Aunt Barb Dip

Football season is once again upon us, and brings with it the fun, excitement, and heartbreak tailgate parties that we look forward to all summer long!

So, are you looking for that perfect dish to bring to your next bash? Then look no further, for I present to you: Aunt Barb Dip!

Listen. I’m not terribly picky when it comes to what I eat. Ok, so that’s a lie…but as a general rule, I like food that’s simple and tasty. Simple to make; tasty to eat…otherwise, what’s the point? This recipe meets both of those criteria, and it’s guaranteed* to be a crowd pleaser.

*Not a real guarantee.

The Goods

To make Aunt Barb Dip (ABD for short), you only need these four ingredients. FOUR!

  1. One block of Velveeta “Cheese”
  2. One Large Green Pepper (or two small)
  3. One (8 oz.) Jar of Taco Sauce
  4. One Pound Ground Beef


Oh, it also helps to have a slow cooker. I suppose that you could do this over the stove? But I’ve never personally tried it…the crock pot is the way to go.

The Works

  • Step One: Core, de-seed, and chop your green pepper.

  • Step Two: Cube your block of Velveeta

  • Step Three: Brown yo’ Beef.

  • Step Four: Transfer all above ingredients in your slow cooker, including the taco sauce. Mix until combined.

  • Step Five: Sit back and let the magic happen! This should take about 20-30 minutes with your crock pot on high. You might want to stir occasionally to prevent any burning.

Now, take it to your next tailgate party and watch you bowl of melty, cheesy, meaty goodness disappear!


  • Feel free to do any of steps one through three in any order you wish…the bottom line is that they all need to end up mingling together in the crock pot…and yo’ beef needs to be browned before they do.
  • The real Aunt Barb uses Velveeta “Mexican Mild”, but we prefer the original style. And yes, I really do have an Aunt Barb…credit for this dish goes to her!

(That’s her, first row…tongue out. Aaaand this picture may or may not be just an excuse to post another picture of my crazy fam 😉)

  • You can use ground turkey for a bit healthier option…but you’ve already got the Velveeta in there, which isn’t the best thing in the world for you anyway. Just saying.
  • Taco Sauce is NOT the same as salsa. Be careful when you purchase.
  • Speaking of taco sauce: you can buy any level of hotness you’d like…but we prefer medium if you’re curious!

Make sure to report back if you try it…I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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About Tom Hardinge

Loving husband to my wife Missy, loving father to my four daughters Sienna, Rowan, Jovie, and Lola. I'm a chronic over-packer who loves good coffee, good music, running, waffle tee's, fleece pants, and Jesus Christ!

5 thoughts on “Aunt Barb Dip

  1. I still prefer the Mexican Velvetta, and don’t forget the corn tortilla chips to do the dippin! So glad you like this dip…my good friend Linda Romberger gave it to me MANY years ago when Michelle came home from Linda’s daycare and told me I HAD to get the recipe. So I did and it became a family staple!
    Love to all out there in Iowa!
    Aunt Barb

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