Friday, April 10, 2009

Taco Salad

Sorry for the delay... I have a backlog of old posts that I haven't gotten up yet, so please bear with me!

Please do not judge this dish by its appearance. . . especially my 9 p.m. photograph of it! This taco salad is a favorite of anyone who tries it. With the crushed Doritos mixed through, it tends to be pretty kid friendly as well. I first got this recipe from my sister, but I can't remember for the life of me who she got it from. It sounds simple, but the flavor combinations are wonderful and perfect for the warmer weather. Please be warned that this recipe makes a nice amount of salad! I like it as leftovers just as much but my husband won't touch it past the first night. With the dressing mixed through it, leftovers have much more of a wilted salad consistency (which I like-- but I know a lot of people do not). To dress it up a bit, I bought a package of taco salad shells to bake right before serving. It was definitely a fun way to present it, but not totally necessary if you are looking to make a less expensive meal.

Taco Salad
1 to 1.5 heads of lettuce (depending on the size)
1 large onion, chopped
1-2 cucumbers, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
1 small can sliced black olives
2 large tomatoes
1.5 pounds ground chuck
1 bottle of your favorite Italian salad dressing
1 bag Doritos

Brown the ground chuck, breaking it up as you do. Drain well. Break apart the lettuce into a large bowl and add onion, cucumbers, green pepper, olives, tomatoes, and beef. Crush the entire bag of Doritos. Right before serving, add in crushed Doritos and salad dressing. Mix well.

(This is an easy meal to make ahead-- brown the beef but store in a container until ready to use. Chop and mix the other salad ingredients, waiting to add the crushed Doritos, beef, and dressing until ready to serve.)

Source: Rachel Guajardo


  1. This sounds wonderful, love the doritos idea.. Kids would love it.

  2. Look at you, Miss "Fancy Pants" with your taco shells :)

    As I mentioned to you on the phone a little bit ago...we typically mix up all the ingredients, minus the Doritos and salad dressing and then just pour a little dressing and some Doritos on each individual bowl of salad. That prevents the salad from getting all soggy--Marcus doesn't like it soggy, either!

  3. One more thing! I sometimes add shredded cheddar cheese, too! I don't know that the original recipe calls for the cheese, but my mother-in-law has made it once or twice with the cheese and it gives it a good flavor. You should try it next time and let me know what you think!

  4. I make something similar with catalina dressing. My husband loves it. I will have to try it with italian next time.