This Taco Beer Cheese Dip is a super delicious and easy appetizer to make for a crowd! It's super creamy, indulgent, and everything you want in a queso-style dip. The dip is filled with Mexican cheeses, cheddar, Mexican spiced ground beef, and a touch of light beer. It's topped with colorful veggies and cilantro for crunch and freshness. All you need to enjoy it: a bowl of tortilla chips and a margarita!
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef and break it up into small pieces with your spatula. Once it starts to brown, add the chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine and cook until fully browned, about 5-7 minutes. Remove beef from the pan into a bowl and set aside.
Using the same skillet, add the heavy cream and beer. Lower heat slightly and bring to a simmer. Simmer gently for 3-4 minutes to let the mixture heat through and the alcohol cook off. Lower heat to medium-low.
Add both cheeses to a large bowl. Toss with the cornstarch. Add a handful of cheese at a time to the cream/beer mixture, stirring to incorporate until smooth after each addition. Once all cheese is added and mixture is smooth and creamy, add the beef and stir to combine. Season to taste with additional salt if desired.
Let cool for a minute or two, then top with chopped cilantro, red onion, radishes, and cherry tomatoes. Serve immediately with tortilla chips!
*I used a lager here, but you can use whatever beer you love! I'd recommend using something light, and nothing with a crazy flavor or intense bitterness or hoppiness. Something like a lager or an amber beer works best.