Taco Salad

filed under: Food + Drink on July 9, 2019

This Taco Salad will be the perfect addition to taco night!  It is loaded with seasoned ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, corn, cheese, red peppers, and nacho cheese Doritos for the finishing touch.  If you are looking for more amazing salads, make sure to try my buffalo chicken salad and my cheeseburger salad!

Taco Salad

Taco Salad

When it comes to taco salad, this recipe is a keeper.  My grandma used to make this when I was little, so I have carried the tradition on to my kids.   They love it so much they ask for it all of the time! The beautiful thing is, I can put in any variety of taco ingredients and no one seems to notice.  It comes out perfect every single time.

One thing that my grandma did was add Dorito’s to hers. She would put the chips and cheese in the microwave and then add the other ingredients on top. We adored her simple adaptation and looked forward to Dorito taco salad night every time we would visit her for the summer! It is so easy to pull together and it is a great way to use up all of the veggies in the fridge before they go bad!

Taco Salad Fixings

Taco Salad Recipe

To make this salad you will need some basic taco fixings, plus a few more that you might not think of:

  • Ground Beef – I typically go with meat that has a higher fat content (80/20) this will soak up the taco seasoning.  If you use leaner meat you can add water to get the same effect.  You will want some sort of liquid in the mid though.
  • Taco Seasoning – you can go with store-bought or make your own.  This recipe for taco seasoning will last 3-6 months!
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Roma Tomatoes
  • Red Pepper
  • Yellow Onion
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Corn Kernels
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream
  • Nacho Cheese Doritos

As  I am sure you already know, taco toppings options are endless.  While I put the basics on my taco salad, there are plenty of ideas for how you can spice things up.  Other toppings that I have used in the past are:

  • Black Olives
  • Black Beans
  • Pickled Jalapenos
  • Refried Beans
  • Green Pepper
  • Scallions
  • Cilantro
  • Green Chilis
  • Taco Sauce
  • French Dressing (this is how my husband’s family ate it growing up! No sour cream and salsa, just add French (Catalina) dressing at the end.)

Dorito Taco Salad

Dorito Taco Salad

I know I already mentioned it, but it’s worth repeating. This is the one time I buy Doritos in my house… for this salad. I always use nacho cheese but you could substitute any number of flavors.  I have used Cool Ranch and Flaming Hot and both came out spectacular!  If you don’t have Doritos, you can make this with regular taco shells or plain tortilla chips too.

Dorito Taco Salad Recipe

How to Pull This Salad Together

The hardest part about making this Dorito Taco Salad is selecting and chopping the veggies.  Here are some tips for getting the most out of your taco fixings!

  • Romaine Lettuce – Look for bright green colors, no browning or yellowing on the outside.
  • Jalapeno Peppers – Look for smooth flesh, no wrinkle or white marks.
  • Roma Tomatoes – Fresh Roma tomatoes should be bright red in color and firm to the touch.
  • Red Pepper – Red peppers are best when they are thick-walled and juicy, so they should feel heavy for their size. Avoid peppers with soft or sunken areas, slashes, or black spots
  • Yellow Onion – Choose firm dry onions with shiny, tissue-thin skins. The top and bottom should be tight and dry. If they look too dry or discolored or have soft, wet spots, they aren’t fresh.

Once you have the best veggies, you can move on to mixing the salad.  Start out with a large, heavy-bottom frying pan or skillet and brown the ground beef until no pink remains.  Add in the taco seasoning and let it simmer.  Add a few tablespoons of water if the mixture seems too dry.  While the meat is cooking, chop up your veggies.

Add everything into a large bowl and toss!  Your taco salad is ready to serve!

Looking for More Salad Recipes?

All summer long I crave salads.  These are some of my go-to favorite salad recipes!

Summer Chicken Salad

Cheeseburger Salad

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Crispy Jalapeno Chicken Salad

5 from 5 votes
Taco Salad
Taco Salad
Prep Time
20 mins

This Taco Salad will be the perfect addition to taco night!  It is loaded with seasoned ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, corn, cheese, red peppers and nacho cheese Doritos for the finishing touch.

Course: dinner, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dorito taco salad, taco salad
Calories: 574 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke
Taco Meat
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 4 tablespoons taco seasoning
Taco Salad
  • 3 heads romaine lettuce, diced
  • 2 medium jalapeño peppers, diced
  • 2 medium roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small red pepper, diced
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 bag (9.75 ounces) Doritos, slightly crushed
Taco Meat
  1. In a large skillet, cook ground beef until no longer pink.

  2. Add taco seasoning, and stir to combine.

Taco Salad
  1. In a large bowl combine lettuce, jalapeño pepper, red pepper, tomato, corn, onion, cheese, taco meat, sour cream, cheese, and Doritos. Toss to combine.

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  • Susan Pretorius says:

    Hi Amanda

    I absolutely love your recepies. My hobby is collecting recepies and trying them to see what works for me and what does not.

    Thank you

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Thank you, Susan! Hope you find some favorites!


    Ihave made this a lot of time. It great during summer its light and tasty

  • Lafleur Florence says:

    Thank you Amanda for all your recepies. I try some of them but it’s amazing to see all the ingredients you have in USA.
    But I try to use some equals ingredients and…
    Thank you I keep on following you on Facebook and on Instagram
    Have a nice day
    Florence (I’m from Paris-France)

  • Keelye says:

    Add Catalina dressing for an amazing new taste.

  • zee says:

    I love your recipes but I can never ‘cut and paste’ them the way I do all my other recipes. Why do you make it so hard to do this?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      I’m not sure what you are referring to. You can also use the PRINT button.

  • Mary Jackson says:

    Looks awesome. I haven’t made that in years. Thank you

  • Ethel Jones says:

    I love it,gonna try it

  • Virginia Burrell says:

    Love your recipes!

  • Mary M says:

    Silly question – is the taco meat warm right off the stove into the salad mix?

  • Julia says:

    A childhood favorite! Our local Broadway department store served this in their cafe. My mother added kidney beans and used Thousand Island dressing instead of sour cream and salsa, which would have been too avant-garde for Orange County in the ‘60s!!

  • Julie Meyer says:

    I see you have the calories listed for the serving but it does not show a serving size or how many it serves so that I can get an idea of what a portion would be

  • Verna says:

    I make a similar recipe but replace the lettuce with cooked macaroni!

  • Robin L Gillani says:

    I add salsa to catalina salad dressing. Gives it a little snap.

  • Grace Gilbreath says:

    I am an old Lady…I have been cooking for over 60 years, and have owned 2 restaurants. I want to tell you I really like your recipes. You are my very favorite site to visit for a new recipe!

  • roel buot says:

    she made it pretty well that suits our taste and the ingredients were an easy reach.

  • Anita Davis says:

    This looks yummy, we love taco salad. One comment mentioned using French dressing, we used ranch style beans with Catalina dressing, pretty fab.

  • Sonja Haverinen says:

    Love love love this salad. I have made it twice already and my husband likes it also.