Mom’s Cheesy Beef Taco Dip

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On Mom’s original recipe for this Cheesy Beef Taco Dip, she wrote in, “Used for Brenda’s graduation party and every bit of it was gone!”

With Dad & Mom on my high school graduation day.

And while big hair and big glasses will go in and out of style, dips as good as this never will!

This beef taco dip is best served warm, when it’s at its thick and gooey cheesy best. Full of shredded cheddar, it’s not a creamy kind of dip, like you’d get if you used cream cheese or Velveeta or Cheese Whiz. So it requires a sturdy chip.

This appetizer is big and hearty, and full of beefy taco flavor. Some might even be tempted to just call it supper…ahem.

Whether serving this for a graduation party, as part of your upcoming Super Bowl spread, or for supper tonight, you’ll soon taste why this dip stands the test of time.

Cheesy Beef Taco Dip

Yield: about 3-1/2 cups of dip


  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 2 or 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 15-oz. can tomato sauce
  • 2 T. taco seasoning (more or less, depending on your preference)
  • 2 tsp. Frank's Redhot Sauce
  • 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 T. flour


In a large skillet, cook beef and garlic until beef is browned. Drain fat. Stir in tomato sauce, taco seasoning, and hot sauce. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, toss cheese with flour. Add cheese to beef mixture, a little at a time, stirring just until melted. Transfer to a small crockpot or fondue pot to keep warm. Garnish, if desired, with sour cream, sliced green onions, chopped tomatoes, etc. Serve with sturdy tortilla chips.


From Mom's recipe box, adapted from Anytime Appetizers from Better Homes and Gardens.

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32 Responses to “Mom’s Cheesy Beef Taco Dip”

  1. #
    Maria — January 9, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Perfect for game day!

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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — January 9, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Looks yummy! Love the photo’s too, especially the one of you and the mile-high hair!

    • Brenda replied on January 9th, 2013 at 9:59 am

      And that was a rather tame high hair day! (I have better photos = higher hair!) :)

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — January 9, 2013 at 9:53 am

    GIRL… love that 80’s hair. Just wondering if you were also wearing turquoise eyeliner (like I was.) Fantastic Dip!

    • Brenda replied on January 9th, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Of course I was! And blue tinted contacts, too! ;)

  4. #
    Mom — January 9, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I haven’t made this in a long time, but now I am craving it. And it isn’t just your hair style that
    has changed!!

    • Brenda replied on January 9th, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Yes, Mom – I love your current cut!! xo

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    Sheila — January 9, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Love love love the bangs!! How did we get them that big? Mall hair, that’s what my grandpa called it ; ) This dip looks like something my family would gobble right up! You inspired me to start a Super Bowl Party board and this will be the first pin! xoxox Happy New Year Brenda! (if I haven’t said it already)

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    Angie — January 9, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Happy New Year! I love this dip, so good!

  7. #
    nest of posies — January 9, 2013 at 11:20 am

    i love dips!

    and that picture of you & your sweet mom’s comment – so special!!!

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    Paula — January 9, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Love the photo! So fun to look back isn’t it? At the time, we all thought we looked so *cool and current* following the styles. God help me if I tried to pull off some of what’s in fashion today LOL.
    Your Mom’s taco beef dip looks wonderful. I’m sure the grad party they gave you in 89 was tons of fun.

  9. #
    Bree {Skinny Mommy} — January 9, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Love the photo-so 80’s! This dish, however, is timeless. YUM!

  10. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — January 9, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I’m going to need a whole bag of tortilla chips stat.

  11. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — January 9, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Yum, I could just east this with a spoon!

  12. #
    Aggie — January 9, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Awww, I love the photo!!! Especially the big hair!!!

    This dip would be a hit around here!

  13. #
    Heather @ Heather's Dish — January 9, 2013 at 12:43 pm


    I could eat a whole bag of chips + this dip in about 5 minutes flat!

  14. #
    Kim | At Home With Kim — January 9, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    That picture is priceless. Oh we all used to rock some good hair didn’t we? :) What a fun recipe to share!!!

  15. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — January 9, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    This is my kind of dip, for sure. I love it!

  16. #
    cheryl — January 9, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I remember that day! After those year of big hair can never look at a can of Aquanet the same. :o)

  17. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — January 9, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Fantastic! This is my kind of dip!

  18. #
    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — January 9, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Keeping this in mind for the Super Bowl. Looks delicious.

  19. #
    JulieD — January 9, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    I love Frank’s Red Hot sauce!! This looks so good, Brenda!

  20. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 9, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    This looks so good and I love the hair, great picture!

  21. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — January 9, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    This dip looks like such a crowd pleaser!

  22. #
    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — January 10, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Love this! I think I’ll add it to the menu I’m already making up for Super Bowl.

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    Donna — January 10, 2013 at 9:44 am

    All my grandchildren love dips and I know this one will be used at our next gathering.

    Brenda, I just loved the big 80’s hair–I have some photos like that of myself–and also with big glasses like your Mom had! So funny now…but cute too! It’s not fair that your Dad looked “Normal” in today’s world still. Men don’t have those huge fashion trends like us women always do, although they did have the mostly funny looking “Leisure Suit” back in the 70’s that my own Dad wore. :-)

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    Amanda — January 11, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Oh my gosh Brenda… that hair is priceless!!! I LOVE IT!! You are such a rock star. Your recipe looks wonderful.. bet my hubby would love it if I treated him with it during some intense sports event. ;)

  25. #
    natalie — January 11, 2013 at 11:37 am

    this looks so good! i think it will be perfect for our next football (or now, gasp, HOCKEY) get together!

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    Aimee — January 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Oh my gosh, this looks so delicious! I never would have thought of combining beef and cheese in a dip. Its like a beefy nacho dip. Mmm I can’t wait to try this!

  27. #
    Genie — January 15, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    This looks great, but I wonder when they will invent that sturdy chip that breaks in your mouth, but not in your dip?

  28. #
    Julia — January 17, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    This dip looks delicious! Perfect for Super Bowl weekend.

  29. #
    Stojan — July 5, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    this was such a fun challenge to be a part of! I love your stacks!

    I think your recipes will be more delicius then these.

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