Dorito Taco Salad
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We have been bringing this delectable salad to potlucks for as long as I can remember.

Everyone enjoys a good Dorito Taco Salad, and this one is undoubtedly a hit!

This interesting addition to your daily menu includes seasoned ground beef, fresh lettuce, pinto beans, veggies, and of course, Doritos, all sauced up with a zingy dressing.

I enjoy salads, but occasionally they can get a little dull. The “same old salad” rut we frequently fall into is broken up by this Dorito Taco Salad. Not only is it simple to make, but it also tastes great!

Everything taco-inspired, including pasta dishes, casseroles, and salads, in particular, is to die for!

Something about the flavor of the taco seasoning, especially my homemade version, when combined with crisp, fresh lettuce is just divine.

This dish, which I cook using taco inspiration, is unquestionably the best because everyone loves it so much!

Dorito Taco Salad
Dorito Taco Salad (Pinterest)

Making a taco salad

If you happen to have any taco beef left over from another dish, it would be ideal in this taco salad. In fact, on busy weeknights, I frequently make a double batch of taco meat to store in my freezer for extra quick meals.

I can defrost it in a matter of seconds to make quick tacos, taco salads, or even a platter of loaded nachos!

The remaining components are straightforward and convenient to have on hand.

My cupboard is constantly stocked with canned pinto beans and chopped black olives. I always keep lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheese, peppers, and sour cream on hand.

Of course, you can’t forget the Doritos. For this taco salad, we prefer the Nacho Cheese flavor, but you may substitute your own.

How to Prepare Taco Salad in Advance?

This dinner can be made in advance! The key is to layer everything and then throw it all together just before serving. Ingredients are prevented from becoming soggy when prepared in layers.

  • The cooked and spiced ground beef will be the bottom layer, and the dressing will be the top layer.
  • Pinto beans and sliced olives are then arranged on top.
  • Then add the peppers and tomatoes after that.
  • The lettuce and onion are placed on top of them.
  • cheese on top, please.
  • Doritos shouldn’t be served till right before the meal.

This Dorito salad can be put up using the layering technique described above, then chilled for a quick meal at the end of a hectic day or to bring to a potluck or backyard barbecue. Just before serving, give everything a quick toss to coat, then watch the compliments come in!

What is a Taco Salad Made Of?

This recipe is adaptable based on your preferences or what you have on hand. Instead of using ground beef (or ground turkey), I’ve substituted diced chicken breast. I also add various kinds of peppers and spicy Doritos to boost the heat.

Make it your masterpiece by using the vegetables you prefer (corn is fantastic in this dish, too)! Simply put, it is incredibly simple to make, and to top it off, it tastes amazing!

6 Mexican-Inspired Recipes You Have to Try

Love foods with a taco theme? Me too… Here are a few of my all-time favorites.

1. Pasta Shells with Taco Filling Tender pasta shells filled with flavorful beef, salsa, and cheese, then baked until bubbling.

2. Pasta salad with tacos fresh vegetables, a taco-inspired pasta salad, and our favorite Doritos! Has to try!

3. Tater Tot Casserole with Tacos In this dish, seasoned beef and a ton of vegetables are roasted to a golden brown and covered with a delicious tater tot crust.

4. Taco Casserole with a Surprise Crust Taco night has never been so wonderful… Spoiler alert: you’ll enjoy this one if you like Doritos!

5. Tacos with French Bread All of your favorite taco tastes are combined with the delicious, crusty bread you can never get enough of in French Bread Tacos.

6. Dorito Casserole with Layers In the Layered Doritos Casserole, layers of seasoned sirloin are covered in a flavorful sauce and topped with copious amounts of cheese.

Even though mixing the components is rather simple, to begin with, I like to use my favorite chopping tool to make it even simpler! It makes shopping a breeze and ensures reliable bite-sized bits every time.

Because I adore the taste they bring, I use the entire 10-ounce bag of Doritos in this recipe. Use as much or as little as you’d want, without a doubt! This summer, avoid making the same old salads. Your family and friends will be delighted by the Dorito Taco Salad you add to the menu!

Dorito Taco Salad
Dorito Taco Salad (Pinterest)


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  •  cup water
  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 red or orange pepper chopped
  • sour cream optional garnish
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • ½ cup sliced black olives
  • 1 can of pinto beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup tomatoes diced
  • ¼ cup green onions chopped thin, leave a bit for garnish
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 10 ounces Nacho flavored Doritos
  • 16 ounces Catalina salad dressing


  1. Until no pink is visible, brown the ground meat. Remove any fat.
  2. Add the water and taco seasoning packet to a bowl. Simmer for 5 minutes or until thickened. Set apart for cooling.
  3. The lettuce, peppers, black olives, pinto beans, tomatoes, cheddar, and green onions should all be combined in a big bowl.
  4. Add the seasoned, chilled ground meat on top.
  5. Sprinkle the Doritos on top after slightly crushing them. Add Catalina dressing and toss to coat everything evenly.
  6. If preferred, garnish with more green onions and sour cream.
  7. Serve right away.


Toss right before serving to prevent the sogginess of the Doritos.


Calories: 524 | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 1538mg | Potassium: 470mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 1630IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 185mg | Iron: 2.5mg