Blast from the Past Taco Salad

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is the original taco salad I prepared when it first became popular -- long before packaged taco seasoning mix. I still think it tastes the best! It's very family friendly (if you like it with a bit more kick, just add some diced jalapenos or hot sauce, or use jalapeno jack cheese).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown ground beef slightly, add chili powder, cumin, garlic and oregano. Continue browning until garlic is soft. Drain any grease; add drained beans; set aside and keep warm.
  2. In large bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, cheese, lettuce, avocados and Fritos.
  3. Add ground beef mixture to the bowl and toss.
  4. Pour your favorite dressing over the salad, or let everyone choose their own.
  5. Serve while still warm.


Most Helpful

We loved this! Great flavor and super easy to put together. Some like ranch dressing or even catalina, but I prefer salsa and a small dollop of sour cream. Ranch style is a brand of beans available in Texas and surrounding states which contains tomato sauce and seasonings. If Ranch style beans are not available where you live, try a can of chili beans. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Made for PAC Spring 2009.

LonghornMama March 29, 2009

Perfect taste, looks, and easy! Another plus is that I always have these ingredients on hand (except for the corn chips which was a real treat for us). Thanks GypsyAnn for sharing a wonderful recipe. Made for Spring PAC '08.

WiGal April 15, 2008

I think most of us have a special Taco Salad recipe that we rely on - we enjoy the variety that one gets by trying a new recipe. We all enjoyed this Taco Salad! Just enough different to make for a new to us salad. Made as posted with Recipe#180605 on the table for those who wished a bit more kick. Next time around I am so going to have jalapeno jack cheese on hand! Thank you Legal Lady for for your 'Blast From The Past'

Gerry August 04, 2007

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