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Dorito Taco Salad with Catalina Dressing

You can serve this delicious Dorito taco salad already tossed, or as a make-it-yourself bowl. My mom used to make this all the time for our family and we loved it. Now my kids (and their friends) are fans of this taco salad recipe with Doritos as well! It is also the perfect taco salad for potluck parties.

Dorito Taco Salad with Catalina Dressing

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • Ground beef: use lean ground beef. I like at least 90% lean
  • Taco seasoning: one packet to flavor the ground beef
  • Iceberg lettuce: It holds its shape better than the more leafy lettuce when mixed with the rest of the ingredients
  • Bell pepper: I like to use red and green to add color to the salad
  • Black olives: sliced so they are well distributed within the salad
  • Beans: you can use black beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, or you’re favorite. Just make sure to rinse and drain them well
  • Tomatoes: diced tomatoes, seeds removed
  • Red onion: ¼ cup chopped or thinly sliced
  • Cheddar cheese: freshly shredded is the best
  • Doritos: we like the nacho cheese-flavored ones, slightly crushed
  • Catalina dressing: you can toss it with the salad, or serve it on the side.

Dorito Taco Salad with Catalina Dressing

How do you make Dorito Taco Salad?

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the beef until there is no pink left. Add the taco seasoning packet along with ½ cup water and cook for about 5 minutes or until almost all the liquid has evaporated.

Toss all ingredients together in a big bowl. Drizzle the dressing on top, mix, and enjoy!

What dressing for Dorito Taco Salad?

This is really up to you. I like to use Catalina Salad dressing, but Italian is also good. Try it with the one you enjoy the most, and maybe you can try it with a different salad dressing every time!

Ideas to Serve with your Taco Salad!

If you are planning on serving this delicious Dorito taco salad to your family as part of a meal, you can start with The Best Broccoli Cheese Soup, or the Best Cauliflower Soup Recipe they are both delicious!

For dessert, my family loves this Lemon Brownies Recipe because it’s both sweet and tangy!

Make Ahead:

If you want to make this recipe ahead of time, cook the beef, chop all the veggies and store everything in separate airtight containers and in the fridge for up to 2 days. When you’re ready to serve, just place everything together in a bowl, add the crushed Doritos and salad dressing, toss, and serve!

Dorito Taco Salad with Catalina Dressing

Dorito Taco Salad with Catalina Dressing

Dorito Taco Salad is the perfect meal to feed a crowd!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 524 kcal


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 iceberg lettuce head, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup ½ cup black olives, sliced
  • 1 can 1 can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup tomatoes, seeds removed and diced
  • ¼ cup red onion, chopped or thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 10 oz Nacho cheese flavored Doritos
  • 16 oz Catalina salad dressing


  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef until there is no pink left. Add the taco seasoning and ½ cup water and cook until thick, about 5 minutes
  • Place cooked beef, chopped veggies, and cheese in a large salad bowl. Toss
  • Add slightly crushed Doritos
  • Drizzle salad dressing on top and toss again carefully. Serve.


Calories: 524kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 18gFat: 33g
Recipe Rating


Monday 1st of April 2024

Made this for a funeral dinner and it was a big hit! It has been requested that I make this for a church dinner so that will be happening soon. I will serve roughly 50-60 people.