A delicious refreshing taco salad with a tangy twist.

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook ground beef, garlic powder, chili powder, and black pepper together in a skillet over medium heat until meat is brown and crumbly, about 10 minutes, breaking the meat up into chunks as it cooks. Drain excess grease, remove from heat, and let the meat cool.

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  • Toss lettuce, tortilla chips, Colby-Jack cheese, kidney beans, tomato, onion, and pickled jalapeno peppers in a large salad bowl; mix in the beef.

  • Whisk vegetable oil, sugar, ketchup, taco seasoning, cider vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce together in a bowl until sugar has dissolved; pour dressing over the salad and toss again.

Cook's Note:

If you prefer, you can add the chips just before serving to keep them crunchy. I prefer to let them marinate in the dressing.

Nutrition Facts

561 calories; protein 18g 36% DV; carbohydrates 34.4g 11% DV; fat 39.8g 61% DV; cholesterol 54.1mg 18% DV; sodium 844.3mg 34% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2016
Crazy that people continuously rate recipes and change everything about the recipe when they make it. ALWAYS make it AS IS first, then change the recipe to suit your tastes. But, please do the world a favor and don't rate somebody's recipe based you YOUR own changes!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/24/2017
Honestly I don't know what the author was thinking with some of this recipe. Half a cup of sugar? Seriously? I put in half a tablespoon and was told it was to sweet. I didn't hate it but the recipe definitely needs to cut the sugar and focus more on spicy. Read More
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86 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 56
  • 4 star values: 23
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2016
Crazy that people continuously rate recipes and change everything about the recipe when they make it. ALWAYS make it AS IS first, then change the recipe to suit your tastes. But, please do the world a favor and don't rate somebody's recipe based you YOUR own changes!!! Read More
(84)
Rating: 4 stars
09/03/2012
I used ground turkey instead of ground beef Cool Ranch Doritoes organic black beans and I doubled the amount of tomato. The pickled jalapeno peppers I used were homemade. The dressing was very unique. For us it was VERY sweet. I would like to try it again but cut back on the sugar by at least half. Fun quick dinner recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/11/2014
This is an old-fashioned taco salad - I remember eating this as a very young teen. This is good although we would prefer a bit more heat. Adding the chips at serving is definitely the way to go to avoid sogginess. The dressing is good - but way too sweet. I cut the sugar in half and it was still too sweet for our tastes. But overall it's a very good recipe for those who don't care for much heat but still enjoy the taco flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2012
YUM! This is the BEST Dorito salad that I've had and I think the secret is in the dressing! Made exactly as written and thought it was perfect as is...I mixed everything but the dressing (which I made earlier in the day and let it set) and the Doritos then just mixed those in right before serving. This is a keeper and one that I will be making often! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2015
We have been making this for 38 years. Our recipe calls for Taco Flavored Doritos and Taco FLAVORED grated cheese (must say flavored, it is different from Taco Cheese) and bottled Creamy Italian salad dressing (the creamy whitish kind) Kroger Brand is what we use. We also use an envelope of taco seasoning and make make the taco meat according to package directions. Hint- Do not add hot meat to the salad, let it cool first. Mix the taco chips and dressing write before serving or it gets soggy. I omit the jalapeno peppers. Not everyone likes it hot. Every party we go to, we are asked to make this. I know some people use Western or Catalina Dressing, but that is too sweet. The tart Creamy Italian is the key ingredient to this salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2013
I really liked this salad. I have had it before and it was served with Catalina dressing BUT,, I think the dressing in this recepie is far better,,,I only changed the cheese because I had a taco blend on hand but I think any shredded cheese would be good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2013
Very good!! Will make again. I did as others suggested and used less sugar. I didn't even use half the amount required and it was still sweet. I used Cool Ranch Doritos instead... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2014
I have made this taco salad several times now and everyone who has eaten it raves about it. I made a mistake one time and added taco seasoning to the meat and the dressing and it was doubly good. I add some sliced black olives. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2013
The dressing was great! The only changes that I made were to use ground turkey instead of beef and I cooked the onion with the meat instead of using them raw. I left out the jalapenos and I put the dressing on the side. Everything else I followed the recipe. Very good taco salad. I would serve this at a potluck. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/24/2017
Honestly I don't know what the author was thinking with some of this recipe. Half a cup of sugar? Seriously? I put in half a tablespoon and was told it was to sweet. I didn't hate it but the recipe definitely needs to cut the sugar and focus more on spicy. Read More
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