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This creamy taco dip is the most flavorful appetizer! It’s super easy to make and is totally addictive. Made with cream cheese, sour cream, taco seasoning, lettuce, tomatoes, and olives. Served with tortilla chips, it’s the perfect appetizer for tailgating.

Taco dip in a white dish with tortilla chips around

Why This Dip Is So Good

  • This dip is so quick and easy to prepare and packed full of flavor.
  • The base can be made up to two days ahead of time for fuss free entertaining.
  • It’s a low carb and vegetarian dip.
  • The recipe can be easily doubled so it’s perfect for feeding a crowd.

What is taco dip?

Taco dip is a Mexican-inspired layered dip focused on a taco-spiced creamy layer at the bottom. It’s different from a seven layer dip in this way: seven layer dip usually begins with beans and includes avocado. Taco dip uses a creamy layer as the base and truly tastes like an American-style taco!

Bottom line: it’s crazy good.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

I love how easy it is to make this flavourful taco dip and in no time at all! It is made from simple ingredients that pack a flavor punch:

  • taco seasoning
  • sour cream
  • shredded cheese
  • cream cheese
  • black olives
  • iceberg lettuce
  • tomatoes

You can also add other fresh toppings to this dish like jalapeños and cilantro. I love how fun and bright the finished taco dip is!

How long does it last in the fridge?

You can make this dip ahead of time for easy entertaining. Make the first layer (sour cream-cream cheese mixture) and spread in a serving dish. Refrigerate up to 2 days until ready to serve. Assemble the rest right before serving.

A tortilla scooping up the loaded appetizer

Serving Suggestions

This appetizer was made for sharing and it’s perfect for tailgating and game days. I like to keep things simple and serve the dip with tortilla chips, but you could also serve it with crudite, breadsticks and crackers if you wish.

Chef’s Tips

  • You can combine the cream cheese and sour cream by hand or in a stand mixer on a low speed.
  • You can use a low fat cream cheese and sour cream to reduce the calories and fat content if you wish.
  • Top with fresh cilantro and jalapeños for more flavor.
A taco dip served in a white bowl

Be sure to check out these other appetizers that are perfect for feeding a crowd!

Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
5 from 2 votes

Taco Dip

Prep 10 minutes
Total 10 minutes
An easy and delicious creamy taco dip that's the perfect appetizer for tailgating.
16 servings


  • 8 ounce package cream cheese softened
  • 1 16 ounce container sour cream
  • 1 1.25- ounce package taco seasoning mix
  • 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce about 1/4 head iceberg lettuce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes about 2-3 vine tomatoes
  • 1 2.25- ounce can sliced black olives drained


  • In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream and taco seasoning. You can use a hand or stand mixer to make the mixture smoother.
  • Spread this mixture into a 9-inch pie plate or round serving dish. Top the sour cream-cream cheese mixture with shredded lettuce, then sprinkle over cheddar cheese, then tomatoes, then black olives. Serve with tortilla chips.
To make this ahead, make the first layer (sour cream-cream cheese mixture) and spread in serving dish. Refrigerate up to 2 days until ready to serve. Assemble right before serving.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Calories: 157calProtein: 4gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 568mgPotassium: 140mgTotal Carbs: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gNet Carbs: 4gVitamin A: 925IUVitamin C: 5.1mgCalcium: 112mgIron: 0.8mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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