January 30th, 2008
Superbowl Taco Dip!
Huuulllll was his name; he was the college 'den mother' so to speak. He loved to cook, and took advantage of every opportunity to entertain. He drove a blue Buick Skylark, sporting one front panel painted with primer and the other red. This was just one of his many ongoing and unfinished projects, most of which were known for being over the top. Let me give you an example:
One Christmas I volunteered to help make cookies that were to be given as gifts. I thought this meant it would be a short afternoon in the kitchen, but it turned out to be one of the longest days of my life. I ditched out after putting in a full 8 hour day. In addition to 12+ hours of Christmas baking, there was the 50 gallon fish tank that he spent months refinishing just so it could house a couple of very small geckos...the list goes on and on.
In traditional Huuulllll fashion, this Taco Dip Recipe does not disappoint; weighing in at nearly 10 pounds (literally). It can easily feed a whole house of ravenous college students during a Super Bowl party (hence the reason I share it with you now) with enough leftovers to feed the roommates for the rest of the week. This Taco Dip Recipe has been known to be served as leftover dinners for days following the event it was prepared for. I'll admit, it's no balanced meal but it suit us just fine; and it is still a favorite of mine.
Layered Taco Dip
2-8 ounce packages of cream cheese
1-16 ounce container sour cream
1 pound ground beef
1 package of taco seasoning**
1 large container of your favorite salsa
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
1 small head of lettuce, shredded
3~4 medium sized tomatoes, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1-6 ounce can sliced black olives, drained
Recipe for Taco Dip
1. Mix cream cheese and sour cream until it is a consistency that is both spreadable and 'dippable' (Go ahead...Google it, dippable IS a word!). You can use whatever tools you have available; a hand held or stand mixer will work just fine. If you have to do by hand with a spatula, well, at least you'll get a good workout in before you fatten up on the taco dip :). Spread cream cheese and sour cream mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish.
2. Brown ground beef over medium heat and drain grease. Add taco seasoning** and prepare according to package instructions. Add salsa to beef mixture and transfer to baking dish, creating the dip's second layer.
3. Continue to add cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers and black olives to complete the layers of the dip. You can use any of your favorite taco toppings, but these are my 'go-to' ingredients when making this Taco Dip Recipe.
4. Serve with tortilla chips. As you can imagine, this dip is both thick and dense so you are going to need good quality chips - that means NO Tostitos!
**If you want to take this to the next level, you can make your own taco seasoning. See the White Boy Beef Tacos Recipe and follow steps 1-3, and swap out with the ground beef and taco seasoning mixture in step 2 above.