How to Make a Layered Taco Salad Dip

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No matter how many party appetizers you purchase or prepare, taco salad dip often wins the flavor contest for fiestas. This Mexican cuisine-influenced, layered dip combines simple ingredients for bold taste, texture and bright colors that add to the presentation of a food spread. Replace store-bought salsa and queso with a homemade layered taco salad dip that complements tortilla chips and keeps guests asking for more.

Things You'll Need

  • 16-oz. can refried beans
  • Mixing bowl
  • Taco seasoning
  • Spoon
  • Glass casserole dish or pie pan
  • Spatula
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 16 oz. sour cream
  • Pico de gallo or salsa
  • Grater
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Green bell pepper
  • 4 green onions
  • Serrated knife
  • Cheddar cheese
  • 6-oz. can sliced olives
  • Tomato
  • Plastic wrap
  • Tortilla chips
  • Ground beef (optional)
  • Guacamole (optional)
  • Pour one 16-oz. can of refried beans into a mixing bowl. Add one package of taco seasoning. Stir the mixture with a spoon and spread it into a glass casserole dish or pie pan with a spatula as the first layer.

  • Mix one the cream cheese and sour cream in a different mixing bowl. Spread the mixture on top of the refried beans with a spatula, as the second layer.

  • Add a layer of pico de gallo or salsa. Grate iceberg lettuce with a grater and add a layer of shredded lettuce.

  • Chop one green bell pepper and four green onions into ¼-inch pieces with a serrated knife. Disperse the pieces on top of the lettuce. Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on top of the vegetables.

  • Drain one can of sliced olives. Sprinkle the olives over the cheese. Remove the seeds of a tomato, chop the tomato into 1/4-inch pieces and sprinkle over the cheese.

  • Cover the taco salad dip with plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving. Serve with tortilla chips.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add more layers of ingredients such as a spread of guacamole, or a bottom layer of cooked ground beef for a hot layered taco salad dip.
  • Use light cream cheese and sour cream to reduce fat and calories.

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