Four Layer Taco Dip


I had a family member ask me, "What cuisine or food would I eat for the rest of my life if I was forced to choose?" I stalled, thinking I have two real loves: Italian and Mexican. I can't get enough of pizza and pasta, but I also know that I could eat quesadillas and tacos everyday and never get sick of them. My love for Mexican food is strong, and whenever I have the opportunity to make quesadillas, fajitas, or tacos, I go for it. This four layer taco dip is literally a taco in dip form and is the perfect crowd pleaser. Game day snacks, dinner, lunch, appetizer for a girls night, this taco dip is versatile and travels well, too. Grab your favorite type of chips and get ready for the best tasting taco dip you'll eat.

The origin of taco dip dates back to the 80s, and was first named Seven Layer Taco Dip in Family Circle magazine. Since then, there have been a bevy of varieties, numerous layers, and alterations to this beloved dip. My version of a taco dip is only four layers: sour cream, salsa, ground beef (or turkey), and shredded Mexican cheese. This dip is not typically baked in the oven either, it's meant to be a dip served as is. No frills, no fancy names, just a good ol' taco dip waiting for you to enjoy.

Taco Dip Ingredients:

  • Ground meat: I like to use traditional ground beef in my taco dip, but you can definitely use ground turkey if that's your prerogative.
  • Sour cream: the glue that holds it together, sort of.
  • Salsa: any salsa will do here.
  • Cheese: shredded Mexican blend works best.

Taco Dip Tips:

  • NO need to bake this one, it's meant to be served as is!
  • Use sturdy chips when dipping, the dip is known to break chips apart and cause all sorts of chaos.
  • Have leftovers? Take a tortilla, warm up the leftover or cold dip, and throw into a tortilla for a loaded taco. I did this with the dip we had in the house a few days ago and it was superb.

With Super Bowl, and other events, around the corner, dips are the perfect appetizer! You can make this one, and feed for a few days off one container of this taco dip. I've been making this taco dip for Super Bowl for years, and it's always a hit with my friends. I know it will be for yours too!

Four Layer Taco Dip

This is the best taco dip you will ever have. Believe me. No frills, four layers of utter deliciousness, waiting for you at the snack table on game day, or for dinner. Whichever comes first. Grab some scoops and dig in!



  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 16oz container sour cream
  • 1 bag shredded mexican cheese blend
  • 1 jar salsa
  • Taco seasoning


  • In a frying pan, brown the ground beef until its almost fully cooked.
  • Add the taco seasoning and continue to brown until done. Turn off the flame and let cool for 10-15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prep a large baking dish with a layer of sour cream at the base of the dish.
  • Use the back of a spoon or an offset spatula to smooth the sour cream around to form an even layer.
  • To the sour cream, pour the salsa on top and jiggle the baking dish to spread around evenly.
  • Pour the ground beef on top of the salsa, then add a generous layer of cheese.
  • Optional: bake the dish at 350º for 15 minutes.

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