Texas Trash Dip
A warm bean dip that is only 5 ingredients but loaded with flavor, and so quick and easy to make. This is the creamiest dip with a combo of sour cream, cream cheese, and refried beans, and of course tons and tons of OOOEY GOOEY CHEESE!
There are a lot of variations of Texas Trash dip, and I don’t know where the name came from, or why it is called this when it is seriously amazing. But after plenty of tasty research and testing, we decided simpler is better, and we stuck to this five ingredient version that gives you the best flavor, and so much ease.
It is creamy, flavorful, and never lasts long, as everyone who tastes it can’t help but scooping and digging in until it is gone.
What You Need to Make Texas Trash Dip
This is one of those dips that is so eazy peazy to make and only requires ingredients that are easy to find. You can whip it up ahead of time, and keep it in the fridge for even a few days before cooking, making it the perfect party dip because you can make it ahead and keep party day stress free. Here is what you need:
- A can of refried beans: Pick your favorite brand!
- Cream cheese: Full fat or low fat, it is your call, both work great in this recipe.
- Sour cream: I like full fat for this dip, but again, you can go with a light option here.
- Taco seasoning: Make your own, this is my favorite taco seasoning recipe, or use a packet.
- Monterey Jack cheese, shredded and Cheddar Cheese, shredded: I love loading this one up with cheese, and like to use two kinds for more flavor, but if you want to keep things simple, feel free to use the same cheese for both parts!
- Can Opener
- Foil Pan or Casserole Dish
- Mixing Bowl
How to Make Texas Trash Bean Dip
Texas trash dip is simple to make. You basically combine all the ingredients and bake. You can even put it in a disposable pan, like foil, and recycle that pan later, making it so you don’t even have clean up after. But that is your call!
Here is the basics of how to make this fantastic dip:
Step One: Open Refried Beans
Open a can of refried beans and put it in your mixing bowl. I love a low sodium option here, and sometimes I like to stir it up before adding the other ingredients, just to insure it is nice and creamy.
Step Two: Add Cream Cheese
Your next step is to add your cream cheese to the beans. I highly recommend using softened cream cheese. The softened cream cheese will mix together much better, and give you far better results. You can pull it out of your fridge early enough to let it soften up, or you can use one of these hacks…
Microwave it: Take it out of the foil and microwave it in 20 second intervals before mixing it with the other ingredients.
Hot Bowl Trick: Take a glass bowl, fill it with hot water, microwave for 3 minutes, until water is steaming. Pour water out into the sink, and turn the hot bowl over top of the pack of cream cheese. Let sit for about 5 minutes, and it will be nice and softened.
Put it in your Pocket: Take the brick of the cream cheese, and simply slip it into a pocket, let your body heat soften it while you prepare your other ingredients.
Step Three: Add Sour Cream
Now add the sour cream to the mixing bowl. This is going to help make it so nice and creamy, and give it a little tang, which balances out the cream cheese and beans so well.
Step Four: Add Taco Seasoning.
Now add your packet of Taco Seasoning. I personally love making my own seasoning mix, and taco seasoning is the best one to make homemade. Here is the BEST EVER TACO SEASONING recipe. But this is what flavors your bean dip, so use an ounce worth!
Step Five: Add Cheese
I love using a Monterey Jack or Cheddar Cheese blend! Grated cheese is a must, freshly grated is great, but buying it pre-grated won’t make a huge difference in this dip recipe.
Step Six: Mix It All Together
Mix it all together. You can just take a spoon, and stir it all together. You want to make sure it well mixed, so you get a nice, creamy, fully mixed dip. If you have chunks then when you dip into it, you will get chunks. The mix of flavors is what makes this dip exceptional, so stir until completely mixed.
Step Seven: Transfer to Casserole Dish
If you mixed your dip in a casserole dish, you will obviously leave out this step, and instead just spread it out evenly. But if you mixed it up in a bowl, pick your casserole dish, I like an 8 x 8 or equivalent size dish.
Step Eight: Top with Shredded Cheese
Top it with more cheese. Trust me, you do not want to skimp on cheese here, as it is part of what makes this Texas Trash Dip soooooo good, I mean seriously, look at all that cheese. You want a liberal amount. Use more than what is called for if you need it to cover the top of your dip.
Step Nine: Bake that Baby!
Now you bake it. Bake it until it is heated through, bubbly, and the cheese is all melted, then remove from the oven, top with your favorite garnish, I like green onion, but you can use whatever sounds good to you, and serve with tortilla chips. Lots of them, trust me it will get gobbled up fast!
This Texas Trash Dip is so perfect for any game day or party, it is such a crowd pleaser and I love pairing it with dippers like tortilla chips and crackers, it is also great with cucumber slices, celery, and even tortillas. Make it a great spread with:
- Cheddar Bacon Jalapeno Baked Cheese Dip in Bread Bowl
- Crispy Oven Baked Shrimp
- Raspberry 7UP® Punch
- Lime Dreamboat Dessert
Make Ahead and Storage
How to make this recipe ahead of time:
This recipe is so simple to make, you just dump everything in a bowl, mix it together, and then put it in a casserole dish, top with more cheese, and bake. But despite it being easy, I am a big fan of making it ahead so I have no fuss and no mess on the day I want to serve it. To achieve this, here is what you need to do.
Make the dip according to instructions.
Before baking it, cover with an airtight lid, foil, or plastic wrap.
Refrigerate up to 3-5 days before baking and serving.
On the day you wish to serve, remove from fridge, and bake according to directions. You may need to add a few minutes to the baking time to get it heated through.
Serve with your favorite dippers like tortilla chips.
Other Great Recipes:
- Corn Dip
- Best Ever Layered Bean Dip
- Cajun Chicken Alfredo Dip
- Caprese Baked Cheese Dip
- Baked Bacon Cheddar Jalapeno Popper Cheese Dip with Buttery Soft Pretzels
Texas Trash Dip
- 16 ounces refried beans
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- ½ cup sour cream
- ½ packet taco seasoning
- 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese shredded
- 1 cup Cheddar Cheese shredded
- In a large bowl, mix beans, cream cheese, sour cream together with taco seasoning, until smooth.
- Spread in an 8 x 8 baking pan
- Top with cheeses, spread evenly over the top.
- Bake 350 degrees F for 25-30 mins
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
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