Taco Appetizer Platter Recipe
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Taco Appetizer Platter Recipe

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"A crowd usually gathers when I set out my barbecue-flavored taco dip," reports field editor Iola Egle of McCook, Nebraska. "It's gone before I know it!"
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, drained
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped lettuce
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup honey barbecue sauce
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Corn chips

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 263 calories, 18g fat (10g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 665mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 17g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add water and taco seasonings; simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and milk; spread on a 14-in. serving platter or pizza pan. Top with meat mixture. Sprinkle with chilies, tomatoes, onions and lettuce. Drizzle with barbecue sauce. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Serve with corn chips. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Taco Appetizer Platter in Taste of Home June/July 2000, p18

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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rita43 User ID: 1917187 224682
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2015

"So easy and so good. Made it for a neighborhood gathering, and they all loved it."

rena 55 User ID: 1935799 223566
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2015

"What a tasty appetizer! Love the Taco flavor, but the addition of the barbecue sauce gives it a surprise smokey sweetness. Great to serve to a crowd or just for a late night snack."

JenaeLynette User ID: 7817893 27070
Reviewed May. 24, 2014

"I have made this before and the honey barbecue sauce is what makes it so great! I was a bit hesitant at first but it ended up being everyone's favorite taco dip! Wouldn't change a thing!"

ROSANNE6356 User ID: 1052825 41805
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2012

"I have made this several times and taken for functions, it is always a hit and everyone wants the recipe. I add a can of refried beans to the hamburger mix and use taco sauce in place of the barbeque sauce. I also serve it with Frito Scoops."

Mackookies User ID: 4370144 39423
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2011

"Family & friends beg me to bring this appetizer to our get-togethers all year long. I sub ground turkey for the beef and it is amazing!"

nocookcook User ID: 3256677 39421
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2010

"I made this for an appetizer for my daughter's

thirteenth birthday party It was a great hit with all ten guests!
I did omit the honey barbecue sauce and used medium hot salsa. Also instead of cheddar cheese I used mexican.
Thank you for this great appetizer!"

dessertgirl User ID: 1770572 30532
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2009

"I make this recipe often, people really like the meat in it. I generally sub taco sauce for the BBQ sauce."

Carmen Janicki User ID: 665334 27759
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2009

"This sounds so good and I am anxious to try it. I don't have the ingredients now so will get them and try it later.

Thank you."

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