a white dish of Cheesy Beef Taco Dip with tortilla chips

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!”

graduation day photo

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

Cheesy Beef Taco Dip

Yield: about 3-1/2 cups of dip
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This beef taco dip is best served warm, when it’s at its thick and gooey cheesy best.


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 180Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 472mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 16g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Nutritionix. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.

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Cheesy Beef Taco Dip