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A delicious Doritos Taco Salad that makes a great meal idea any time of year. This easy salad recipe is made with ground beef, spices, vegetables, and of course, Doritos, for a tasty lunch or dinner. 

Made with a tasty glaze, this Doritos Taco Salad recipe comes together in just about 30 minutes

Doritos Taco Salad

Why This Recipe

If your family loves ground beef tacos, try this taco salad recipe for a cool lunch or dinner idea. The result is a cool and refreshing twist on the traditional beef tacos and is full of flavor.

This salad is also perfect for picnics and potlucks as it is very colorful and versatile. Fresh produce makes this a gorgeous crisp salad idea. 

Plus it is topped with cheese and tortilla chips so it is a nice balance of textures. 

Doritos Taco Salad Recipe

Doritos Taco Salad is a great summer meal idea as it combines the flavors or ground beef and vegetables with the flavor of tacos in a salad form. This makes it a perfect summer meal idea and it is quite easy to make. 

What is nice is that you can change up this recipe from time to time too by changing up the salad with ingredients your family loves.


Doritos Taco Salad Recipe Easy

Ingredients For Doritos Taco Salad

Taco Salad Ingredients

Ground Beef  – I like to a 90% lean ground beef, but you can use one with a little more fat too. 

Taco Seasoning– You can use a taco seasoning packet from the grocery store or use Homemade Taco Seasoning

Beans – I like to use dark red kidney beans for this recipe

Lettuce – Romaine lettuce is the perfect lettuce for this salad

Cheese – Cheddar is what I typically use, but you can use a Monterey Jack or a Mexican blend

Tomatoes – Any fresh tomato variety works for this salad.

Onions – Purple onions make this flavorful and colorful.

How to Make Doritos Taco Salad

  1. Brown the ground beef in a skillet
  2. Add taco seasoning and water.
  3. Drain the meat.
  4. Prepare the lettuce and other ingredients.

How to Make Doritos Taco Salad 

Now you are ready to build your salads or place the ingredients in bowls to make a taco salad bar.

Taco Salad Bar


Timesaving Tips to make this perfect every time

  • Make sure to toss immediately before serving. You can add condiments such as pepper chilis and hot sauce if you like.
  • You can make this with Thousand Island dressing to change it up – both result in a tasty salad!
  • Be sure to serve chips on the side if you think you will have leftovers as the chips will get soggy if mixed with the salad over a long period of time.
  • For best results prepare salad just prior to serving, this salad does not keep well in the refrigerator once ingredients are combined.


What Should I Serve With Taco Salad?

I like to serve my taco salad with a slice of Cornbread or a bowl of soup.

Should the Doritos Taco Salad Be Served Warm or Cold?

I personally like the meat to be warm on this salad, but you can certainly serve it cold too! People love it both ways. 

Can I Make Taco Salad To Go?

Yes, you absolutely can make this recipe and take it on a picnic. I recommend preparing the ingredients ahead of time and serving the ingredients in mason jars or bowls so that guest can build their own salad

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Doritos Taco Salad

A delicious Doritos Taco Salad recipe that makes a great meal idea any time of year. This easy salad recipe is made with ground beef, spices and vegetables and of course, Doritos, for a tasty lunch or dinner. 
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword dorito, picnic salad, salad, taco
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 161kcal


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons or 1 packet taco seasoning
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 15 oz can black or pinto, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large heart romaine lettuce
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes or 2 medium size tomatoes
  • 1 bag Doritos Chips
  • 1 bottle Catalina Dressing
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Optional additional ingredients

  • Green onions sliced
  • 1-2 Avocado
  • 1 can black olives drained and sliced
  • 1 small red onion sliced
  • 1 can Fiesta Corn drained well
  • Lime wedges
  • Salsa
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream
  • Cilantro


  • Instructions
  • Cook ground beef in a skillet over medium heat until no pink remains, drain
  • Return to skillet and add water and taco seasoning
  • Stir and heat through
  • Clean and cut lettuce and tomatoes
  • Add to a large bowl
  • Add can of drained beans
  • Stir gently to combine
  • Serve with chips and any additional serving ingredients you like
  • Store in refrigerator in an airtight container


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 387mg | Potassium: 196mg | Sugar: 7g | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

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Thursday 15th of July 2021

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Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Thursday 15th of July 2021

Perfect timing for you to share this recipe. I was just thinking about what to fix for dinner tonight and I have all the ingredients for this great summer meal. This will also be a feature pick this week. Can't wait to try it out tonight. #HomeMattersParty


Sunday 18th of July 2021

Thank you SO MUCH Donna!

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Tuesday 29th of June 2021

This is honestly my ideal day. They used to serve taco salad in our school cafeteria and people would count down the days to it! Like making marker notches on the classroom walls. I still remember obsessing for it!