This gluten-free taco dip is an easy-to-make appetizer and the perfect dish for any occasion. It is delicious, versatile, and can be made in advance. This recipe is one of the best taco dips I have ever made; with just 10 minutes of total prep time. The layers of flavor come together in an incredible way - creamy sour cream and cream cheese base, topped with crispy fresh vegetables. It's a simple yet amazing dip that is perfect for parties, potlucks, or Super Bowl Sunday.
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This layered taco dip recipe is an easy-to-make appetizer that everyone will love. This dip contains all your favorite Mexican flavors and pairs perfectly with tortilla chips.
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- What is gluten?
- Why do people need to go gluten free?
- Why is this cheese taco dip so delicious?
- Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Can I make this ahead?
- Top tips
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- What goes with gluten free taco dip?
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What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat and other cereal grains (rye, barley, and oats) that makes dough elastic and gives bread its chewiness. Gluten can also be found in many processed foods such as pasta, pretzels, and soy sauce. Gluten-sensitive individuals react to gluten consumption, making it problematic for any person with celiac disease.
Gluten-free taco dip is a frugal and easy appetizer to make. A little gluten-free taco seasoning goes a long way in this recipe. It is a low-cost dish that is perfect for parties.
Why do people need to go gluten free?
Many people have been going gluten-free for several reasons. Some go gluten-free due to Celiac disease, others may go gluten-free due to a gluten allergy or sensitivity to wheat proteins. In addition, those diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn's disease often find that they feel better when they cut out gluten.
Why is this cheese taco dip so delicious?
Some of the best things about this gluten-free taco dip are that it's a no-bake appetizer, easy to whip up, and is made in one bowl. Plus, it is a healthy(ish) recipe, topped with vibrant colored fresh vegetables. The layered combination of tasty ingredients creates a delicious and hearty appetizer that everyone will love.
This cheesy taco dip adds a flavorful kick with classic south-of-the-border flavors.
Made with gluten-free taco seasoning, anyone with gluten sensitivities can enjoy this dip.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
With these simple ingredients, you'll have a delicious and easy gluten-free taco dip.
- Cream cheese. I used full-fat cream cheese, but you can certainly use lower-fat cream cheese and you will still have a fantastic dip.
- Sour cream. I used full fat sour cream, but again, you can use lower-fat sour cream.
- Taco seasoning, gluten-free. Use your favorite gluten-free taco seasoning.
- Lettuce. I used crisp romaine lettuce. Any type of lettuce can be substituted.
- Tomatoes. I used cherry tomatoes, but feel free to use any type of tomato.
- Sweet bell pepper. I used a yellow pepper because I like the contrast of color, but you can use any pepper you like.
- Green onions. I used fresh green onions. You can leave them out if you don't like onions.
- Shredded cheese. I used white cheddar cheese, but you can substitute your favorite type of cheese.
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This gluten-free version of a classic taco dip is quick and easy to make.
First, place cream cheese in a bowl and use an electric mixer to mix it until smooth. Next, add sour cream and taco seasoning to the cream cheese and blend until smooth.
Spread the mixture into the bottom of a dish, and add sliced green onions on top.
Next, sprinkle diced bell pepper and lettuce on top of taco dip.
Top with diced tomato and sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese.
That's all there is to it! Enjoy!
Hint: Leave the cream cheese on the counter for 30 minutes before blending it. This will ensure it softens and has a smooth and creamy consistency without lumps.
Try these add-ins for a delicious Mexican dip recipe:
- Top with black olives
- Add diced avocado or guacamole
- Top with homemade salsa
- Add sliced jalapeno peppers on top
- Squeeze on some lime juice for a super fresh flavor just before serving
Can I make this ahead?
You can make this homemade taco dip ahead of time. However, if you add all the ingredients and let them sit in the fridge, the tomatoes may get mushy.
The best way to make this dip ahead is to blend the cream cheese, sour cream, and gluten-free taco seasoning until smooth. Then, place in an airtight container and place in the fridge.
Next, wash and chop all vegetables you will be topping your taco dip with. Place each vegetable separately into separate airtight containers or bags. Place shredded cheese into a separate container.
Before serving, spread the cream cheese base layer on the bottom of a baking dish and top with the vegetables and cheese.
To make this gluten-free layered taco dip, you need an electric mixer, a bowl, and a pan to spread the dip into.
You can store this cold taco dip in the fridge covered or in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
These ingredients do not stand up well to freezing and are best eaten fresh.
- Place the block of cream cheese out on the counter for 30 minutes before using. This will help it to soften so it will blend smooth.
- Use very ripe tomatoes for the best flavor.
- Assemble just before serving.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Taco dip will keep in the refrigerator for about three days. Make sure it does not sit out on the counter for more than 2 hours.
Tortilla chips are usually made from 100% ground corn, naturally gluten-free. However, make sure that you check the label to ensure it is gluten-free and does not contact any wheat products.
Homemade taco seasoning is gluten-free and certain kinds of taco seasoning. Check the label for a gluten-free brand.
Gluten-free refers to gluten-free foods, which is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and their derivatives. Wheat-free refers to foods that are free of wheat.
What goes with gluten free taco dip?
- Serve it as a dip for tortilla chips
- Use it as a dip for your favorite crackers
- Serve it as a dip for vegetables
- Spoon it on tacos, quesadillas, and burritos
- Serve it on eggs and omelets
- Use it as a topping for baked potatoes
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A gluten-free taco dip is an excellent option for any party or gathering. It's easy to prepare and tastes great. You can make it your own with all your favorite toppings and flavors.
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Gluten Free Taco Dip
- KitchenAid mixer.
- Shallow serving dish
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoon taco seasoning gluten-free
- ¼ green onions diced
- 1 yellow or orange bell pepper diced
- 1 head lettuce romaine or green leaf
- ¾ cup tomatoes diced
- 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- In a medium bowl, blend cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Add in the sour cream and taco seasoning and blend until smooth.
- Spread cream cheese mixture in a shallow serving dish.
- Top with layers of green onion, bell pepper, lettuce, tomato, and grated cheese over top.
- Serve with gluten-free tortilla chips or gluten-free crackers.
- Place the block of cream cheese out on the counter for 30 minutes before using. This will help it to soften so it will blend up smoothly.
- Use very ripe tomatoes for the best flavor.
- Assemble just before serving.
Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods.