This is a great dish for pot-lucks. It's easy, and can be made in advance. Add dressing just before serving.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place ground beef in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring to crumble until well done; drain. Stir in taco seasoning mix. Set aside to cool.

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  • Place chips into a large bowl, and crush into bite-size pieces. Combine with seasoned meat, cheese, beans, tomatoes, lettuce, and green onions. Pour dressing over all, and toss to coat.

Nutrition Facts

626 calories; protein 28.2g 56% DV; carbohydrates 33.2g 11% DV; fat 41.5g 64% DV; cholesterol 91.7mg 31% DV; sodium 1125mg 45% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2003
My family loves this salad for dinner, especially during the summer when it is hot. I make my own ranch dressing and make several additions: chopped tomatoes, cucumber and green onion, sliced black olives, and avocado. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/01/2011
Not bad..(made it exactly as printed here) but I have another recipe that I like much better. My recipe has the ground beef simmered with the drained beans for 10 min and uses catalina french dressing. Will go back to mu Old recipe... Read More
(19)
308 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 227
  • 4 star values: 65
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2003
My family loves this salad for dinner, especially during the summer when it is hot. I make my own ranch dressing and make several additions: chopped tomatoes, cucumber and green onion, sliced black olives, and avocado. Read More
(223)
Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2012
My review for this recipe disappeared! This is one of our favorite meals in this house. Any kind of ground meat will work (I usually use ground turkey or chicken), I make my own taco seasoning/ranch dressing and I like to use organic black beans in place of the kidney beans. Sometimes, I'll mix a half cup of homemade salsa into the ranch dressing. Any kind of chips will do--we alternate between Doritoes, Fritos and chili-lime tortilla chips. Because I eat low carb, I skip the chips on mine and double up on the lettuce. This is also a great way to use up leftover taco meat from the night before for a quick lunch. You can layer them so everything is ready to go in the container--just make sure that you seperate your dressing or make it so the dressing is on the bottom and not touching your lettuce otherwise it will wilt quickly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2005
I love this recipe. We always make it for any gathering. The only thing we do different is the dressing. We use Creamy Italian, preferrably Seven Seas or Kens. We have also used Catalina dressing. But I prefer the Creamy Italian. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2005
This is so simple and so good! I usually brown a chopped onion with my ground beef. Also, I add in a drained can of petite diced tomatoes. I have used different dressings and pretty much use either Ranch or Catalina. I have also subbed Fritos for the Doritos. I added shredded lettuce once, but would not recommend unless you know that it will all be eaten immediately. I usually have a carton of sour cream and also some chopped green onions for garnish. Read More
(97)
Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2003
We really like this taco salad my son said he would eat it if I made it without the beans! It makes a very large salad. I used the ranch dressing with sour cream in it it was very good. My husband had lots of compliments. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/29/2011
Simple and delicious! Plus it didn't take long to put together. I used "Taco Seasoning II" to brown the ground beef. I also added some avocado and sliced black olives along with the cheese, lettuce, tomato, and sliced green onion. I opted for plain tortilla chips vs. nacho flavored and used "Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette" from this site as the dressing. All that was left to do was add a well placed dollup of sour cream - fabulous for a tasty weeknight meal! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2005
When this came out as a cooknik recipe for November I tried it and my family loved it. I used doritos natural white cheddar nacho chips because they have no hydrogenated oil. Instead of mixing all together in 1 bowl I let my family assemble theirs individually. I also had pico de gallo avocado jalapenos and sour cream available. Ranch seems wierd on a taco salad so we used 1000 island mixed with the pico de gallo. Everyone had fun making and eating them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2006
This salad was great! I made a few changes. I used ground turkey instead of ground beef corn tortilla chips instead of nacho ones and catalina dressing instead of ranch. Also served it with sour cream. Great dish for a potluck! Read More
(45)
Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2003
I thought this recipe was very good. I used Fat Free Italian dressing instead of the Ranch. My Husband really liked it and said it's a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/01/2011
Not bad..(made it exactly as printed here) but I have another recipe that I like much better. My recipe has the ground beef simmered with the drained beans for 10 min and uses catalina french dressing. Will go back to mu Old recipe... Read More
(19)
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