Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is a big hit at BBQ's and potlucks. It is great since noone often brings a salad like this so you dont have to worry about having a duplicate recipe. Also great for a hot weather family meal. Everyone loves it. For vegetarians you can easily omit the meat and mix in a can of black beans instead.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb browned ground beef
  • 1 head shredded lettuce
  • 1 can drained kidney bean
  • 2 large diced tomatoes
  • 1 can sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 12 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium finely chopped onion
  • 12 bag of crushed tortillas chips or 12 bag plain Doritos
  • 34-1 bottle French dressing or 34-1 bottle Catalina dressing or 34-1 bottle thousand island dressing (I like Catalina the best)


  1. Mix all ingredients together except tortilla chips and chill, mix in chips just before serving.
Most Helpful

Taco salad is always a sure thing. This one is nice because the kidney beans add a little extra "meatiness." This is great for a picnic or gathering. I usually wouldn't choose catalina dressing for taco salad, but I must admit, I liked it. Like most taco salads, it's best eaten the same day it's made. Thanx for sharing!

*Parsley* May 08, 2013

I gave this recipe 4 stars. My family really liked this recipe. My brother makes a taco salad like this. When I made this recipe I used 2 pounds of ground beef. I only used 1/2 head of lettuce. I left out the black olives as my future hubby is the only one who likes them. I used the tortilla chips and the Catalina dressing. I didn't chill the salad before serving and as my ground beef had been cooled down enough that I could mix everything together. The only complaint I have about this salad is the next day the lettuce and tortillas got real soggy. I think the next time I make this salad I'll mix all the salad supplies, but mix in our own bowls the tortillas and the dressing to taste unless I plan on taking this to a gathering as it makes a large amount. Thanks for posting a great recipe! Christine (internetnut)

internetnut February 27, 2010

My son and I liked this salad, but my daughter said it was too sweet. I made it a day ahead (except the chips) and it was a bit watery. I misread the ingredients and thought it said 3/4-1 cup of dressing (not bottle) which is about how much I had left. I made Sweet French Dressing for the rest. It does say "sweet" but I didn't think it was any sweeter than the bottled stuff. I used "original" Doritos (the cheese ones). I think "plain" Doritos are just a brand of tortilla chips and are not available on the east coast of US, AFAIK. I used a head of green leaf lettuce and chopped it rather than shredding.

evewitch June 11, 2009