My Mama’s Taco Dip (And Taco Seasoning)

My Mama's Taco Dip

I have no idea where my mother got this recipe — maybe from someone she worked with? She just started making it one day, and it became one of my family’s favorite treats. (Edit: from my cousin!) We’d have this for dinner with tortilla chips and, if we were feeling particularly virtuous, a salad. It makes a great party dip too, and is easy to adjust to any level of meat-eating (though I haven’t tried making it vegan — it does have a lot of dairy). The version pictured above is vegetarian and relatively low-sodium, since I was out of taco seasoning packets and made my own; my mom’s version is made with ground beef and packets, and is at least as delicious. If you want to get WAY into it you can make your own salsa, though this particular preparation wants a fairly liquid one.

Despite me arriving late to the party and most people being full, almost all the dip got eaten, and the hostess claimed the rest of it for her dinner the next night. I was super pleased with its reception!

My Mama’s Taco Dip, adapted from my mama

1 Tbsp. oil
1 lb. ground meat-style crumbles, or 1 lb. ground beef
1 recipe taco seasoning, below (or 1 packet same)
1 onion, chopped
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. salsa
4 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Heat the oil in a medium-large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and meat crumbles when it begins to shimmer, stirring them together. If you are using vegetarian meat crumbles or very lean meat, add the taco seasoning early so the flavor gets all in the meat! If you have regular ground beef, hold off on everything but a bit of salt until after you drain. Continue cooking until the meat is brown and the onions are soft. If necessary, drain (and then add taco seasoning). Layer the taco meat into the bottom of a 9″ pie plate.

Mix the sour cream and salsa and layer those over the meat. Sprinkle the cheese over everything.

Bake for 30 minutes or so, until everything is warm, and the cheese is melted and bubbly. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then serve with tortilla chips.

Taco Seasoning

1 Tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. coriander
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. fresh black pepper

Mix all the things!


~ by iliadawry on 27 March 2013.

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