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Doritos Taco Salad


This is a long-time, much-loved visitor to buffets and potlucks. Toss just before serving to prevent the Doritos from becoming soggy.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 taco seasoning packet
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 red or orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • 1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped thin, leaving a bit for garnish
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 10 ounces Nacho flavored Doritos
  • 16 ounces 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.


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