Tarantula Dip

Catie B


I dated a guy who loved to cook. He would tell me what he was making and they never had normal names! It was scary at first, so I started looking at his recipes. Eased my mind. He was a good cook!
This unusually named dip is the only name it has ever had, but why I never did find out!
This is a layered, sassy, hot mexican bean dip, baked to allow all the flavors to melt together. He always made two batches, side by side, one hot, and one mild. I like a choice of toppings to add.
I am for mild myself, but the hot always goes too!
But both are delicious! I hope you enjoy!
Borrowed photo.

★★★★★ 2 votes
20 Min
30 Min


1 lb
ground round, browned and drained (sometimes I add a chopped onion to burger cooking prior to adding mix)
1 pkg
taco seasoning mix
2 can(s)
refried beans (no lard) choice of favorite, pinto, or black
2 jar(s)
(16 oz.) salsa, hot or mild, or one of each
12 oz
cheddar cheese, shredded
As desired
sour cream, olives, green onion, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, jalepenos


1After browning and draining beef, add taco seasoning mix, continue as directed on taco package.

While cooking, preheat oven to 350˚.
2Using two casseroles, adding the same ingredients and amounts to each, into an approximate 1 1/2 qts. layer as the following:
1. About 2 inches of refried beans (about 1/2 can for each layer)
2. 1/2 cup salsa, hot in one dish, 1/2 cup mild in the other. You want a good cover layer over beans.
3. 1 cup shredded cheese evenly layered over salsa.
4. 1/2 of seasoned ground beef, divided between two casseroles, evenly layered over cheese.
5. repeat layer of beans for each dish
6. repeat layer of salsa , one hot, one mild
7. repeat layer of cheese.
8. repeat layer with remaining seasoned ground beef.
9.Top with final layer of cheese, generously covering beef.
3Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, until hot and bubbly.

Serve with corn tortilla chips, or cut wedges of flour tortillas and bake until crispy and golden. Use as dipping chips.
4Can serve with sour cream and jalepenos. Also, can set on side additional add-ins: chopped tomato, shredded lettuce, green onion, olives.

Vegetarian Version: Use any of the ground beef substitutes, that works best. You can use a veggie can of chili, but that is not as good as using Crumbles to make the 'beef" layer.
Gluten Free: There are taco seasoning mixes that do not have gluten in them. Also, you can create a seasoning combo that will mimic the same with a slight thickener. Will post recipe for that soon.

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