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Touchdown Taco Dip

Updated on February 8, 2015

Touchdown Taco dip is perfect for parties and gatherings!

Do you like taco dip? Are you looking for a great taco dip recipe? Are you having a Super Bowl party? A Christmas party? A birthday party? A gathering of friends? Then you need a great dip. And I have just the dip for you! Touchdown Taco Dip is awesome and it's pretty. It's a great offering to bring to a party or serve at your own. It is full of healthy ingredients and it tastes great served hot or cold. Read on for this easy recipe...

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: a houseful at a party!


  • 15 -16 oz. can of refried beans
  • 8 oz. brick of cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic (pressed)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 to 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (add more if you like)
  • 3 plum tomatoes (chopped)
  • cilantro--use a bunch! Add as much or little as you'd like
  • 1/4 cup black olives (chopped)


  1. Spread beans at the bottom of your baking dish. I use a round stoneware baker. Soften cream cheese in the microwave. Mix cream cheese, sour cream and taco seasoning. Spread this on top of the refried beans. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese over these layers. Bake for 15-20 minutes (until cheese is melted) at 350 degrees. Meanwhile, chop your tomotoes and olives. (You can also use sliced black olives.) When you take the dip out of the oven, spread chopped tomatoes and olives over the top. Snip cilantro with a cooking shears and spread on top too. Serve warm with tortilla chips. YUMM!
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Gather the ingredients - Lots of good stuff in this dip!

I love to make this recipe, because it has so many ingredients that are good for you. The refried beans have a lot of protein (and so does the cheese), and there are lots of great veggies in the topping. Garlic is heart healthy and fresh cilantro adds so much flavor. Tomatoes contain lycopene. I love to use the use tomatoes from my garden when I make this dip.

First Step: Refried Beans

The first easy step is to spread the refried beans over the bottom of your serving dish. This is a sneaky way to get my kids to eat beans. They love this dip and don't realize that they are having refried beans. I always use a spatula to make sure the beans are evenly distributed. Make sure the dish you are using is oven proof, because this is a cooked dip.

Get a great Deep Dish Baker

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Your dip would be so pretty in this baker!


Next step: Mix garlic, sour cream, cream cheese and seasoning

Next crush the garlic cloves--you can add more or less to taste, but I always use at least 2 and sometimes more. Allow the cream cheese to sit on the counter until it is softened enough to mix easily. (Or you can microwave it to soften it quickly.) Mix the crushed garlic with softened cream cheese, sour cream and the taco seasoning. I use 2 tablespoons of the Taco seasoning packet. Or you can make your own taco seasoning from scratch if you prefer.

Garlic adds more to life - Fresh pressed Garlic!

I add fresh garlic to everything! Get a good press! Garlic is so good for you and adds the spice to life!

Now spread the cream cheese mixture over the beans

Once you have mixed the cream cheese, garlic, sour cream and seasonings, spread it out over top of the refried beans. This will become the second layer in the dip. Okay, it doesn't look too pretty yet, but don't worry, it will be beautiful by the time it is finished! I again use a spatula to evenly distribute this mixture. It already smells so good!

Next sprinkle with shredded cheese

Now sprinkle your cheese over the entire dish. Now the dip is ready to bake. You will add the fresh vegetables to the top after it comes out of the oven. You can use a sharp cheddar or a milder cheddar cheese based on your preferences. Bake the dip for 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven until it is hot and a bit bubbly on top. Warm dip. Yum!

Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted

This is what your dip will look like when it comes out of the oven. It looks good enough to eat already. You could serve it at this point, but don't be tempted to eat it yet. Wait, there's more. It gets even better... And it will be so pretty you might get compliments before everyone even tastes it!

Chop your tomatoes while the dip is in the oven

I use my hand chopper when I make this recipe and so many more. You can chop tomatoes into perfect, uniform chunks for your dip. I love my large cutting board too. I use about 3 to 4 Roma tomatoes for this recipe, but you could use any tomatoes you have on hand. You can even use canned tomatoes in a pinch. Some prefer to add the tomatoes before they cook their dip (and you can do that), but I prefer the tomatoes fresh and raw on top of the hot dip.

Choppers make preparation easy!

I use my chopper for so many things! Onions, nuts, tomatoes, even chicken.

Add tomato, olives and snipped cilantro to the top

Sprinkle the tomatoes over the top of the melted cheese layer. Then sprinkle on some sliced black olives. Then snip some fresh cilantro right over top of everything. Then you can serve the dip hot or cold with tortilla chips or pita bread. It makes a great leftover too. Yummy!

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      6 years ago

      I love the step by step photos, great job!

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      Perfect timing... finding this recipe. It's Super Bowl Sunday. Thank you!

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      6 years ago

      Awesome recipe! I was looking for items I could bring to a Super Bowl party is this is perfect!

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      This would be great for a Super Bowl party.

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      6 years ago

      this taco dip looks wonderful - thanks for sharing your recipe

    • LouisaDembul profile image


      6 years ago

      This looked so good I think we have to organize a party just to make the dip!

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      6 years ago

      This just looked so good that I had to return with a little angel dust mixed into the recipe!

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      6 years ago

      Featured this page on my lens:

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      Einar A 

      6 years ago

      This sounds so good, especially with the fresh cilantro on top!

    • homeschoolmomof4 profile image


      6 years ago

      Looks great...have to make it sometime.

    • gamecheathub profile image


      6 years ago

      This dip is right up there with Texas Caviar! Looks delicious!

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      Mary Crowther 

      7 years ago from Havre de Grace

      This dip sounds fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

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      7 years ago

      thanks for the yummy recipe.

    • fugeecat lm profile image

      fugeecat lm 

      7 years ago

      that sounds so easy to make. i'm going to take it to the next gathering i have to go to.

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      7 years ago

      I also like mixing queso and salsa as an easy dip. All time favorite is the bean dip you made, I'd add some taco seasoning ground beef to it however. If you also like to browse lens as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

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      Samantha Devereux 

      7 years ago from Columbia Mo

      My kids are going to love this!

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      dc64 lm 

      7 years ago

      I have just rediscovered the joy of Pro-football, and I have been searching for a good cheese dip recipe and this one looks fantastic. It looks easy enough for one as cooking challenged a I am, and the addition of cilantro is the clincher.

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      7 years ago

      I love spinach dip! This looks great too! Just so happens I am having a gathering tonight. This would be something great to have for the guests. Thanks for the recipe and the instructions.

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      7 years ago

      This recipe looks real yummy. I am going to try this very soon but I am gonna throw in some pico de gallo for that extra kick. I like my food hot ;-)

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      7 years ago

      Looks delicious! I learned a lot from your lens too. Love all the pictures of prep and how you added Amazon modules for things you may need at each step. Thanks for the great recipe AND learning experience:)!

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      7 years ago

      This looks fabulous! I'm going to tweet it!!!

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      7 years ago

      I had a recipe very similar to this that I loved, but it somehow disappeared. I'm so glad to have found this one! I know it's going to be great. Very nice lens and presentation.

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      7 years ago from Canada

      I love taco dips, but I'm definitely going to try your recipe.

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      7 years ago

      I have always had a soft spot for Taco Dips, adding this one to my collection. i do agree with Pete on the jalapeno to add a little bite.

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      Pete Schultz 

      7 years ago

      Sounds good, I think I would like to add some minced jalapeno and onion.

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      7 years ago from USA

      Yum!! I can't wait to try this one! Thanks...and **angel blessed**!

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      7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Mmmmm ... this will taste great for the next Steelers Super Bowl party!! =D

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      7 years ago

      Talk about the perfect comfort food! Great for new years and any day after that!

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      7 years ago

      i love when my mom makes this!

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      7 years ago

      I love this dip! thumbs up


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