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Easy Layered Taco Dip Recipe with Ground Beef

Elevate your appetizer game with this irresistible layered taco dip recipe with ground beef. It’s perfect for serving large crowds and will be a hit on game days or on your next party menu.

layered taco dip with chips

Packed with simple ingredients like beans, shredded cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, and more, this easy appetizer is a true crowd pleaser. 

When it comes to potlucks or movie nights, my go-to has always been this easy taco dip recipe.

It’s not your average dip – it’s hearty enough to be enjoyed as a main meal, yet you can also savor a smaller portion and indulge in other potluck offerings.

One of the best things about this dip is its versatility. 

You can easily customize it by removing or adding layers based on your favorite toppings or dietary restrictions. 

Make it a 7-layer taco dip, a 6-layer taco dip, or any variation that suits your needs.

Not only is this dip delicious, but it’s also effortless to make. Whether you need to whip up a dish quickly for last-minute guests or want to prep ahead of time for a party, this recipe has got you covered. 

It pairs perfectly with sheet pan loaded nachos or slow cooker barbacoa beef, making it a great addition to your party spread.

up close photo of layered taco dip

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This taco dip has become my go-to party recipe because it’s always in high demand and is an easy recipe.

Those who try it often request it, so keep that in mind when planning your next gathering or your yearly Cinco de Mayo party. 

Be warned, though – I learned the hard way that it tends to disappear fast. Make sure you get your fair share before it’s all gone!

If you’re up for going the extra mile, I recommend making homemade taco seasoning.

It adds an extra touch of flavor and allows you to customize the seasoning according to your taste preferences. 

single portion of layer taco dip

Layered Taco Dip Ingredients

Ground Beef: Ground beef serves as the hearty and flavorful base for this dip. It’s typically seasoned with taco spices to create a savory and satisfying layer.

Taco Sauce: Taco sauce adds a spicy and tangy flavor to the dip, creating a zesty contrast to the creamier layers. You can choose the heat level (medium or hot) to suit your preference.

Cream Cheese: Cream cheese lends a creamy and slightly tangy layer that balances the spiciness of the other components. It provides a smooth texture and a mellow flavor.

Sour Cream: Sour cream adds richness and a pleasant tang. It’s combined with taco seasoning to create a flavorful layer in this dip.

Taco Seasoning: Taco seasoning is a blend of various spices that infuse the sour cream layer with the classic taco flavor. It typically includes ingredients like chili powder, cumin, and paprika.

Refried Beans: Refried beans contribute a hearty, creamy layer to the dip. They offer a satisfying texture and a mild, earthy flavor. You can also substitute black beans.

Shredded Cheddar Cheese: Shredded cheddar cheese is used to top the dip, creating a gooey, cheesy layer when it melts. Cheddar cheese adds richness and a comforting, savory taste. If you prefer un-melted cheese, add this layer towards the top. It will maintain its shape and provide a satisfying cheesy bite in every spoonful.

Shredded Lettuce: Shredded lettuce provides a refreshing and crisp element to the dip, contrasting the creamier layers. It’s often placed on top, serving as a garnish.

Diced Tomatoes: Diced tomatoes add a juicy and slightly sweet component. They bring freshness and color to the top layer of the dip.

Sliced Black Olives: Black olives provide a savory and slightly salty note. They’re typically sprinkled over the top for a burst of flavor and a visually appealing garnish.

Green Onions: Green onions offer a mild, oniony flavor and a touch of freshness. They’re often used as a garnish, enhancing the dip’s overall taste and appearance.

How to Serve Taco Dip

When it comes to serving taco dip, the possibilities are as endless as your cravings! 

Picture this: it’s Taco Tuesday and a bowl of tantalizing taco dip has just been placed at the center of the table, surrounded by a colorful array of tortilla chips

Arm yourself with a large serving spoon that can easily scoop generous portions onto awaiting small appetizer plates. 

This way, your guests can indulge in a little or load up with a lot, depending on their appetite and enthusiasm for this delicious taco dip.

But hey, let’s not limit ourselves to traditional tortilla chips. Lately, I’ve been spicing things up and adding a zesty twist by serving taco dip with Doritos

The bold and robust flavors of Doritos perfectly complement the layers of goodness in the dip, making this layer dip a huge hit. 

Now, here’s a pro tip for those who are conscious of their carb intake. You can still savor every delectable layer by simply grabbing a fork. 

Yes, you heard me right. 

Dive in with a trusty fork and relish the creamy, savory goodness without worrying about those pesky carbs. It’s a guilt-free way to indulge in the flavors you love.

So, whether you go classic with tortilla chips, venture into the bold territory of Doritos, or opt for a fork-only approach, serving taco dip is all about creating a delightful experience for your guests. 

Let them choose their preferred method of devouring this ground beef taco dip and watch their faces light up with each flavorful bite. 

Can Taco Dip Be Made Ahead of Time?

The answer to that question is YES. It can be served as a hot taco dip, right after preparation, or a cold taco dip if you make it ahead of time, refrigerate it, and serve it the next day.

If you are going to be serving a lot of items, this is the one recipe you should definitely make the night before. Cover the casserole dish with plastic wrap before putting it in the fridge.

How to Store Leftover Taco Dip

If there are any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Taco Dip Without Cooking

If you want to make this even easier, skip the ground beef mixture altogether, and you don’t have to cook anything. Or buy and substitute a store-bought rotisserie chicken. 

If you are making this vegetarian, add the taco sauce to the cream cheese mixture instead. Or make it its own layer; the more layers, the better!

photograph of 8 layer taco dip

Taco Dip Ingredient Substitutions

Whether you’re looking for alternative ingredients or a way to add your favorite taco toppings, there are many ways to modify this great appetizer.

Avocado: Whether you prefer it diced or sliced, adding avocado to your taco dip brings a creamy and nutritious twist. 

Each bite will be bursting with freshness and a hint of indulgence.

Guacamole: Whip up a batch of homemade guacamole to take your taco dip to new heights (try my grilled guacamole recipe!)

The combination of creamy avocado, zesty lime, and aromatic spices will have your guests coming back for more.

Salsa: To add an extra layer of flavor, reach for a thick and chunky salsa. The vibrant colors and robust taste of a high-quality salsa will elevate your taco dip to a new level. 

It’s the perfect accompaniment to the other ingredients, adding a tangy and refreshing element.

Ground Turkey: For those looking for a healthier option, consider using ground turkey instead of ground beef.

This lean protein choice is a great way to reduce the fat content but the flavor. Your taco dip will be just as delicious but with a lighter touch.

Chicken: If you’re craving a different protein, grilled chicken chunks, ground chicken, or shredded rotisserie chicken make fantastic additions to your taco dip. They bring a smoky and succulent element to the dish, creating a delightful variation that will please any meat lover.

Greek Yogurt: For a lighter and tangy twist, swap out creamy sour cream for Greek yogurt in the sour cream mixture. It adds a refreshing tanginess to the dip, complementing the other flavors perfectly. Your taco dip will have a lighter texture without sacrificing any creaminess.

Chili: Want to spice things up? Consider adding chili to your taco dip.

Whether you replace the ground beef with chili or layer it on top, the bold and smoky flavors will bring a fiery kick to the party. Adjust the heat level to your liking and watch your guests’ taste buds dance with delight.

Bell Peppers: Bring some color and crunch to your taco dip with red or green bell peppers. These vibrant vegetables add a refreshing and slightly sweet element to the mix. 

Their crisp texture provides a delightful contrast to the creamy layers, making each bite an experience.

Jalapeños: For those who crave a fiery kick, hot green peppers like jalapeños are the way to go.They pack a punch of heat and add a distinct flavor profile that will satisfy any spice enthusiast. Add them to your taco dip for an extra zing.

Corn: This sweet and juicy ingredient brings flavor to every scoop. Whether you use fresh corn kernels or canned corn, they add a touch of sweetness and a delightful burst of texture to your taco dip.

Looking for more great party dips?

If you’re looking for more fantastic party dips, I recommend trying easy veggie dip, 7-layer bean dip, slow cooker bean dip, or tomato queso.

Go big with this 8 layer taco dip recipe - it is the perfect appetizer for large crowds. It's full of meat, cheese, veggies and more! |

Layered Taco Dip

Yield: 12-14 servings
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Go big with this layered taco dip recipe - it is the perfect appetizer for large crowds.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 8 ounce jar taco sauce, medium or hot
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 16 ounces sour cream
  • 1.25 ounce package taco seasoning
  • 16 ounce can fat free refried beans
  • 1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 2 ounce can sliced black olives, drained
  • 2 green onions, diced


  1. Brown the ground beef in a large pan. Drain the fat and add the taco sauce. Mix well and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the sour cream and taco seasoning. Mix until well combined.
  3. In a 3 quart dish, begin layering in this order - refried beans, cream cheese/sour cream mixture, ground beef, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, black olives and green onions.
  4. Chill for 30 minutes prior to serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 14
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 440Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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Doctor Grandma Jeannie

Tuesday 18th of October 2022

I have one other question... You suggested "If you don’t like it when the cheese is melted, make sure to add that layer towards the top." I'm sorry, but I don't understand that at all. Are you referring to the cream cheese or the cheddar cheese? How will moving the melted cheese nearer to the top make me like it any better? Thanks for your answers and for the recipe.


Saturday 4th of September 2021

This recipe is phenomenal!!! So delicious! I’ve been making it for a few years now and always get requests for the recipe. I’ve taught family and friends and this is now a staple at many events. Sooooooo yummy!


Thursday 16th of January 2020

You have many recipes that I take for myself, especially often I make desserts according to your recipes, thanks)


Friday 5th of April 2019

Jenny, this was wonderful! Never knew that those flavors would come out as they did in this beautiful dish! Follow the recipe word for word!!!


Saturday 30th of March 2019

Jenny, thanks for sharing! Saved my butt on a quick impulsive idea for a dinner side!

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