Taco Salad from Cousin Pam

Total Time
4hrs 10mins
Prep 4 hrs
Cook 10 mins

A real crowd pleaser. I make this every year for the hungry mouths at work for Cinco de Mayo and I always take home an empty (big) bowl. Great for potlucks and picnics, too. I included a few hours of refrigeration time for the meat in the prep time.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning mix
  • 1 (16 ounce) bagof chopped basic salad greens (or chop up a head of lettuce if you're feeling ambitious)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can black olives, sliced (size of can depends on how much you like olives)
  • 8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 12 grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 (9 ounce) bagof nacho cheese plain Doritos, crushed up
  • 1 (16 ounce) bottle Catalina dressing

Directions

  1. Brown ground beef in a skillet, drain, then add taco seasoning mix and whatever amount of water the package calls for.
  2. Cook meat per directions on taco seasoning mix package, then refrigerate meat (I usually do this the day before I plan to mix up the salad).
  3. Put lettuce in a great big bowl, then add the beef, beans, olives and cheese and mix/toss really well.
  4. Just before you plan to serve this, add the tomato chunks and crushed up Doritos and mix them in.
  5. Pour in the bottle of dressing, mix everything one more time, and serve.

Reviews

(4)
Most Helpful

Made this for supper. We weren't to hungry so this recipe hit the spot. This has been a family favorite for a long time. My mother-in-law taught me to make. Served it with fresh fruit and garlic bread.

Audrey M August 05, 2003

EXCELLENT AND EASY RECIPE. I made this for a church dinner and it was one of the first dishes that had the bowl cleaned out before everyone got a plate. I had several people request the recipe as they had never eaten a taco salad with catalina dressing. Also, the grape tomatoes add a little more sweetness to the salad. THANKS REE'...this one is a keeper!

Sherrybeth August 06, 2007

ReeLani,Thank you for this taco salad recipe,we enjoyed it very much.I thought the catalina dressing made it just a tiny bit too sweet,but my husband liked it as is,it really was good too. Thanks,Darlene

Darlene Summers May 23, 2006

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