Doritos Taco Salad

Doritos Taco Salad Recipe – a classic recipe from our childhood. Taco meat, kidney beans, tomatoes, lettuce, Catalina dressing, cheese, and Doritos. Such a quick & delicious Mexican recipe. Kids and adults gobble this up I mean, who wouldn’t want to eat Doritos for dinner?!

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Easy Weeknight Mexican Recipe

I got this recipe is from my Mom. She used to make it all the time when I was growing up. I ate it without the lettuce, as I was not a fan. However, I was a big fan of Doritos! I still am. They are my kryptonite. I can’t buy them because I will get the entire bag in a day.

How to Make Doritos Taco Salad

This Doritos Taco Salad is so simple and only takes a few minutes to toss together. The only real cooking involved is browning the taco meat. Everything else is just dumped in a bowl and tossed together. We both loved this! How could we not? Taco meat, kidney beans, cheese, lettuce, Catalina dressing, and Doritos – what’s not to love?!?!

  • You can substitute ground turkey for the ground beef.
  • This is a great base recipe. Add all of your favorite taco toppings to the salad. Olives, onions, bell peppers are all good in this dish.
  • If you don’t like Catalina dressing, you can substitute French dressing.
  • I used Nacho Cheese Doritos. Feel free to use your favorite flavor. This is really good with Cool Ranch or Taco Doritos.
bowl of doritos taco salad

What to Serve with Doritos Taco Salad

You don’t need a lot of side dishes to go with this salad. It is a full meal in a bowl! We usually serve this with some salsa, jalapeño ranch dip, or queso and chips. Sometimes we whip up a batch of cornbread to go with this too. YUM!

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Doritos Taco Salad Recipe

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Doritos Taco Salad Recipe – taco meat, kidney beans, tomatoes, lettuce, Catalina dressing, cheese and Doritos. Quick Mexican recipe. Kid-friendly – who wouldn’t want to eat Doritos for dinner?!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean hamburger meat
  • 1 (1-oz) packet taco seasoning
  • cup water
  • 1 (15-oz) can kidney beans, drained
  • 4 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 head lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • 1 cup Catalina or French dressing
  • 1 bag Doritos, crushed

Instructions:

  • In a large skillet cook hamburger meat until no longer pink. Drain fat. Stir in taco seasoning and water. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • In a large bowl, layer lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and kidney beans. Top with taco meat. Toss with dressing. Add crushed Doritos and toss thoroughly. Serve immediately.

Notes:

  • You can substitute ground turkey for the ground beef.
  • This is a great base recipe. Add all of your favorite taco toppings to the salad. Olives, onions, bell peppers are all good in this dish.
  • If you don’t like Catalina dressing, you can substitute French dressing.
  • I used Nacho Cheese Doritos. Feel free to use your favorite flavor. This is really good with Cool Ranch or Taco Doritos.

Steph

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Comments

  1. What brand of Catalina or French dressing do you prefer? So many out there here that to me makes or breaks the salad.

  2. I made this the other day with left over chili with tomatoes and corn. used avocado ranch dressing and french

  3. I love this salad, but I have never tried it with the beans. I will have to try that. I love it with Catalina Dressing. My Daughter uses Salsa, and Sour Cream.

  4. Did you ever try the same recipe, only replacing the Catalina dressing with Thousand Island and not using beans? To die for!! I alternate between the two recipes.

  5. Wow, thank you for this blast from my past. I will be making this for my husband soon!

    Kate5405, that's probably where my mom got the recipe too! I grew up with it and always loved it.

  6. I first saw this salad at a Tupperware party in1968 to advertise their large Fix and Mix bowl. I have been making it ever since. And I still have the bowl.

  7. I also had this salad years ago, and loved it! I am going to make this for a ladies luncheon very soon, but I will also add chopped tomato, green onions and cilantro. Yummy! Thanks for reminding me about this excellent recipe of years gone bye.

  8. Hello, Stephanie! This looks delicious! Do you have any idea of how many calories this has ? I must tell you that it has taken me 30 minutes to type this. It's so slow, and I ended up having to type one letter by letter So I will make this short. Thank you so much, love this site!!

  9. My mom used to make this, almost exactly except with tortillas chips and red onions! I love this taco salad and it looks even better with Doritos!

      1. Had this a lot when growing up I make it exactly like the recipe but usually never measure ingredients…love It!Great in the summer

  10. We had this when I was growing up, too! It's been a long time since I made it though. I will have to put it on my menu.

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