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Easy Taco Dip

There’s nothing fancy about this easy taco dip, but it will take you five minutes to put together and will likely be the hit of the party. With just five ingredients, all of your friends will be asking for the recipe!

(This recipe for Easy Taco Dip was originally posted in February 2008, but was updated with new photos in 2018).

Easy Taco Dip -- There's nothing fancy about this taco dip, but it will take you five minutes to put together and will likely be the hit of the party. With just five ingredients, all of your friends will be asking for the recipe | wearenotmartha.com

I’ve learned that sometimes the easiest things can be the biggest hits. And when you’re planning a party, any dishes you can put together that will save you stress and be party hits are must-makes. I’ve been making this simple taco dip ever since high school when my mom got sick of making it for my get-togethers and started having me do it myself. That means I’ve been making it for approximately 80 billion years. Which is a long time.

It’s not one of those crazy 7-layer dips, but it’s incredibly easy and absolutely delicious and seriously makes the crowd go crazy. It’s simply cream cheese, salsa, cheese, lettuce, and olives all thrown together in a pie dish. It really doesn’t get much easier than that. And I seriously have never made anything that people go so wild over. I often feel guilty when people rave about it because it takes about 5 minutes to make and literally a child could do it. Sometimes I wonder if people really like me or if they’re just inviting me to their parties for the taco dip! 

First things first, a really cute pie dish is not totally necessary to enjoy this taco dip, but if you have one, use it! I’m in serious love with my Painted Pup pie plate.

Painted Pup Pie Dish from Anthropologie

Spread your cream cheese on the bottom of the pie plate. And then spread the salsa over the top.

Collage of Taco Dip in pie plates with cream cheese and salsa

Next up- sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the salsa and top it all with shredded lettuce and sliced black olives if you’re using them (they’re easy enough for the haters to pick out!).

Collage of Taco Dip in pie plates with cheese and lettuce and olivesAnd you’re done! That literally took 5 minutes, and that’s only if you’re a slow cream cheese spreader. You can make this easy taco dip a day ahead and keep it in the fridge. When you’re ready to serve, just make sure you take it out of the fridge about 20 minutes before enjoying as you’ll want the cream cheese to soften a little bit to prevent broken chips.

Easy Taco Dip -- There's nothing fancy about this taco dip, but it will take you five minutes to put together and will likely be the hit of the party. With just five ingredients, all of your friends will be asking for the recipe | wearenotmartha.com

In case you’re wondering, my favorite salsa to make this taco dip with is Newman’s Own Habanero Hot Salsa, which is seriously the best salsa in the world. And it’s really not that spicy. I have friends who greatly dislike spicy food, and I’ve never had a complaint about this. Just be careful not to make the mistake I’ve made before and use peach salsa (the jars look way too similar). Unless of course you enjoy peach salsa in your taco dip. Then, by all means, go crazy. Luckily, this is such an easy taco dip to make that if you mess anything up, you can make another one in no time at all.

Easy Taco Dip -- There's nothing fancy about this taco dip, but it will take you five minutes to put together and will likely be the hit of the party. With just five ingredients, all of your friends will be asking for the recipe | wearenotmartha.com

I’m not really loyal to any one tortilla chip brand, though I do really love multigrain tortilla chips. And if you’re looking to class up your party a bit and live in New England, you should consider these Mi Niña Jalapenño Agave Chips, which are pretty much the most delicious chips ever. But for the purposes of this taco dip, simple tortilla chips are fine since it’s all about the dip here. If you’re me, you’ll serve those tortilla chips in a fun bowl, again, Painted Pup for the win here!

Painted Pup Mixing Bowl from Anthropologie

Since this easy taco dip is ideal for football watching and Super Bowl parties, I feel it’s only right to include a shoutout to the Patriots team for making it to the 2018 Super Bowl. You should also know that the first time I wrote this post, it was 2008 and the Patriots were also in the Super Bowl. And they sadly lost. And Chels and I ate this taco dip while crying over the game. I cannot even believe that was ten years ago. But that just proves this taco dip stands the test of time!

Easy Taco Dip -- There's nothing fancy about this taco dip, but it will take you five minutes to put together and will likely be the hit of the party. With just five ingredients, all of your friends will be asking for the recipe | wearenotmartha.com

If you’re looking for simple appetizers that your party guests will love, I highly recommend this easy taco dip. But be aware that once you make it, you’ll be bringing it to parties for life. Just make sure nobody ever figures out how easy it is to make or else they’ll be asking you to bring something else, too. It can be our little secret.

What’s your favorite easy party appetizer?

I also have a recipe for a slightly more complicated taco dip, these ones made miniature for individual servings!

Easy Taco Dip
Prep Time
5 mins
 

There's nothing fancy about this easy taco dip, but it will take you five minutes to put together and will likely be the hit of the party. With just five ingredients, all of your friends will be asking for the recipe!

Course: Appetizer
Servings: 10
Author: We are not Martha
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup jarred salsa
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olive, optional
Instructions
  1. Using a spatula, spread cream cheese in the bottom of a 9-inch pie dish. Top with salsa and spread to cover cream cheese.

  2. Sprinkle cheese over the salsa, layer lettuce on top, and top with black olives.

  3. Remove taco dip from fridge about 20 minutes before serving. Serve with tortilla chips.

Easy Taco Dip -- There's nothing fancy about this taco dip, but it will take you five minutes to put together and will likely be the hit of the party. With just five ingredients, all of your friends will be asking for the recipe | wearenotmartha.com

12 Responses to "Easy Taco Dip"

  1. wasted_time says:

    That looks very good. I actually made something similar for New Year’s, it’s called 7 layer fiesta dip. Yum!

  2. pbandrazz says:

    that looks good – i make a taco dip that is pretty similar. and gets me invited to all the parties (seriously i could probably get dates by just handing out taco dip to random men)

  3. Gjelly says:

    Love the “action” shots! 🙂

  4. Peter says:

    That is one SadSusie pic.

    Dip looks good though!

  5. Hearts and Crafts says:

    Oh I am definitely trying this!!! I made a 7 layer dip for the superbowl. Everyone liked it, but I wasn’t too excited because its something everyone has already had or made. Definitely bringing your version to my next cookout!

  6. Katie says:

    mmmm taco dip! It was definitely a big hit at our Superbowl party! 🙂

  7. Jennifer Ramos says:

    you girls are impressive….! dont worry about Martha , you girls have your own way of doing things and thats great!

    Jen Ramos
    ‘100% Recycled DESIGNER Cards’
    http://www.madebygirl.com

  8. lizziebelle says:

    that was such a sad sad day.

  9. Erin Trammell says:

    Mmmmm! I love to do cream cheese with salsa on top for a dip, so this is just kickin’ up a notch! I will be making this!

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