Cheesy Skillet Taco Dip

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If you don’t like tacos, then we can’t be friends! Okay, this is exaggerating (of course we can be friends!), but that’s how much we love tacos here at The Stay at Home Chef. We decided to combine our love of ooey gooey cheese with our love of tacos to bring you this cheesy skillet taco dip. It’s the perfect addition to a BBQ, game day party, or any celebration. We’ve also been known to spend Saturday afternoons at home. It’s filled with sour cream and two different cheeses, along with a hearty refried beans and loads of spices and seasonings. The only thing left to do is stock up on the nachos – you might want to get ready to bake another batch right away!

Pan Options:

While we consider cast iron skillets to be must-have kitchen items, some cooks don’t have them at home. Don’t worry—you can definitely prepare our easy taco dip without tacos. Cook onion, pepper, and spices as directed in a regular skillet. Then, add refried beans, sour cream, lime juice, and cheese and place in an ungreased baking dish of your choice:

  • 7×11 pan
  • 2 quart casserole
  • pie plate

Spice Level Adjustment:

Of course, our Mexican-inspired dip packs some heat. If you prefer a less spicy Mexican dip, just limit the added chili powder to your liking. If you really don’t like spicy food, you can leave out the seasoning. The green chilies and poblanos in this dish are also on the spicy side, but the sour cream and cheese cool them down nicely.

Cheese Variations:

Our Mexican dip calls for sour cream and two cheeses: Monterey Jack and Oaxaca. Sour cream and Monterey Jack are easy to find, but you may find that Oaxaca, the Mexican cheese, is not available at your local supermarket. Feel free to replace Oaxaca with:

You can also substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream if desired!

Is refried beans the same as bean paste?

This easy taco dip is meat-free and vegan-friendly! When you start making it, you’ll notice that one of the main ingredients is refried beans. Refried beans are not the same as refried beans. Refried beans are beans that have been cooked, mashed, and fried (hence the name!) in some sort of cooking oil. Bean dip is just mashed cooked beans and eaten as is. Refried beans pack more flavor, which is why we chose them in our recipe!

Troubleshooting: How to thicken homemade dipping sauce?

If you follow our recipe, you should have no problems with runny or too runny dips. It should thicken on its own thanks to the sour cream. If you do want yours to be thicker and creamier, just add a little sour cream at a time as needed.

Service suggestion:

We like to make this easy taco dip with:

Note in advance:

If you’re planning to bring this Mexican dip to an upcoming party, you might want to find a way to prepare it ahead of time so you can get a head start. Just follow the directions, but don’t start baking the dip until about an hour before you plan to serve it. You can store it in the refrigerator at the same time. Then, bake it in the oven according to the directions.