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Quick and Easy Taco Dip

Updated on January 16, 2016

The Best Dip Ever!

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A Quick Hit and Very Satisfying!

Ever want something quick and easy? Here is a super easy meat, tomato and chili dip that can also be used to make taco salad or used in a taco pie bake. I made this for the first time today and plan on putting it in a taco pie bake some time this week.

I am watching my salt and have been experimenting with finding ways to make foods quick, easy and low in sodium. I thought it was a challenge when I had to start watching sugar and carbs for my husband, but let me tell you if you are watching your sodium it is almost impossible especially if you are used to treating yourself to eating food out every once in a while. There is literally nothing out there for the low sodium eater! Even some salads are bad.

Another great thing about this recipe is that it is really inexpensive. The main ingredients are readily available at Walmart and Kroger's. When I shopped earlier today I got the meat for $3.08, the tomatoes were in my cupboard [.68 cents each]. I already had the chopped onion; from Walmart $1.00 and it can be used dozens of times in meals. The crushed red pepper and the celery flakes I already had; I generally pick these up at Kroger, store brand, especially when they are on sale. They are usually just $1.00 per shaker. The small amounts of cheese and sour cream are nominal in price if you purchase store brands or comparison shop. I especially love to shop at Aldi's for staples like sour cream because they have excellent prices on dairy items and pantry staples like beans and veggies as well as pasta and fresh veggies. Even their cereal and bread are excellent values.

Dip and Flour Tortilla Chips
Dip and Flour Tortilla Chips | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Serves 12-24 for dip or 6-8 for taco salad

Ingredients

  • 1.25 lbs ground chuck, small market package
  • 2 cans; 14.5 oz diced tomatoes with chilies, or just tomatoes; no salt is best
  • 2 tbsp celery flakes [dry], SECRET INGREDIENT #1
  • 1-2 tbsp chopped onion [dry], more if you like
  • 1/2 tbsp crushed red pepper, more for hotter taste
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp black pepper, or to taste
  • 4 grinds coarse sea salt, optional
  • 1 can; 14 oz refried beans, SECRET INGREDIENT #2
  • 1/4-1/2 cup sour cream, any kind
  • 1/2 cup fiesta blend grated cheese, optional

Meaty Chili and Bean Dip

Browning meat
Browning meat | Source
Tomatoes with chilies or plain diced tomatoes
Tomatoes with chilies or plain diced tomatoes | Source
My Secret ingredients!
My Secret ingredients! | Source
Drain grease onto disposable plate
Drain grease onto disposable plate | Source
Fresh corn tortilla chips; no salt. Fried in peanut oil.
Fresh corn tortilla chips; no salt. Fried in peanut oil. | Source

Let's Make Dip!

  1. Break the ground chuck into small portions and brown the meat in a heavy skillet or a 4-5 quart pot if you want to minimize pan usage.
  2. While the meat is browning you can open the cans of tomatoes and gather the dry ingredients and measuring spoons.**
  3. ** If you want to substitute raw onion or celery for the dry ingredients you should also chop them now. You will also need to saute these in a little of the hamburger grease or in a little cooking oil.
  4. When the meat is sufficiently browned and broken up you can drain the meat. [I drain it onto a disposable plate or paper towels then freeze and throw out.]
  5. Combine the meat, the canned tomatoes including juice, celery flakes, dry chopped onions, crushed red pepper, black pepper and sea salt in the pot and cook for 10 minutes. [omit the sea salt if you use tomatoes with salt]
  6. While the meat mixture is cooking you can fry up some tortilla chips. I made both corn and flour tortilla chips today with left over tortillas. [Instructions below for making your own chips.]
  7. When the meat mixture has cooked to your liking you can add the refried beans and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes. Mixture will get smoother and bubbly.
  8. Stir in the cheese and sour cream and turn off the stove burner.
  9. Continue making chips until there are enough for everyone to enjoy.
  10. Serve dip in small bowls for dipping or on top of salad greens. The dip is hot enough to not require condiments, but salsa or chutney would be an excellent addition for salads.
  11. If you prefer spicier dip you may also consider adding chili powder or a taco or chili seasoning packet. Please remember that seasoning packets always have sodium and usually large amounts of it. Adding chili powder or crushed red pepper does not significantly raise the sodium level of the recipe.

About 4 cups

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories 202
Calories from Fat108
% Daily Value *
Fat 12 g18%
Saturated fat 6 g30%
Unsaturated fat 6 g
Carbohydrates 12 g4%
Fiber 5 g20%
Sodium 281 mg12%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Tortillas

Uncooked tortilla pieces
Uncooked tortilla pieces | Source
Stirring while frying a batch of chips
Stirring while frying a batch of chips | Source
Draining flour tortilla chips
Draining flour tortilla chips | Source
Finished corn tortilla chips
Finished corn tortilla chips | Source

Home made chips

I have recently started frying my own tortilla chips in peanut oil. My daughter does not do well with canola or corn oil so I have been frying things with peanut oil and cooking with olive oil.

These chips are very easy to make and economical as well. The greatest bonus is that they taste excellent without salt! It may be the peanut oil that makes them taste good, or the fact that I am getting used to no salt. I absolutely abhor salt substitute. It is like having a metallic tasting glass of water. It just tastes wrong! It leaves a bitter taste in my mouth so I only use it when cooking eggs because, for me, eggs with no salt is intolerable. Additionally, I find that the no salt chips available in stores are bland and tasteless.

But, I digress, all you need is a 2 quart pan, preferably with a heavy bottom, but use what you have. Set the stove burner at medium [this is 4 on my stove] and let the oil heat for a couple of minutes. Drop a test tortilla in the oil. If it gets brown rapidly, the oil is ready. Drop enough tortilla pieces in the oil to completely fill top of oil. For me it was around 10-12. The size you cut will determine how many you cook at once. Corn tortillas [small] make great triangle chips. I cut them in 1/8th pieces. The large flour tortillas I cut in four strips, stacked the strips and cut them in half then three strips each from the halves.

You should stir the chips while they are frying with a frying spatula or wooden spoon. Pulling them out of the oil works best with a frying spatula because it is slotted. You can also use a salad serving fork or slotted spoon in a pinch. The chips only need to stay in the oil for 1-2 minutes. The first batch will get brown very quickly but subsequent batches will take slightly longer due to the change in oil temperature after the initial batch has dropped the oil's temperature.

Kitchen Tools for Frying from YouTube

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    • Marla Neogra profile imageAUTHOR

      Marla J Neogra 

      8 years ago from Parkersburg, West Virginia

      Sorry for delay in responding, Hope you enjoy it!

    • Marla Neogra profile imageAUTHOR

      Marla J Neogra 

      8 years ago from Parkersburg, West Virginia

      Sorry for delay in seeing your response, I was busy all weekend. Glad you like it and hope you made it and loved it!

    • Ceres Schwarz profile image

      Ceres Schwarz 

      8 years ago

      Wow this looks really good. Both the images of the tortilla chips and the dip look really delicious. Now I want to have some. And it's good that this recipe is easy to make and not that expensive.

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am all over this recipe. Sounds delicious!

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