Easy Ground Beef and Bean Dip

This easy ground beef and bean dip is one of those recipes you can fall back on because it's so simple. Just 5 ingredients, pile on a plate, pop it in the oven, and done.
Course Appetizer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Taryn Solie



  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup quartered olives
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese


Items Needed:

  • Two large dinner plates
  • One spoon
  • A medium-sized pan
  • A wooden spoon or spatula
  • Paper towels
  • A measuring cup


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place a medium-sized pan on the stove, turning the heat to medium. 
  • Place the ground beef in the pan, separating into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Season with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder and cook until no longer pink.
  • While the ground beef is cooking, take a spoon and one large dinner plate and spread the refried beans evenly onto the plate.
  • Once the ground beef is cooked, drain off the excess. Place paper towels on the second large plate and place the cooked beef on the plate to get rid of any of the remaining grease.
  • Once ground beef is drained, measure out roughly one cup and place it evenly on top of the layer of refried beans. This should be roughly equivalent to the half pound that was cooked.
  • Next place the quartered olives evenly over the ground beef, followed by the diced tomato.
  • Sprinkle the shredded cheese evenly over the plate and place in the oven for 15 minutes.  
  • Remove once the cheese is melted and slightly browning along the edges of the plate.


- This dish is very versatile. If you want more or less of an ingredient, go for it. 
- This recipe works best with pre-shredded cheese. If you grate it from a block of cheese, the dish tends to end up oily. 
- Often I will have more ingredients than the recipe calls for, such as cooking a whole pound of ground beef and just using a cup for this recipe. I will either save the rest to make this recipe again or use it in a salad or on nachos another night.