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Tortilla Chip Dip (With Beef and Salsa)

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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:

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

tortilla chip dip

Tortilla Chip Dip – Ingredients

Ground beef
Garlic
Salsa
Sour Cream
Refried beans
Cheese
Onion powder
Salt
Pepper

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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

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!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Jill from Simply Jillicious

INGREDIENTS

  • 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)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
Tortilla Chip Dip
Serving Size
 
4 g
Amount per Serving
Calories
593
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
30
g
46
%
Cholesterol
 
154
mg
51
%
Sodium
 
1860
mg
81
%
Carbohydrates
 
35
g
12
%
Fiber
 
10
g
42
%
Sugar
 
8
g
9
%
Protein
 
50
g
100
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: beans, game day, salsa, tortilla chip dip
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