Doritos Taco Salad with Catalina Dressing


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Taco salad is a staple in my home! I really really love normal taco salad, but Taco Salad with Catalina Dressing and Doritos is even more amazing! The tangy and zesty dressing pairs perfectly with taco-seasoned beef and cheesy crunchy Doritos.

taco salad with catalina dressing and doritos

Ingredients for Taco Salad with Catalina Dressing and Doritos

  • Ground Beef: Ground turkey or ground chicken works too.
  • Taco Seasoning: I like to use the little packets. You can also make your own taco seasoning pretty easily with the spices you probably have in your cupboard.
  • Head Iceberg Lettuce: I like iceberg lettuce, but you can really use whatever greens that you like.
  • Roma Tomatoes, Avocado, and Green Onions: These toppings add to the overall Mexican vibes of this salad.
  • Canned Chili Beans: Chili beans are widely available in the bean aisle of your local grocery store. They’re really just pinto beans in a chili sauce. You could also use normal pinto beans, but they won’t be as flavorful as the chili beans.
  • Shredded Cheese: I call for Mexican-style cheese, but you could really use any kind of cheese. Pepper jack, cheddar, or colby jack would be delicious.
  • Catalina Salad Dressing: I use Kraft Catalina dressing, but you could use any brand, or even make your own.
  • Crushed Doritos: I like to put these in a plastic bag and then crush them up with a rolling pin.

How to Make Taco Salad with Catalina Dressing

First, cook the ground beef in a skillet. Remove any excess grease, then add a little water and the taco seasoning. Stir that up and let it simmer until the water evaporates. Let that cool. You don’t want to put hot ground beef in with all of the salad ingredients.

Chop up all the veggies. I like using this avocado slicer to easily scoop out the avocado slices. Add those to a large salad bowl, along with the cooled ground beef, beans, cheese, and dressing. Try this beautiful acacia bowl. Mix well, and serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve. If you’re going to refrigerate it and serve it later, don’t add the Doritos or dressing. Add those just before you’re about to serve.

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Taco Salad with Catalina Dressing

Recipe by Julia Pacheco
Course: Main, DinnerCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy


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I really really love normal taco salad, but Taco Salad with Catalina Dressing and Doritos is even more amazing!

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  • 1 lb ground beef

  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning

  • 1/3 cup water

  • 1 large head iceberg lettuce

  • 2 large Roma tomatoes

  • 2 large avocados

  • 4 green onions

  • 15 oz can chili beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 cup Mexican-style cheese, shredded

  • 10 oz Catalina salad dressing

  • 1/2 cup Nacho Cheese Doritos, crushed


  • Heat a skillet over medium heat. Cook ground beef thoroughly, breaking it up. Once cooked, remove any excess grease from the pan, then add the taco seasoning and water. Stir and let simmer for a few minutes, then let cool down completely.
  • Chop the lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, and green onions. Add the cooled ground beef, chopped veggies, beans, cheese, and dressing to a large bowl. Mix well and serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve.

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  1. Julia, this meal was SO GOOD! I loved it😳🫶🏼❤️ thank you for the recipe!

  2. Love this recipe. My family has been making this my whole life. We also do it by replacing the meat with beans. Very yummy.

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