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Dorito Taco Salad

Taco Tuesday just got a little more delicious with this kid approved Dorito Taco Salad recipe. Perfect for potlucks too!

Taco salad in white dinner bowls topped with doritos.

Where are my Doritos lovers? This easy taco salad recipe is for you.

I know I can’t be the only one who secretly (or, now not so secretly) loves those tortilla chips covered in cheesy spicy powder. A health food they are not but sometimes you just gotta indulge, am I right?

AND if I can get my Dorito fix while also eating my greens and protein, sign me up!

A while back, I was tossing together a salad for lunch. We had some leftover ground beef to use up and I figured I’d put it in a bowl with some lettuce, tomato, onions, cheese and tortilla chips.

Except we were out of my favorite regular corn tortilla chips! All we had was a bag of Doritos. And thus began a new tradition of making Dorito Taco Salads for lunch!

I’ve made Dorito Taco Salad on many occasions since then. My kids love it and it’s the ultimate easy meal I can throw together at a moment’s notice (especially if we already have cooked beef on hand).

Even if you’re browing the beef fresh for this recipe, it still only takes a few minutes!

This is a salad that doubles as a comfort food which means it’s a meal that makes everyone happy. You can change it up with different flavors of doritos, different kinds of dressings or even adding different vegetables to the mix.

With so many ways of customizing your taco salad to your family’s taste preferences, you almost can’t afford to NOT have this recipe in your mealtime tool box.

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3 bowls of dorito taco salad with crushed doritos on side.

Taco Salad Dressing

Any salad dressing you like on a taco salad will work well here!

Our family’s favorite is Catalina dressing but I’ve also made this with French dressing.

My friends who like ranch dressing have told me it’s delicious on this taco salad, too, although I haven’t personally tried it.

The Mexican seasoned ground beef brings so much flavor to the salad that you really only need a light coat of dressing to finish it!

What kind of Doritos to use in taco salad

I recommend the taco flavor Doritos for this taco salad recipe!

We’ve enjoyed it with the regular Nacho flavor chips as well. I can’t speak to the other flavors, like Sweet Chili or Cool Ranch, but if you try them in this recipe, let me know how it turns out!

No Doritos? Tortilla chips or Fritos work in a pinch. You could even use the santa fe tortilla strips that go on salads!

Step by step photos on how to make Dorito Taco Salad.

What you’ll need

{Ingredients at a glance; scroll down for the amounts I use!]

  • Ground beef (lean)
  • Taco seasoning
  • Iceburg lettuce, chopped
  • Roma tomatoes, diced
  • Black olives, sliced
  • Green onions, chopped
  • Pinto beans (or black beans)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Catalina or French salad dressing
  • Dorito chips

Four Easy Steps

STEP 1. Brown the ground beef on the stove top and drain off excess fat. Stir in the taco seasoning mix.

STEP 2. Toss the ground beef with the lettuce, olives, onions, beans, tomatoes and cheese in a large bowl.

STEP 3. Toss salad with enough dressing to coat.

STEP 4. Add the Doritos right before serving!

Leftover Ground Beef

Like I mentioned before, I’ll often use leftover beef from tacos or nacho night for this recipe! I like the beef warmed up before adding it to the salad but cold beef works in a pinch, too.

Don’t have beef or prefer not to use it? You can also substitute ground turkey in this recipe!

Keep it meatless and skip the beef all together!

Salad with all the taco fixings, including Doritos served in white dinner bowls.

Tips for Taco Salad

  • Wait to add the dressing and doritos until you’re about to serve the salad. That way the chips stay crunchy and the veggies don’t get soggy.
  • If you’re packing this taco salad for a portable lunch, keep the dressing in a separate container or zip log bag. Then add it to the tupperware container of salad ingredients and shake to combine when you’re re ready to eat.
  • Does everyone in your family have different tastes? Put all the ingredients out on the counter for a “Taco Salad Bar” and let everyone assemble their own bowl!
  • Need a little more heat? Serve this salad with a side of salsa or hot sauce for sprinkling on top, or sliced jalapenos! You can also add a little extra chili powder or cayenne pepper to the beef along with the taco seasoning if you like.
  • GARNISH. Feel free to top with sour cream, guacamole, and sliced black olives if desired!

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Yield: 10 servings

Dorito Taco Salad

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Taco Tuesday just got a little more delicious with this kid approved Dorito Taco Salad recipe. Perfect for potlucks too!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 head of iceburg lettuce, chopped
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ cup sliced black olives
  • ¼ cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 can (15 oz) pinto beans (or black beans), drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Catalina or French Dressing
  • 2 cups Doritos (we like taco flavored, but nacho works too)

Instructions

    1. Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium high heat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Once no pink remains, drain off excess fat.
    2. Add the packet of taco seasoning to the beef and stir until fully coated. Set aside.
    3. In a large serving bowl, combine the chopped lettuce, tomatoes, olives, green onions, beans, cheese, and ground beef.
    4. When ready to serve, toss salad with dressing (just enough to coat), and add the Doritos. ENJOY.

Notes

  • Wait to add the dressing and doritos until you're about to serve the salad. That way the chips stay crunchy and the veggies don't get soggy.
  • If you're packing this taco salad for a portable lunch, keep the dressing in a separate container or zip log bag. Then add it to the tupperware container of salad ingredients and shake to combine when you're re ready to eat.
  • Does everyone in your family have different tastes? Put all the ingredients out on the counter for a "Taco Salad Bar" and let everyone assemble their own bowl!
  • Need a little more heat? Serve this salad with a side of salsa or hot sauce for sprinkling on top, or sliced jalapenos! You can also add a little extra chili powder or cayenne pepper to the beef along with the taco seasoning if you like.
  • GARNISH. Feel free to top with sour cream, guacamole, and sliced black olives if desired!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 540Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 795mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 4gSugar: 9gProtein: 21g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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With cool fresh veggies, Mexican spices and crunchy cheesy chips in every bite, this Dorito Taco Salad gets rave reviews from everyone who tries it. Best of all, it comes together in no time at all and uses ingredients you already have in your fridge!

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Posted on May 23, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. We made this for dinner tonight. It was amazing! Added ingredients we liked, black beans and corn, and left out things that are not favorites, like black olives.
    This is a great summertime dinner as well! Very very good!

  2. My daughter an grand children will love this an I can get red of some hamburger at the same time thank you

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