Paula Deen's Taco Salad

A bit of a twist on "traditional" taco salad;  I will sometimes add a can of black beans (drained and rinsed) and a can of corn (drained and rinsed).

2 ripe tomatoes, diced
1/2 lb. sharp cheddar cheese, diced or shredded
1 large onion, chopped (I use thinly sliced red onion)
1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped (I use a combo of iceberg and romaine)
1 lb. ground beef, browned, crumbled, and drained (I usually season it with a taco seasoning packet)
1 16 oz. bottle of Catalina salad dressing
1 bag of Doritos, crushed
Taco sauce/salsa/sour cream

Combine the tomatoes, cheese, onion, lettuce, and ground beef in a large bowl.  Add the entire bottle of salad dressing and mix well.  Just before serving, add the Doritos, tossing to combine with the other ingredients.  Top each serving with taco sauce or salsa and sour cream.


  1. This reminds me of one of our favorites for a crowd of teenagers. We prepare all the fixings for tacos/taco salad, give each kid a large single-serve bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos (1.75 oz.) and a plastic spoon. Everyone opens their bag (some crush the chips first) and loads it up with what they want. (Some reclose it and shake before eating.) This is always a crowd pleaser and easy on clean-up!

  2. I made this for our dinner tonight. It was a hit with the whole family. I deconstructed it a little and put the dressing, chips and onions on the side so everyone could add the amounts of those things that they wanted. I also chopped a couple of avocados (dressed with lime juice) and had those available to those who wanted them. Tasty!