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Mini Taco Dips

You’ll never have to fear double dipping again with these Mini Taco Dips! The perfect food to serve at a cocktail party or BBQ, everyone will love getting their own personal-sized taco dip.

Head-on view of mini taco dips in clear glass with layers of guacamole, beef, shredded cheese, salsa, lettuce, and olives with recipe title at top

Something tells me that mini food will never go out of style. Sure, family style is fun in some situations, but when it comes down to it, we all feel so  much more special when we have our own little food made just for us. That’s why I made these Mini Taco Dips for my latest post on Parade magazine’s website.

Overhead view of mini taco dips showing shredded lettuce, scallions, sliced olives and sour cream that top layers of guacamole, beef, cheese, and salsa

Obviously we all love taco dip. At least I hope so. How can you not love the glorious combination of guacamole, cheese, salsa and some kind of delightfully spiced meat like ground beef or chicken?

Landscape photo of mini taco dip in clear glass showing layers of guacamole, beef, shredded cheese, salsa, lettuce, and olives with bowl of tortilla chips in background

And tortilla chips. So many tortilla chips.

Mini Taco Dips -- You'll never have to fear double dipping again with these Mini Taco Dips! The perfect food to serve at a cocktail party or BBQ, everyone will love getting their own personal-sized taco dip | wearenotmartha.com

You know you’re going to feel totally guilty if you eat an entire taco dip. So have two mini ones instead. I mean, it’s probably not much of a difference quantity-wise, but it sounds so much more polite, doesn’t it?

Plus, nobody can get mad that you hogged all of it. Because they’re yours. All yours.

 

You can even quadruple dip if you want. Or more than that. Quadruple was the biggest number I could think of.

Landscape photo showing two clear glasses of taco dip with layers of guacamole, beef, shredded cheese, salsa, lettuce, and olives with bowl of tortilla chips in the background

To make personal-sized taco dips for your next summer party or BBQ, check out my super easy and fast recipe at Parade magazine. Just be sure you make a few extra for yourself. Because after your guests leave, you’ll be happy to have your own mini taco dip in the fridge… Instead of the chip-ridden remains of a dip that your friends left behind.

Head-on view of mini taco dips in clear glass with layers of guacamole, beef, shredded cheese, salsa, lettuce, and olives

Which party food do you wish came in mini “all for you” form more often?

 

Mini Taco Dips
Prep Time
25 mins
 

You'll never have to fear double dipping again with these Mini Taco Dips! The perfect food to serve at a cocktail party or BBQ, everyone will love getting their own personal-sized taco dip.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Eclectic, Mexican
Keyword: Dip, Party, Taco
Servings: 6
Author: Sues
Ingredients
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 avocados, cut in half, peeled, and pitted
  • 1 tsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups spicy salsa
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sliced olives
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • Tortilla chips for serving
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, brown ground beef over medium heat, breaking it up with a fork, until cooked through and no longer pink.

  2. Drain meat and stir in chili powder. Set aside to cool.

  3. In a medium bowl, mash together the avocados. Stir in lime juice.

  4. In the bottom of an individual glass (or plastic cup or small glass bowl), spread a layer of mashed avocado. Spoon a layer of cooked ground beef over that, followed by a layer of cheese, a layer of salsa, and a layer of shredded lettuce.

  5. Top with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of olives.

  6. Repeat until all six cups are full. Serve with tortilla chips of your choice.

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19 Responses to "Mini Taco Dips"

  1. Joanne says:

    I think I was not adequately taught sharing in kindergarten because I am all about my own personal sized food all the time! Sharing is NOT caring where certain dips are involved, and this is one of them! Off to check out your recipe!

  2. What a great idea! This would be so fun at parties this summer. I agree that mini food will never be out of style. It’s so darn cute!

  3. Monique says:

    mind. blown.
    SUCH a great idea!!!

  4. My older sister made mini taco cups for my bridal shower and I thought they were the cutest!! I love everything mini these days.

  5. Lexi says:

    Now I want taco dip! YUM! Also, too cute, and so much fun for a party. I should do things like this more often!

  6. Megan says:

    I promise to try my best to never let mini food go out of style. It’s my favorite! Love your mini taco dips!

  7. Sharon says:

    Yummy, Yum, Yum…This was sooo Good!!

  8. Monet says:

    These are SO cute! I want to throw a Mexican themed party just so I can start the night off with these!

  9. Too clever. No worries about others double dipping! They are easy too. Sometimes clever things just aren’t worth the time.

  10. Best idea! So clever-love it!

  11. Jeannie Tay says:

    Hi Sues, been scrolling down your page and I must say your spicy guacamole devil eggs look real elegant and so easy to make, love it to bits…and these mini taco dips are calling out to me! I love it too, you have great party food ideas!

  12. Girl, load me up on these taco dips! YUM!

  13. sooo I read the title in a reader and was thinking you were going to make mini tacos, to dip in something. Hmmm. Maybe that can be your next mini party food? hahaha

  14. Justine says:

    Cutest idea! I want my own…

  15. Taryn says:

    These are seriously adorable, what a good idea!

  16. Christine says:

    ok..I know you can see the layers, but some of the comments refer to a recipe..is there one?

    And what do you do with them? dump them out on a plate? and then eat? am I being too obtuse and it’s obvious to all but me?

    I’m throwing a shower for a friend’s daughter and this looks GREAT to do.

  17. Sues says:

    @Christine- Yes, this recipe is being shared over at Parade.com. You can see it here: http://parade.condenast.com/306446/wearenotmartha/a-taco-dip-in-every-hand/

    As for what to do with them, it really depends. When I made them, some people scooped right out of the glass with a chip, some dumped it on a plate, and some used a spoon!

    If you make them, I hope you enjoy 🙂

  18. […] also have a recipe for a slightly more complicated taco dip, these ones made miniature for individual […]

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