How to Make a Layered Taco Salad Dip

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.

Add as many layers to your taco salad dip, as desired.

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)

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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


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.