Taco Salad

filed under: Food + Drink on July 9, 2019
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  • 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 2 votes
    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.

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