Hello lovelies! I hope your week went well and your weekend has been wonderful, hopefully with some you time in there as well. A bit of time to relax is always a good thing.
Today I’m finally sharing my Cheesy Taco Dip, this is actually the second time we’ve had it in the last couple of weeks because apparently my photos didn’t want to come out well the first time around. Not that boyfriend was complaining in the slightest, hahaa.
I’ve been making this dip for years, only every now and then as I can just imagine how not very healthy it is (although I’ve honestly never done the math). It’s just so tasty that sometimes it’s so worth a splurge! And with the holidays coming and family staying, it may be something quick, easy and yummy to toss together in the days before or after to help keep everyone out of the kitchen! Also nice for parties and general gatherings too. Such cheesy deliciousness.
▫ 8 oz. Light Cream Cheese
▫ 16 oz. can Refried Beans
▫ 1 oz. packet Taco Seasoning Mix
▫ 3-4 oz. of an 8 oz. bag of your favorite taco cheese
▫ Any other taco toppings you enjoy that will hold up when baked
▫ Your favorite corn chips
You’ll also need:
▫ A mixing bowl and spoon/fork/spatula.
▫ Casserole/Baking Dish – glass or metal.
We prefer organic/non-gmo as much as possible, purely a personal decision we support.
*TIP* Always check your grocery stores discount section! When I happened to go shopping the second time there weren’t any organic refried beans on sale, so a can was going to cost $1.79. However when I checked the discount aisle as I always do there was a single can that had been dented and was set on clearance for $0.50! It’s always worth a look to save some money.
▫ Preheat the oven to 350°f
▫ Spread the Cream Cheese across the bottom of the baking dish, set aside.
▫ In the mixing bowl combine the Refried Beans and Taco Seasoning Mix, mix well.
▫ Drop the seasoned Refried Beans by large spoonfuls on top of the Cream Cheese,
and carefully spread the beans across the top.
▫ Evenly spread/sprinkle any other toppings you would like to add, but not too much.
Too many toppings will break the chips, so keep it simpler with just 2 to 3 additional goodies in small bite size pieces.
▫ Cover the top with a sprinkling of your favorite taco cheese to cover to your liking.
▫ Bake in 350°f oven for 15 minutes.
▫ Broil for 3 to 4 minutes, or until top is a light golden brown.
▫ Carefully remove from oven and let stand for 4 to 5 minutes.
▫ Serve with your favorite corn chips!
Note: The layering order does make a bit of difference in the ease of spreading the layers, in dipping or serving and in ease of cleaning the baking dish afterwards.
Party Note: If you want to turn it into more of a main dish snack for a gathering, put out small dishes with small serving spoons for additional toppings that are better uncooked and perhaps even chilled; such as your diced tomatoes, chopped onion, sour cream and other delicious taco toppings. This gives your guests a different kind of build your own taco salad.
Meat Eaters Note: You can prepare your taco meat per packet instructions before hand and set aside to cool. Without seasoning the beans layer Cream Cheese, Refried Beans, Seasoned Meat and then continue as described above.
I hope you and yours enjoy this little cheesy snack, if you give it a try please let me know how you liked it in the comments below! What other goodies did or would you add?
As always, until next time – my best of thoughts, hopes and wishes with lots of love! xoxo