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Enchilada Dip with Ground Beef

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Enchilada Dip with Ground Beef is a Delicious Mexican beef appetizer or side dish that is ready to serve in 15 minutes flat. No slow cooker or special pan needed and most of your enchilada ingredients are right in your home!

Get ready to say WOW!

This beef dip recipe is a great one to experiment with flavors and is a great base to something even greater! Such a fun flavorful dip, enchilada beef dip also makes a perfect lunch if you want something to whip up quickly and still tastes great.

holding a beef enchilada chip with dip.

Why you will love this beef dip!

While enchilada dips can be made a variety of ways, with chicken, cheese or beef, this ground beef enchilada dip is one of the best Mexican sides, delicious appetizers or full lunch. Heart beefy meat with tons of cheese and the ease of canned enchilada sauce means not only quick but massive flavor.


Beef enchilada dip with melted cheese and sour cream is Taco Tuesday any night of the week! Before you get started on making this recipe, here are the ingredients needed for Beef Enchilada Dip.

  • ground beef or ground sausage
  • can of red enchilada sauce
  • shredded cheese – Mexican flavored mixes go great
  • sour cream – full fat
  • cumin
  • garlic salt
  • onions – diced

Ugly Dips make the Best Dips

After over 10 years of blogging and tens of thousands of photos taken and advertised I have learned one thing- y’all, the audience, don’t always care if the pictures are perfect. If the lighting is right. If something is a little overexposed or not sharp enough.

What you want is a solid, delicious recipe idea that is easy, doesn’t break the bank, and tastes great. And throughout the years I have had far more amazing recipes than crappy ones.

But here is the thing- some food is just freaking UGLY. Casseroles, dips, heck anything that involves beef, but its also some of the BEST food. So I am going to try to let my personal need to only put out pictures that are awesome and instead share with you some of my normal day to day life that doesn’t include set ups, but rather real cooking experiences.

And I hope that you come along with my adventures, forgive me for the “non-professional” imagery and give these homemade recipes a shot.

How to make Beef Enchilada Dip

  1. Brown up ground beef (or ground sausage) with chopped onions until meat is done. Feel free to drain grease if you have to much in your cast iron pan. I buy lean meats so I typically do not have a lot to drain out and like the extra flavor fat can bring.  
  2. Season ground beef with garlic salt, cumin and a bit of pepper (optional). I have suggested measurements on these spices, but you can add more or less depending on your taste buds.
  3. Pour in one can of enchilada sauce and combine everything together in the pan. Heat and stir well.
  4. Add 1/3rd cup sour cream into the enchilada mixture and stir until melted.
  5. Add 2 cups of shredded cheese, continue stirring so as not to burn, until completely melted.
  6. Serve dip with tortilla chips or broken taco shells.
how to make beef enchilada dip step by step.
thick enchilada dip with beef on a tortilla chip being held.

This cheesy beef dip is just one option in a large array of amazing dip recipes. If you are looking for more to munch on, whether its a football party, Saturday afternoon or Netflix night, dips make the greatest usage of time in the kitchen.

  • Try Velveeta Dip with Chicken, this is a favorite recipe around here and is so good left in a slow cooker!
  • TikTok Queso – this is the infamous grilled Queso that can be made right in the oven or on the grill and it is SO easy to get right the first time!
  • Last but not least, try this doubles as a dinner dip, super cheesy enchilada chicken dip. It looks plain on film but is creamy and classic, plus easy to add extras like Pico De Gallo on top for color.
4.65 from 137 votes

Beef Enchilada Dip

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Enchilada Dip with Ground Beef, melted cheese and sour cream is Taco Tuesday any night of the week! This super creamy, super cheesy, beef and totally melty enchilada dip, made quickly with canned red enchilada sauce, is surprisingly easy and totally tasty. Def a crowd please, this dip can make a splash at pool parties, potlucks, BBQs, or simply for your own lunch. Easy to find household ingredients, this recipe includes a ton of cheese and Mexican inspired flavors. Serves amazing with extra tomatoes, avocado and if you like, a can of black beans. Go for easy or ultimate, this dip will have you in LOVE!


  • 1/2 pound ground beef or ground sausage
  • 10 oz. red enchilada sauce canned
  • 2 cups shredded cheese Mexican Mix
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup onions


  • Brown up hamburger meat and chopped onions until done. If there is extra grease, drain.
  • Season beef with garlic salt, cumin and a bit of pepper (optional).
  • Pour in one can of enchilada sauce and combine until well mixed.
  • Add 1/3rd cup sour cream into the pan and stir with a wooden spoon until melted and creamy.
  • Add 2 cups of shredded cheese around the skillet, stirring so as not to burn, until completely cheese is fully melted.
  • Serve immediately while hot with tortilla chips.



Can you make enchilada dip ahead of time? 
Absolutely! This creamy, cheese and delicious enchilada dip is perfect to make ahead. As a plus, it can be easily heated up the next day and reenjoyed – that is if you have any left over! 
Is enchilada dip served warm or cold? 
This particular beef filled dip is served hot or warm. This keeps the cheese ultra melty on your chips. 
What additional spices go best in enchilada dip? 
One of the best parts of using canned red enchilada sauce is that its full of flavor! However, if you want to increase flavors add cayenne, chili pepper powder, a packet of taco sauce or extra cumin and cilantro. Any common Mexican spice or seasoning will be a complement to this dish. 
How to best customize dip
Dips are amazing for customization and turning into the ultimate snack! This Mexican inspired dip that uses common ingredients can be brought to the next level with added diced tomatoes, avocado, or an added can of drained black beans. Need color? Try fresh cilantro!


Serving: 1Servings | Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 1602mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 977IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 321mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. kelsey apley says:

    This looks so good. I am a huge fan of anything enchilada, so an easy dip is a must for our family!

  2. I made this tonight, it was pretty good but needs more flavor! And I’m Not sure what to add

    1. If you like things spicier, maybe try some Tabasco or cumin? I would also think adding a jar of salsa would add some tomatoes and a little kick 🙂

    2. adding taco seasoning is the quickest and easiest way to add more flavor

    3. Hi Tonya, yes that would be a great variation of this dip recipe!

    4. Maybe try it with sausage? I love the flavor regular sausage adds to things

    5. Try a can of corn, drained and thinly sliced green onions added at the end

  3. Penelope Guzman says:

    This looks amazing! Definitely going to try it this weekend, my kids would love it.

  4. What kind of cheese did you use for your recipe

    1. Hi Larry, cheese choice is always up to you of course, but I like mixed cheeses like Monterrey Jack and Colby (used here). Mixed Mexican cheeses work great too!

  5. Can I use cream cheese instead of sour cream?

    1. I dont see why that wouldnt taste good! Sour cream is used often in dips, so should be fine.

  6. Joan Young says:

    I made this, and added black beans to it. Soooo good. Will make it all the time, and try putting different things in it.

    1. Ooh, black beans, what a delicious addition!!

  7. Are you sure about a tablespoon of garlic salt?

    1. nope its a tsp

  8. Can you make this dip ahead of time & refrigerate?

    1. Yes, there shouldn’t be any problem in reheating!

  9. 1/4 cut onion,1/4th cup?

    1. Good grief….I cant believe I spelling mistake with a T instead of a P. Thank you for the catch!

  10. Try a can of green Chile’s in the recipe for more flavor.

  11. Darby Rocheleau says:

    Great recipe. I added a can of seasoned black beans and a candle rotella tomatoes full pound of beef. Turned out great. Thank you for the recipe

    1. Oops can of rotella

  12. Wow! Love this dip! It has a unique flavor.
    Definitely our new football dip.

  13. Nancy Ruben says:

    Added a few cubes of cream cheese and was delish!

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