Frito Taco Salad

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Frito Taco Salad is quickly making a name for itself as a hearty, tasty, crunchy meal that’s easy to make and super fun to eat! Our go-to taco salad is paired with our fave corn chips for a delicious crunch!

Top with fresh veggies, sour cream and your choice of toppings like homemade salsa or the best guacamole

Frito Taco Salad on a plate with spoons

Instead of making a batch of loaded nachos, load up on fresh veggies with this super easy salad recipe and get all the ooh’s and aah’s from family and friends!

Building a Frito Salad

Taco salad ingredients are the same as what you’d put in a regular ground beef taco, but served over a bed of lettuce instead of in a taco shell. Make individual salads or assemble and serve a Frito taco salad bar and let everyone build their own! Assemble the base and let people choose their favorite dressing and add-ins!

Sauce for Frito Taco Salad being poured onto salad

How to Make Frito Taco Salad

You can make individual servings or like a Dorito Taco Salad, this is also a great dish to serve at a potluck or party! Just cook the meat mixture, assemble and serve!

  1. Brown beef until fully cooked and drain fat.
  2. Add taco seasoning (or homemade taco seasoning) and water and simmer until thickened.
  3. Top shredded lettuce with meat mixture and remaining ingredients.

You can toss with your desired dressing or serve dry and let guests choose their own dressing! Once dressed, add extra corn chips and dive in!

What Goes with Frito Taco Salad

This salad definitely stands on its own, but a citrusy side like orange wedges or a bright, flavorful lemonade drink are crowd-pleasers for sure!

Frito Taco Salad in a bowl with toppings

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Frito Taco Salad on a plate with spoons
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Frito Taco Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Impress your family with this hearty, tasty, crunchy Frito Taco Salad that’s easy to make and super fun to eat!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning or homemade
  • 6 cups iceberg lettuce chopped
  • 1 cup tomatoes chopped
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 cups Frito corn chips
  • ½ cup salsa
  • ½ cup Catalina dressing or to taste
  • toppings as desired peppers, onions, jalapenos, sour cream

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Instructions

  • Brown beef over medium heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  • Add taco seasoning and ½ cup water. Simmer 5 minutes or until thickened.
  • Place lettuce in a large bowl. Top with meat, tomatoes, cheese, 1 cup of Frito corn chips, salsa and desired toppings.
  • Add dressing and toss well. Top with remaining corn chips. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition information does not include desired toppings. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 475, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 30g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 71mg, Sodium: 815mg, Potassium: 520mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 715IU, Vitamin C: 6.2mg, Calcium: 227mg, Iron: 2.9mg

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

Keyword Frito Taco Salad
Course Salad
Cuisine Mexican

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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  1. I’ve made a version of this salad for 20plus years. Instead of the beef-i use red kidney beans(drain the juices)-no salsa or taco seasoning , but, catalina dressing and a chopped red onion. SO Delicious!!

  2. Really great soups for cold days ahead. Ive been looking for a good Taco Salad, but forgot what my Mom used in her Frito Taco Salad.Thanks for listing Catalina dressing. I had totally forgotten it.

  3. This is a delicious and filling salad. For the dressing, I like to combine ranch and salsa, it’s so good with taco salad.5 stars

    1. Hi Jeannie, to print this recipe you can scroll towards the bottom of the page or use the jump to recipe button at the top to view the recipe. Then there is a “print recipe” button just above the ingredients list.

  4. Hi Holly! I tried this recipe and my husband and I absolutely LOVED it! (as well as the Dorito Taco Salad). I did add a half can of pinto beans, drained & rinsed but that was the only addition. It is sooo good! We used Catalina dressing and it was perfect! I love your website and recipes. You are just as cute as a button! and a great photographer! I wish you much success.5 stars