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Cheesy Ground Beef Taco Dip is a taco dip recipe with ground beef or leftover taco meat, cream cheese, salsa and cheese. An easy appetizer perfect for game days, holidays or Taco Tuesday!

dip frito chip into baked taco dip with ground beef and cheese

Baked taco dip with ground beef is one of our favorite easy appetizers. It’s super simple to prepare and it’s creamy, cheesy and absolutely delicious. If you like ground beef tacos, you’re going to love this cheesy dip recipe!

There are 2 ways to make this taco dip with meat. You can make taco meat in your Instant Pot or the stove. You can also use leftover taco meat. We usually always have taco meat left over, and this is a terrific way to use it up!

If you only have a little bit of meat, you can add some black beans or refried beans to the mix. Yum!


You only need a few simple ingredients to make this easy taco dip recipe. What you don’t already have in your pantry can be found in your local grocery store.

  • Lean ground beef
  • Taco seasoning — store bought or homemade taco seasoning
  • Water — or beef broth
  • Cream cheese
  • Shredded cheese — Mexican blend, cheddar, Colby Jack or Monterey Jack
  • Chunky tomato salsa

How to Make Taco Dip with Ground Beef

First, cook the ground beef over the stove in a large skillet. While cooking, add taco seasoning. When the meat is done, spoon it into a prepared casserole dish.

If you’re using leftover taco meat, heat it up first. Then, follow the directions for making the dip.

Then, mix cream cheese, shredded cheese and salsa together. No need to dirty another bowl — just mix it up in the baking dish.

mix ground beef, cheese, cream cheese and salsa in baking dish

Now, spread the mixture evenly in the baking dish. Smooth it out with the spoon.

Then, sprinkle more shredded cheese over the top. You can use Mexican blend cheese, or you can shred your own.

Try a blend of cheddar, Colby Jack or Monterey Jack if you can. If you only have cheddar, that’s fine, too!

shredded cheddar and colby jack cheese in casserole dish

Cook Time

Pop the dish into the oven, and bake until it’s hot and bubbly. This takes about 15 to 20 minutes.

If you are making taco meat from scratch, the total cooking time will be about 10 minutes longer.

Finally, take the dip out of the oven, and let it cool down a little. That’s it! Now, you’re ready to dive into this hot and cheesy dip!

dip frito chip into ground beef taco dip

What to Serve with the Dip

So, what to serve with taco dip? Because this is a warm taco dip, you need to serve thick tortilla chips for dipping.

We like Fritos but any thick corn chip will do. Add your favorite taco toppings such as diced tomatoes, Spicy Pico de Gallo, Homemade Guacamole , sour cream, chopped cilantro, more salsa and olives.

baked hot taco dip in a glass dish


Cheesy beef taco dip is very versatile — customize it as you please!

Spice your dip up with chopped green onions, green chiles, or jalapeño peppers.

Black beans or refried beans are a great addition for some extra protein.

You can use your favorite store bought taco seasoning mix, or a homemade taco seasoning.

Serve dip with your favorite toppings and chips. Black olives, shredded cheddar cheese, and sriracha sauce are each a great option for additional toppings.

Even though this warm dip is one of our favorite taco dip recipes, you can turn this recipe into a cold layered taco dip. It’s a super easy cold taco dip that’s basically just a 7 layer taco dip but with beef added.

How to Store and Reheat

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where it’ll last for 2 to 3 days.

For longer storage, freeze taco dip in a freezer safe container.

Reheat individual portions of dip in the microwave. You can reheat larger portions in the oven.

scoop cheesy taco dip up with frito corn chip
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Cheesy Ground Beef Taco Dip Recipe

By: Dee
Cheesy Ground Beef Taco Dip is a taco dip recipe with ground beef or leftover taco meat, cream cheese, salsa and cheese. An easy appetizer perfect for game days, holidays or Taco Tuesday!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 1 pounds lean ground beef
  • taco seasoning 1 packet or 3 tablespoons homemade
  • .5 cups water or beef broth
  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 2 cups shredded cheese Mexican blend or cheddar, Colby Jack or Monterey Jack
  • ½ cup chunky tomato salsa
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cook ground beef in a medium skillet until no longer pink, drain grease if needed
  • Add taco seasoning and water, and simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat
  • Add meat to greased 2 quart casserole dish, and mix in 1 cup shredded cheese, cream cheese and salsa
  • Spread mixture evenly in dish, smooth with spoon, and top with remaining shredded cheese
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly and cheese is melted
  • Remove from oven, and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Enjoy!


Use Mexican blend cheese, cheddar, Colby Jack, Monterey Jack or a blend.
Spice up with chopped jalapeño peppers, diced onions, or mix in can of black beans or refried beans for extra protein.
To use leftover cooked taco meat, warm meat up on stove or in microwave,  then prepare as above


Calories: 147kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 35mg, Sodium: 68mg, Potassium: 233mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 13IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 18mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Main
Cuisine: American, Mexican
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  1. Edna says:

    Yummy! Easy to make and we always have these ingredients hanging around. The hubby would eat it all if I didn’t stop him! He says he can’t wait for football to start again!5 stars

  2. James says:

    Made this for football last week and making it again this week. Everybody loved how cheesy it was.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, James! So happy y’all liked the dip!

  3. Patricia says:

    Mmmm – the perfect snack for watching football or binge watching my favorite shows! Love this cheesy goodness!5 stars

  4. Allyson Zea says:

    Adding this to my must try list! This looks absolutely delicious!

  5. Beti says:

    Oh my, this sounds SO GOOD!! I love the idea of taco in a dip! YUM!5 stars

  6. katerina @ says:

    I am loving this cheesy ground beef taco dip!! I know my family would really enjoy this!!5 stars

  7. Toni Dash says:

    This is seriously amazing! Everyone at my house loved it!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      So glad they liked it, Toni. Thanks!

  8. Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert says:

    I know for sure this Cheesy Ground Beef Taco Dip is would be a huge hit in my house!5 stars

  9. Sandi says:

    This was a huge hit with my family. It was a great between classes snack.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      I’m so glad you liked it, Sandi. Thanks!