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

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About This Recipe

To make this delicious taco dip, I just expanded on my famous cream cheese salsa dip (literally just cream cheese and salsa) that I’ve been making for years.

This Skinny Taco Dip gives that simple dip a major upgrade! 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.

Then comes a ton of fresh ingredients, like shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheddar, olives, and avocado. All of the toppings are optional and customizable depending on your personal taste preferences.

Ingredients

  • Cream Cheese – For a skinny version, use light cream cheese.
  • Greek Yogurt – Plain (unflavored and unsweetened). Sour cream could also be used.
  • Salsa – Use your favorite brand.
  • Taco Seasoning Use one full packet or 2 tablespoons of my homemade recipe, linked here.
  • Lettuce – Sliced into thin shreds. I like to use Romaine because it’s heartier and has more nutritional value than iceberg.
  • Cheddar Cheese – Freshly grated off the block is best, but since it’s not melted, you can use the pre-shredded kind. I am a sucker for a good sharp cheddar, but pepper jack would also be delicious.
  • Tomato – I recommend Roma tomatoes or grape tomatoes.
  • 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.
  • Green Onion
  • Sliced Olives

How To Make Skinny Taco Dip

See recipe card below for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

  • Beat cream cheese, Greek yogurt, and taco seasoning with an electric mixer.
  • Stir in salsa.
  • Spread into a dish.
  • Top with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, green onions, and olives.
  • Serve with crispy tortilla chips, Fritos scoops, pita chips, pretzels, or veggies.
salsa, cream cheese, plain yogurt and taco seasoning in a bowl.
Pink-ish mixture in a clear, round, glass dish.
Skinny taco dip in a round dish.

FAQs

Can I use sour cream instead?

Yes. Instead of Greek yogurt, you can use fat free sour cream. Or use a cup of sour cream in place of the cream cheese.

Can I make this in advance?

You can blend the cream cheese layer in advance and prep the toppings. But adding the lettuce more than a few hours in advance is not recommended as it will begin to turn brown.

How long will this dip last?

Because of the lettuce, this dip should be consumed within a day or two.

Helpful Tips

  • Additional Toppings – Some other optional toppings include cilantro, diced red onion, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice right on top.
  • Make Ahead – Spread the cream cheese layer into the dish and cover with plastic wrap. Prep the other ingredients and store in plastic bags in the fridge. Just before serving, layer on the toppings.
  • Leftovers – Wrap leftovers tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.
  • Salsa – Chunkier salsas tend to also have more liquid and are not highly recommended.
Taco dip and a tortilla chip in a round dish.

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Skinny Taco Dip

4.54 from 15 votes
Skinny Taco Dip is a lightened-up version of the classic 7 Layer Dip and the perfect appetizer for any gathering.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces light cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup fat free Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup salsa Any kind
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt optional
  • 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 2 quart dish or pie plate.
  • Refrigerate for an hour or up to 24 hours to let flavors combine. Top with remaining ingredients. Serve with tortilla chips.

Notes

If refrigerating for longer than an hour, wait to add the toppings until just before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 185kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 9gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 461mgPotassium: 362mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 665IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 187mgIron: 1mg

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!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Please take a look and I just wanted to thank you for sharing this with all of us! ๐Ÿ™‚