Sandy’s Taco Dip – Nance and Robyn make the same recipe

Every week we’ll post a recipe that we both made. This week’s recipe was Sandy’s Taco Dip, submitted by reader Jennifer Arnold. Printable recipe can be found at the bottom of this post.

Robyn’s Take:

This week’s recipe was submitted by reader Jennifer Arnold, several months ago (according to the time stamp on my email, she submitted it back in August!) It was initially scheduled for us to make sometime in February, but Nance suggested that it would make more sense for us to make it this week, what with the Superbowl coming up. And she was right!

(As an aside, don’t forget that last year we made Stuffed Cheesy Bread on Crack, which is also an excellent Superbowl-type dish. When it comes to the Superbowl, we’ve got you COVERED, yo.)

Right off the bat, I loved how this recipe didn’t require a bunch of different ingredients.

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Ground beef, taco seasoning, cream cheese, shredded cheese, salsa. That’s it!

Brown your ground beef in a large skillet.

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While that’s going on, spread your (softened) cream cheese in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish.

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It totally looks like a thick layer of buttercream frosting, doesn’t it? YUM.

Once your ground beef is done browning, drain it, then follow the instructions on the taco seasoning packet – which is pretty much always going to be to add water to the browned ground beef, then let it simmer for 3 or 4 minutes. I didn’t take a picture of this part, so you’ll have to use your imagination.

Layer your taco meat on top of the cream cheese.

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In retrospect (and looking at this picture), I wish I’d let the liquid completely simmer away before I did this, but oh well. It worked out anyway – there was plenty of liquid in the salsa, so it’s not like this was going to be a dry food.

Layer the entire jar of salsa over the top of the taco meat.

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Then sprinkle your cheese over the top.

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Bake until the whole thing is bubbly – I took mine out of the oven at 12 minutes, but I think it would have been fine to go to 15.

After you take it out of the oven, let it cool for a couple of minutes before digging in with the tortilla chips.

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The verdict? This stuff was GOOD. I actually ate a ton of it with tortilla chips, and then ate some more over angel hair – I know, it sounds weird. It was lunch time, and nothing in the fridge looked good to me, so it was Angel Hair Taco Dip for me.

Fred liked it even more than I did – though he thought it had too much cream cheese, and he ended up putting some in a bowl, adding more salsa, and stirring it all together before eating it with tortilla chips.

I know there are a ton of taco dip recipes on the internet (I looked!), but most of them are kind of fussy, with the shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes and chopped olives. This recipe right here is super simple, goes together quickly – and really, who are you trying to impress? If you’re making this stuff for a Superbowl party, you’re talking about a bunch of ingrates who’ll drink all your beer and wine and get into fistfights over some game-related nonsense. Don’t go overboard for those assholes.

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Chefan is once again unhappy with me; since there’s onion in this (from the salsa), he can’t have any. WOE.


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Nance’s Take:

I asked Robyn to tweak our recipe schedule so we would be doing this one before the Super Bowl because you never know when someone is planning a Super Bowl party, right?  Go Seahawks!  LOB (Legions of BOOM).  Yeah, trust me when I say it’s going to be tense up in here because Shirley’s rooting for Denver. We’re gonna need food to keep our shit-talkin’ mouths busy!

This is a Facebook conversation I had with my oldest son. Barring the salty language, the implication is true. He’s basing it off of our last get-together in which we all heckled the Golden Globe Awards. Our gatherings are small and LOUD. Robyn can testify to The Crazy that is my family, but we always have food and a good time so there’s that. Unfortunately, work schedules didn’t allow for a Grammy Awards party, but I still made the dip.

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When I decide to make something I want to do it right that minute (dammit). The ground beef being in the freezer caused a bit of a dilemma.  Thank God my microwave has an express defrost button.

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The Beagle does not appreciate the fact that I am ruining her chances of eating ground beef by putting taco seasonings in it.

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The microwave also has a soften button which saved my ass when it came time for the cream cheese. If only it had a dust my house button.

By the way, I halved this recipe.

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This is where I start to wonder if Rick is going to even try this stuff because he doesn’t like cream cheese.  And now you know why I halved this recipe.

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Awkward action shot. Salsa! Tequila! Whoops! Just Salsa!

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I just noticed that there are two (2) copyright notices on these pictures. Better not try to lift my prints, yo. There’s a pretty good chance that I have listened to way too much rap music today, but you probably already figured that out.

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The cheese. Probably way more than the recipe called for.  But if you think I’m ever going to worry about having too much cheese, you are SO WRONG because cheese IS LIFE (unless you are no longer eating cheese – and if you get that reference my husband will think you’re the shits). Although I really don’t like pre-shredded bagged cheese because check out that shit that’s coating it. Anti-clumping stuff…blech, I hate that.

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I very specifically told Rick that this was done when the cheese was bubbling. That cheese was not done when he took it out of the oven. And HE took this picture since I was too busy doing running commentary on The Grammy Awards so everyone on my Facebook would know my thoughts on Robin Thicke (love the song, hate that leeeeeezure suit wearin’ douchebag).


This dip was so easy to make and we thought it was fabulous. Definitely a keeper!

Sandy's Taco Dip - Nance and Robyn make the same recipe
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Original Source/Author:
: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican, of course. DUH.
Serves: 12?
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 pkt taco seasoning
  • 3 (8 oz) pks cream cheese (left out to soften for an hour or so)
  • 8 oz shredded cheese (Taco/Mexican blend adds more flavor)
  • 15.5 oz jar salsa
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Spread softened cream cheese in a 9x13" pan.
  3. Brown ground beef; drain and then prepare according to the directions on the taco seasoning packet. Spread over the layer of cream cheese.
  4. Layer salsa over the taco meat.
  5. Sprinkle shredded cheese over it all.
  6. Bake until bubbly; 12 - 15 minutes.


7 Layer Taco Dip – Cooking with Trey Vol. 1


This kid in desperate need of a haircut is the baby of my family (He’ll be 18 in March). His name is Trey and he’s agreed to be a part of Dinosaurs Can’t Eat Pizza. If by agreed you mean that he went along with this crazy shit because I am his mother and can make his life a living hell. I did not want him to wear that tack-ass camouflage Dollar Store sweatshirt for the pictures, but he insisted on wearing it because his Grandmother got it for him. That pretty much tells you what kind of a kid he is. He’s also the one bitching about needing a haircut (he’s obviously not a natural blonde, it’s a phase he’s going through and I’m all about waving your freak flag when you’re young and it doesn’t matter). Homeboy does not like his hair getting in his eyes. I find it funny because a lot of kids let their hair grow just to piss off their parents. Mine are ass backwards. Always. Sigh.

I’ve seen recipes all over the place for this taco dip and always wanted to try making it. Now when I say that I have seen recipes that means that I have seen it on sites like, blogs, food, etc. I’m not like that nutcase Robyn. I don’t print out recipes that I might try sometime in the next half dozen years. When I went Internet searching for the recipe I did my standard move – Go to Google, type in what you want to search for and then hit IMAGES. A shit-ton of beautiful pictures of what I want to make comes up and then I spend a good hour clicking on all of them and reading up on how the different sites made it. Then I either print out a recipe if I find one I like or I jot down the ingredients that I know I have and WING IT, always hoping for the best. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. This time it worked.


One can of refried beans.  I freaking love refried beans and went through a phase where it was the only food I would eat for a good month about 10 years ago.  And then I couldn’t eat them for a long, long time.  We’re talking about 8 years.  Everything in moderation, people. I had to learn my lesson the hard way.


I didn’t have a clear glass dish to make it all pretty so I just settled for this Fiestaware platter.  It’s just as well.  My OCD would have went into crisis mode trying to make the layers all even and shit if I would have been using something that you could see through.


Layer of one cup of cheddar cheese.  I will not tell you how much of this cheese I ate while making this.  And OMG, be thankful I just erased what I had typed here because y’all would have known way too much about me and constipation.  Ha!  Gotcha!

My apologies.  I’ve obviously been hanging out with Trey too much.


So the next layer is Guacamole.  If this was a real food blog, we would have been all up in here mashing avocados and shit.  Yeah, right.  Maybe you can get Robyn to do it, but I can’t be arsed.


Gross, huh?


Smear it around.  This is when I lost interest in it looking pretty.  Seriously.  I just gave up because there was no way this was going to look good.


Take sour cream and add 1/2 envelope of taco seasoning.


This is what cooking with Trey is like.  I’m pretty sure I was breaking out in hives right about now.  Sloppy cooking.  Do you see the pieces of cheese laying around amongst all the other clutter?  My last nerve.


Added because this shit is funny.  Homeboy was seriously going to hold that huge block of cheese to grate it.  This is where we learned about cutting a piece off and then grating it.


The next layer is the salsa (ignore that pouch of guacamole laying there, it was an extra one that hadn’t been put away yet)


Lettuce.  I love me some shredded lettuce.  And obviously I love cheese!


This was Shirley’s pathetic attempt at helping out with the finished product.  NOTE:  this is where you could/would add black olives, chopped green onions and peppers to make it pretty.  I personally think that olives are Satan’s kidney stones so I won’t go near them.  My mother likes green olives so we have them here.  She threw those on top to try to make it look nicer and as you can see, it didn’t help much.  Heh.


Trey really liked it.  In fact everyone in the house liked it except for Shirley.  Homegirl hates refried beans (weirdo).

The only real bitch I have with this is the fact that it makes so much.  You can’t really tell in that picture, but the platter is big (and reasonably deep).  It would most definitely be a fantastic idea for a party and I think a lot of people make it for football games, tailgating, etc.

7 Layer Taco Dip - Cooking with Trey Vol. 1
This recipe can easily be adapted from the ingredients, the amounts you use, and the way you layer it. No matter how you switch it up, it's going to be good!
Original Source/Author:
: Appetizer
  • 1 can re-fried beans
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 7 oz. pouch of guacamole
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 envelope Taco Mix (or 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • Black olives, chopped onions, tomatoes or peppers (optional)
  1. Start with re-fried beans and spread them in a bowl of your choice (glass is better).
  2. Lay 1 cup of cheese over the beans.
  3. Spread guacamole over the cheese layer.
  4. Mix sour cream and taco mix in a bowl.
  5. Spread sour cream mixture over the guacamole layer.
  6. Spread salsa over the sour cream layer.
  7. Add lettuce.
  8. Sprinkle the remaining half cup of cheese over lettuce.
  9. Garnish with optional black olives, chopped onions, tomatoes or peppers.
  10. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with Tortilla chips.