all great parties should, divide the recipe base between two plates or serving dishes. You can put one out right away and save the other in the refrigerator until it’s needed later when you need to replenish.
- Another tip for prolonging food safety is to place ice in another container, then place the serving plate on top, use an insulated bowl, or serve on a chilled platter that stores ice underneath for serving.
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Whatever your occasion, you can’t go wrong serving this Classic Easy Taco Dip. Whip up a batch and just add friends. Voila! Instant party.
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Classic Easy Taco Dip
- Medium size Mixing Bowl
- Cutting Board
- Can Opener
- Utensils (Cook’s Knife, Spoon, Rubber Spatula)
- Plate for shallow dish for serving
For the Dip Base
- 8 ounce package Cream cheese softened
- 1 1/2 cups Sour Cream
- 1/3 cup Taco Seasoning mix 
For the Toppings
- 1 cup Cheddar Cheese shredded
- 1/3 cup Lettuce chopped, and loosely packed
- 1/3 cup Roma Tomatoes diced
- 1/3 cup Black Olives drained and sliced 
- 2 Green Onions with tops, sliced
- *Optional – fresh Jalapeno seeded and diced small
- Soften the cream cheese by letting it warm up on the counter, then add to a medium mixing bowl with sour cream and taco seasoning. Mix and stir the ingredients together using the back of a large spoon or a rubber spatula until creamy and smooth. Spread the mixture evenly across the bottom of a large plate or shallow dish to use for serving.
- Sprinkle the top with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, olives, green onions, diced jalapeno, and other veggies if desired. Serve with tortilla chips.
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(Nutritional values are an approximation. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding.)