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Dorito Taco Salad with Catalina

Amazing Dorito taco salad with Catalina dressing is the best taco salad for a crowd

In this post I’m sharing how to make a Dorito Taco Salad with Catalina.

 


You may have seen this salad at a potluck or luncheon. It is quite popular. This delicious taco salad has Doritos mixed into it. I’ve heard it is equally delicious with Fritos corn chips also. 

A Doritos taco salad for a crowd is easy to put together. The first time that I had this awesome salad was at an office luncheon party. One bite was all it took….amazing!

I don’t know where the recipe originated but you see it everywhere now. I’ve read that the founder of Fritos and Doritos did. If that’s true I’d say he came up with a winner…with the chips and the salad recipe.

Catalina Taco Salad

Layered Taco Salad tossed with Doritos in an amber glass bowl

There is seasoned ground beef in this recipe, but you can make a taco salad without meat as well. There are beans that offer protein. 

If you’re unsure about the Catalina dressing, I really suggest that you try it. The combination of ingredients work so well together in this recipe. 

If your family are ranch dressing fanatics, it’s time to try a new flavor. HaHa! You could use ranch though if you really want to. 

Easy Doritos Taco Salad

Ingredients in a taco salad with chips

Here’s what you’ll need to make a delicious taco salad: lettuce (I prefer Iceberg), ground beef, taco seasoning, pinto beans (kidney work too), carrots, cucumber, onion, red bell pepper, corn, tomatoes, black olives, diced jalapeno, shredded cheese and Doritos. You can adjust the ingredients to suit your taste easily as well. 

The recipe calls for an entire nine and three quarters oz bag of Doritos but somehow I ended up with just nine ounces. Wink, Wink!

The Doritos do soften a bit once in the salad, so I wait until just before serving to add them. Not only does this salad taste really good, it is pretty to look at. I think so anyways. I love colorful food!

Beef and Cheese Taco Salad

Serving of taco salad

I’d say this salad also works for a Taco Tuesday lunch or Cinco de Mayo side dish. One thing is for sure, you’ll enjoy this tasty salad whenever possible.

More recipes you might enjoy: Black Eyed Pea Dip or Ground Beef Taco Boats

Full Printable Taco Salad Recipe

Dorito Taco Salad with Catalina

Dorito Taco Salad with Catalina
Easy and delicious taco salad with Doritos and Catalina dressing. Perfect for potluck gatherings.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1.25 oz Packet of Taco Seasoning
  • 1/2 c Water
  • 1 Head of Iceberg Lettuce, chopped
  • 2 or 3 Carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 c Cucumber, sliced or diced
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 2 Jalapeno Peppers, diced (ribs and seeds removed) - optional
  • 15 oz Can of Pinto Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 11 oz Can of Corn Niblets, rinsed and drained
  • 2.25 oz Can of Sliced Black Olives, rinsed and drained
  • 1 c Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • 1 c Shredded Mexican Cheese Blend
  • 3/4 c Catalina Dressing, or more if needed to dress the salad.
  • 9.75 oz Bag of Doritos

Instructions

Brown the ground beef, drain of excess oil.

Add taco seasoning and water then mix to combine.

Reduce heat and simmer until the liquid has evaporated.

Allow the meat mixture to cool a few minutes to room temperature.

Combine the meat mixture, vegetables and shredded cheese together.

Next, add the dressing and toss to combine.

Crunch the Doritos in the bag to break into smaller pieces then add to the salad and mix to combine.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 409 Total Fat: 20g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 43mg Sodium: 643mg Carbohydrates: 40g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 9g Protein: 19g

Be sure to check out our Doritos Taco Salad Video in this post

Dorito taco salad with Catalina dressing is a potluck favorite. Take this amazing taco salad to you next gathering and watch it disappear. Taco salad is also a classic side or family meal to enjoy any time or on Taco Tuesday or Cinco de Mayo #GroundBeef #TacoSalad #DoritoTacoSalad #CatalinaTacoSalad #EasyRecipe #Recipeoftheday #potluckrecipes #groundbeef #vegetables #sidedish

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Martha Kreider
    April 29, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Why is there no mrntion of the cucumbers in the list of ingredients>

    • Reply
      Julia Jordan
      April 29, 2019 at 6:07 pm

      HaHa, it popped in my head that I forgot to list it while we were eating dinner tonight. Thank you for the reminder also. I’ve added it to the ingredient list.

  • Reply
    Carlee
    May 2, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    We make something similar with Fritos, I’ll have to make the Doritos version next time!

    • Reply
      Julia Jordan
      May 2, 2019 at 1:05 pm

      I’ve heard it is good with Fritos too. I need to try it your way πŸ˜‰

  • Reply
    Debby
    May 3, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Looks like the perfect meal to me! I love a bunch of flavor, and this looks like a major flavorful explosion!

  • Reply
    Deanne
    May 18, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    My all time favorite potluck salad. YUM!!!

    • Reply
      Julia Jordan
      May 18, 2019 at 5:42 pm

      It’s so fun..and who doesn’t love Doritos!

  • Reply
    Sheryl
    May 21, 2019 at 4:25 am

    I plan to make this for a ladies luncheon at church. Should I keep ingredients separate till last minute to keep from getting soggy and mix it just before serving or it is ok to mix it ahead. Will be 1 to 1 1/2 hours from time I get ingredients done till eaten. Thanks!! It looks so delicious!!

    • Reply
      Julia Jordan
      May 21, 2019 at 7:20 am

      If you need to make it ahead then I would layer the ingredients (beef on bottom then heavy vegetables, cheese then lettuce and combine with dressing before serving and add the Doritos. This will keep everything from getting soggy.

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