The BEST Skinny Taco Dip Recipe

My Skinny Taco Dip is a lightened up version of the classic 7 Layer Dip and the perfect appetizer for game day parties. Made “skinny” with light cream cheese and fat-free greek yogurt, this Skinny Taco Dip will disappear fast!

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About 15 years ago, I was living in my own apartment and was hosting my very first Tupperware party. I had recently learned a new trick to making a super creamy salsa dip – combining it with cream cheese. My best friend was an attendee and brought her husband, who pretty much spent the entire party next to this incredible cream cheese and salsa dip.

After they got home, he made her call me for the recipe so he could make it again. Funny how the simplest things can make a person so happy. I later altered the recipe to add sour cream to  make the dip smoother and easier to dip a chip into.

This easy salsa dip later became the base for our favorite taco dip!

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How to Make My Skinny Taco Dip:

To make this delicious taco dip, I just expanded on the simple cream cheese dip I’ve been making for years. The base is light cream cheese (also called neufchatel), greek yogurt, salsa and taco seasoning…and you could seriously just stop there if you wanted to. But to make it even better, layer shredded lettuce, fresh shredded cheddar cheese, diced tomato, olives, green onions and avocado. All of the toppings are optional depending on your personal preferences.

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But you don’t have to stop there! Yes, this is a great Layered Taco Dip as is, but there are lots of things you could top it with or ways to vary the ingredients listed to cater to the preferences of you and your guests:

  • Shredded lettuce – I like to use romaine because it’s heartier and has more nutritional value that simple iceberg. But some shredded green cabbage would also provide a nice crunch and pairs well with the lime.
  • Fresh shredded cheese: I am a sucker for a good sharp cheddar cheese (always fresh!) but pepper jack would be delicious with this taco dip!
  • Tomato – feel free to use any kind of tomato here. I prefer Roma, but heirloom tomatoes would be super pretty, and grape or cherry tomatoes would provide a nice sweetness. If you wanted, you could forego the tomatoes altogether and just add more salsa.
  • Avocado – There is nothing better than fresh avocado, but it does tend to brown quickly. One way to avoid this would be to put the diced avocado in a bowl and toss it in some lime juice and salt before adding it to the taco dip. Another trick would be to add a layer of guacamole instead of diced avocado. If you want to try the guacamole, I’d add a nice thick layer as the base, before the cream cheese.

Some other optional toppings include cilantro, diced red onion and a squeeze of fresh lime juice right on top. Be sure to have some good quality tortilla chips on hand for dipping. These are our current obsession! (aff) They are super crunchy and hold up well to dips, but they aren’t too thick. Yum!

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Skinny Taco Dip

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 8 -10 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces light cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup of your favorite salsa
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 Roma tomato diced
  • 1 small avocado diced
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sliced olives

Instructions
 

  • Combine softened cream cheese, greek yogurt, salsa and taco seasoning until smooth and well combined. Spread into a rectangle baking dish or pie plate (I used an 11"x7" baking pan) . Refrigerate for an hour to let flavors combine (optional). Top with remaining ingredients. Serve with tortilla chips.

Here is another delicious party dip appetizer that we love:

Dill Pickle Ranch Dip

A bowl of dill pickle dip

For more delicious party dips, try these:

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Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. I wonder if you could substitute a sour cream and fiesta ranch mix in place of the cream cheese, yogurt, and taco seasoning?

  2. Perfect as a last minute, healthy dip that everyone will love. I used vanilla yogurt for that little sweetness I love. And added ground turkey for some extra protein. Man, oh man, I did not want to share. So simple. And healthy!!! Perfect for any season since there is no baking required. My new favorite recipe!!

  3. This was yummy and super easy to make for the start of NFL playoffs. Has a bit of a kick to it (we use medium salsa, so that may have been the culprit. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I’m not able to provide nutritional information, but there are excellent resources available online such as myfitnesspal.com.

  4. YUM this recipe looks so delicious! Thank you for sharing. I can’t wait to try it out!! Taco dips are my favorite, and I love that this one is “skinny” – perfect! I actually shared this recipe here http://www.meshkomoments.com/healthy-football-game-food/ in my list of Healthy Football Game Food Ideas!! 🙂 Please take a look and I just wanted to thank you for sharing this with all of us! 🙂