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Recipe for Taco Salad with Homemade Chips

Updated on July 26, 2017
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Deborah L. Alexander is an author, business woman, wife to Doug for almost 40 years, a mother of three adult children & a grandmother of 4.

Taco Salad

Taco Salad is an easy, complete meal all in one, and a recipe that has been in my family for years. This is an attractive, delicious salad that is cool,crispy, spicy, meaty, flavorful, creamy, and just plain yummy!

It can be modified to suit individual taste preferences--mild, spicy, or filled with fire. Onions or no onions, you choose how you like it with no compromise to the abundant flavor found in the basic recipe. It can also be adjusted to be low-cal, or even vegetarian when made with boca crumbles.

Hope you find my taco salad as tasty and addictive as I do. This is my number one favorite meal whether it be lunch or dinner.

Here's the Ingredients You Will Need

  • Prep time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • Yields: 4


  • 1 1/2 lbs lean hamburger meat (ground turkey or boca crumbles also work too)
  • One 16 oz can kidney beans drained (pinto or black beans can be substituted)
  • 1 package Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 1/2 head of iceberg lettuce
  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • 2 avocados diced (save a few slivers for garnish)
  • 3 -4 Tablespoons purple onion chopped
  • 1/2 can black olives (quarter olives but save a few whole for garnish)
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • French Dressing or Ranch Dressing if you prefer
  • One 10 oz can Ro*Tel diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
  • Sour Cream
  • Diced Jalapeno Pepper (if you like it very spicy)
  • Tabasco Sauce


  1. Brown hamburger meat. Drain, add taco seasoning and 3/4 cup water. Add kidney beans and heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer 5 min. Stirring occasionally.
  2. While meat is cooking assemble salad ingredients in a large bowl. Tear lettuce into bite size pieces, Dice tomatoes and avocados (reserve a few slim avocado wedges for garnish). Chop purple onion and quarter olives--saving a few whole olives for garnish. Add tomatoes, avocado, onion, black olives, and cheddar cheese to bowl with lettuce. If you choose to add jalapeno pepper, chop up amount you wish to add and add to salad. Toss to mix ingredients.

Taco Salad with Homemade Chips

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A Few Suggestions If You Like It Hot ... Or Not

How Spicy Do You Like It?

A little Jalapeno Pepper will make it plenty hot!

And to get more heat, you could add a few sprinkles of cayenne pepper to the taco meat while cooking.

Tabasco, Frank's Red Hot, Pace's "Hot" version or Louisiana Hot Sauce will all add an extra "kick".

Or if you do not like hot, avoid all of the above and use Pace Picante Sauce in the mild formula. Or you could use no hot sauce at all ...

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The Salad, The Taco Meat, and The Chips

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Taco Meat

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Baking Sheet for Cooking Tortillas

Baking sheet, plus corn tortillas and olive oil with kosher salt to make your own "Home-made Corn Chips"

Homemade Corn Chips

I made these chips the first time as an emergency substitution. I was out of Doritos and Fritos but I had corn tortillas. So since these tasted so much better, they became part of my recipe from then on.

  • Prep time: 2 min
  • Cook time: 10 min
  • Ready in: 12 min
  • Yields: 4


  • 4 corn tortillas
  • Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt


  1. Brush corn tortillas with a light coating of olive oil. Cut in quarters. Place on a foil lined cookie sheet. Salt generously with Kosher salt.
  2. Bake at 425 degrees for a total of 10 minutes. Turn chips over halfway through cooking time. Check frequently so chips do not burn. It may take more or less time depending on the moisture content of your corn tortillas.

Now for the Presentation

Be creative in the assembly. There are many ways to present this delicious meal.

This is where it all comes together. The salad, the taco meat, the dressing, the sour cream, the picante sauce, the chips, and the garnish ...

Here is how mine came out this time ...

YUMMY!!! Time to Enjoy :)

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    • KimGiancaterino profile image

      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      My mom loves to make this for parties. I'm a vegetarian, but it's just as good without the meat.

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      DIY Mary 5 years ago

      Tex-Mex food is one of my all-time favorite cuisines. I look forward to trying the hot version of your taco salad.

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      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      Your taco salad looks a lot like mine. I like to use black beans and serve my homemade guacamole on the side. (I have a page here on Squidoo that features my guacamole recipe!) Thanks for reminding me about this salad. It is an easy one dish main course that I will be making soon.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I love Mexican food. YAY! :)

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I will and thank you.

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      chookyco 5 years ago

      I usually buy mine from a store but they look 10 times better and i imagine taste that way too

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      mogulmedia 5 years ago

      Can you please email me your address? I'm coming round for tacos!!!!

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      xphiltre 5 years ago

      Looks absolutely yummy! Definitely giving them a try :)

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Simple and yummy, thank you!! :)

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Delete that last idiotic message! I was supposed to be commenting on another lens after yours and my computer is soo slow it went here! :)

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      These are absolutely amazing! I adore sequins! Blessed!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      YUMMY :) Thanks and here's some angel dust for you!

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      elsiesflat 5 years ago

      I'll be giving this a try. Thank you.

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      racko09 5 years ago

      wow, nice :)

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      digitaltree 5 years ago

      Great Lens and recipe.

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      'Meaty, flavorful, creamy, and just plain yummy'... just about sums it up for me. I love taco salad, most any old way. Except HOT! Wonderful lens, thanks for sharing.

      Congratulations on making Popular Pages - Featured Lenses.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I will bring my new grocery list to the store. Really want to try this! Yum!

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      ifeelgod lm 5 years ago

      Think I have to try this!

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      writer4 5 years ago

      Love taco salads thanks for sharing this lens.

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      mowug1776 5 years ago

      great lens

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      This is really a delicious lens. I love it.

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      @nightbear lm: You are very welcome. So glad you enjoyed the taco salad. It is definitely one of my family's favorites. Thank you for the feedback; that's great to hear :)

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      nightbear lm 5 years ago

      Hi! I just wanted you to know I made this the other night and it was delicious!! A big hit with my husband and it wasn't difficult at all. A real winner. Thank you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Any new restaurant I go too, if they serve nachos and I haven't tried them before, I never can get anything but nachos! Great article, had fun seeing it. *blessed by a squid angel*

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      Dana Marie 5 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      Looks very yummy and look forward to making it soon

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      Yum, yum and yum! This looks lovely - I will be trying it for sure. Thank you.

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      Looks like a super delicious recipe... I love Mexican food :)

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      Looks like a super delicious recipe... I love Mexican food :)

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      Karlaashlee 5 years ago

      Mexican food is my favorite. I now have a favorite recipe to go to - simple and easy!

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      pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

      Looks delicious! Mexican food is really good and I think your recipe is simple but definitely worth a try. Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Looks delish and now I'm hungry.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Oh, my gosh. I'm super hungry now.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      What a simple and yummy recipe. Definitely worth trying!

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      nightbear lm 5 years ago

      I'll be making this for supper tonight. Looks great! Blessed

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      nightbear lm 5 years ago

      I'll be making this for supper tonight. Looks great! Blessed

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      Rawz_B_A 5 years ago

      Whoa, HOMEMADE cornchips, that's pretty extreme.

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      AudioHead 5 years ago

      Looks wonderful........

      will try

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      puppyprints 5 years ago

      This looks sooooo good....makes my stomach start growling!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Yum-sounds delicious! Love the fiestaware too! :>)

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      tyrosine 5 years ago

      Might wanna try it out some day! hopefully soon!

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      Yummy, thanks for sharing!! =)

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Taco salads! Oh yummy. Would love to splurge on one right now! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love Mexican in any form

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      Very well done lens and I love the photos.

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      Einar A 5 years ago

      I enjoy taco salad, and it's a great idea to make your own chips out of corn tortillas!

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      Great job. We used to love a good taco salad but we haven't had one for a long time. Time to fix that! Thanks for the idea.

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      wilfredpadilla 5 years ago

      Great mexican recipe!