Texas Trash Dip is a classic cheesy warm bean dip of refried beans loaded up with sour cream, cream cheese, taco seasoning and topped with ooey gooey cheese.
Make this easy cheesy bean dip that only needs 10 minutes of prep time, for your next party. Use a pre-grated Mexican cheese blend, if that's your preference, and chopped green chiles if you want to kick it up a bit.Jump to Recipe
Cinco de Mayo is coming up, and that calls for a party. I often serve homemade crispy chickpeas, cheese and crackers for guests to munch on before dinner. But Cinco de Mayo calls for something more Mexican.
If you're planning a gathering, this Texas Trash Dip is a must. In fact, keep this warm bean recipe close at hand all summer long for all of your casual last minute BBQs.
🤷♀️ What is Texas Trash Dip?
After a fair amount of google research, I still don't know how this addictive dip got its name. Variations abound, but all have refried beans mixed with sour cream, cream cheese, and Taco seasoning as the base. Some stir half of the cheese into the refried bean base. Others, like this one, don't. All are topped with ooey gooey cheese. Some add a can of roasted, chopped green peppers, black olives and slices tomatoes.
This recipe keeps it simple.
So how did I hear about this amazing dip that I want to have for dinner? Freaky Friday, my friends.
📆 Freaky Friday
What, you may wonder, is Freaky Friday??
It's a group of food bloggers who are secretly assigned one another’s blogs to make a recipe from. Then we all reveal who we had and what we made on the same Friday. And that's TODAY!
Many thanks to Michaela from An Affair from the Heart who created and hosts this blog hop. At the bottom of this post, you'll see a list of all of the other recipes our group cooked up - that's what makes it a blog hop :-).
And this delicious warm bean dip topped with melty delicious cheese comes from Michaela, our leader! Make it for Cinco de Mayo, game day parties, summer BBQs, and any other gathering!
💜 An Affair From the Heart Blog
Michaela shares tried and true recipes of all kinds that use simple ingredients, nothing crazy you can’t pronounce, that you might happen to have right in your own kitchen. With her large family of 4 kids and 2 dogs, I'm sure this was a necessity. But even with my small household, this is more and more how I cook too.
One of the many things Michaela is known for is her dips. She has a lot of them, and I want to try her Everything Bagel Dip next. If you're looking for entertaining with dips tips, you've got to check out this post.
But now, let's talk a little more about her Texas Trash Dip. As she aptly describes it -
"This is a go-to for me when we have company over, or when I need to take something for a get together."An Affair From the Heart
- Refried beans - I used Rosarita Traditional Refried Beans, but you can spice it up with Rosarita Spicy Jalapeño Refried Beans or Rosarita Zesty Salsa Refried Beans. If you prefer refried black beans, that will work too.
- Cream cheese - full fat and low-fat cream cheese both work great.
- Sour cream - full fat or low fat is fine.
- Taco Seasoning Mix Packet - use your favorite, or make your own.
- Cheeses - this recipe uses a combination of Monterey Jack cheese and a sharp Cheddar cheese. Since I use the traditional refried beans, I use Pepper Jack cheese to kick it up a bit. Pre-grated Mexican Cheese Blend also works great and is super easy.
- Chopped roasted green chiles - this is entirely optional. I buy a small can when I want to add this.
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Hint: If you don't have a microwave oven, at least soften the cream cheese to room temperature before mixing into the refried beans. Or cut the cream cheese into chunks, place on the cream cheese wrapper in an oven-safe dish, and warm it for 20 minutes in a 250˚F oven.
Detailed instructions for making Texas Trash Dip are in the recipe card below, but here's a quick overview!
Microwave the cream cheese. Warm up the cream cheese on high for 1 minute in the microwave oven. This makes it easier to mix the cream cheese into the refried beans, particularly if you don't have a standing mixer.
Make the refried bean base. Preheat the oven to 350˚F. In a mixing bowl, combine the refried beans, cream cheese, sour cream and taco seasoning until they're completely mixed together. Stir in the chopped roasted green chiles, if using, and ⅓ of the cheese. If the cream cheese is warm, you can use a wooden spoon, whisk, hand-held mixer or standing mixer.
Spread into a 9" × 13" baking dish.
Add the cheese topping. Sprinkle the remaining cheese evenly over the top of the refried beans.
Bake. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes until the cheese is lightly browned, and the dip is hot and beginning to bubble on the sides.
🎨 Ideas for Variations
Make it with refried black beans.
Add 1 - 2 small cans of diced, roasted green peppers or ⅓ cup of chopped pickled jalapeño peppers.
For a heartier dip, make the Beyond Beef sauce from this Vegetarian Tamale Pie which was coincidentally inspired by Michaela's Skillet Tamale Pie recipe. Spread the Beyond Beef mixture on top of the refried beans, and then top with the cheeses.
Add black olives, tomatoes and / or avocado pieces on top when served.
🍽 Serving Suggestions
Serve warm with tortilla chips. The cheese will become a little stiffer as it cools, so sturdy tortilla chips are best.
🙋♀️ Texas Trash Dip FAQ
Can I make this in the slow cooker?
Yes. Slow cook on LOW for 3 - 4 hours.
Can I make this ahead and freeze it?
I haven't done it, but it should work. Be sure to completely cool the dip before freezing.
Can I make this dish ahead and refrigerate?
This dip is best served warm, fresh from the oven. But it can be assembled ahead of time, and baked off before serving.
🧀 Love Cheesy Appetizers?
If you love cheesy appetizers, check out these jalapeño mac and cheese bites. They're perfect finger food for a party!
What Did Everyone Else Make??
Now it’s time to see what all of the other participating bloggers made! Seriously, go check them out!
See all of our 2022 Freaky Friday Spring Edition Recipes
Hosted by - An Affair from the Heart
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- Off the Eaten Path - Beer Margarita Recipe
- The Speckled Palate - Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Bourbon and Walnuts
- Sue Bee Homemaker - No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
- Take Two Tapas - Crab Dip
- The Wimpy Vegetarian - Texas Trash Dip Warm Bean Dip
Texas Trash Dip (Warm Cheesy Bean Dip)
- Microwave safe bowl
- 9" X 13" baking dish
- Preheat the oven to 350˚F,
- To soften the cream cheese, I use my microwave. First, cut the cream cheese into large chunks, and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Next, add the sour cream. Microwave cream cheese mixture on HIGH for 1 minute. Stir to combine.
- Add the refried beans and Taco Seasoning, and mix. You may need to use a hand mixer to get it smooth. Stir in the chopped green roasted chiles, if using, and ⅓ of the cheeses.
- Spread the bean mixture in a 9 inch X 13 inch baking dish, and spread the remaining cheese evenly over the beans mixture.
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and golden in color, and the refried beans are bubbling around the edges of the baking dish. (It took me 35 minutes in the mountains at 7100 feet.)
- Serve warm with sturdy tortilla chips.