Mom’s Easy Taco Dip

Creamy, cheesy, and perfectly seasoned, this easy-to-make taco dip recipe makes the ultimate appetizer. This no-bake recipe comes together in less than 10 minutes with 6 simple ingredients. Perfect for dipping tortilla chips, dunking quesadillas, and scooping with taquitos, this taco dip is guaranteed to be a hit!

A casserole dish with taco dip and a red handled spoon in the bottom right corner on a counter with a few tortilla chips.

I’m pretty sure that my mom has been making this taco dip since before I was even alive. It showed up every now and then at summer picnics, New Year’s Eve parties, and other random times. As a kid who loved tacos, I was infatuated with this and went crazy for it every time it came out.

As an adult, I love it still!

When most people hear about this taco dip they often assume it’s a 7-layer dip. While both are excellent for chip dipping, they have a few differences.

  • This taco dip has one main base with a few fresh toppings while a 7-layer dip has 7 distinct layers.
  • There is no baking in this taco dip while some 7-layer dips involve baking the base layers.
  • The base of 7-layer dip uses cream cheese instead of mayo (although you can use cream cheese in this dip, as well!).

Cheesy no-bake taco dip in a casserole dish with a spoon in the right corner of the dip and a bowl of tortilla chips to the left of the dip.

The Ingredients

For the dip, you will need just a few ingredients…

  • Sour cream: Gives the dip a nice tang while also keeping it cool and creamy. You can substitute plain Greek yogurt if you’d like.
  • Mayonnaise: Thickens up the sour cream while also keeping the dish creamy. If you like tang, use cream cheese instead!
  • Taco seasoning: Adds a kick of flavor. You can use homemade or a store-bought taco blend.
  • Toppings: Layer on your toppings! My go-to’s are shredded iceberg lettuce, chopped tomato, and shredded cheddar cheese; see the next section for even more ideas!

A silver mixing bowl with the ingredients for taco dip filling with labels in purple.

Topping Ideas

As every taco-lover knows, everyone has their favorite toppings! Here are a few other ways you can try to top this taco dip. Know that some of these toppings might impact the shelf-life of the dip (I’m lookin’ at you, avocados.)

  • Add a layer of diced avocado, or spread a layer of guacamole on top of the taco dip base before topping with lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese.
  • Swap out the diced tomatoes for a homemade or store-bought pico de gallo
  • Kick up the heat with a layer of pickled jalapeños
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and diced green onion.
  • Add in some protein with a layer of drained and rinsed black beans.

Make it in a few easy steps!

Now that you have your ingredients the hard part is really done.

To make this creamy taco dip there are just 4 things you will need to do: whisk, spread, top, and chill.

  • Whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise, and taco seasoning until thoroughly blended.
  • Spread the mixture in an even layer in a casserole dish.

On the left a mixing bowl with a whisk and taco dip filling on the right an offset spatula spreading taco dip filling in a casserole pan.

  • Top: Sprinkle the shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, and shredded cheese (and any other toppings you plan to use) on top of the taco dip base.
  • Chill until ready to serve. 

Side by side photo of toppings being added to the taco dip in a casserole pan.

Serving Ideas

You can often find me with a large bowl of tortilla chips next to this taco dip. A few other foods to serve this dip with include:

  • Doritos- Cool Ranch and Nacho Cheese are excellent
  • Quesadilla wedges
  • Taquitos

Storing, Sitting Out, Make Ahead

  • Storing: Keep your taco dip, covered in the casserole dish for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
  • Sitting Out: Since there is mayo in the base, try not to leave the dip out longer than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • Making Ahead: If you wanting to prep ahead you can easily make this taco dip up to 3 days in advance, simply store covered in the refrigerator.

Delicious Dips to Dive Into Next

A casserole dish with taco dip and a spoon in the bottom right with a hand holding a tortilla chip above.

This wildly addictive taco dip makes the ultimate appetizer for any occasion. Whether you have a little taco lover in your family or are just looking for a quick and easy dip recipe that you can pop in the fridge until it’s served, this old recipe will serve you well.

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Taco Dip

Servings 8 servings
Prep 10 minutes
Total 10 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Author: Michelle

This easy-to-make taco dip comes together in 10 minutes with a few fresh ingredients. Perfect for dipping, dunking, and scooping, this dip is sure to be a hit!


  • 16
    sour cream
  • cups
  • 2
    (or 1 store-bought packet)
  • Shredded lettuce
  • 1
  • Shredded cheddar cheese


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise and taco seasoning until thoroughly blended.

  2. Spread in a square casserole dish. Top with the shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, and shredded cheese. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Leftovers can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes:

  • Sour Cream: You can substitute plain Greek yogurt.
  • Mayonnaise: If you have an aversion to mayonnaise and/or you like more tang, substitute room temperature cream cheese.
  • Taco Seasoning: You can use store-bought or make your own homemade taco seasoning mix (I always have a large jar of it in my pantry!).
  • Additional Topping Ideas: Olives, jalapenos, guacamole, diced avocado, salsa, pico de gallo, chopped red onion, cilantro, green onion, and black beans.
  • Storing: Keep the dip covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Sitting Out: Since there is dairy in the base, the dip should not sit out at room temperature for longer than 2 hours.
  • Making Ahead: If you wanting to prep ahead you can easily make this taco dip up to 3 days in advance, simply store covered in the refrigerator.
Nutritional values are based on one serving


Calories: 218kcal
Fat: 17g
Saturated fat: 9g
Cholesterol: 48mg
Sodium: 610mg
Potassium: 200mg
Carbohydrates: 12g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 9g
Protein: 3g
Vitamin A: 820%
Vitamin C: 4.2%
Calcium: 121%
Iron: 0.4%

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Photography by Lauren Grant.