Mexican Creamy Taco Dip Using Meat and Cheese

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6 minutes
April 23, 2024
Andi GleesonJump to Recipe

This easy Creamy Taco Dip with Meat recipe is a delicious way to enjoy leftover Mexican taco meat! I assure you it is delicious. Thus, Try making your own through this recipe!

satisfying taco dip with meat

Have you noticed that ground turkey is almost always sold in 20 oz? packages?  Why is that?!  Most recipes call for a pound of ground meat, but if you decide to use turkey, you can expect to have an extra four ounces on hand.  That’s fine in most cases.  The more (meat), the merrier, right?  Even so, you might end up with a little more leftovers than usual.

Case in point:  I always use ground turkey when I’m making Mexican dishes like taco salad or taquitos, and I usually have at least a cup of meat leftover. Sure, leftover taco meat is great for making more tacos, but why not turn it into a rich, creamy Mexican taco dip with meat?  It’s easy to do with only three extra ingredients! It is definitely a dip recipe that you will love with your taco. Ingredients are probably within your reach and found in your kitchen and fridge.

Creamy Taco Dips with Meat

This dish is very popular worldwide with a lot of variations. Everyone makes it according to their taste. This one is very tasty and mouthwatering. This could be enjoyed for a snack or dinner instead of just an appetizer. Try it out at your upcoming gathering. It’s not just exciting, but each layer offers unique flavors and sensations that go well together. Each item also contributes color to the dish, which enhances the appeal of this snack.

One crucial component in this whole process is taco seasoning, which combines the flavors of the other ingredients. Occasionally referred to as the “seven-layer dip.” The typical version is no longer authentic because the original recipe was altered to suit American tastes. Hot beef taco dip that is creamy, cheesy, and delicious is ideal for both family dinners and parties. It is made using taco spice, Velveeta cheese, cream cheese, salsa, and ground beef.

It is the perfect cheese dip to dip your preferred crispy tortilla chips or corn chips in since they are rich and creamy. Taco Dip with meat is excellent on game day or whenever you feel the need for a snack. A cold taco dip that is out of this world wonderful and is made with seasoned cream cheese and sour cream to make a creamy foundation and topped with your favorite taco toppings.   Also popular are movie nights and get-togethers with friends. You can enjoy their company, even more, when you have this dish.

 easy Creamy Taco Dip with Meat

Taco Dip Ingredients & Measurements

The measurements here are approximate because the amount of meat you have on hand will vary. I would suggest about 1 part cream cheese to 4 parts meat and add salsa until it’s a good consistency for dipping.  With these simple ingredients, you can’t really go wrong even if the amounts are tweaked a bit. Enjoy! Have a great time exploring and making this!

(P.S. Lots of people have told me they don’t understand the words “leftover” and “taco meat” together, and I get that. I can eat tacos almost indefinitely too, so of course, you could make meat just for this recipe if you never have leftovers. It’s definitely worth it!!)

How To Make Creamy Taco Dip with Meat?

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This easy Creamy Taco Dip with Meat is a delicious way to enjoy leftover taco meat!

Taco Dip with Meat and Cheese

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You only need to add a couple ingredients to leftover taco meat to make a rich, delicious dip!

  • Total Time: 20 minutes


Units Scale
  • 2 cups cooked, seasoned taco meat
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup salsa I used a mix of green and red salsas
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese
  • tortilla chips


  1. Preheat oven (or toaster oven!) to 375 degrees F. Spray a small baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Add meat, cream cheese, and salsa to a small saucepan, and heat over medium heat. Stir frequently until cream cheese is melted and mixture is bubbly. (You could also do this in the microwave, stirring ever 30 seconds or so.)
  3. Spread meat mixture evenly into prepared baking dish, and sprinkle cheese over the top. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and starting to brown. Serve with chips for dipping.
  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: All Time Favorite Recipes, Appetizers and Snacks, Mexican Food
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Nutrition Information

Per serving:

Calories279 kcalCarbohydrates9 g
Protein33 gFat37 g
Saturated Fat21 gPotassium502 mg
Iron3mgsodium1322 mg
Vitamin A1845IUFiber2 g
Sugar5 gVitamin C5 mg
Cholesterol149 mgCalcium479 mg

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Why Will You Make This Recipe?

  • This dish is a fantastic way to give your next game day or Taco Tuesday a fresh spin.
  • Very simple and quick.
  • Everyone will enjoy this tasty taco dip with meat.
  • Everyone’s favorite taco toppings and flavors are tacos.
  • Just three ingredients and three seasoning spices make up the base dip.
  • An excellent recipe for preparing ahead. When ready to serve, only add the toppings.
  • It is adaptable; you may use it on tacos, over rice, or with tortilla chips.
  • It’s a meaty, cheesy dip packed with all your favorite taco ingredients and ideal for your upcoming gathering.
  • Making it is extremely simple! The ingredients are simply layered, baked, and served.


  • Replace the cheddar with pepper jack or queso Blanco cheese.
  • Add chopped green onions, green chilies, or jalapenos to your dip to give it some extra flavor.
  • Refried beans or black beans are excellent additions for more protein.
  • You can make your own taco seasoning or use your favorite store-bought seasoning combination.
  • Serve dip with chips and your preferred toppings. Extra toppings, black olives, shredded cheddar cheese, and sauce are all excellent choices.
  • You may make this recipe into a chilly layered taco dip even though it is one of our favorite warm taco dip recipes. It’s a simple cold taco dip that is essentially a 7-layer taco dip with beef added.

What To Serve With Taco Dip?

  • You can serve the dip with French fries to create a hearty and filling meal.
  • Take some regular pasta, like elbows, add taco dip. It is almost like a hamburger helper meal. For those who prefer to try out new and unusual combinations, this fusion dish is ideal.
  • With tortilla chips, nachos, and vegetable sticks, the dip goes delightfully.

Storage Tips

Serve: The Creamy Layer Taco Dip shouldn’t be left out at room temperature for longer than two hours.

Store: The dip will remain fresh for one week if it is wrapped in plastic wrap or placed in an airtight container.

Freeze: The dip will not stay well in the freezer because of the cream-based coating. It’s best to eat fresh simply.

Final Thoughts

Mexican recipes have been a favorite treat for a lot of people throughout the world. Because of its appetizing dishes, people have been exploring it. With this particular Mexican dip, it will be a game-changer when partnered with your tacos. Enjoy a flavorful dip that will surely break your palates. Try it out!

Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


Marta Peters
4 years ago

OMG this sounds so good! This is going on my must make list!

4 years ago

I used regular cream cheese Instead of low-fat, and put out halved mini-peppers for dipping to make it keto-friendly and/or for those following a low carb diet. Everyone, keto or not loved it

6 years ago

Does anyone have a coleslaw recipe oil and vinegar that is not too sweet but more like a vinegarette? I am diabetic and love cabbage.

Andi Gleeson
6 years ago

I have a Mexican Coleslaw recipe that isn’t sweet at all. It’s one of the only ones I like :)

6 years ago

My favorite dressing is Olive Garden’s Vingarette Dressing. Can be purchased at Costco or Olive Garden.

7 years ago

Could I use sour cream instead of cram cheese

7 years ago

This sounds good but for me, like most not good enough for me….I will add Peruvian yellow peppers, Habanero and Jalapeno peppers, onion and sour cream to it. Also will use Cheddar or Taco cheese to put on the top or the Mexican Cheese. Now that sounds more Mexican to me. Oh, would never use turkey meat.

7 years ago

I don’t know where you shop but I can buy 2 lb packages of ground turkey at my local Krogers.

7 years ago

I made this dip for a family party. Everyone LOVED it!! Lots of compliments and it was gone in about 5 minutes. Too bad for those who were late to the party. I wouldn’t ever have any leftover taco meat, so I whipped up a pound of ground beef and a taco seasoning packet just for the dip. It was well worth it. I will make this again and again!

7 years ago

Once this has been put together, can it go into a crock pot?

7 years ago

When you say red and green salsa are talking about enchilada sauce? If not what brand of green salsa do you buy? The dip looks delicious and I want to make it but wanted to check with you first.

Andi Gleeson
7 years ago

Hi! My favorite salsa brand is Herdez. I love their green and red salsas!

9 years ago

just made this dip creamy Mexican dip for our beginning of football party. It was excellent. Very Very Good. Will make it again.

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

Thank you, Barbara! I’m so happy you liked it :)

9 years ago

I tried this the other day… AMAZING! I want to make it for a potluck lunch at work… do you think if I baked this, refrigerated it & used the microwave the next day, it would still taste good enough? I don’t have access to an oven at work.

2 years ago

Purchase a Hot Logic. This is wonderful handy type crock pot. Can buy on Amazon. It’s like an oven. I wished I had one when teaching. It can do frozen dinners, all kinds of dishes. They have small ones and one that holds 9×13 dish. It heats up leftovers without overcooking. I use mine now all the time. Check out demos on You Tube. Make this receipt, take to wherever,plug it in and you have a hot dish without drying out the food

10 years ago

sounds really yummy. will make it over the weekend. thanks

10 years ago

Thanks, Wanda. I think you will love it :)

10 years ago

I was looking foe Mexican recipes and he came up with ideas that I would have never thought of. I will let you know how they turned out and how good they were.


10 years ago

Thanks, Gayle! I love Mexican recipes :)

10 years ago

I’m making this on Saturday for my Mexican Independence themed birthday party! Wish me luck and I’ll post how it went over on Sunday!

10 years ago

I hope it’s a hit! Thanks for your comment, Yvette :)

10 years ago

You inspire me by mak
ing the yummiest stuff~TY!

10 years ago

That is so nice of you to say! Thank you!

10 years ago

Happy Holidays!!

Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box
11 years ago

This recipe looks absolutely fabulous. Pinning! I’d be thrilled if you’d come on over to Pink Recipe Box and link up at Creative Wednesdays.

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thank you, Nicky! I’ll stop by for sure :)

Cathy Compeau
11 years ago

I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven’t already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday! Check the following website!
I would be honored if you join us and follow to stay connected Have a wonderful week!
Hugs, Cathy

11 years ago

This really is a great way to use up taco meat! Of course, I could skip the tacos and go straight to this dip!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thanks, Tanya! I should have mentioned that leftovers are not required. Just make a big pan of this and call it dinner!

11 years ago

I want to come to your house and eat some of your dips! This one looks especially good, and then I would finish it off with that nutella dip from a while back. Need to start making more dips over here.

On another note, tomorrow afternoon I’m running crazy (again) and not sure that I’ll join you for Happy Hour. This summer is kicking my butt, really. And I’ll tell you, I am not drinking nearly enough ;-) Hope you are doing very well!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

When are you coming to California? You have a standing invitation at our house! You may have seen by now that today’s cocktail is a dessert: Perfect for evening time once you can finally sit down and catch your breath!

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