Whatcha Makin' Now?: Taco Salad, with Doritos!


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Taco Salad, with Doritos!

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UPDATE: I've updated the pictures in this post, but it's the same amazing recipe. 

Taco Salad, with Doritos! --- One of the most popular pins on Pinterest!

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.

Jacob and I make this taco salad at least monthly. Curiosity led me to add sour cream as a topping and I will never look back. It's amazing. 

Taco Salad, with Doritos! --- One of the most popular pins on Pinterest!

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 (use as much or as little as you like) 

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 topping to the salad.
2 Options for Serving:

  1. If serving to a group, combine all listed ingredients in one big bowl and serve.
  2. If serving to a smaller group or for your family, allow everyone to make their own salad 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 before opening. 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.

Source: My mother-in-law, Gail 

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