There are several different renditions of Taco Dip, but to me, taco dip means a very specific dish. There is a tiny (and I do mean tiny… probably less than 300 square feet) restaurant I know called Pats. It is take-out only, as you can imagine with only 300 square feet, but they have some of the best, bad-for-you, food that I have ever had. We’re talking jumbo bacon cheeseburgers, cheese sticks dipped in pancake batter and then fried, and a little dish that they call Taco Dip. We love it, but we don’t eat there often, because it is sooo bad.
But hey… you have to have a little bad, every once in a while, right?
This version of Taco Dip is an incredibly flavorful and spicy ground beef mixture that sits inside a fried corn tortilla bowl. It’s good enough to eat with a spoon, or you can grab some tortilla chips, and eat it as a dip for an appetizer.
- 1.5 lbs ground beef
- 2 cups water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 4 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2/3 cups diced onions
- 1/4 cups oats
- 4 corn tortillas
- oil for frying
- 1/2 cup colby-jack cheese
Warm water over medium heat in a large pot, then add ground beef. Add all spices, and gently boil for 10 minutes. Add onions and simmer for 5 minutes. Add oats to thicken, and simmer an additional 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, add oil to a sturdy pan. Drop in a corn tortilla, and use a whisk to hold the middle of the corn tortilla to shape the corn tortilla into a bowl. Once formed and crispy, about 60 seconds, remove from oil and place on a paper-towel lined plate. Allow to cool.
Spoon taco dip into corn tortilla, and sprinkle with shredded colby-jack cheese. Serve with a spoon, or tortilla chips!
Here are some healthier side-dishes to balance out the meal!
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