Dorito Taco Salad

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Dorito Taco Salad is a delicious salad we’ve been serving at potlucks for as long as I can remember!

Everyone loves a great taco salad and this version is a definitely a crowd favorite!

Seasoned ground beef, fresh lettuce, pinto beans, veggies and of course Doritos all sauced up with a zingy dressing make this an exciting change to your daily menu!

Everyone at our potluck went CRAZY for this Dorito Taco Salad! And it's SO easy to make!

I truly love salads, but sometimes they can become a bit boring. This Dorito Taco Salad definitely spices up the ‘same old salad’ slump that we tend to get into. Not only is is easy to make, but it is delicious too!

I absolutely love anything that is taco inspired from pasta to casseroles… and especially salads!

Something about that beautiful blend of spices found in taco seasoning (especially my DIY taco seasoning mix) paired with crisp fresh lettuce just tastes SO good! Of all of the taco inspired dishes I make, this one definitely tops the list because everyone always raves about it!

Everyone at our potluck went CRAZY for this Dorito Taco Salad! Loads of seasoned ground beef, veggies, beans and Doritos in a zesty sauce!

If you happen to have leftover taco beef from a prior recipe, it’s perfect in this recipe. In fact, I often make a double batch of taco meat to store in my freezer for extra quick meals on busy weeknights.

It takes me just seconds to defrost it for quick tacos, taco salads or even for a tray of Loaded Tater Tot Nachos!

The remaining ingredients are simple and easy to keep on hand. Pinto beans and sliced black olives in the canned variety are always staples in my pantry. Lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheese, peppers and sour cream are items I always have on hand.

And OF COURSE you can’t forget the Doritos (we love the Nacho Cheese Flavor)!

I have been asked for this recipe countless times! Dorito Taco Salad has loads of seasoned ground beef, veggies, beans and Doritos in a zesty sauce!

This meal can be prepared ahead of time! The secret is to assemble everything in layers and simply toss before serving. Using the layered method keeps ingredients from becoming soggy.

  • Your bottom layer will be the cooked and seasoned ground beef topped with the dressing.
  • Next layer the pinto beans and sliced olives.
  • Follow this with the peppers and tomatoes.
  • Next layer is the lettuce and the onion.
  • Add the cheese on top.
  • Leave out the Doritos until just before serving.

Using the layering method above, you can assemble the salad and refrigerate for a quick and easy meal at the end of a busy day or to take along to a backyard BBQ party or potluck. Simply toss to coat everything just before serving and wait for the compliments to pour in!

You can modify this recipe however you’d like or based on what you have on hand! I have used diced chicken breast in place of ground beef (or ground turkey), I also use different types of peppers and I like to kick up the heat a notch using spicy Doritos!

Use the veggies you love (corn is great in this recipe too) and make it your own masterpiece! It is just so easy to prepare and to top it off it tastes fantastic!

This is my favorite taco salad! Dorito Taco Salad is a crowd favorite with loads of seasoned ground beef, veggies, beans and Doritos in a zesty dressing!

6 Taco Inspired Dishes You MUST Try

Love Taco Inspired Dishes? Me too… and here are some of my absolute favorites!

1. Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells Tender pasta shells stuffed with deliciously seasoned beef, salsa and cheese baked until bubbly.

2. Taco Pasta Salad Pasta salad with a taco twist, fresh veggies and our favorite Doritos!  Must try!

3. Taco Tater Tot Casserole This casserole features seasoned beef and loads of vegetables topped with a yummy tater tot crust and baked until golden.

4. Taco Casserole with a Surprise Crust Taco night just got a whole lot more delicious… spoiler alert:  if you like Doritos, you’ll love this one!

5. French Bread Tacos French Bread Tacos combine all the taco flavors you love with the delicious, crusty bread you can’t get enough of!

6. Layered Dorito Casserole  Layered Doritos Casserole has layers of seasoned beef in a rich and zesty sauce topped with loads of cheese.

Dorito Taco Salad was the biggest hit at my last party! It's so good with loads of seasoned ground beef, veggies, beans and Doritos in a zesty dressing!

While assembling the ingredients is super easy to begin with, to make it even easier I love to use my favorite chopping tool! It makes chopping a breeze and you are guaranteed consistent bite sized pieces every time!

I use a whole 10 oz bag of Doritos in this recipe because I love the flavor they add. You can certainly use as much or as little as you’d like! Don’t get stuck making the same old salads this summer. Add Dorito Taco Salad to your menu and delight your family and friends!

Dorito Taco Salad

Dorito Taco Salad is the best potluck dish and always gets rave reviews! Loads of seasoned ground beef, veggies, beans and Doritos in a zesty dressing!

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  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 taco seasoning packet
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce – chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 red or orange pepper – chopped
  • 1 green pepper – chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • 1 can pinto beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup tomatoes – diced
  • 1/4 cup green onions – chopped thin (leave a bit for garnish)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese – shredded
  • 1o oz Nacho flavoured Doritos
  • 16 oz catalina salad dressing
  • Sour cream


  1. Brown the ground beef until no pink remains.  Drain any fat.
  2. Stir in the taco seasoning packet and water.  Simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, peppers, black olives, pinto beans, tomatoes, cheddar and green onions.
  4. Top with the seasoned and cooled ground beef.
  5. Slightly crush the Doritos and sprinkle on top. Drizzle with catalina dressing and toss to coat evenly.
  6. Garnish with sour cream and additional green onions is desired.
  7. Serve immediately.


Toss just before serving to avoid the Doritos from becoming soggy.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 servings, Serving Size:

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 524 Calories

(Nutriton information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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This is the best potluck dish, everyone raved about it! Dorito Taco Salad is loaded with seasoned ground beef, veggies, beans and of course Doritos in a zesty dressing!
This is the best potluck dish, everyone raved about it! Dorito Taco Salad is loaded with seasoned ground beef, veggies, beans and of course Doritos in a zesty dressing!

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64 comments on “Dorito Taco Salad”

  1. I have been making this salad since the late 70’s and it’s always been a hit. The only thing different is I use Richlieu Western Dressing and no olives or sour cream (don’t like them). I never bring home leftovers and always have to have the recipe with me. It’s wonderful for a hot weather meal.

    Rating: 4
  2. I love Doritos salads! Such a great childhood memory for me. This looks delish!

    And your site…this is the first time I’m seeing it on my big 27″ iMac and omg it’s so beautiful :)

  3. This looks delicious, have you ever used salsa in it?

  4. I noticed you put green onions in the recipe 3 times but omitted the red and yellow peppers. Thought you might want to edit the recipe. I love this taco salad. Thanks for sharing. ❤️

    Rating: 5
    • You’re welcome Cheryl, enjoy! The peppers are added in step 3 after the lettuce but you’re right, I did mention the green onions twice! I’ve updated the recipe. Thank you for letting me know!

  5. I like this recipe but I’m a huge pico fan so I would omit some of your veggies and switch it up for tomatoes, sweet onion, cilantro, lemon, garlic and a pinch of salt and use salsa instead of dressing.

    Rating: 3
  6. Dorothy Lynch dressing is the only way to go with this.

    Rating: 5
  7. In the video you were using a tool to break up the ground beef and I was wondering what it was.

  8. I spotted your recipe on Facebook and decided this looked like something I’d like to try. Thanks for the handy print option and for sharing this yummy looking dish!

  9. I made this recipe and loved it! I mixed all of the veggies (minus the peppers). To keep the salad greens from getting soggy, I did not add the ground beef to the entire salad. Instead, I served the seasoned beef as a garnish for use on individual servings along with the crushed chips (salad bar style). I mixed the Catalina with ranch dressing and a dash of taco seasoning. I served on the side for use on individual salads (to taste). Chips stay crunchy, and you end up using less dressing. Delicious!

    Rating: 5
  10. The recipe is a bit confusing. At one point you say put the meat on the bottom, add the dressing and mix everything together. Another time you say layer it ending with the meat and drizzling with the dressing. So I’m not sure how to put it together.

    • If you’re going to eat it right away, just put it all together, mix and enjoy.

      If you are making it ahead of time to serve later, you can put the meat at the bottom and layer it as suggested to keep the ingredients from getting soggy. Mix everything together just before serving.

  11. Great! Thanks! I’m making it for dinner tonight!

  12. Made this with vidalia onions in lieu of spring onions. 1/2bag of doritos, and I only had Romaine lettuce. Made a very large salad and it was delish. We had enough for dinner and two lunches,. Usually I do not care for left over salad, but it was so good, I would have eaten it for another lunch.

  13. Delish

    Rating: 5
  14. My husband made a comment on Facebook that he wanted this salad. I am making it for dinner on Monday. Looks good and easy to make. Thank you. Always like to try something new. :)

  15. Question – in your video you use a tool to dice your peppers – can you provide a link to purchase that magical device?

  16. My husband and daughter loved this recipe! The organization of the layers is the only thing I changed. The Doritos were put in individual bowls. All of the ingredients in step 3, the meat, and dressing were tossed together in a large bowl. It was spooned on top of the Doritos just before serving.I garnished the salad with cheese and sour cream.

    Rating: 5
  17. This looks so delicious. Do you cook the beans first or just pour them straight from the can?

  18. This is very similar to how I make it (–minus bell peppers LOL) and I just use Vidalia onions. I prefer it with taco sauce as the dressing though.. It is also good if you just add hamburger without the taco seasoning if you do not have it but then you really would want to use taco sauce as the dressing to give it that taco taste.

    Rating: 4
  19. Why not use taco flavored Doritos?? I love those!! Or maybe 1/2 Nacho cheese flavor and 1/2 taco flavored! This looks amazing

  20. What is the per serving nutrition information?

  21. This is one of our family’s favorite recipes. Such a classic! The only difference in the way we make it is the dressing. We us thousand island mix it with taco seasoning before pouring it in the salad. 

    • That sounds like an amazingly tasty idea!

      • Could you use avocado instead of the olives.what other kinf of dressing can you use if you don’t have catalina?when I make my enchilada casserole I use the Mexican cheeseinstead of the cheddar cheese.I really want to try sounds so good.

  22. Good hearty meal for pennies. yum yum

  23. I’ve been making this salad for years and it’s always a hit. In fact, I am taking it to a family reunion this Sunday. I leave out the black olives (not a fan) and I use ground sausage instead of beef and kidney beans instead of pinto beans. I mix medium taco sauce (1 part) with western dressing (2 part) for the dressing. YUM!

    Rating: 5
  24. Did you ever make this with ground chicken instead of beef.

  25. Hmmm..never had it…never heard of it

  26. We have been making this since 1977 and it is the most requested dish we are asked to bring to a Potluck. The only thing with our dish is we use Creamy Italian Dressing and people say they like it so much more than Catalina. We also use Taco Flavored Doritos now that they are making them again and Kraft Taco Flavored Cheese (it has Mexican spices added). We leave out the bell peppers.Yes, do not add the Doritos or Dressing until just before serving.

    Rating: 5
  27. I have been making this for years. As for the dressing, I like Dorothy Lynch, but this salad needs sweet tanginess of the Catalina. Lynch is a little too ‘smooth,’ to me. Also I have always used original Fritos for the ‘crunch.’ They are thicker, so don’t get soggy at all.

  28. This was delicious it is a keeper in my household thank you  

    Rating: 5
  29. made this for dinner, it was absolutely delicious, I will make it again, was a big hit with my family

  30. mad this for dinner, it was absolutely delicious and a big hit with my family, I will make it again, I also made my own Catalina dressing, very simple to do and very good

    Rating: 5
  31. I use to work and taco Johns and they make a house dressing that is real good all it is is 1/2 taco sauce and 1/2 creamy Italian dressing real good

  32. I made this and it was awesome!!!!!!!

    Rating: 5
  33. Use 1000 island dressing its great

  34. Best taco salad! My whole family loved it!

    Rating: 5
  35. This was a classic recipe in my home for years. Thanks for reminding me of how nutritious and delicious this favorite recipe is! Love it! I am planning on preparing it for our family tomorrow!
    I give it five stars!

    Rating: 5
  36. I have made this several times and my husband and I absolutely love it. We don’t use the beans or the Catalina dressing but lots of salsa and sour cream. 

    Rating: 5
  37. Always use taco Doritos and Ranch dreasing also use taco seasoning but instead of adding water I use taco sauce mixed with the meat and seasoning  The taco Doritos give it better flavor. 

  38. Loved the salad but just as an FYI, the layered method doesn’t mention the cheese. I assembled the layers and almost forgot the cheese.  But I did get lots of compliments.

    Rating: 5

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