No party is complete without this Classic Taco Dip recipe, Simple to prepare, and a crowd favorite, you will be making this time and time again!
I've been very forgetful the past few days. Yesterday I was shooting my bow and I forgot to nock an arrow before aiming and firing. Who does that?! I'm lucky I didn't severely damage my bow and hurt myself. Then when making this Classic Taco Dip the other day, I finished my photo shoot before I realized I never added the sliced olives to the top. Doh!
So if you notice you can only see one side of the pan in the photos, it may be because we already had devoured the other side!
How to Make Taco Dip
This is such a classic recipe, I feel any recipe index would be incomplete without it. It seems EVERY party you go to has taco dip on the table, and it is typically one of the first dishes to be consumed.
I have a few tips to make this easy appetizer.
I found if I use slightly more sour cream and whip the cream cheese, it makes a much lighter dip that is easier to scoop with any chip. Quite honestly, often a taco dip with cream cheese is so thick it is impossible to dip a chip into it without the chip breaking or scooping up a giant clump of dip. Not ideal.
Also, if you have been doing your homework. You have already whipped up a big batch of my homemade taco seasoning to save in your pantry. This dip is a perfect recipe to use that in! 3 tbsp of my taco seasoning will be the equivalent of one taco seasoning packet.
How long can this dip be left out?
If you plan to make this taco dip recipe for a summer pot luck keep in mind, since it is dairy based, you don't want to keep it in the heat all day. It should be consumed within two hours. This is true of any mayo or dairy based food. However, you can prolong the safety of your food by using a Chilled Dipping Bowl that stores ice underneath.
Taco dip is not the only appetizer you can bring to a party or potluck. Finger food is always a great option, such as my Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels, or Bacon Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels. I also recommend adding dips to your party appetizer menu. Options such as Cheddar Dill Pickle Dip, Bacon Jam, and Chicken Liver Pate are always a huge hit!
Classic Taco Dip
- 8 oz package cream cheese , softened
- 16 oz sour cream
- 1 (1.25 oz) package taco seasoning mix
- 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- 2 roma tomatoes , chopped
- 2.25 oz can sliced black olives , drained
- 2 green onions , chopped
- Soften the cream cheese by letting it warm up on the counter, or whip it with a hand mixer to lighten it, then combine with sour cream and taco seasoning mix.
- Add mixture into serving tray (11x7" dish works well) and spread evenly across bottom.
- Sprinkle lettuce over the top, then add cheese, tomatoes, olives, and green onions.
- Serve immediately.
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