Snoop Dogg $546k Tax Lien Dropped ... Like It's Hot

5/12/2013 6:30 AM PDT

Snoop Dogg
could have bought (and munched on) 153,000 Big Macs ... 289,000 Chalupas ... or 500,000 bags of Cheetos ... but instead he chose to pay off his tax bill, all $546,000 of it!!!

TMZ broke the story ... the IRS slapped Snoop (now Lion) -- real name Calvin Broadus -- with a massive tax lien​ back in February, claiming he still owed back taxes for the years 2009 and 2011.

Not one to leave Uncle Sam hanging ... Snoop recently paid his debt in full -- $546,270.29 to be exact -- and the lien was released late last month.

Now he can get back to doing what he does best.