This Keto Cheesy Baked Taco Dip is the perfect way to satisfy your taco cravings! With cheese, ground beef, Rotel, and sour cream all wrapped up into one delicious dish, this dip is sure to be a hit with everyone at the table. So, grab your low-carb tortilla chips, preheat the oven, and let’s cook up some keto taco dip deliciousness!
Why You’ll Love This Taco Dip
Keto cheesy baked taco dip is a delicious appetizer that can be customized to fit any dietary needs. Whether you’re looking for added flavor, extra texture, or something extra special, there are plenty of options to make this tasty dish your own. Taco Tuesday never looked so yummy when you served this keto dip! You just can’t beat this easy recipe for any occasion. A birthday party, the big game, or any friendly gathering. So give this crowd-pleasing appetizer a try at your next party and beyond!
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Ground Beef – You can use any kind you have on hand, but it is recommended that you use 80/20 for the best flavor.
- Taco Seasoning Mix – For complexity and spice, classic taco seasoning is mixed in. It’s best to use a taco seasoning that doesn’t contain additives. I use the homemade taco seasoning recipe from my book Southern Keto.
- Rotel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles – These tangy veggies add a zing to the dip that you won’t find anywhere else! If you can’t find Rotel use 1 can of petite diced tomatoes and a small can of diced green chilies.
- Sour Cream – For a creamy texture, we’re adding in some sour cream. It gives this Keto Cheesy Baked Taco Dip a decadent taste that everyone will love.
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese Divided – Last but not least, this dish gets topped off with scrumptious shredded cheese. You can use any blend of shredded cheese you like.
- Optional toppings: Avocado, chopped green onions, black olives, red onion, yellow onion… You can add any of your favorite taco toppings to this taco dip that will make you happy!
As long as it fits into the low-carb category, you can easily switch out these ingredients for one that suits your dietary needs better. If you’re looking for a keto-friendly side, cauliflower rice is always a favorite way to keep things low-carb without added sugar.
How to Make Keto Cheesy Baked Taco Dip
Start this recipe by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Go ahead and grease a 8 x 12-inch baking dish. Cook the ground beef in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat, crumbling the meat as it cooks, until it is browned. You’ll want to drain the fat, if necessary.
Add the taco seasoning, Rotel, sour cream and 1 cup of cheese to the ground beef. Stir until well blended. Next, you’ll want to spread the dip evenly in the greased baking dish. Don’t forget to top it with the remaining cup of cheese. Go ahead and bake the taco dip for 20 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the dip is bubbling around the edges.
How to Store Keto Taco Dip Recipe
Storing the delicious dip is easy and straightforward! Here’s a quick guide on how to store it for future use.
- Allow the dip to cool completely before storing.
- Place the dip in an airtight container or wrap it securely with plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
- Store the dip in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
- If you wish to freeze the dip, double-wrap it with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place it in the freezer for up to 4 months.
- To serve, thaw it overnight in your refrigerator, and warm it up in the oven before serving!
What kind of cheese can I use besides shredded cheddar cheese?
Any cheese that melts well can be used in this recipe. Some popular options are Monterey Jack, Mozzarella, Pepper Jack, and Colby-Jack. You can also mix different cheeses together for a unique flavor!
What else can I use instead of ground beef?
If you prefer something other than ground beef mixture, you can use cooked and crumbled sausage or chorizo instead. Ground chicken, ground turkey are all great options as well for your Mexican dip. Just make sure to adjust the seasoning accordingly if using an alternative protein!
What can I dip into the Keto Cheesy Baked Taco Dip?
This taco dip is incredibly versatile and goes great with various dippers! Try serving it with celery, mini sweet peppers, bell peppers, radishes, mushrooms, jicama, zucchini slices, low-carb tortilla chips, and low-carb crackers. You can also try cutting up veggies, such as broccoli florets, into small pieces for dipping.
Can you add extra cheese into this dip?
More cheese can be added to the dip if desired. For an extra cheesy flavor, stir in a few tablespoons of cream cheese or additional shredded cheddar cheese before baking. This will change the nutritional information.
Variation Options for Taco Keto Dip
Taco dip is a classic crowd-pleasing appetizer. Luckily, several tasty variations of taco dip fit into the keto lifestyle. So here are some ideas for making your next keto cheesy baked taco dip a hit:
- Try substituting the cream cheese mixture with Greek yogurt OR full-fat cottage cheese for more protein.
- Use diced jalapeños, onions, and garlic in place of traditional taco seasoning for extra flavor.
- For added texture, add some chopped black olives or crumbled Cojita cheese on top before baking.
- Sprinkle in some crumbled cooked bacon or chorizo
- Spice things up with a generous helping of cayenne pepper or hot sauce!
- Add an extra kick by topping your creation with sliced avocado after baking.
If you love dips, try my Low Carb Dill Pickle Dip!
For more great appetizer options for entertaining, check out my newest book, Let’s Celebrate!
Keto Cheesy Baked Taco Dip
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 tbsp taco seasoning
- 1 10 oz can Rotel, diced tomatoes and green chilies Drained
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 8 x 12-inch baking dish.
- Cook the ground beef in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat, crumbling the meat as it cooks, until it is browned. Drain the fat, if necessary.
- Add the taco seasoning, Rotel, sour cream and 1 cup of cheese to the ground beef. Stir until well blended.
- Spread the dip evenly in the greased baking dish. Top with remaining cup of cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the dip is bubbling around the edges.
Disclaimer: Nutritional information is included as a courtesy and is calculated to the best of my ability, using my preferred brands. I recommend calculation your own macros, as they can widely vary depending on the brands of ingredients you use.
Author: Natasha Newton (Natasha's Southern Flavor)
Natasha is the founder of Natasha’s Southern Flavor. She has a passion for sharing delicious family friendly low-carb recipes that are easy to make and use readily accessible ingredients. Natasha has published three bestselling cookbooks. Her books and recipes have been featured by CNET, Delish, Mindbodygreen, Parade and Women’s Health. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, two adult children, and three furbabies.
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