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Easy "not-so-bad-for-you" Taco Dip

Updated on February 18, 2020
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As an athlete and mother of two young children, Lani is always looking for new ways to present her family with tasty and nutritious meals.

This recipe is my healthier, more nutritious take on a very popular and common super bowl dip. Most renditions include ground beef, Ro-tel canned diced tomatoes and Velveeta cheese. I tasted this dip for the first time about six years ago and though it was very tasty and addictive it wreaked havoc on my stomach and my conscious. I set out immediately from that day forward to come up with a recipe that was comparable but less deadly. The following recipe is what I came up with. My children love it, I love it, and I have yet to serve it to someone who has complained.

What you will need:

Large slow cooker

Crock-Pot Slow Cooker

Crock-Pot 6 Quart Cook & Carry Programmable Slow Cooker with Digital Timer, Stainless Steel (SCCPVL610-S-A)
Crock-Pot 6 Quart Cook & Carry Programmable Slow Cooker with Digital Timer, Stainless Steel (SCCPVL610-S-A)
This is my favorite slow cooker for taking food out the house. The clamps work great to keep the lid on during transport. I even use the clips at home to ensure the lid stays put amidst spontaneous and erratic children.
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Canned goodsVegetable OilMcCormick brand taco seasoningMinced garlic and chopped onions
Canned goods
Canned goods | Source
Vegetable Oil
Vegetable Oil | Source
McCormick brand taco seasoning
McCormick brand taco seasoning | Source
Minced garlic and chopped onions
Minced garlic and chopped onions | Source


  • 1 can vegetarian fat free refried beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can El Pato spicy tomato sauce
  • 2lbs ground turkey (or ground chicken, tofu or textured vegetable protein)
  • 1 pkg McCormicks taco seasoning
  • 2 Tbps minced garlic
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 3 Tbps Oil (canola, vegetable, etc.)
  • 2-3 cups grated cheese (Mexican blend, sharp, Colby, whichever suites your fancy)

Oil and onions
Oil and onions | Source

Let's get started:

  1. Add onions and oil to your slow cooker on high heat. When onions begin to sizzle keep them stirred and cook until onions are transparent.
  2. When onions are ready add minced garlic and let cook for about two minutes.

Browning ground turkey in slow cooker
Browning ground turkey in slow cooker | Source

3. Add ground turkey and taco seasoning. Completely brown your meat and add more taco seasoning if desired for more taco taste.

Browned and seasoned meat
Browned and seasoned meat | Source

4. Once your meat…or no meat, is ready begin to add all other ingredients except cheese. Mix thoroughly and let dip heat up to boiling.

Taco Dip: All canned ingredients added
Taco Dip: All canned ingredients added | Source

5. Once your dip begins to bubble reduce heat to low and add cheese to taste.

6. Serve with tortilla chips and a smile and watch your dip disappear.

Homemade tortilla chips
Homemade tortilla chips | Source

I make this dip every year for the super bowl and I look forward to it each time. I always have to make a large batch to split between my house and the host house. My children eat this dip like a chili and I let them because of all the fiber and protein they get in each bite. Give this recipe a try for your next big game, or your next casual pot luck at work, or better yet, just make it right now for the sake of tasting something yummy. For instructions on how to make your own mouth watering delicious tortilla chips, visit my article "Party Ready Chips and Salsa", or "Hummus and Chips."

© 2020 Lani Morris


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