Bacon + Jalapeño Taco Layer Dip
It’s almost New Years Eve and I bet you are mentally preparing for a party or attending one on Tuesday night. If you are looking for an easy appetizer for people to munch on while they await the dropping ball, this recipe is for you.
My aunt gave me the base recipe for this Bacon + Jalapeño Taco Layer Dip via text message while I was in the store shopping. I remember having it last year around the holidays and loving every single bite. I made it a little more exciting by adding some crispy bacon, spicy jalapeños and black olives. A perfect match, if you ask me.
The ground beef seasoned with taco spices is sandwiched in the middle of a layer of cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese. Mixed with the beef are crumbled bacon pieces, jalapeños and olive slices. You’ll want to reserve some of these additions to sprinkle on top of the cheddar cheese as well.
This dip can be made a day ahead and left in the refrigerator overnight. It will keep just fine. Since the ground beef is precooked you can heat it in the microwave or the oven. I’d throw it in the oven over the microwave so the dip heats evenly and there aren’t any cold areas. Although this dip is just fine warm or slightly cool.
If you don’t like the spice of the jalapeños you can omit them completely or add something else. This dip is pretty versatile and can accommodate almost anyone’s
picky taste buds.
If you don't like the spice of the jalapeños you can omit them and add something else. Be aware that once you add the jalapeños the spicy flavor will soak into the ground beef. This dip is pretty versatile and can accommodate almost anyone's picky taste buds. Omit or add anything you'd like!
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Total Time: 30 min
8 oz cream cheese
4-5 slices of bacon
1 lb ground beef
1 Tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1.5 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup olives, sliced
1/2 cup jalapeños, sliced
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350 ° F. Line a baking sheet with foil and place bacon slices on top. When the oven reaches 350, bake bacon for 20 minutes. When bacon is dark and crispy, remove from oven and lay bacon on a plate lined with a paper towel to soak up remaining grease. It's easy to remove bacon with a pair of tongs. Pat with another paper towel and set aside.
While bacon is cooking, layer the cream cheese in a 8" round dish with the back of a spoon, set aside.
In a medium skillet, brown ground beef and add in the chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper flakes, dried oregano, paprika, ground cumin, sea salt and black pepper.
Drain ground beef and add almost all of the bacon, olives and jalapeños; reserving some.
Layer the ground beef and bacon mixture on top of the cream cheese. Top with shredded cheddar cheese and remaining bacon, olives and jalapeños. Bake in oven at 350 until cheese is melted.
To save time, you can omit all the spices added to the ground beef and use a packet of taco seasoning.