Taco Salad

Total Time:
10 min
Prep:
10 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 pound sharp Cheddar, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, washed, drained and shredded
  • 1 pound lean ground beef, browned, crumbled and drained
  • 1 cup salad dressing (recommended: Catalina)
  • 1 (7-ounce) bag taco flavored chips, crushed
  • 1 cup salsa
  • Tortilla chips, to serve
Directions
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Combine the tomatoes, cheese, onion, lettuce, and ground beef in a large bowl. Add the salad dressing and mix well. Just before serving, add the taco chips, tossing to combine with other ingredients. Top each serving with salsa. Serve with tortilla chips.


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I like to serve this in tortilla shells baked into a bowl shape. Very easy and my whole family loves it. So of course, I'm thinking of experimenting. HA! I think I'll swap the Catalina dressing with green goddess or some other guacamole flavor. Thanks for the great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this tonight and my family loved it. I did read the reviews, so I did some changes to the recipe. I used taco seasoning, black beans, and corn. I also put the flavored chips on each individual serving. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Close to mom’s. I do it slightly different though this would come out OK as printed.1 Brown 1.5lbs 97% lean beef with half a diced onion, drain, add taco seasoning & 2/3 cup water. Let go for about 4 mins & take of heat to cool. 2 Combine Romaine lettuce, 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar, 1 can drained sweet corn, 1 can drained & rinsed black beans, cherry tomatoes halved (about a cup, the other half of the onion diced & the meat. Toss well. Refrigerate for a few hours covered (you need a large bowl. When it's time to serve, place the mixture in each bowl, crumble some Doritos Nacho chips and sprinkle on, then add some Catalina dressing. Toss each serving bowl and dollop with sour cream & salsa, and a touch of black olive slices. By doing it this way, this dish stays fresh for a few days. Add the dressing or chip crumble too early = soggy, an all or none prep - works at potluck but not for leftovers. We use light Catalina - don't use fat free (for whatever reason it doesn't work right. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am so glad I stumbled on this amazing recipe! I had ground turkey but didn't know what to do with it! I made minor adjustments though! When I was browning the turkey, I put the onions in as well. I also had taco seasoning from Penzey's spices and decided to put it on the ground turkey. It was a bold seasoning so it gave it an amazing flavor. Since I love hot sauce, I put a few dashes of Tapatio on my serving and gave it that nice kick! Other than that, I followed the same directions and it came out delicious! Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I Love this Taco Salad! Very close to the recipe my friends & I made back in the 80's. We used "Western Dressing." It has a steer on the label, if I remember correctly. It's like "Catalina, but spicier. I could buy in MI. I can't find in SC where we live now. I get friends to bring me some when they visit. I trade them "Dukes" Mayo, which they can't get up there. Lol. I also added taco seasoning to ground beef. Could add any Mexican Spices or hot sauce. This salad can take a good bit of spice or heat because of all the lettuce in it. It is delish! Oh, you can use Taco or Nacho Cheese chips. It's better to eat all that you make at a setting, because the Dressing makes the lettuce & chips too soggy, after sitting, for me. But, it's still tasty! I replaced a dollop of sour cream for the salsa. Because I must have sour cream! I am old enough to call this a Fav Retro dish! Love you, Paula! <3 item not reviewed by moderator and published
My first time trying this recipe and it turned out GREAT! I never made taco salad with salad dressing. I didnt think my husband would like it but he Loved it. Next time I will try using beans and corn thanks Paula item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for book club and it was a hit! I used 75% ground turkey, 25% ground beef and I did not add salsa or tortilla chips at the end (am not sure why you would, since it was served as a salad, but then I didn't see this episode, just got the recipe off this website. Title of the episode cracks me up - I doubt they make this type of recipe in Mexico! But we enjoyed it nonetheless! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made a recipe like this for years, only with a few minor changes, I use taco seasoning mix while cooking the meat, add a can of drained and rinsed red kidney beans, a can of drained sliced black olives and I use ranch dressing instead, you can either mix the dressing into the salad or leave it on the side. Everytime I make this everyone alway's asks for the recipe. I have made this since the mid 1980's. without mixing the dressing in it is the perfect salad for office luncheons, potlucks and picinics!! Give it a try! you can even use ground turkey to cut the fat of beef item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is very delicious! I've made it for my family several times now and we all love it. Thanks, Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just found this recipe again. I made it once using all "lo-fat" ingredients and baked tortilla chips. Sooo good without too much guilt. We're going to have this again this week. Recommended. I use lofat Catalina. item not reviewed by moderator and published
wonderfull recipe Paula cant wait to show my friends i love tacos item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for a Halloween potluck party and it was a yummy hit! I'd add taco seasoning to ground beef next time. Otherwise perfect recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband and I both loved this recipe. I took a few of the other suggestions and added black beans to the salad. I also added the diced onions when I browned the meat and used taco seasoning. I switched dressings for peppercorn ranch and topped the salad with black olives. It was a great dinner and soo quick and easy. I will be making this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Always been a favorite of mine.I love taking a hand-full of Doritos and crumbling them into a bowl then mix it all up!. mmm! mmm! mmm! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Big hit at the party!! I added black beans and black olives. Everyone at the party thought it was great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and Bold flavors.... Perfect!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
it was delicious :) i loved it!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh yes add the taco sauce to the ground beef and the dressing. But, don't forget the sour cream and black olives on top. Yum item not reviewed by moderator and published
I added corn and black beans to the meat to make it more of a meal. But its great either way! I did add taco seasoning to the meat it seemed to boring without it and I had never heard of this without seasoned meat. It tastes just the way my mom always made it when I was a kid. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula didn't invent this. This perversion of taco salad has been around in the south for a long time. The people who say the catalina is too sweet are right..it completely overwhelms everything and rationally doesn't belong. On the other hand, it is kind of one of those things that if you grew up eating it you like even though you know it doesn't make sense. I like to use half catalina and half taco sauce. It makes it a little spicier and tones down the catalina a bit. Plus, you have to use taco seasoning on the meat, that is just common sense. The result is not exactly sophisticated, but I can't stop eating it. I also think using sharp cheddar, like the recipe suggests is very important if you go the catalina route. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yes, I have been making this for years, but even better to add Taco Seasoning with the amount of water on the envelope and Red Kidney beans and Thousand Island dressing with some Sour Cream, YUM!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been making this for years. It is so quick and easy and tasty. I switch it up between catalina and good seasons dressing, plain tortilla chips or nacho flavored chips, add beans, sometimes taco seasoning in the meat, garnish with sour cream and lot of cheese. Highly recommend this to anyone for a quick meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been making this for years. However, I use corn chips instead of taco chips. Will have to try the taco chips next time I make it. This is a really good meal that doesn't take much time to make. Make sure you don't add the chips (whichever you use) until you are ready to serve as they will loose their crunch. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make this recipe quite often, my mom used to make it when I was a kid and now I make it on occasion. Everything is the same but I add kidney beans and top with (for me) sour cream and for my boyfriend, avocado slices. I highly recommend this recipe, it is simple and yummy! And left overs are awesome as well. Just add more fresh chips! I use any regular tortilla chips or (my favorite) tortilla chips with a hint of lime =D Oh, and on a side note, I am really tired of the people posting in the recipe comments about this or that website having better recipes. Go somewhere else to advertise. That being said, I finally decided to take a look and you know what? They didn't even have a recipe for taco salad! Thanks Paula for the reminded about this recipe, I am going to go home and make it tonight! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this recipe with some additions and a dressing change. I added taco seasoning to the ground turkey as well as added black beans and corn as other reviews suggested. I used light ranch dressing with a little green taco sauce for my dressing. I thought that it was very tasty. I would definitely make this really easy recipe again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make. The Catalina dressing gave it such a wonderful taste, better then just using those taco seasoning mixes :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love taco salad....i use italian dressing...everybody has always ate it all up at gatherings....i do like the idea of maybe avocado and corn chips and maybe even the black beans....thanks for the extra ideas... item not reviewed by moderator and published
What does 'taco flavored chips mean?? Does it sound like Toritos??? LOL Thanks!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
so easy to make and very tasty! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Been making similiar version of this for years that my Mom made when I was a kid. We add dark red kidney beans also- and lots of colby jack cheese. I love the dressing in it- sometimes we use Western dressing in place of Catalina- but whichever is yummy! We add crushed up nacho cheese chips but am curious to try corn chips. I think corn added too would be great. Top with lettuce, sour cream, tomatos, and some black olives- YUM!! Quick and easy! We have this dish often! Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is an awesome summer dinner. She inspires me, so I added black beans and slices of avacado. Another great dressing is Green Goddess. Paula's just the best! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Its an ongoing fight in my family, but I always substitute Tostito's Creamy Southwestern Ranch Dip for Catalina dressing when I make this (my dad swears by the Catalina stuff). My 8th graders make this every year in my classes and its such a great way to teach kids how to prepare their own meals and also eat their veggies! Like I said, sub the dip for the Catalina dressing (too sweet, too icky pinkish/red colored)... I also add 8oz kidney beans to the mix, season the ground beef with taco seasoning and saute the onion in with the ground beef. When I make it for family and friends, I also toss in diced avocado and black olives, but my students aren't fans of those ideas. Another great way to make this a heartier meal is by stirring cooked yellow rice into the mix, an idea my sister came up with when I served rice as a side dish to this meal one night. We love to mix up a big batch of this taco salad and bring it out on the boat with some Scoops, its the perfect mid-afternoon summer snack on the water! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Took this taco salad to a pot luck and had nothing but compiments! I said "Thank you. It is from Paula Dean." I say "Thank you ." I will never have to look for another taco salad again because this is the best! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this salad a few times - and it is awesome every time. For just the family or for Pot luck. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been making a version of this for years that my mom made when i was a kid. I add in Kidney beans or you can add any other kind of bean and i use the meat also. I use fritos for the corn chips. I do not like that kind of dressing and so i use ranch and i don't mix it in. Just let everyone pour in there own bowl. Sometimes i make a avacodo ranch. and sometimes i use green oinions instead of othere. But this is the easiest recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was easy an tasty.I did not add the crushed chips, didn't like the idea of it.I made taco shell bowls instead and it was great!!!I have made this a couple of times. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for an open house today. Will continue to make it. Best taco salad I have had. So Easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have to first say that we are big fans of Paula Deen, but this recipe was a disaster. I think that they must have fantastic lighting in that kitchen studio, because this salad looked just great on tv. When we made it, though, I think we knew things had taken a turn for the worse when the whole thing took on a sickly pinkish hue after adding the Catalina dressing. I realize that I could have made some modifications, omitted the dressing etc., but as I said it looked great on tv and her recipes usually never miss. Definitely will NOT be making this one again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family has been making this taco salad for years but use canned beans rinsed and drained instead of the meat. My vegetarian family members appreciate this salad. It is wonderful for a light side dish or meal in the heat of Summer and travels well to parties and picnics. I mix the lettuce, cheese and tomatoes at home in large container and add the remaining ingredients before serving. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This taco salad was so tasty. Fun to make as a family. Have those who are old enough to each chop a veggie while someone cooks the meat. Ready in an instant! We changed it up a bit and cooked ground chicken instead of ground beef. We added half a pack of chili powder mix to the chicken while cooking (because we didn't have any taco seasoning). Also, we tossed in some corn. It was super tasty. My family loved it with the Catalina dressing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
when my husband seen this he was turned off.I asked him to give it a try ,well he finished almost all of it.In fact his hand was in the bowl 2 to 1 .but don`t buy generic chips,they don`t have the body name-brand ones do.Sloppy but worth it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe tonight for my husband and I and neither one of us cared for it. I think the catalina dressing made it way to sweet. I think I'll stick to my own recipe. Sorry Paula, you have some really great recipes like the one for your Tomato Pie but this one isn't one of them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this might be the ONLY Paula Deen recipe that could be diet friendly. i used ground turkey instead of beef, fat free catalina, and sauteed the onion with the meat because im not a fan of raw onions. this was delicious. the key to this dish is the catalina! i will be eating leftovers for lunch. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe almost as same as mine except for the salad dressing. I love your cooking. =) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used a packet of taco mix in the beef and it was yummy! My dad is Mexican and I can't wait to make it for him, I know he will love it!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was looking for something to make for Cinco de Mayo and thought the reviews for this salad looked good; wrong, it was GREAT!! This is more like a meal than a salad, the flavors all together were incredible. You've got to try this-I can't wait to make this over the summer for cookouts and other parties; it will be a huge hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This taco salad has been around for YEARS! It is not a Paula Deen recipe-I've made this for over 20 years... It is a Great one- item not reviewed by moderator and published
IF I COULD GIVE IT ANOTHER STAR I WOULD item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last night, and it was fantastic. instead of the Catalina i used some cilantro dressing i found at trader joes, and it went perfectly with the mild salsa i used as well. I just used a bit of salt to cook the meat and that was it! So much flavor!! And its cheap too! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for potlock at work and everyone just loved it! They all want the recipe! I used French dressing instead of Catalina... yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
stop eating this salad. Why do you do this to me, Paula. I eat far more than I should, because it is incredibly and viciously delicious. I return to the fridge in the evening to pig out on the leftovers. Shame on me. But, I'll do it again...hehehehe. as if this recipe weren't fattening enough, it tastes even better if you mix in a little ranch dressing as well. :P item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this recipe about 4 times now. Each time I do something a little different with it. I like this recipe with ground chicken better than ground beef. Each time I make it, my sons (8, 10, and 11 years old) cheer. They love it and are not big salad eaters. The Catalina dressing is a bit sweet for my husband and I but it makes a good binder for this salad making it easy to serve. I usually separate the adult salad from the kid salad when it comes time for the dressing. I love seeing my boys go for seconds on salad. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this last night to rave reviews. Stuck to the recipe exactly as Paula wrote it and have already passed it along to co-workers. Will definitely serve again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this salad for my family twice in two weeks upon request. It is a fun salad to eat not to mention great tasting! Highly reccommend for a summer salad. I substituted ground beef for ground turkey the second time around. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I added avocados to the salad and taco seasoning to the meat. The next time I make it I will either double the meat or add some sort of beans just it make it more of a real meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved her taco salad!! I love taco salad is so tasty I could eat this forever!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and super simple - always a big hit at our barbeques or tailgating! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We are really watching the calories, carbs and fat we consume. So, I made this using the following: baked Doritos, 2% low fat cheese, fat free Catalina dressing, reduced fat sour cream and diet lean (91% lean) ground beef, used the whole packed of reduced sodium taco meat seasoning; served with chopped avocado, tomatoes, sliced black olives, salsa, etc. This was a HIT! We absolutely loved this. It was easy too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent for the entire family, even picky eaters emjoy this delicious salad. Thanks Paula item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is ALWAYS a hit when I make it! (I do add Taco Seasoning to the browned Ground Beef as a variation.) So easy to throw together for a "last minute invite." item not reviewed by moderator and published
I also added chili powder and crushed red pepper to the meat. I didnt use the whole amount of dressing as it looked like it may be a bit much. My oldest son loved it and he is very picky. But he loves Catalina dressing and was surprised to see that was an ingredient. Will make again for sure!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
THIS RECIPE HAS MADE THE PARTY CIRCUIT! IT IS ALWAYS A CROWD PLEASER. IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE INGREDIENTS, WE ADD CHOPPED GREEN PEPPER AND SLICED BLACK OLIVES. IT IS GREAT AT THE PARTY AND AT 2 IN THE MORNING COLD FROM THE FRIDGE! ENJOY. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this a few times and it was wonderful. The whole family said they kept saying they want it again soon. Tonight I used Diet Italian dressing and fat free doritos and low fat cheese (not fat free)you would never know it was low fat. It was great and so yummy Thank you Paula!! You are the best!! Nancy item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is nice because it does not have that mutch of a spicy taste it can however be spicyer if you want it to be ... going to keep you in supence untill next time as i say every time sorry about the spelling if you have any coments about it just email me at jrotcwatts@yahoo.com item not reviewed by moderator and published
We all enjoyed this salad, especially my second-grader. I did change it a bit by cutting down on the dressing and letting people add their own chips. I don't do the taco-flavored chips, but I offered some for those who do and also had Fritos available. I didn't want my meat to be too bland so I simmered it in the salsa. It was still too bland and didn't leave extra salsa for the top--something my hubby said would have made it better. Next time I'll use the taco meat from How To Boil Water, which is perfectly wonderful (if you take the time to let it simmer for the flavors to come together) and will kick Paula's already great recipe up another notch. Love you, Paula!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this salad in the morning and served it for dinner. It was awesome. I made a few adjustments to suit my families tastes by using only ortega medium taco sauce and crushed frito corn chips. I left out the catalina dressing. It was fantastic! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this dish and so did the kids!! Which never happens. I did add some extras to it including elbow macaroni!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make this for every event I am invited to and it's a hit. The only thing I do differently is combine one-half Catalina dressing to one-half taco sauce and mix well. Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My whole family loves Tacos and when I set this salad on the table they were wondering what happened to our regular Saturday lunch. You should see them dig in... WOW. Paula youve done it again.. dee item not reviewed by moderator and published
My whole family absolutely loved it. The four of us ate the whole thing! I used a 1 1/2 lbs of beef and added some fresh garlic and a little onion to it. I also put out some sour cream for those who wanted it. Loved the catalina dsg. Definately a must have again...and it was so easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found the recipe to be really easy to follow and very good tasting. I don't cook much but I love to do easy and quick meals for the time I do have to make something fast. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hit of the Bar BQ item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is one of the easiest recipes to put together and is very good. I served it one hot day for dinner for friends of mine and all of them wanted the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe on a friday night and it just seemed to be a good fit. This is the best taco salad I've ever had. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Like everyone else I had been skeptical about trying this recipe, I do agree that the taco seasoning in the hamburg is a must, the catalina dressing is awesome and brings all the flavors together, I topped mine with fresh avacodo. Thanks Paula for another great recipe!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
MY HUSBAND LIKES IT WITH RED KIDNEY BEANS. GOOD RECIPE. WE MAKE IT WITH TACO SEASONING IN THE BEEF, TOO. IN FACT, I THINK I'LL MAKE IT TONIGHT... item not reviewed by moderator and published
We made Paula's taco salad last night for dinner...wonderful. I altered it a little bit...added 2lbs of ground beef and 1 pkg of taco seasoning mix...used salsa in place of the diced tomatos. It was a huge hit with the family...even my picky teenagers. I also cut flour tortillas into wedges and fried them until they were crisp...we used these to eat them instead of forks! Not a low-cal meal by any means...but, incredibly delicious!!! The cold leftovers were great today for lunch also...This recipe is a keeper!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
a great salad for a party item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had tasted a taco salad years ago but could never find one to match. This one tops even that one!!! Awesome and easy!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tried this salad when I had no idea of what to fix for supper one night. Everyone loved it. I even had it for lunch the next day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so easy and sooooo yummy!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I can remember my mom making a dish very similar to this one. It is VERY quick, easy, and kids LOVE it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made a recipe very similar to this for years. I like many others on here add a pack or two of taco seasoning to the meat. I also add avocados and sourcream to mine. It is so delicious and the kids love it!! My 4 year old loves anything that has to do with Mrs. Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This taco salad was wonderful and very easy to make. I was a bit skeptical about the dressing, but boy was I wrong. My whole family liked it, from my 18 month old to my 15 year old. A big hit at my house and something we will have often. Thank you Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is a great recipe i added taco seasoning to the ground beef for a more taco flavor, that is the only variation this recipe is a keeper, Paula is the best! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw Paula make this recipe today; proceeded to the grocery for the items (I already had the ground beef), and made it for dinner. My kids loved it. I took some of the hints posted and added taco seasoning to the gr. beef. I also added a little cilantro at the end (a little goes a long way). I also diced up some avacado and topped each salad with sour cream. I added so many other touches that the salsa was not missed. I also had some spanish rice as a side. What a great Friday night family meal with a movie. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great salad, everyone in the family enjoyed. I will share with friends so they will have a great meal as I did. item not reviewed by moderator and published
quick easy company friendly item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great taco salad, but I like my taco salad meatier so next time I will use 2 lbs of ground beef. Another great Paul hit with no butter! Ha! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My Aunt Barb used to make this wonderful taco salad for summer picnics and I used to love it so I was thrilled when I saw Paula make it the other day. We used to use a salad dressing called "Western" in the midwest but Catalina worked really well in this recipe...the sweetness is intended and that's what sets it apart from a hot taco salad. I did use some taco season to season the ground beef and I added a chopped avocado and some leftover chopped cilantro, but this basic recipe still produces a very easy and tasty dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this version of a Taco Salad. I added a can of Mexicorn to mine. Perfect for a party! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so easy and taste so good great to take to work and share item not reviewed by moderator and published

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