Crock Pot Taco Dip

Looking for a simple and delicious party appetizer? Make Crock Pot Taco Dip with just six easy-to-find ingredients! Serve this creamy and flavorful dip with tortilla chips as a party appetizer or easy game-day snack.

This easy appetizer is made from a combination of ground beef, Velveeta cheese, cream cheese, minced garlic, salsa, and taco seasoning. It creates a creamy texture and a burst of bold and savory taco flavors, and it couldn’t be easier to make! After browning your ground beef, add it to the slow cooker along with the rest of the ingredients. Let everything simmer until all the cheese is melted and a cohesive mixture is warm and ready for your favorite dipping vehicles. 

While tortilla chips are the most popular option for taco dip, get creative and use other options to make it different every time. Feel free to switch things up and serve your taco dip with crunchy celery sticks, crisp carrot chips, or even toasted baguette slices for a unique twist on this classic appetizer!

Crock Pot Taco Dip

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This¬†crock pot recipe is a time-saver, requiring only six readily available ingredients and your trusty crock pot for a hassle-free appetizer that's ready in just a few hours.
  • The creamy, savory blend of Velveeta and cream cheese combined with the zesty taco seasoning creates a flavor-packed snack that will have your guests coming back for seconds.
  • Serve it with classic tortilla chips, or get creative with your dipper choices, making it perfect for any occasion or dietary preference.
  • It's the ideal addition to your menu for cozy gatherings, football game nights, or whenever you want to enjoy a delicious and easy-to-make appetizer.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Ground Beef¬†- Serves as the main protein source in the recipe, adding a hearty and savory element to the taco dip.
  • Velveeta Cheese¬†- When cubed and melted, contributes a creamy and smooth texture to the dip while delivering a mild cheese flavor.
  • Cream Cheese¬†- Enhances the creaminess of the dip and provides a rich, luxurious texture.
  • Minced Garlic¬†- Brings a pungent and aromatic element to the dip, infusing it with a balanced garlic flavor.
  • Salsa¬†- Picante salsa, with its tangy and slightly spicy profile, adds a burst of zest and depth to the dip. Feel free to use a jar of your favorite salsa.
  • Taco Seasoning¬†- The key to infusing the dip with the classic taco flavors combining a blend of spices and herbs that make the dip reminiscent of traditional tacos.
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How To Make Taco Dip In The Crock Pot

Cook the ground beef: Add the beef to a large skillet and turn the heat to medium-high. Brown the meat until it is fully cooked, breaking it up with a spatula. Drain off any excess fat, then add the meat to the crock pot. 

Add remaining ingredients: On top of the beef, add the cubed Velveeta cheese, cream cheese, minced garlic, salsa, and taco seasoning. 

Cover and cook: Add the lid to the top and cook on LOW for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. The dip is done when the cheese is melted, and the mixture is cohesive. 

Serve and enjoy: Serve warm with a bowl of tortilla chips, cut veggies, or crackers. Enjoy! 

Crock Pot Taco Dip

Recipe Tips

  • When browning the ground beef, make sure to break it into small, even crumbles for a uniform texture in your taco dip.
  • To prevent your dip from becoming too greasy, drain off any excess fat from the browned ground beef before adding it to the crock pot.
  • ¬†While cubing the Velveeta cheese, try to cut it into smaller pieces to facilitate quicker melting in the crock pot.
  • For smoother blending, allow the cream cheese to come to room temperature before adding it to the other ingredients in the crock pot.
  • Stir the dip occasionally during the cooking process to help all the ingredients combine evenly and prevent any sticking or burning at the bottom.
  • Keep an eye on the¬†crock pot and avoid overcooking the dip, as it can become overly thick and less appetizing if left on the heat for too long.
  • If serving at a party, use a¬†crock pot with a "warm" setting to keep the dip at a consistent temperature.¬†

Variations

  • For a spicier twist, add diced jalape√Īos or a dash of hot sauce to the dip to turn up the heat to your liking.
  • Go meatless by substituting the ground beef with plant-based alternatives like crumbled tofu or meatless crumbles.
  • Incorporate ingredients like black beans, corn kernels, and diced green chilies to give your taco dip a Tex-Mex flair, adding both texture and flavor.
  • Experiment with different cheese combinations by mixing in shredded cheddar, Monterey Jack, or pepper jack cheeses along with the Velveeta for a diverse cheese profile.
  • Swap out the ground beef for ground turkey, ground chicken, or even shredded rotisserie chicken for a lighter and leaner alternative.
  • Just before serving, sprinkle crushed tortilla chips, crushed Doritos, or even crispy bacon bits over the dip for an extra layer of texture and flavor.

Storing & Freezing

Storing: To store leftover taco dip, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3-4 days. When reheating, you may need to add a splash of milk or water to restore the creamy consistency.

Freezing: While it's best enjoyed fresh, you can freeze taco dip for later use. First, allow it to cool completely, then transfer it to an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. Freeze for up to 2-3 months. To reheat, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and warm it gently on the stovetop or in the microwave, stirring occasionally to restore its creamy texture.

Crock Pot Taco Dip
PREP TIME  10minutes 
COOK TIME  3hours 
TOTAL TIME  3hours  10minutes 
COURSE  Appetizer
CUISINE  American
SERVINGS  10
CALORIES  394 kcal

EQUIPMENT

  • Your¬†Favorite¬†Crock Pot

INGREDIENTS

  • 1¬†lb¬†ground beef
  • 16¬†oz¬†Velveeta cheese¬†(cubed)
  • 16¬†oz¬†cream cheese
  • 2¬†tsp¬†garlic¬†(minced)
  • 16¬†oz¬†salsa¬†(I used pace picante)
  • 1¬†oz¬†taco seasoning

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a large skillet, brown the hamburger until it is fully cooked. Drain off excess fat and add to the slow cooker.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to a 4-quart or larger crockpot.
  • Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours. Stir occasionally until well combined and all the cheese is melted.
  • Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!

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