Mama Klein’s Taco Dip.

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You know how certain recipes just become legends in families?

In my family, it’s my mom’s taco dip with Kraft Natural Shredded Cheese. It’s definitely a Mexican-inspired layer dip, but it can be tweaked many ways to be yours. I’ve never had a Thanksgiving without it. In fact, we used to put out such an immense spread of appetizers for our 40+ guest Thanksgiving dinners, that sometimes I would be more excited for that, than the main dinner itself. I guess you can say I love my mom’s taco dip and it made a big impact on childhood parties within our family.

Kraft Natural Shredded Cheese

It’s been amazing to me as an adult, and now a parent, that I’m learning how to make these things for myself. In fact, that’s what makes a recipe a “family recipe.” That’s what makes it a legend. It’s that you keep it alive and pass it along, to your children and their friends and so on. It’s amazing to me that I don’t have to drive four hours to my parent’s house just to eat this dip. Sometimes being an adult puzzles my brain in the best ways possible. For me and for many, it’s all about the cheese.

Kraft Natural Cheese.

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This dish has at least three food groups – dairy, lean protein, vegetables and it definitely serves as a comfort food and a holiday appetizer. And probably even more! Scallions are optional, and my mom always makes the taco dip with it, but since I’m not a huge fan of foods in the onion family, I left it off for my recipe. You can really omit or add whatever you want.

Mama Klein’s Taco Dip.

Mama Klein’s Taco Dip.


  • - One can of Refried Beans
  • - 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
  • - 1/2 packet of taco seasoning mix
  • - 1/2 bag of Kraft Natural Cheese in desired flavor(s)
  • - One 8 ounce container of sour cream
  • - One tomato
  • - Sliced black olives
  • - Sliced scallions (optional)
  • - Chips of choice. (I like scoops)


  1. This dip is done in layers in a pie plate or any serving dish.
  2. First layer: (bottom) Spread and smash down one can of refried beans
  3. Second layer: Mix 1/2 cup of mayo with 1/2 packet of taco seasoning mix in a bowl and then spread the mixture over the beans layer
  4. Third layer: Spread the 8 ounces of sour cream over the mayo/seasoning mix
  5. Fourth layer: Add the shredded cheese
  6. Top layer: Add as many sliced black olives and sliced scallions as you want. Slice and drain a tomato and add that too.
  7. Cover the dip in the fridge for a few hours and serve with taco chips or scoops.

And then serve and enjoy! I made the dip for a weekend get-together and then re-visited the leftovers as a satisfying snack last night. I went to Walmart to get all the ingredients, including the cheese. I chose mozzarella for the dip.

My mom likes to use monterey jack. No matter what cheese you choose, it will be delicious if you’re as much of a cheese lover as I am. I especially love to get black olives on every scoop I dip. I remember stealing all the cheese and black olives as a kid, and leaving the tomato pieces for everyone else! Hopefully you’re a more generous taco dip eater than I was as a kid!

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If you make Mama Klein’s Taco Dip, what Kraft Natural Cheese flavor will you use?

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  1. Off the hook delicious!! Holy cow I love taco dip!! I could eat a whole bowl by myself. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe. I can almost taste the dip now….

  2. I love taco dip! I just want to eat this entire dip right now! I would totally add the onions but I also eat cilantro too LOL. Kraft cheeses are so convenient to use!

  3. I love a good dip☺ I really miss eating a big bowl of cheese dip with tortilla chips.Your mom’s recipe sounds yummy.

    1. That part is negotiable luckily! My friend doesn’t like olives and I was joking about making it for her like a pizza – only olives on one half and just cheese and scallions on the other half.
      It can be done.

  4. This looks so good! Another delicious Gluten-free snack!!! And I love all things in the Mexican food genre, so does the family, this will be a big hit!!! I love cheese, all cheese, but Monterey Jack is my Mexican go to!!! Thanks for the recipe, does this make me part of the family?

  5. That look so awesomely delicious! I love taco and cheese. I haven’t tried making a dip yet. One time my officemate brought some at work, I devoured everything. LOL

    1. I’m so glad! I started doing it last year but only a bit at first. I thought I had no right because I’m not a food blogger. Lately I realize that thinking is ridiculous because I’m very passionate about food!

  6. LOOOOVE taco dip. It’s a football game staple at my house. I have a really yummy recipe that goes in the oven so everything melts together. This one looks so good too!

  7. Oh yes. THIS is the kinda content I like to see in my feed! ha
    but seriously, taco dip is a staple in this house. the one thing everyone likes. definitely gotta try this one.

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