Taco Dip 

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Taco Dip is the perfect combination of creamy, smooth textures mixed with bold, tangy flavors! This recipe is simple and quick, making it one that you’ll keep going back to time and time again. 

a white bowl of a taco dip topped with sliced fresh jalapeños and cheese.
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No party is complete without a tasty taco dip! But, no one wants to spend hours making one. This recipe only takes 25 minutes from start to finish, and will leave you with a simple dip that is extremely versatile. This one is creamy based which is a little different than your traditional bean dip.

I tend to bring taco dip to any tailgate party, and it is always one of the first things to go! Once you start dipping you can’t stop. The smooth texture and bold flavor is perfect to pair with carrots, celery, bell peppers, even broccoli. It’s also great with tortilla chips too.

Taco Dip would make a great topping for my homemade burrito bowls. I look for any opportunity to serve this yummy dip.

torilla chip dipped into white bowl of a taco dip topped with sliced fresh jalapeños.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It comes together in minutes.
  • Makes a great appetizer for any occasion.
  • The dip can be easily customized with a variety of seasonings.

Equipment You’ll Need 

We recommend using an electric hand mixer to combine all of the ingredients. While it is not necessary, it will make it easier for you to mix and distribute all the ingredients evenly. If you don’t have an electric hand mixer you can also use a kitchen aid, large spoon, or silicone spatula. Find what works best for you!

Recipe Ingredients

portion bowls with each raw ingredient to make white taco dip recipe.
  • Cream Cheese—This will be the creamy base of your dip. Room temperature cream cheese will be easier to work with.
  • Sour Cream—To add a slight tang and smooth texture to the dip. It helps to make the cream cheese a little less thick too.
  • Taco Seasoning—Gives your dip its savory flavor. You can find my homemade taco seasoning here.
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese—Feel free to switch up what kind of cheese you use.
  • Black Olives—To contrast the cream cheese with a salty, bitter taste.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

How to Make Taco Dip 

portion bowls with each raw ingredient to make taco dip.
clear mixing bowl with Taco dip in progress.

Step #1. Begin by gathering all of the ingredients, measuring them out and chopping up the olives.

Step #2. In a mixing bowl, use the electric hand mixer to whisk together the cream cheese, sour cream, and taco seasoning until smooth.

clear mixing bowl with whipped Taco Dip with cheese in progress.
clear mixing bowl with whipped Taco Dip.

Step #3. Use the mixer to incorporate the cheese and olives. 

Step #4. Serve and enjoy! 

Recipe FAQs

How long can taco dip sit out?

Because there are so many perishable ingredients in this dip, you will want to be aware of how long it sits at room temperature. If you are serving this taco dip immediately, you can leave it out on the counter for up to 2 hours. After that, you will want to refrigerate it so that it stays fresh and safe to eat.

What can I use taco dip for?

Taco dip is most commonly eaten as an appetizer, which means it is the perfect party food! You can serve it alongside a bag of tortilla chips or a veggie tray. Alternatively, you can add a dollop of this dip onto prepared tacos or taco salad to add a creamy texture and bright, bold flavor.

white bowl of a taco dip topped with sliced fresh jalapeños.

This taco dip is a simple and delicious recipe on its own, but there are also many ways you can customize it to match your preferences! Here are a few ideas to get you started. 

  • Add some meat— You can cook up some ground beef or chicken and sprinkle it on top of this dip to make it more filling!
  • Additional toppings— There are a variety of toppings that you can add to this taco dip to elevate it when serving! Try diced tomatoes, green onions, shredded lettuce, guacamole, or any type of beans (we love black beans). 
  • Make it vegan— You can easily make this taco dip vegan by replacing the dairy ingredients with vegan alternatives that you enjoy. Cashew cream cheese and coconut cream are two great options. 
  • Add some heat— If you want to make this taco dip spicy, you can use pepper jack cheese instead of cheddar, garnish with chopped jalapenos (fresh or pickled), or throw in some chili powder, red pepper flakes, and/or smoked paprika. 

Expert Tips

  • If you want to add some protein into this taco dip, try using non-fat plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.
  • Room temperature cream cheese will be the easiest to work with while mixing your ingredients, but it is not necessary in this recipe. 
  • You can use your favorite store-bought taco seasoning for this recipe. But, you can also make some at home by combining chili powder, salt, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and black pepper. You can find my full taco seasoning recipe here.
  • If you are making this dip in advance, be sure to allow the taco dip to sit out at room temperature for a few minutes before serving, so it can soften to the perfect dipping consistency. 
  • Remember to cover your dip with plastic wrap or transfer it to an airtight container when it is not being served.

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a white bowl of a taco dip topped with sliced fresh jalapeños and cheese.
5 from 1 vote

Taco Dip 

Taco Dip blends creamy textures with bold, tangy tastes in a perfect harmony! Its simplicity and speed make it a go-to recipe you'll return to over and over.
Prep: 25 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients 

  • 1 block cream cheese, (8 ounces)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup taco seasoning
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup chopped black olives

Instructions 

  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, use an electric hand mixer to whisk together the cream cheese, sour cream, and taco seasoning for 2-3 minutes, or until smooth and homogeneous.
  • Once the mixture is thoroughly combined, use the hand mixer to mix in the cheese and chopped olives on a low speed.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • If you are not going to eat your dip right away then you’ll want to transfer it to the fridge.
  • You can store your dip in the fridge for 5 days covered in plastic wrap or transferred to an airtight container.
  • Using an electric hand mixer is the easiest way to combine your dip. However, you can also use a large spoon or silicone spatula.
  • We like to top our dip with sliced jalapeños, extra cheese, and extra chopped olives.
  • This dip goes great with veggies and tortillas chips. You can also place a dollop on your tacos.
  • Feel free to use your favorite taco seasoning as long as you have ¼ cup of seasoning.
  • Room temperature cream cheese will be easier to work with, but it is not necessary for this recipe.
  • You can use low-fat or fat-free versions of the sour cream and cream cheese if you’d like. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1 of 12 servings, Calories: 83kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 610mg, Potassium: 32mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 674IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 59mg, Iron: 0.4mg
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