Taco Dip Recipe
This Taco Dip Recipe is the best party appetizer to dip corn chips or raw veggies.
This delicious creamy dip is also low-carb, keto-friendly, gluten-free, and perfect to share with friends and family.
I love appetizer recipes to share with friends and family, and this taco dip is the best for game day. It’s creamy with delicious taco flavors and topped with all your favorite taco toppings.
It’s a vegetarian dip. No meat is needed, only a bunch of vegetables for a healthy dip.
What’s A Taco Dip?
A taco dip is a taco-seasoned cream cheese layer topped with layers of your favorite tacos toppings.
It’s the best party dip for taco lovers and perfect for dipping corn chips, raw vegetables, or low-carb tortilla chips.
How To Make Taco Dip Recipe
A taco dip is the easiest 10-minute appetizer you will make.
All you need are:
- Cream Cheese – softened for 10-15 minutes at room temperature.
- Sour Cream
- Lime Juice
- Taco Seasoning – You can make my Keto Taco Seasoning.
- Salsa Sauce -Try my Healthy Salsa Recipe.
- Shredded Lettuce
- Shredded Mature Cheddar Cheese
- Green Bell Pepper
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Black Olive Slices
- Salt and Pepper
Making Taco Dip
First, add the softened cream cheese, sour cream, lime juice, and taco seasoning to the bowl of a food processor.
Process them on the high-speed setting until smooth and creamy.
You can also make this taco dip by hand, using a fork or potato masher to mash the cream cheese and sour cream together.
However, the texture remains chunky, and not as creamy as the food processor version.
Taste the dip and add salt and pepper if you like. If too thick, add more lime juice or a bit of milk.
Assembling 7-Layer Taco Dip
Start by spreading the taco dip made earlier in an even layer onto an 8-inch dish. I am using a skillet, but any dish that is flat and 8-inch in diameter fits this recipe perfectly.
- #1 – Spread the salsa sauce evenly over the dip.
- #2 – Sprinkle shredded lettuce all over the salsa sauce.
- #3 – Add chopped tomatoes, make sure you remove the watery center part of the tomato to avoid water being released onto the dip.
- #4 – Sprinkle diced green bell pepper all over the skillet.
- #5 – Add shredded cheese – can be cheddar or Monterey Jack Cheese.
- #6 – Sprinkle black olive slices
- #7 – Add avocado cubes
Now the taco dip is ready to be served. You can make this dip a few hours ahead and keep it in the fridge. The flavors are even better after being refrigerated.
Boosting Flavors With Herbs And Spices
You can also serve the dip with some delicious herbs and spices on top like:
- Chopped green onions
- Fresh cilantro
- Chili flakes
- Jalapeno slices
- Hot sauce
Serving Taco Dip
The most classic food to dip in this creamy cheesy taco dip recipe are:
- Corn Chips – feel free to use low-carb tortilla chips if preferred
- Bread Sticks
- Raw Vegetables like celery sticks, cucumber sticks, or carrot sticks
But you can also serve this taco dip on the side of delicious Mexican dishes like:
- Ground Beef Tacos
- Lentil Taco Meat
- Birria Tacos
- Tempeh Tacos
- Steak Quesadilla
- Vegan Enchiladas
- Taco Stuffed Avocados
The taco dip, without the layers, can be stored for up to 3 days in the fridge in a sealed container.
As soon as you add the lettuce, the storage time decreases to one day. This is because the lettuce softens and loses it’s crunch.
Make Ahead Party Dip
The best way to make this dip ahead of time is to prepare the cream cheese sour cream layer. Next, place the dip in a sealed box in the fridge and store it until you intend to serve and up to 3 days.
Chop the vegetables just before assembling the dip for the best freshness and crispiness.
Below are some allergy-friendly substitutions:
- Dairy-Free – Any dairy-free cream cheese and sour cream work well in this recipe. However, some dairy-free cream cheese varieties have a harder texture and may require a splash of milk or water to blend as well as regular cream cheese.
- Gluten-Free – Make sure you use gluten-free taco seasoning and serve it with gluten-free chips.
- Keto Low-Carb – Use my keto salsa recipe and serve with low-carb keto tortilla chips.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are my answers to your most common questions about this taco dip.
Can I Double The Recipe?
Yes, feel free to double up the recipe and serve it in a wider dish.
Can I Freeze The Dip?
You can freeze the bottom layer only, not the dip with the layer on top, or the vegetables will get mushy and release water onto the dip.
Can I Add Refried Beans?
Absolutely, you can spread a layer of refried beans instead of the salsa sauce or under it.
More Dip Recipes
Below are some more delicious dips to serve along with this easy taco dip:
Have you tried this layered taco dip recipe? Share a comment or review below to let me know how it goes.
Taco Dip Recipe
Want My Kitchen Equipment?
- 8 ounces Cream Cheese softened, equivalent 1 block
- 1 cup Sour Cream
- 1 tablespoon Lime Juice
- 2 tablespoons Taco Seasoning I used my homemade Taco Seasonings
- ¾ cup Salsa Sauce or refried beans
- ½ cup Lettuce chopped
- ¾ cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese finely shredded
- ⅓ cup Black Olives sliced
- 10 Cherry Tomatoes chopped in small pieces
- ½ Green Bell Pepper Chopped
- ½ Avocado diced
- In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a food processor, add the cream cheese, sour cream, lime juice, and taco seasoning.
- Blend or use an electric beater to beat the ingredients until creamy and smooth.
- Taste and adjust with salt and pepper if desired. If too thick to your liking, add 1-2 tablespoons of milk or water to thin it out. Beat to incorporate any addition.
- Spread the taco dip in a large serving bowl. I used an 8-inch cast-iron skillet. Then spread the salsa sauce evenly (or refried beans if preferred).
- Refrigerate for 1 hour for the best flavors, then add layers.
- Next, sprinkle evenly the toppings in this order: shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, olive slices, diced tomatoes, diced green bell pepper, avocado cubes, and additional toppings like jalapeno slices and cilantro.
- Serve with corn chips, raw vegetables, or on sides to steak quesadillas or vegan enchiladas.
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