Barbecue Beef Taco Plate Recipe
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Barbecue Beef Taco Plate Recipe

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I prepared this hearty appetizer for 200 people at a cookout, and it was gone before I knew it! Everyone loved the barbecued ground beef, veggie and cheese combination. —Iola Egle Bella Vista, Arkansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:40 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 40 servings


  • 4 pounds ground beef
  • 2 envelopes taco seasoning
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 2 envelopes ranch salad dressing mix
  • 4 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chilies, drained
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 3 to 4 cups shredded romaine
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 to 3 cups honey barbecue sauce
  • 2 to 3 packages (13-1/2 ounces each) tortilla chips


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in taco seasoning and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, milk and dressing mixes until blended. Spread over two 14-in. plates. Layer with the beef mixture, chilies, onions, romaine, cheese and tomatoes. Drizzle with barbecue sauce.
  3. Arrange some tortilla chips around the edge; serve with remaining chips. Yield: 2 plates (20 servings each).
Originally published as Barbecue Beef Taco Plate in Taste of Home June/July 2007, p39

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Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 149733
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

"I was pleasantly surprised by this recipe. I, too, was a little worried about the bbq/taco flavoring together, but this was definitely a hit! I will make this again the next time we have friends over."

dltenut User ID: 1158006 164735
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2010

"I've made this recipe several times and it's been a hit each time. I've given out this recipe many times. It's just awesome!! I usually make 1/4 the recipe and it goes very fast."

LindaAudiss User ID: 1332876 95492
Reviewed May. 22, 2009

"How would you divide that down to 6 or 8 servings....Linda from Chanute Ks"

kathypercy User ID: 1705096 169424
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2009

"I was hesitant at first to try this recipe with the barbecue and the taco flavors clashing in my mind, but now, this has to be one of my favorite recipes. Thanks."

Chu Chu User ID: 3120413 95490
Reviewed May. 17, 2008

"Can this receipe be eaten cold, is the meat suppose to cool before you put it over the cream cheese.Can you make this receipe the day before and refigerate"

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