Patriotic Easy Layered Taco Dip

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Bring this Patriotic Easy Layered Taco Dip to your next summer picnic! It’s a quick and easy side dish that you don’t have to bake. Serve with tortilla chips.

You’re going to love this easy layered taco dip that is perfect for summer picnics. Don’t you love getting creative with your food? Stuffing brownies with Oreos, turning potatoes into pizza, and little veggie blossoms.


One place where I know I can always be inspired with cute food ideas is Pinterest. Before I had this food blog, I loved searching Pinterest for ideas, but didn’t have an account.  I’ve had an account now for 3 years and have pinned so many recipes that I will most likely never get the chance to make.

But this easy layered taco dip is one I had to try!


Easy Cold Taco Dip

You’re going to love this Patriotic Easy Layered Taco Dip, too, because it is yet another quick, easy side dish that doesn’t involve turning on your oven.  Who wants to turn on your oven in the summertime anyway? And isn’t the American flag look so cute?

Unless, of course it is to make this Potato Chip Chocolate Pie!


How to Make Patriotic Taco Dip

For this recipe, you’re going to first spread some sour cream on the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish.  Then you’ll sprinkle some taco seasoning on top.  Remember our Homemade Taco Seasoning that you made a big batch of? This is yet another great use of it.


After the taco seasoning, you’ll layer on a few black beans and some lettuce.  Then you get to make the pretty flag design with cheese, sliced olives, and halved grape tomatoes.

So simple.

So quick.

And so festive!


Taco Dip Variations

There are several variations you can do to make this taco dip your own.

  • Don’t like beans? Leave them out.
  • Want some meat in it?  Add the taco seasoning to some ground beef or shredded chicken. If you do this, I suggest putting the meat on the bottom of the pan, then start the layers with the sour cream next.

Can I make taco dip ahead of time?

I would suggest not making this too much ahead of time.  I ended up a with a little bit of water on the bottom of the pan, possibly from washing the veggies right before putting it together.  So you’ll want to dry your veggies really well, and don’t let it sit too long before serving.

Want to watch us make this easy layered taco dip LIVE? See the video here!

How long does taco dip last?

If you’ve dried the veggies really well before layering the dip, this will last a day or two. If you end up with a little water in the dish, you can drain it off before serving.

Be sure to refrigerate any leftovers!

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Bring this Patriotic Easy Layered Taco Dip to your next summer picnic! It’s a quick and easy side dish that you don’t have to bake. Serve with tortilla chips.
Bring this Patriotic Easy Layered Taco Dip to your next summer picnic! It’s a quick and easy side dish that you don’t have to bake. Serve with tortilla chips.

Easy Layered Taco Dip

4.50 from 6 votes
Bring this Patriotic Easy Layered Taco Dip to your next summer picnic! It’s a quick and easy side dish that you don’t have to bake. Serve with tortilla chips.
Servings 15
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 3 cups sour cream
  • 3 Tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 cup black beans washed and rinsed
  • 4 cups shredded lettuce
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 cup sliced olives


  • In the bottom of a 9x13 pan, spread the sour cream.
  • Then sprinkle the taco seasoning and black beans on top of the sour cream.
  • Spread the lettuce over top of the beans.
  • Lay out the halved tomatoes in lines to form a flag.
  • Put cheese between the tomato stripes, and then put the sliced olives in the top left corner to look like stars.
  • Serve with tortilla chips or veggies.
  • Serve as soon as possible after making this. It tends to get watery the longer it sits. It should be OK for a few hours, though.


Add ground beef or shredded chicken to the bottom of the baking dish if you'd like some meat in your dip! Be sure all of your veggies are rinsed and dried so that you don't get water sitting in the bottom of the pan.


Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 255mg | Potassium: 188mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 645IU | Vitamin C: 5.7mg | Calcium: 160mg | Iron: 0.7mg
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 171

Recipe Inspiration:  Family Fresh Meals

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5 years ago

Excited I stumbled upon this recipe when looking for a taco dip , love the idea of the flag! I will be bringing it to a bbq this afternoon and plan to add ground beef on the bottom before starting the sour cream layer. Will one pound be enough or should I make 2 pounds for the 9×13 pan ? I’m assuming I would skip adding taco seasoning to the sour cream since it will be in the ground beef?
Thank you in advance for guidance ????
HAPPY 4th!! ☀️????

10 years ago

That is so festive! I love that idea 🙂

Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!
10 years ago

How fun! You see all these fruit layered things for the 4th of July, but never anything savory like this! Love it! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #18!

~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

Trish - Mom On Timeout
10 years ago

This dip is just perfect for the 4th of July Lizzy – I love it!

Kim @ Soliloquy Of Food & Such
10 years ago

What a great twist on an old fave….and patriotic too!! I am showing my love for the US by consuming it’s likeness in taco dip, one chip at a time!! Saw this on Marvelous Mondays & pinned!!
Kim @ *Soliloquy Of Food & Such*

10 years ago

Love this recipe! Perfect for the 4th! thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes. pinned.

10 years ago

very cute!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
10 years ago

I love the patriotic flair to the taco dip!

10 years ago

Every summer I declare a “no oven” rule. But there are too many delicious things to make and I end up breaking it.

Thank you for sharing this fun dip @ See Ya in the Gumbo. A nice dish that would take center stage on the table!

10 years ago

I love tacos and this recipe is interesting to try.

I would like to thank you for joining the Pin It Monday Hop Pinterest Party. The party has just started, please come by sometime(if your time permits) and check what other bloggers are sharing. See you. 

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Carrie @ Frugal Foodie Mama
10 years ago

I love this idea for the 4th- so cute!! 🙂

Thank you for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week!

10 years ago

What a great idea! I’m definitely pinning this one 🙂
Following you on Pinterest too!