This Beef Taco Dip is the perfect snack to enjoy while you are watching the playoff games and the Super Bowl … Feb 7th will be here before you know it! This taco dip is like a 7-layer dip just without all the layers. Simplified and so easy to make with only seven ingredients, this may become your new favorite appetizer.
The Artist and I are enjoying watching all the games leading up to the Super Bowl. It is a sad day in our house when football season ends, we go through withdrawals. So, having one last big blow-out snack feast is the best way to say good-bye to the season.
I love how quick this appetizer is to make. I can have it finished in half an hour! You could easily have it all ready to go in advance, then finish by reheating the meat mixture and melting the cheese on the top before serving.
Be sure you have a tight-fitting lid for the pan you are planning on using so the cheese will melt with the heat in the pan. Or you can toss it under the broiler if you prefer. Just be careful that your pan is oven-safe!
I made this dip while I was sharing time online with a group of IACP friends – and it was so wonderful to see their beautiful faces and hear the laughter. It does my soul good to spend time with them and being able to have dinner on the table at the end of the chat is a bonus!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and enjoy this Beef Taco Dip soon. And be sure to save the recipe for Super Bowl Sunday!
Key Ingredients for Beef Taco Dip:
- Ground beef, onions, celery, garlic
- Taco seasoning mix (gluten-free), black beans
- Cheddar cheese and choice of toppings
Homemade taco seasoning mix is easy to make and cheaper than store-bought. You can follow the recipe from The Spruce Eats on this page or use your favorite version. Store in an airtight container like the empty bottles available on Penzeys.com.
How to make Beef Taco Dip:
- Sauté the beef, onions, and celery until browned, breaking up clumps; add the garlic and cook 30 seconds then drain the meat
- Add taco seasoning and water, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally
- Stir the beans and lime juice into the mixture; increase heat, sprinkle the cheese over the top, cover with a lid and let the cheese melt
- Garnish as desired and serve immediately with tortilla chips for dipping
If you don’t have a lid specifically designed for your pan, you can buy a universal lid that fits most skillets and saucepans. They are often flat with ridges outlining the most common pan sizes.
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If you wind up with excess fat rising to the top of the pan (almost impossible not to have happen), use a paper towel to absorb it and discard. If you make the meat mixture ahead, you can scrape the fat off the surface before reheating.
Seasoning blends are one place where gluten can hide. There are some companies who have gluten-free versions, but to be absolutely certain, contact the manufacturers for verification that the product is safe. Penzey’s and McCormick are two brands that are good about testing and labeling their products. If you want to make your own blend, try this recipe from The Spruce Eats.
Beef Taco Dip (Gluten Free)
This taco dip is like a 7-layer dip just without all the layers. Simplified and so easy to make with only a few ingredients, this may become your new favorite appetizer.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 large onion, diced finely (about 1 cup)
- 2 stalks celery, diced finely
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 (1 oz) packets gluten-free taco seasoning mix or 6 tbsp homemade blend
- 1-1/4 cups water, or as directed on the taco seasoning packet
- 1 (16 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- Fresh lime juice
- About 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
- Sliced green onions, avocado slices, or chopped cilantro, for garnish
- Tortilla chips for dipping
- In a large skillet (12-inch) with a lid, brown the beef, onion, and celery together, stirring to break up clumps. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Discard grease from pan.
- Add the taco seasoning mix and water to the meat and stir until combined. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer 5 minutes (or follow directions on packet). Cook until thickened. Stir the beans into the beef taco mixture. You can make ahead to this point. Refrigerate, covered, and reheat before continuing.
- Increase heat to medium-high and stir in some lime juice to taste. Adjust with salt and pepper if needed. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese evenly over the top. Reduce heat to medium. Cover with a lid and let the cheese melt.
- Garnish with green onions and whatever other toppings you like, and serve with tortilla chips for dipping.
You can use this recipe from The Spruce Eats to make your own taco seasoning blend.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 494Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 1023mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 7gSugar: 2gProtein: 33g
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