So, this last weekend we had a birthday party for my niece, who wanted a Halloween-themed birthday party. Taco dip is a party favorite and super duper easy to make. PLUS… it can be easily decorated, with a bit of creativity, to fit the Halloween theme! I enjoyed figuring out how to decorate it and thought I’d share. I used two clear glass pie plates for a round shape, though you can use whatever containers you can find.
Let’s Get To Making Some!
First, you’ll want to decide how you plan to decorate your taco dip plates to ensure you hold back enough ingredients to decorate with. You can scroll down to the decoration section near the bottom of this post for ideas beforehand.
To prepare ahead, I opened all my containers, draining the black beans and mixing the taco seasoning in with the refried beans. It doesn’t look very pretty, but trust me, the end result is delicious!
Dice the tomatoes, onions, and black olives. Then, shred/finely chop the lettuce (unless you cheated and bought yours already shredded 😉 )
Next, using one container of cream cheese per pie plate, spread a layer of cream cheese into the bottoms of each plate.
After the cream cheese, spread a layer of seasoned, refried beans, followed by salsa. Next, evenly sprinkle diced onions, tomatoes, black olives and black beans atop salsa.
The fun part: decorating!
TIP: The order of taco dip ingredients beyond the salsa isn’t so important, though you might want to consider how you’ll be decorating it. I generally like to keep the cheese and lettuce for last. After all, cheese can get kinda yucky if it’s exposed to too much moisture.
Again, you might also want to adjust your assembly depending on how you plan to decorate.
You can get creative with decorating your taco dip and I even considered coming up with some kind of cemetary scene for fun. Due to a time crunch, though, I decided to keep things simple.
don’t just add a layer of sour cream, decorate with it!
As pictured below, an easy way to decorate with the sour cream is to cut the very tip off the corner of a plastic baggie and dump the sour cream into your baggie. Then, squeeze the air out of the baggie and seal. TADA! You can use the baggie to pipe sour cream out into a spider web, a ghost, skull, etc.
- For the pumpkin taco dip version, I put a ring of cheese around the edge and topped it with the lettuce. Inside the ring, I reversed the order, lettuce and then cheese, so that the orange of the cheese creates the orange of the pumpkin. A celery stalk with leaves makes a cute pumpkin stem. If you wanted just a basic fall pumpkin, you could pipe the ribbings of the pumpin on with sour cream. You can also use chopped black olives to create the eyes, nose, and mouth for a Jack-O-Lantern. Finally, I created a spider webbing around the edges by piping sour cream.
- For the ghost taco dip version, I kept back a couple whole lettuce leaves for the middle to give me a more even surface to pipe the sour cream on top. You can also use a frosting spatula, butter knife, spoon, etc to help spread out the sour cream more evenly. Create a spider web of piped sour cream around the ghost. For the eyes, I used two rinsed black beans and a quarter-cut black olive for the mouth. Finally, I filled in the area around the ghost with salsa to add a bit of color contrast.
What other Halloween taco dip decorative ideas do you have? How about other holidays? Share your taco dip ideas in the comments section below!
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