All the standard taco salad fixings (ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes and onion) are chopped and tossed together with two kinds of cheese, purple kidney beans, Thousand Island dressing and a generous helping of corn chips to create a kaleidoscopic party-pleaser.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook ground beef until evenly browned. Drain fat and set aside to cool.

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  • In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, Cheddar cheese, Jack cheese and kidney beans. Cover and chill for at least an hour.

  • Right before serving, add the dressing and corn chips and toss until evenly coated.

Nutrition Facts

521.2 calories; protein 18.8g 38% DV; carbohydrates 42.8g 14% DV; fat 31.8g 49% DV; cholesterol 52.5mg 18% DV; sodium 758.7mg 30% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2003
This is a really delicious salad that I served as a side dish at a picnic. I did make several changes as follows: -Taco seasoning with the ground beef (following the directions on the seasoning package). -Romaine lettuce. -1 bunch ( 6) green onions. -I diced about 1 1/2 cups (12 oz) of a block Cheddar and Monteray mixed cheese and that was all of the cheese I used. -I mixed Ranch and Salsa together for the dressing. 2oz. Ranch and 6oz Salsa to make the 8 oz the recipe calls for or to your own taste. -I used 1 can of kidney beans and 1 can of pinto beans. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/24/2005
I did not care for the sweetness of the thousand island dressing. And didn't taste like mexican. Like my old standard taco salad better with taco sauce in the meat and green goddess dressing and doritos instead of corn chips. Read More
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75 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 48
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2003
This is a really delicious salad that I served as a side dish at a picnic. I did make several changes as follows: -Taco seasoning with the ground beef (following the directions on the seasoning package). -Romaine lettuce. -1 bunch ( 6) green onions. -I diced about 1 1/2 cups (12 oz) of a block Cheddar and Monteray mixed cheese and that was all of the cheese I used. -I mixed Ranch and Salsa together for the dressing. 2oz. Ranch and 6oz Salsa to make the 8 oz the recipe calls for or to your own taste. -I used 1 can of kidney beans and 1 can of pinto beans. Read More
(51)
Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2003
This is great. I made a couple of changes added taco seasoning mix to my meat and used ranch rather than Thousand Island dressing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2005
I have debated whether to rate this 4 or 5 stars. I rounded up from a 4.5. I did make a couple of changes. First of all I sauteed the ground beef with the onion and a little taco seasoning. I then not only drained but rinsed the beans (less gas producing this way). I added chopped green onions to the mixture and I really love it best with Catalina dressing and not 1000 Island. I play with the cheeses sometimes and use a Mexican blend. Very important to follow the directions and not add chips and dressing until right at time of serving. By the way I just purchase the bags of shredded lettuce. Thank you. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2003
This recipe is really good and has been a favorite at many a cookout. The only modification I made was to season the ground beef with a package of taco seasoning. It really gives it a nice "taco" flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/26/2004
This is what we make with our left over taco meat...and it's delicious. I used French dressing and Mexican blend cheese. I also topped it off with chopped avacado and red onion. Thanks Sara. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2003
Tasty salad Sara. I cut cheeses to 2/3cup each and set out guacamole sour cream and sliced black olives for garnishing the individual servings.For a slightly tangier version try dressing the salad with Caesar dressing to which you add 1/2 envelope of Taco Seasoning and 1T cumin. Yummy variation. Thanks for your version Sara! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/21/2003
Unless you want to feed an army I strongly suggest cutting this recipe in half- all except the dressing. I can't imagine only using 8oz for this massive amount. However it is very tasty- make sure your lettuce is dry before adding. I also cooked the onion with the meat & added some seasoned salt. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2003
I agree with the other reviewers - the meat needs a packet of taco seasoning. I usually don't eat Thousand Island dressing but I thought I would try it in this recipe and I actually like it. I only used one can of beans and felt it was the perfect amount. I used I bunch of green onions (including tops) and a quarter of a red onion. I also added a couple of TBSP of chopped cilantro. Excellent. Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
09/21/2003
This recipie does not refridgerate well after the dressing is added. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/24/2005
I did not care for the sweetness of the thousand island dressing. And didn't taste like mexican. Like my old standard taco salad better with taco sauce in the meat and green goddess dressing and doritos instead of corn chips. Read More
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