Baked Triple Cheese and Salsa Tortilla Chip Dip

For a dip lover like me, there was no need for dinner after having my way with this dip.

I can happily make a meal out of dips, and that’s exactly what happened here. I couldn’t resist.

Baked Triple Cheese & Salsa Tortilla Chip Dip - Loaded with 3 kinds of cheese & baked to browned, bubbly, golden perfection! Always a hit at parties & great for Superbowl! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

It’s serious comfort food. It’s like amped up nachos meets Mexican-inspired lasagna, and it’s finger-lickin’ good stuff.

That’s my 6-year old hand model. It’s the first time I’ve ever recruited her for blog work. I paid her in warm, cheesy, gooey dip.

Baked Triple Cheese & Salsa Tortilla Chip Dip - Loaded with 3 kinds of cheese & baked to browned, bubbly, golden perfection! Always a hit at parties & great for Superbowl! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

There are three types of cheese used (shredded cheese, cream cheese, cheddar soup), and with salsa and tortilla chips baked right in, there’s bold flavors and a variety of textures.

It’s an extremely easy dip to make by simply layering 6 ingredients together in a baking dish.

Baked Triple Cheese & Salsa Tortilla Chip Dip - Loaded with 3 kinds of cheese & baked to browned, bubbly, golden perfection! Always a hit at parties & great for Superbowl! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

You can assemble it up to 12 hours in advance, and keep it covered in the fridge until you’re ready to bake, which is what I did, and my step shots were taken at night.

Baked Triple Cheese & Salsa Tortilla Chip Dip - Loaded with 3 kinds of cheese & baked to browned, bubbly, golden perfection! Always a hit at parties & great for Superbowl! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

Begin by adding a flat layer of corn tortilla chips into a pie dish. Allow them to overlap slightly to close up major gaps. This prevents the next layer, the soup, from seeping through.

Add one can of Campbell’s Cheddar Cheese Soup. It’s considered a “cooking” soup rather than “eating” soup. It adds cheesy flavor, and as the dip bakes, the soup turns creamier and gives the dip more pizazz.

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I remember my mom using Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup in casseroles, and in this dip, the Cheddar Cheese Soup is a great pairing with the other cheeses.

Baked Triple Cheese & Salsa Tortilla Chip Dip - Loaded with 3 kinds of cheese & baked to browned, bubbly, golden perfection! Always a hit at parties & great for Superbowl! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

Sprinkle on one packet of fajita seasoning mix. If you can’t find ‘fajita’ mix, most any kind of taco seasoning mix in a packet will work.

Then sprinkle on not quite half of one 8-ounce bag of shredded cheese, before topping with cream cheese.

It’s a little tricky to spread the cream cheese evenly over the cheese without disturbing it, so it’s important your cream cheese be very well softened to room temp, which makes this easier.

Baked Triple Cheese & Salsa Tortilla Chip Dip - Loaded with 3 kinds of cheese & baked to browned, bubbly, golden perfection! Always a hit at parties & great for Superbowl! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

Top with your favorite salsa and the remaining cheese. I used mild salsa because my hand model was partaking, and she’s not a fan of four alarm fires, but use whatever heat level you prefer.

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Baked Triple Cheese & Salsa Tortilla Chip Dip - Loaded with 3 kinds of cheese & baked to browned, bubbly, golden perfection! Always a hit at parties & great for Superbowl! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

Bake until it’s golden, bubbly, and your house smells like a Mexican restaurant.

Serve it with bell pepper wedges, zucchini sticks, pita chips, or just dig into that bag of tortilla chips you opened anyway for the base layer.

Baked Triple Cheese & Salsa Tortilla Chip Dip - Loaded with 3 kinds of cheese & baked to browned, bubbly, golden perfection! Always a hit at parties & great for Superbowl! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

The slightly crunchy texture from the baked-in tortilla chips, along with the gooey browned cheese, reminds me the nachos I used to eat after some late nights out in college. Oh, the memories.

The smooth cream cheese contrasted with the chunky salsa gives the dip richness with contrasting textures.

Baked Triple Cheese & Salsa Tortilla Chip Dip - Loaded with 3 kinds of cheese & baked to browned, bubbly, golden perfection! Always a hit at parties & great for Superbowl! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

It’s a perfect tailgating or party dip. Superbowl anyone? Or make it as a just because it’s Thursday dip that everyone will love.

The leftovers re-heat nicely if you don’t devour it all at once. I served it the next night as a Mexican-themed lasagna.

Baked Triple Cheese & Salsa Tortilla Chip Dip - Loaded with 3 kinds of cheese & baked to browned, bubbly, golden perfection! Always a hit at parties & great for Superbowl! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

Even your pickiest recipe critics won’t be able to say no.

Baked Triple Cheese & Salsa Tortilla Chip Dip - Loaded with 3 kinds of cheese & baked to browned, bubbly, golden perfection! Always a hit at parties & great for Superbowl! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

Baked Triple Cheese & Salsa Tortilla Chip Dip - Loaded with 3 kinds of cheese & baked to browned, bubbly, golden perfection! Always a hit at parties & great for Superbowl! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

Print Recipe

Baked Triple Cheese and Salsa Tortilla Chip Dip

There's three types of cheese used, and with salsa and tortilla chips baked right in, there's bold flavors and nice textures in this easy dip. Simply layer 6 ingredients together and bake. The slightly crunchy texture from the baked-in tortilla chips, along with the gooey browned cheese, reminds me of amped up nachos meets Mexican-inspired lasagna.The smooth cream cheese contrasted with the chunky salsa gives the dip body, richness, and a variety of textures. It's a perfect party dip, great for Superbowl or tailgating, or make it as a just-because dip. You can assemble it up to 12 hours in advance, and keep it covered in the fridge until you're ready to bake.

Yield: one 9-inch pie dish

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 to 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

10 to 15 corn tortilla chips (round or triangle)
one 10.75-ounce can Campbell's Cheddar Cheese Soup
one 1.25-ounce packet fajita seasoning mix (McCormickMrs. Dash, etc.)
one 8-ounce bag shredded cheese, divided (Mexican blend, Pepper Jack blend, etc.)
8 ounces brick-style cream cheese, very well softened to room temp
8 ounces salsa

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Spray a 9-inch pie dish (or similar-sized oven-safe baking dish) with cooking spray.
  2. Place tortilla chips in dish so they cover the majority of the bottom, slightly overlapping. This prevents soup from seeping through.
  3. Add the soup and lightly spread it evenly over the chips with a spatula or knife.
  4. Evenly sprinkle the fajita mix over the top.
  5. Evenly sprinkle not quite half the cheese over the top (I used about 40% of the bag); set aside remainder.
  6. Add the cream cheese in about 1/4 cup blobs and with a spatula or knife, do your best to carefully distribute it evenly over the pan without disturbing the other layers. Some small bald patches are okay because it bakes together. Tip - the softer your cream cheese is, the easier this step is.
  7. Evenly pour the salsa over the top, spreading it lightly with a spatula or knife if necessary.
  8. Evenly sprinkle reserved cheese over the top.
  9. Bake for about 30 to 40 minutes, or until top is golden browned, bubbly, and dip is done to your liking. Allow dip to cool momentarily before serving.
  10. Serving Suggestions - tortilla chips, bread, crackers, bagel chips, pita chips, mini toast crackers, carrot/celery/zucchni/jicama/cucumber sticks, bell pepper wedges, or eat by the spoonful. Dip is best warm and fresh, but extra will keep airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Gently re-heat in micro before serving leftover portion. We ate the leftover portion in squares like lasagna.

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What’s your favorite dip? Fave recipe even your pickiest eaters can’t say no to ?

Recipe links welcome.

 

45 comments

  1. Dude, you know that I’m totally making this when we get home. Cheesy dip goodness is right up our alley, especially on Sunday game day!

  2. You know exactly what I like!! This looks absolutely incredible. My mouth is basically watering just looking at this. Great pics, Averie!!

  3. This looks like my sort of heaven! As for stuff I’ve made, I’m a fan of any sort of pimiento cheese: http://scrumptiousgruel.wordpress.com/2011/06/23/spicy-hot-pimiento-cheese-spread/

  4. I am speaking for the Aussie who love cheese or dip in general; THANK YOU!

    I find cheese shots the hardest but you made yours look as mouthwatering as it will taste.

  5. My husband is a major cheese lover–he could do some damage to this and I’d be happy to help out too!! Love the top cheesy crust and that soft inside. I remember trying several of the related recipes– the chutney is probably my favorite! I bet Skylar enjoyed helping–especially when paid in cheese dip (and you probably enjoyed being able to set up a good shot with both hands)!

    • It was great. Having her here in the middle of the day to help with my shoot, it was like having a (messy) assistant around. Great! :)

      And that’s great you’ve tried so many of the related recipes and yes that chutney is amazing but b/c it’s not cheesy, gooey, drippy, greasy or otherwise ‘tempting’, it hasn’t been super popular and was one of those things I blogged about b/c I actually wanted to make it, did, and it was too good not to!

    • This was a huge hit at the office today–I came home with an empty dish (and then felt bad because Jon didn’t get a taste)! At one point I saw our receptionist take it up to her desk–she just gave me a huge grin and didn’t say a word. It has great flavor but not too much heat and its a little hearty but not too rich–perfect comfort food!!

    • Oh I can see your midwestern coworkers totally digging into this because yes, it’s unabashed comfort food :) It’s not the type of stuff you’re going to eat and then get in your bikini but it sure was good going down, I do remember that! Glad you came home with an empty dish! You can always make that Onion Dip for him! That stuff is so good! Or the newer Corn one I just posted!

  6. Oooh this sounds great Averie!! If I added chicken, this could totally be a meal, LOL!

  7. Ohhhhhh my gracious, I’m done for.

  8. Oh my gosh!! These are epic! Like kicked up nachos!! Love it! :)

  9. Omg cheesy!! Would totally love this right now!

  10. This looks delicious Averie!! All that cheese is make me swoon :)

  11. This looks delicious Averie!! All that cheese is making me swoon :)

  12. Insane dip, Averie! This is just what my holiday spread needs – a little spice! Love it.

  13. I’m a cheese lover, so I would totally make a meal out of this. I would totally come be your hand model if I got paid in dip!!!

  14. Fabulous dip! I love all the cheese!!

  15. This is perfect for the holidays Av.
    I won’t be making it, as cheese is a serious weakness of mine, and I’m doing so good on my weight loss.
    But I had to comment to you saying how 3D-food-porn-ish it is. LOL
    You go girl!
    xoxo

    • I was happy with this shoot too. My shoots in Aruba are very hit and miss. I just got a new table b/c my house is really dark (made to keep sun out to stay cool; a photographer’s nightmare house..LOL) And congrats on your wt loss!

  16. Weight Gain in a bowl again – THANKS :-)

  17. She has such grown up looking hands! Love this dip SO MUCH.

  18. Oh, my. I just may need to serve this on Christmas Day. Who need hummus, anyway? ;)

  19. This dip looks like an instant crowd pleaser!

  20. This looks AMAZING!! We make appetizers for New Years, and I want to give this a try. Thx!

  21. Uh, yes! This looks absolutely delicious. And dip totally counts as a meal, regardless of if it’s a Thursday or if it’s breakfast. ;) And I was thinking the same thing as Dorothy… those hands don’t look like 6-year-old hands! This is definitely getting pinned!

  22. I think cheesy dips are my food soul mates. This look so fabulous, I’d eat that entire thing.

  23. Cheese heaven!! Just what my body craves this time of year. :D

  24. I’m like you. I could fill up on a great dip like this and skip dinner. This looks delicious, Averie! Pinned. Have a great weekend and a lovely holiday!

  25. YUM! This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it.

  26. This is possible the most delicious looking dip ever! And I love cheese. Definitely must try this out sometime! I’m sure my friend (who loves cheese even more than I do) will appreciate this recipe as well!

  27. Omg! I made this for our housewarming party last wknd and it was a total hit!!! People think I can cook!!! And well! Lol
    I went full fat on everything and used the “Hint of Lime” Tostitos soooo good!
    Next time I might try user lower fat products, hopefully it’ll be just as good and I can have it twice as often!

    • Hint of Lime Tostitos would be so perfect here! Great thinking! Glad to hear you made it for a party and ppl think you can cook :) For parties, I always use full fat products b/c well, it’s a party! Thanks for the glowing report!

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