Party Panache, Slow Cooker Loaded Taco Dip

This is just as much an idea as a recipe~

Over Labor Day weekend at the beach house we had a taco night

and I had a ton of meat leftover

I put it in a plastic container along with the leftover grated cheese,

red onions, and chopped peppers that we had for toppings,

and tucked it into the freezer

We went back to the beach last weekend,

since the kids had a Fall break from school Friday and Monday,

and the weather was amazing!

I knew the frozen taco things would make a great dip

for watching football on Saturday

I had a can of refried beans in the pantry,

and a Mexican cheese blend in the fridge,

perfect for turning the meat into a yummy dip!

I put the still partially frozen meat mixture into the slow cooker

and let it cook on low for an hour to defrost

Then I stirred it up and added the refried beans

I let that cook for another hour and then added the cheese

I stirred in the cheese

I let it cook for another hour and then it was ready for dippers!

I served it with Fritos Scoops, but any sturdy tortilla chip will work

The guys were starving after fishing all day,

it was Charlie Brown’s first time going with his Dad, Uncle and older cousin~

He LOVED it!

The dip was perfect for happy hour nibbling

and gearing up to watch the Bama game at 7

Loaded Taco Dip

Use your leftover taco meat and toppings and turn them into a party dip! Or just make the dip, either way, it's a crowd friendly hearty dip, great for game days and noshing
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Slow cooker, Tex-Mex


  • slow cooker


  • 4 cups prepared taco meat* see note
  • 1 can 16 oz. refried beans
  • 2 cups grated Mexican cheese blend
  • chopped red, green and yellow peppers to taste optional
  • chopped red onion to taste optional


  • Place meat into a sprayed or lined slow cooker and add refried beans
  • Cook on low for 2 hours
  • Add cheese, stir, and cook on low for another hour
  • Serve with sturdy chips such as Frito Scoops


You can also put the ingredients into a casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees until heated through
*Taco Meat
1 lb ground beef or ground chuck
1 pkg taco seasoning
brown meat and add taco seasoning as directed on the package
Keyword appetizer, easy Mexican dip, easy party dip, hearty dip, loaded taco dip, taco dip, tailgate food

Next time you make tacos,

save the leftovers and turn them into a party dip!

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23 Responses to “Party Panache, Slow Cooker Loaded Taco Dip”
  1. BERNADETTE says:

    A fabulous pantry recipe. Thanks Jena. Would you be interested in collaborating with me for my holiday edition?

  2. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Good morning, Jenna! This dip sounds yummy and perfect for enjoying while watching a football game. It’s also a good use of leftovers. Thanks so much for sharing! Enjoy your day!

  3. I have never had a dip like this..looks absolutely mouthwatering.

  4. That looks delish and a wonderful thing to bring to a potluck, too!

  5. Rita C. says:

    That was such a smart thing to freeze the meat and veggies together and then do your magic! It looks SO good.

  6. Part of your genius is you know how to plan ahead. A rare and wonderful gift in the kitchen and beyond.

  7. My kind of dinner:@)

  8. lghiggins says:

    When life gives you taco leftovers, make a taco dip! What a great idea and how timely to have the appropriate ingredients available. It looks and sounds delicious!

  9. Jenna, great idea to freeze the taco leftovers and then use for this delicious looking dip. Charlie Brown is such a cutie and looks excited about his catch!

  10. That game about did me in….Trip went, but I decided to stay home because I didn’t want to be out so late. The dip is a great idea! I need to try something like that this weekend. We’re grilling Wagyu beef hotdogs for the “Third Saturday in October.” ;P

  11. Cheryl says:

    This sounds wonderful! I love dips and am always looking for a new one, so this will definitely be pinned to my food board! I am visiting from Linda’s link-up. Many blessings to you this autumn season!

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