Taco Salad

Taco Salad

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Picnic, Potlucks
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 464kcal
With a sweet and spicy dressing, chunks of cheddar cheese, and crunchy chips this taco salad is all about summer picnics and neighborhood potlucks. If you can brown ground beef and chop stuff up, you can make this dish.
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  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup white onion
  • 1 large red pepper
  • 1 large green pepper
  • 1/2 poblano pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • 4 cups medium cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Ortega taco sauce medium
  • 3/4 cup Western dressing
  • 1 15 oz bag Nacho Cheese Doritos

Spice Mixture for Ground Beef

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Start by dicing the onion and poblano pepper. Sauté the onion and poblano pepper for a couple of minutes on medium heat. Add in the ground beef and cook everything until it has finished browning. Add in the garlic and chili powders, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  • When the ground beef has finished browning drain off any excess grease and set aside to cool.
  • A great way to cool and drain ground beef is to pour it into a colander that is lined with a few paper towels.
  • While the ground beef is cooling, chop up the lettuce, cut the cheddar cheese into small bite-sized cubes, half the cherry tomatoes, and cut the red and green peppers into bite-sized pieces.
  • Mix the Western dressing and taco sauce together.
  • To serve, combine the lettuce, cheese, peppers, tomatoes, and ground beef together with the dressing. Add the Doritos before serving, crumbling them slightly with your hands as they are added to the salad.


Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 599mg | Potassium: 399mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1095IU | Vitamin C: 31.1mg | Calcium: 349mg | Iron: 1.9mg