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Taco Salad Recipe: 2 Ways

This taco salad is similar to the Taco Bell Taco Salad recipe. It is easy to make and the ingredients can be prepped ahead of time to make it a quick taco dinner! Mix this salad up with different chips and dressings.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Dorritos Taco Salad, Taco Bell Taco Salad, Taco Salad
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 919cal
Author: Amy Desrosiers
Cost: $7


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 pouch Taco Bell Taco Seasoning *see notes for homemade blend
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 8 ounces shredded cheddar
  • 8 ounces ranch dressing or French dressing
  • 1 cup tomatoes diced, or halved if using cherry tomatoes
  • 5 cups shredded lettuce Can you Iceberg salad blend for more nutrients
  • 3 cups corn tortilla chips DORITOS® or corn tortillas


  • To start, brown your hamburger meat in a large skillet. Cook until fully browned.
  • Drain excess grease before adding water and spices. Return meat to the skillet.
  • Over medium heat, add 1/3 cup of water, and the Taco Bell Taco Seasoning Mix; stir thoroughly.
  • Shred lettuce, and dice tomatoes.
  • Add in shredded cheese.
  • Prepare a large serving dish to place the taco salad in.
  • Add in DORITOS® or corn chips. You do not have to crunch them up, but I suggest adding them only RIGHT before serving.
  • Swizzle with ranch before serving. * You can also use French dressing.


Make ahead

The beauty of this meal is that it can be made ahead of time sans the chips. Prep the meat ahead of time and store in the fridge until ready to eat. 
You can also prepare the veggies ahead of time. 
I recommend adding the chips in right before you eat to keep them nice and crispy.
Also, drizzle the ranch on each serving to meet everyone's taste.
Swap ranch for French dressing or DORITOS® for corn tortillas. You could also use Fritos® brand chips. 

Homemade Taco seasoning 

  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika 
  • 1/4 tsp salt 
*Nutritional facts may vary and are meant to be a guide. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 919cal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 67g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 905mg | Potassium: 716mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 646IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 175mg | Iron: 5mg