I’m not sure how this started, but Andy and I have a tradition of eating a big dish of taco dip while ringing in the new year. As I think about the recipe, I suppose it’s more of a summery treat (what with all the fresh vegetables), but for some reason I only make it once a year.
To be honest, we’re not exactly big new year celebrants. I think it has something to do with the fact that it usually comes at the end of a long week filled with parties, eating and drinking too much, and staying up far too late. So we tend to spend new years eve at home, pigging out on taco dip. We’re just fun people that way.
Anyway, back to the dip. I think there are about a gazillion variations on this recipe out there, but I (naturally) think this one is the best. I don’t like beans so I leave those out. Also, I personally prefer the dip without the ground beef, but Andy likes the beef in. Solution? Spread the gluttony around by making two of ’em.
I recommend preparing all of your meat and vegetables ahead of time so that you can feel like you have a sous chef when you actually assemble the dip. Also, I tried the Trader Joe’s brand taco seasoning this time around, and man is that stuff spicy! I like spicy food so I appreciated it, but whew. That gave this dip some real kick. Feel free to adjust seasonings to your liking.
- 1 package cream cheese
- 1 8 oz container sour cream
- 1 package (about 1 lb) ground beef
- 2 c shredded lettuce (butter lettuce works well)
- 16 oz baby roma tomatoes, sliced
- 2 c sharp cheddar, shredded
- 3-4 stalks of green onion, chopped
- 2 packets taco seasoning (or the equivalent mixture of your favorite taco spices)
- Brown the ground beef with one packet of taco seasoning. Set aside to cool completely.
- Use a mixer to beat together the cream cheese and sour cream until there are no lumps. Blend in the other packet of taco seasoning until smooth.
- Spread cream cheese mixture on the bottom of a glass baking dish.
- Spread beef evenly over the cream cheese mixture.
- Spread the lettuce layer, followed by the tomatoes, then the cheese. Sprinkle the top with green onions.
- Chill for several hours before serving with tortilla chips.
Leftovers? This dip is the perfect snack to accompany the movie White Christmas. Don’t ask me why. It just is.