There’s so many occasions for a cheesy beef dip, especially when it comes to parties, game days and holidays. Our beef nacho cheese dip is the ultimate party dip recipe when you want to serve great taco, nacho and Mexican flavors all rolled into one cheesy bite.

Beef Nacho Cheese Dip Best Appetizer Recipe in a casserole

Best Nacho Cheese Dip

You can even get creative with this nacho cheese dip and make it into a Jack-o-Lantern for Halloween! Loaded with great spices, cheese and beef, this dip is always a crowd pleaser at any party. So much of the flavor comes from sautéing the beef and onions to bring out all the great flavor.

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Beef Nacho Cheese Dip Best Appetizer Recipe in a casserole with chips

Customize the flavors and spices

Yes you can totally customize the flavors to your personal preference. It’s one of those cheesy dips that everyone gravitates to and it’s hard make just one serving if you’re at a big party. This is the dip everyone goes to for seconds!

  • Adjust the amount of heat/spicyness of the dip to your preferred levels. Add a few tablespoons of your favorite hot sauce to add a kick of spice to your dip. Or add some fresh chopped jalapeños on top of the dip.
  • We love adding some sharp cheddar cheese for an extra bite of cheddar flavor.
  • Some smoked gouda or a few drops of liquid smoke gives a great smoky flavor to the dip.
  • Add a few of your favorite crunchy dippers like tortilla chips or crackers.
  • You can always make it a little “healthier” by adding some raw veggies for dipping like carrots, celery and bell pepper strips. Always remember to add beer to help wash it all down with because this dip pairs perfectly with beer!
  • If you want to replace the beef for a healthier meat option like ground turkey, the result are still delicious.
Beef Nacho Cheese Dip Best Appetizer Recipe in a casserole
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Beef Nacho Cheese Dip

We prefer lean beef to keep the dip from becoming too greasy. If needed, you can blot the top with paper towels to remove the excess grease.
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  • 1/2 pound (227 g) lean ground beef (it’ll be less greasy than regular beef)
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
  • 4 green onions , chopped
  • 7 ounces (198 g) diced green chili (1 small can)
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) paprika
  • 1 jalapeño , minced (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) kosher salt , or to taste
  • 1 cup (224 g) mayonnaise
  • 8 ounces (227 g) cream cheese (1 package)
  • 8 ounces (227 g) shredded cheddar cheese , divided

Serve with pretzels, chips, crackers or raw veggies


    • Pre-heat oven to 375°F.
    • Reserve and set aside about 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, which is for the topping. Remaining cheese is for the dip.
    • Heat pan on medium high, add oil and cook beef until brown. Add green onions, green chili, chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, jalapeño, and salt. Cook for about 1 minute until combined.
    • Add mayo, cream cheese, salt and remainder of the cheddar cheese. Turn heat to low. Stir for about 2 minutes or until cheeses completely melted. Use paper towels to blot any excess grease released from the beef.
    • Transfer dip to a round 8 inch baking dish. Top with remaining cheddar cheese.
    • Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the top layer of cheese is melted and dip is bubbly. Let the dip cool a bit before you dive-in. Serve with pretzels, chips, crackers or raw veggies.


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    Nutrition Information per Serving

    Calories: 324kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 53mg, Sodium: 514mg, Potassium: 222mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 1015IU, Vitamin C: 2.7mg, Calcium: 139mg, Iron: 1.6mg

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