Nacho dip with salsa is a quick and easy appetizer that only requires three simple ingredients and can be customized many different ways.
This is the perfect appetizer to prepare in a matter of minutes for your next party, game day, or family game night! You can make this delicious dip in advance and simply heat it up when you are ready to serve!
What is it?
Nacho dip with salsa is a Tex-Mex party appetizer consisting of three simple ingredients: nacho cheese sauce, salsa, and lean ground beef. This recipe is very similar to a beef queso dip with a nacho flavored twist, and is a great party dip because it can be made in advance and simply reheated for your party.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Lean ground beef - I recommend using lean ground beef, such as 90/10 beef. Fattier beef adds grease to the dip that just isn't needed and doesn't improve the flavor.
- Nacho cheese sauce - I recommend using my nacho cheese sauce recipe, but store bought works equally well. You will need one 15 ounce can from the store, or 2 cups of my homemade nacho cheese.
- Chunky Salsa - Use your choice of mild, medium, or hot salsa. I like using my homemade salsa.
- Tortilla chips for serving
You can use this simple recipe as a base to customize it to fit your tastes. You can add green onions for color, a little bit of hot sauce, green chiles, or even substitute out salsa for Pico de Gallo.
If you want the dip to be even creamier, cream cheese or sour cream can be added along with shredded cheese, but that would dilute the nacho and salsa flavors, so adjust accordingly.
How to make it
Nacho salsa dip is fairly effortless to prepare. First, the ground beef needs to be browned in a large skillet over medium-high heat, then mixed with salsa and heated nacho cheese sauce using a fork or electric hand mixer. As soon as it is mixed together it can be served with tortilla chips.
This hot dip should be served warm alongside tortilla chips. If you plan on bringing it to a potluck I recommend putting it in a small slow cooker to keep warm while serving. It is best to use a slow cooker that has a "Warm" setting, so you don't cook the sauce.
Storing and Reheating Leftovers
Leftover nacho salsa dip should be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator, or covered in plastic wrap, and enjoyed within five days for the best flavor. Reheat any leftovers in the microwave until warmed through.
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Nacho Salsa Dip
- Tortilla chips
- Brown beef in a skillet set over medium heat. Break into crumbles as it cooks.
- Warm nacho cheese sauce and salsa in a small saucepan while beef cooks.
- When beef is finished browning, add to saucepan with nacho cheese sauce. Stir to combine and serve with tortilla chips.
This was originally published on January 29, 2020.