The Best Ever Tortilla Chip Dip (With Beef and Salsa)

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This tortilla chip dip is a total crowd pleaser. It's made with beef and is so easy to throw together. Everyone will love this game day dip!

February 24, 2022
Rating: 5.00
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This Tortilla Chip Dip has been in the family for years. We call it “hot lava” and it’s full of all the Mexican flavors you know and love but is so simple to make.

It’s kind of like a cheese dip, kind of like a bean dip, but it’s made with ground beef and salsa to really amp up the flavors.

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I struggled with what to call this…it’s not really a taco dip, it’s not quite as thick as a buffalo chicken dip…is it a dip? Is it an appetizer? A meal?

I guess what I do know is that it’s delicious and any gathering I take this to, people are always asking for the recipe.

This chip dip recipe is one of those dump and stir recipes. The only real preparation that takes some effort is the browning of the ground beef.

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This tortilla chip dip is:

easy to make
has minimal ingredients (doesn’t even require taco seasoning mix!)
cream cheese free

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Tortilla Chip Dip – Ingredients

Ground beef
Sour Cream
Refried beans
Onion powder

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Tortilla Chip Dip – How To Make

First, in a large pot, brown the ground beef and drain off the excess fat.

Next, add the salt, pepper, onion powder, and minced garlic to the beef.

Then, add in the salsa, beans, and sour cream. Cook over medium heat until it comes together evenly.

Finally, add in the shredded cheese. This is definitely not a low fat meal. 🙂 It will take about 10-15 minutes for all the cheese to melt. You know the dip is ready when you can stir it without any cheese strings sticking to the spoon.

Serve hot with tortilla chips and any toppings you’d like.

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Tortilla Chip Dip – Tips

This meal is perfect for game day! It could be used as a side/appetizer or as a meal.

Our family enjoys this as is and we dip our chips straight into it. However, you could totally top it with lettuce, avocado, olives, or anything else you’d like.

This meal can be made in no time at all and is a great recipe to keep on hand since it uses mostly pantry staples. Who says dinner needs to be complicated? Enjoy!

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More easy dip recipes to try:
Lazy Guacamole
Dairy Free Caramel Sauce

Tortilla Chip Dip

5 from 1 vote
This tortilla chip dip is full of delicious Mexican flavors and feeds a crowd. It's easy to double and comes together fast. The added ground beef makes it a delicious meal but it also is perfect for an appetizer!
Servings 4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 16 oz jars of salsa spice level of choice
  • 15 oz can refried beans
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 3 cups cheddar cheese grated, can substitute bagged shredded cheese
  • tortilla chips
  • toppings of choice (shredded lettuce, avocado, olives) optional


  • In a large pot, brown the ground beef and drain off the excess fat.
  • Once the beef is cooked, add in the salt, pepper, onion powder, and minced garlic and stir till combined.
  • Add in the salsa, sour cream, and beans, and combine over medium heat until thick and creamy.
  • Add in the grated cheese and stir over medium heat until completely melted.
  • Serve hot with tortilla chips and optional toppings.


Serving: 4gCalories: 593kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 50gFat: 30gCholesterol: 154mgSodium: 1860mgFiber: 10gSugar: 8g
Author: Jill from Simply Jillicious
Calories: 593kcal
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: beans, game day, salsa, tortilla chip dip

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  1. Just made this for my family who came to town for the holidays. It was a HIT! Soooo delicious!

    1. Haha we made it too! Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks Jennifer!

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