Sunday, September 18, 2011

Taco Salad, with Doritos!

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Taco Salad, with Doritos! -- BEST salad ever. Great for potlucks and picnics.

This recipe is another perk to marrying Jake. Since we met his mom has made this quite often for a quick, but delicious, family dinner.
Because this meal is best served cold it is a great make-ahead dish.  I think that is why Gail would make it when we all got together – she wasn’t slaving away in the kitchen and could have fun with everyone! 
Taco Salad, with Doritos! -- BEST salad ever. Great for potlucks and picnics.

Taco Salad with Doritos
1 lbs ground beef
½ onion, chopped (okay to skip onion if you are not a fan)
1 can Bush’s Chili Beans in Medium Sauce
1 bag shredded cheese
3 tomatoes, cut into chunks
1 bag Doritos, crushed into pieces*
Catalina Salad Dressing

1 head lettuce
Sour Cream**
Cook ground beef and onion, drain grease.  Remove from heat and add Chili Beans (with sauce).  Mix well.  Transfer to storage container and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour.  Best served as a cold salad.
2 Options for Serving:
  1. If serving to a group, combine all ingredients in one big bowl and serve.
  2. If serving to a smaller group or for your family, allow everyone to make their own by putting each ingredient out buffet style. 
Jacob and I do buffet style; this allows us to eat for multiple meals and make much better leftovers.

*Tip: Smash up the Doritos in the bag! You know you're going to use the whole bag so this keeps your fingers from getting messy and make it super easy to serve. 
**Update (7-9-13): I added a dollop of sour cream to my salad last time and it was amazing! Probably going to make that addition going forward. 

Enjoy!  Thanks for stopping by!      


  1. I grew up on almost this same recipe! Doritos and Catalina make the dish.

  2. I skip the beans and add Western Dressing instead of Catalina.

  3. This might be a dumb question but what sauce are you referring to when you say beans and medium sauce?

    1. That is not silly at all! :) Here's a link so you can see what the can looks like:

      They have mild, medium, and hot. I like the medium.

      Hope you love the salad!


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