Taco Salad

"There are a number of recipes and variations when it comes to Taco Salad, this one has been our go-to for over twenty-five years. A great side and always a big hit at gatherings and potlucks also makes for a great salad meal. If you don’t happen to have the mild taco sauce on hand you may substitute by adding a package of taco seasoning mix to taste when browning the ground beef."

Original recipe yields 9 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (301.5 g)
  • Calories 522.1
  • Total Fat - 21.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 6.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 66.3 mg
  • Sodium - 544.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 49.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 17.9 g
  • Sugars - 5.9 g
  • Protein - 34.3 g
  • Calcium - 260.7 mg
  • Iron - 7.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 11.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step 1

In skillet over medium heat brown meat with onions, for those wishing a more pronounced Taco flaour add 1-1 1/2 tablespoons dry Taco mix, drain excess fat and cool in medium bowl and refrigerate until ready to assemble

Step 2

In large bowl (a clear glass bowl makes for great eye appeal) tear lettuce into bite size pieces, to the lettuce add diced advocado, drained kidney beans and the grated cheese, mix well, at this point if I am not sure how many I will be serving I half the recipe into two serving bowls as if not used the chips become soggy, each bowl getting half the dresing

Step 3

Just before serving in small bowl mix Kraft Catalina dressing, Hellmans Mayonnaise and Taco sauce and add to meat mix

Step 4

Add the meat mix and dressing to salad bowl, mix lightly and top with crushed taco chips, some of my family prefer to have the crushed taco chips mixed into the salad

Step 5

One can add a bowl of Taco Chip on the side when serving

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



We have always used the same recipe when making taco salad so had to give this one a try. Liked the addition of the beans and the dressing was very good. Did not add the avocado, used romaine lettuce and mexican blend shredded cheese. Also followed the chef's suggestions and used Doritos and about 1 cup of Hellmanns mayo. Will be making this taco salad again and maybe add a can of mild green chilies. Made and reviewed for the Billboard recipe tag game.

review by:
(7 Sep 2019)

dienia b

This was awesome I liked the different dressing

review by:
(3 Jun 2019)


Fantastic! So yummy and I love how easy it was to put together. I bought some avocados especially for this salad and I was waiting for them to ripen, but my husband was begging me to make it, so didn't get to use them in the salad. But next time, and there will be a next time, avocados are going in there. In addition to regular lettuce, I also added some baby spinach and some black beans. LOVE the dressing and everything about this salad. So good. Thank you Gerry for sharing. Made it for Billboard tag.

review by:
(20 Nov 2017)