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Taco Dip

Taco dip

One of my favorite appetizers of all time, this taco dip served with tortilla chips is easy to make and sure to be a crowd pleaser.

When I got married and my husband’s family threw a shower for us, the ladies were asked to bring a recipe to share with me. To my surprise, I got at least three recipe cards for the exact same Taco Dip. Family recipe? I think so! Since then I have had this dip at too many family gatherings to count, and have made it myself probably just as many times. It’s simple, and delicious, and I have found that every time I make it, someone is always asking for the recipe.

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The base of the dip consists of cream cheese, sour cream, and taco seasoning. You will want to use a hand mixer or a stand mixer to combine the ingredients so that they are incorporated well. Use your favorite brand of taco seasoning, or go ahead and make it from scratch with my Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe.

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Next you’ll need some shredded cheddar cheese. I always like to shred my own cheese because it tastes better! 

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Top with any of your favorite garnishes. I usually just add chopped lettuce and tomatoes, but feel free to add olives if you’d like. Sometimes I pile all of the toppings right on top, other times I arrange the garnishes off to the side.

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Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy! Be prepared, because this dip never lasts long! It is always a hit.

Note: Make sure the cream cheese is almost room temperature before using it, otherwise you may find you end up with a clumpy dip instead of a creamy one. Use any taco seasoning you like, French’s Taco seasoning happens to be our favorite as far as store brands go.

Taco Dip

Taco dip

Prep Time: 10mn
Cook Time: N/A
Total Time: 10mn


  • 2- 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1- 16 oz container sour cream
  • 1 – taco seasoning packet (I will only buy French’s Taco seasoning)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tomato- diced
  • Shredded lettuce


  1. In the bowl of your mixer, combine cream cheese, sour cream, and taco seasoning and mix until the dip is light and creamy. You can also use a food processor. If there are clumps, it likely means you didn’t let the cream cheese soften enough.
  2. Top with shredded cheese, lettuce, and tomato.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips.

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  1. This is my all time favorite dip too!! Thanks for visiting me Ashley :)

  2. My family has been making this dip for years. Sometimes we put in taco seasonings and other times we leave it out. To top it we always put salsa, lettuce, lots of shredded cheese (usually mozz.) and sometimes we add diced tomato.

    No matter how we make it, it is yummy, simple and a big hit wherever we take it.

  3. Our new favorite taco dip since you posted it!

  4. This looks really good! How would a layer of chunky salsa be on top if the cream cheese layer, before the shredded cheese?

  5. We make this all the time for get together’s. Its an absolute hit! Even better with hot salsa and hot taco mix!

  6. I make this with some taco seasoned ground beef and some chopped green onions, serve with corn chips….. devine! Some I’m the fridge right now.

  7. I make this but also add refried beans and black olives..its yum my

  8. Yet its OK to celebrate Mardi gras which is french???? On a positive note this looks real tasty.

  9. This looks good but I make mine so diffrent use mayo with sour cream and taco seasoning.. refried beans.. avocados with lemon juice… no lettuce… add black olives. Tomatoes and cheese..

  10. Debbie Burford Doran

    Susan..I have this recipe… I made it for a party tonight….had so many wanting recipe :)

  11. I don’t believe I’ve seen French’s Taco Seasoning where do you buy it?

  12. Hi Terri, it’s actually difficult to find. I’ve bought in on Amazon before, but I’ve also seen it at a local store called Woodmans. []+taco+seasoning+mix

  13. Add can of drained & rinsed black beans, chopped mango & cilantro. Minus lettuce & cheese.

  14. Sounds great, Monica Hester!

  15. Katie Wagner Roberts

    Where’s the big picture? This looks yummy, but would look yummier as a big pic like your others :)

  16. Katie Wagner Roberts It was supposed to be a big picture! That’s what happens when I rely on technology to do the work for me. ;) I had scheduled the post since I was going to be away from my computer and well… it didn’t work.

  17. Sarah McGee Henry

    I made this for my Bunko group and I had none left when I went home.

  18. Easy directions,and nice presentation.

  19. I make this but put refried beans on the cheese mixture..then salsa..then onion..sooo good

  20. I make something like this but i use refried beans sour cream and taco seasoning. I love it my way but im gonnna have to try to make it this way and try it too..

  21. Mine is the same except after you spread the cream cheese mixture pour a bottle of taco sauce spreads entire cheese spread then add the rest yuuummmmy

  22. I make this with refried beans as the first layer…
    I top with green onions and black olives or jalapenos.
    Never any leftovers!

  23. Try McCormick’s Taco Seasoning mix. It has more cumin to give your tacos/dips a bit more kick without adding any heat. They also have lower sodium and mild varieties. Better than any other store brand I have tried.

  24. I actually made this tonight (my version) but I mix refrained beans with a small can of diced jalapeƱos as the base, then the rest. It’s nice because you make it however you want. But I think the cream cheese layer is what “makes it”.

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