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A Zesty Spin on Taco Salad

Updated on February 23, 2016

Not Your Traditional Taco Salad

This recipe is a special one I grew up eating. When my Dad announced he was making his special taco salad, I would jump up and down with excitement, over a salad! This was, and still is, one of my favorite "go-to" meals. It is cool, crisp and light- just perfect for the summertime. Wait, what am I saying?! It is great to eat at just about any time! I make this for dinner once a month, at least.

How To Make It

Here is how to make the best, most delicious taco salad in the whole world, at least in my opinion. All my family and friends love it! And the best part about this dish, is that It only takes 20 minutes, and is super easy to prepare. I might add that you can certainly choose more vegetables to put in it. I'll admit right now, growing up, I ate this salad with tomatoes and chopped red onion mixed in it too. Darn tasty! However, I believe I have perfected the flavor combination by removing those ingredients.

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 20 min
  • Yields: 6


  • small bag of American salad mix
  • can of dark red kidney beans
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound of ground meat
  • small bag of Frito scoops
  • small bottle of original Catalina dressing


  1. Fully cook the ground meat in a pan, and then let it drain and cool on paper towels in a small bowl.
  2. Wash the salad mix, and dump it into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Crush the Fritos, and mix them into the salad.
  4. Drain and rinse the kidney beans, and mix them into the salad.
  5. Stir the ground meat into the salad.
  6. Stir the cheddar cheese into the salad.
  7. Pour Catalina dressing over the salad and stir, using however much you prefer.
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      Amanda R 3 years ago

      @GardenHarbor: Haha! Yes, you can. The original way I grew up eating it, included chopped onions and tomato. I love it that way too. But my family consists of a little bit pickier eaters, and they don't like tomato or onion. I think there are a lot of veggies that could be added and taste great!

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      Nikki Schilling 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      pretty interesting recipe! I love Mexican food, so this is definitely worth trying. You could probably easily add other veggies too to make it appear healthy :)