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Classic Easy Taco Dip

Taco Dip the delicious appetizer or snack with a South of the border kick! No party, movie night, tailgate, or get-together is complete without this Classic Easy Taco Dip recipe.

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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, it’s an easy-to-make taco dip that everyone will love!

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ABOUT THIS RECIPE (per serving)

Gluten FreeQuick & Easy
Servings:  12
AVG. Maker RATING: 
5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time :10 minutes
Total Time :10 minutes
Course : Appetizer
Cuisine : Mexican, South of the Border
Diet : Gluten Free
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.
Calories 170
Fat 14.7
Carbohydrates 4.6
Protein 5.8

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It's a Funny little story...

The idea to post this simple classic taco dip recipe came to me at the grocery store. Last week while grocery shopping, I overheard two young women (I presumed from one of our local colleges) eyeing up the ready-to-go taco dip platters in the deli case.

The conversation went kind of like this:

#1 Girl – “Ummm, that looks yummy.”
#2 Girl – “Yeah, it would be perfect for serving at dorm movie night. Just add friends.”
#1 Girl – “Can you believe how much the dip costs?”
#2 Girl – “We could make that couldn’t we?”
#1 Girl – “Do you know how?”
#2 Girl – “No idea, my mom always buys it like this for our parties.”

well, I couldn't help myself.

On instinct, being the helpful grandma-type that I am, I grabbed a business card from the stack kept in my purse. “Hey, I couldn’t help but overhear. That taco dip does look delicious, and it’s super easy to make too. So here’s my website, well, my recipe blog, anyway I’ll add the recipe for how to make dip next week for you.” Smiling apologetically for interrupting, I quickly turned away to go about my shopping.

Will they check it out?

I don’t know. But the chance encounter got me thinking about why I often forget to share some of the simplest recipes.

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 second nature to us. Recipes made so many times that they’ve been committed to memory.

This effortless Classic Easy Taco Dip is one of those recipes that I hadn’t thought to share before because it is common and 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.

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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.

Classic Easy Taco Dip on a serving plate topped with shredded cheddar cheese, lettuce, roma tomatoes, sliced black olives, and green onions.
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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.

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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 it sets out at room temperature.

It should be fine to sit out for up to two hours. Chances are that it will be gone way before then anyway, but keep in mind that the dip is diary-based. So you won’t want to let it set out for a long time. If not eaten within two hours (this is true for all dairy-based foods), throw out any leftovers.

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.

XXO

Kymberley

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Classic Easy Taco Dip

Taco Dip the delicious appetizer or snack with a South of the border kick! No party, movie night, tailgate, or get-together is complete without this Classic Easy Taco Dip recipe.
Kymberley @GfreeDeliciously
5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican, South of the Border
Servings 12
Calories 170 kcal

EQUIPMENT

  • Medium size Mixing Bowl
  • Can Opener
  • Utensils (Cook’s Knife, Spoon, Rubber Spatula)
  • Plate for shallow dish for serving

INGREDIENTS
 
 

For the Dip Base

  • 8 ounce package Cream cheese softened
  • 1 ½ cups Sour Cream
  • cup Taco Seasoning mix [1]

For the Toppings

  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • cup Lettuce chopped, and loosely packed
  • cup Roma Tomatoes diced
  • cup Black Olives drained and sliced [2]
  • 2 Green Onions with tops, sliced
  • *Optional – fresh Jalapeno seeded and diced small
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INSTRUCTIONS
 

  • 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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[1] Or use one packet of prepared taco seasoning.
[2] 1 (2.25 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained.

Nutrition

Calories: 170kcalCarbohydrates: 4.6gProtein: 5.8gFat: 14.7gSaturated Fat: 8.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.6gMonounsaturated Fat: 4.2gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 40.1mgSodium: 274.3mgPotassium: 108.9mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 1.2gVitamin A: 139IUVitamin C: 1.6mgCalcium: 141.7mgIron: 0.3mg
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