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Retro Taco Pizza (Layered Taco Dip)

Layered Taco Pizza Dip – This easy retro dip recipe looks like a pizza but is made with all of your favorite taco goodies, including diced tomatoes, sliced olives, and LOTS of cheese. It’s perfect to customize and serve as a fun shareable appetizer or party snack!

retro taco pizza dip recipe

Some dishes are simply made for sharing. You know what I’m talking about… The perfect party snacks are fun conversation starters on a plate. Every great get together has to have one, in my humble opinion, and we’ve got lots here at A Spicy Perspective.

Have you tried these Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs, Jalapeno Popper Dip, or our Low Carb Burger Bites recipe yet? You’ve definitely got to put those and this Retro Taco Pizza Dip recipe on your must-make party snacks list!

Now I am sure you’re wondering, like I was, what exactly is Taco Pizza Dip?

This is a no-cook layered dip recipe that Lt. Dan’s mom and grandma have made for years. He thinks of it as a “lake snack” because it’s the dip they regularly made at the family lake house to enjoy with cocktails out on the deck. It features thin layers of your favorite taco toppings – like chopped tomatoes and shredded cheese – served in a deep dish with plenty of dippers to go around.

layered taco pizza dip

Retro Taco Pizza AKA Layered Taco Dip

By now you’ve probably realized that the term “pizza” is a descriptor for the look of the dish, not for the actual ingredients. There is no crust or pizza sauce – in fact, the recipe doesn’t require any cooking at all. However, the family always made this recipe in thin layers on a round pizza pan, so it looks like a pizza, even though it’s a wonderfully simple taco dip!

Our recipe for Taco Pizza Dip is low carb, vegetarian, and totally gluten-free. Just pair with your favorite sides for scooping and you’ve got a ridiculously easy, fabulous retro snack that’s sure to please a crowd!

You can load it up with more add-ons or skip any suggestion ingredients you’re not a fan of. Best of all, this effortless layered dip can be made ahead in only a matter of minutes. You are going to love this foolproof snack recipe for potlucks, picnics, barbecues, and all of your laid-back gatherings.

chip scooping layered taco dip

Ingredients You Need

There are only 6 ingredients in this easy no-bake dip recipe. Feel free to substitute or add ingredients as you prefer to make your perfect version. Here’s what we like to include in our layered dip:

  • Cream cheesefor a creamy, tangy base
  • Mild taco sauceor spicy, if you like
  • Shredded cheesewe use a 4 cheese Mexican blend
  • Diced tomatofresh diced tomatoes taste best for a no-cook dip
  • Chopped scallionsfor a bit of bright, fresh flavor
  • Sliced black oliveseither ready sliced in a can or you can slice your own

Plus you’ll need dippers, like tortilla chips or fresh veggies.

tomatoes, salsa, cheese, black olives

How to Make Layered Taco Pizza Dip

I almost hesitate to call this a recipe, it’s so easy to prepare. There’s no cooking of any kind to make this cool and creamy, zesty and bold Taco Dip for nearly any occasion!

Follow these 5 simple steps for making the best layered dip with your favorite taco toppings:

1. To start, set out a large (12-14 inch) round dish or pizza pan. You can, of course, layer the dip into a large square or rectangle dish… But that wouldn’t be quite as much fun.

2. Next, use a spatula to spread the softened cream cheese in an even layer over the bottom surface of the pan.

spread cream cheese

3. Pour the taco sauce over the cream cheese and spread into a thin layer.

pour salsa on cream cheese

4. Then sprinkle the shredded cheese evenly over the taco sauce.

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sprinkle on cheese

5. Chop the tomato, slice the scallions, and drain the olives. Sprinkle all three toppings over the surface of the “pizza.”

pizza taco dip

You can either serve immediately, or make ahead and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you’re ready to enjoy. Personally I think it’s best after it has sat in the fridge for a bit to let the layers settle together and get deliciously chilled.

What to Serve with Layered Taco Dip

Enjoy this thick, creamy and cheese taco-tastic dip with crunchy tortilla chips – and it’s still a gluten-free snack!

For an even healthier appetizer that’s also GF-friendly, serve Taco Pizza Dip with fresh cut veggies like carrots or hearty slices of bell peppers.

party appetizer layered dip

What Other Toppings Can I Add to Layered Taco Dip?

Build up the layers of this dip with…

  • Shredded iceberg lettuce
  • Cooked taco meat (cooled)
  • Diced avocado
  • Homemade guacamole
  • Pico de gallo
  • Refried beans, or any other of your favorite taco toppings.

I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

How Long Will Taco Pizza Dip Keep?

Leftover Taco Dip will keep well for up to a week in the refrigerator. Cover the dish securely with plastic cling wrap, or use a spatula to transfer to another container with a lid. Be careful to keep the layers intact as much as you can!

retro recipe for taco dip

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Retro Taco Pizza (Layered Taco Dip)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
This Layered Taco Dip looks like pizza, but is an easy recipe made with your favorite taco goodies. It's perfect for party appetizers or as a fun snack!
Servings: 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 8 ounce mild taco sauce or Cholula hot sauce
  • 8 ounce shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • ½ cup diced tomato roma or plum tomatoes
  • ½ cup chopped scallions
  • ½ cup sliced black olives drained
  • Dippers: tortilla chips or fresh cut vegetables

Instructions

  • Set out a 12-14 inch round dish or pizza pan. Spread the softened cream cheese, in an even layer, over the surface of the pan.
  • Pour the taco sauce over the cream cheese and spread into a thin layer. Then sprinkle the shredded cheese over the taco sauce.
  • Chop the tomato and scallions. Drain the olives. Sprinkle all three toppings over the surface of the “pizza”. Serve with tortilla chips or cut vegetables.

Notes

Possible Add-Ons: Shredded iceburg lettuce, cooked taco meat, diced avocado, pico de gillo.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 118kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Sodium: 673mg, Potassium: 125mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 329IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 143mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer, Dip, Snack
Cuisine: American, Mexican, Tex-Mex
Author: Sommer Collier

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4 comments on “Retro Taco Pizza (Layered Taco Dip)”

  1. This is really ahh-mazing!! A new favorite at my house!

  2. best kind of retro – food retro – and when I just want a fun calorie splurge, thank you!

  3. The whole family LOVED this!! It was so easy and just loaded with flavor. We are adding to our Super Bowl menu!

  4. My friends and I all loved this taco dip! It was such a great flavor combination and it went fast!