This is a festive taco style salad that I have made at every family gathering, due to all the requests I get for it. Serve it as a side, or as a meal.

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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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  • As you tear and chop the lettuce, onion, and tomatoes, place them into a large container. I always use a clean bucket, hence the name, and it is full when the salad is completed. Crumble in the tortilla chips, and add the cheese. Stir in the two jars of Ranch dressing, and the salsa. Mix well. Set aside.

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  • Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring and crumbling as it cooks. Drain off grease. Stir the beef into the salad just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

899.1 calories; 35 g protein; 32.9 g carbohydrates; 134.3 mg cholesterol; 1354.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2005
I scaled this down for two added a small can of kidney beans and added a little cumin to the ranch dressing. My husband (who hates ranch dressing) loved it. This is a great recipe that I'll be making again. Thanks. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/30/2005
Sorry this just didn't work for me. I brought it for a food day at work and ended up pulling it back and not serving it. It tasted just ok nothing to rave about but it looked bad like mush. It certainly wasn't worth the cost of the ingredients. Maybe it's because I made it the night before. It might be better if served right away. I am glad it worked for everyone else it just wasn't a winner for me Read More
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33 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 1 stars
06/30/2005
Sorry this just didn't work for me. I brought it for a food day at work and ended up pulling it back and not serving it. It tasted just ok nothing to rave about but it looked bad like mush. It certainly wasn't worth the cost of the ingredients. Maybe it's because I made it the night before. It might be better if served right away. I am glad it worked for everyone else it just wasn't a winner for me Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2005
I scaled this down for two added a small can of kidney beans and added a little cumin to the ranch dressing. My husband (who hates ranch dressing) loved it. This is a great recipe that I'll be making again. Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/29/2006
This really is a good salad that my family loves. I brown the beef and throw in a package of taco seasoning for extra flavor. I also mix equal amounts of ranch dressing and picante sauce and like to serve this salad over corn chips. Have made this many times and always look forward to making it again.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2005
Very easy to throw together but oh so good! This was my first time to make a taco salad and I'm happy to report that I've found a keeper. Even my picky DH gave the verdict of "World-class taco salad!" I wanted to serve it with Beef Enchiladas so I decided to omit the ground beef in the salad. I also put the tortilla chips on the side in case some of our dinner party prefer to not have any chips in their salad. It tasted great: just like what you get at a regular Mexican restaurant! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2013
I am asked to make this taco salad for every family function I attend and even for some that I'm not attending! The only change I make is adding a half of a packet of taco seasoning mix to the ground beef as I'm browning it. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2005
This recipe is sooo good my picky family just loved it!!! I added a package of taco seasoning to the meat and can you say yummy!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2004
We love taco salad and this was yummy. The only change I made was to add kidney beans. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2004
This is the greatest salad known to humankind. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2005
I have never tried Taco Salad with Ranch. That was really good. The whole family loved it. I mixed taco seasoning with the dressing and Hamburger. Read More
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