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Doritos Taco Salad Recipe

I love this Doritos taco salad recipe!  The Doritos really make the dish.  This dinner salad is easy to make and tastes amazing, it’s a great alternative to tacos or burritos.  In about 30 minutes dinner is ready.  I topped this taco salad with my favorite Mexican restaurant style salsa.

Taco Salad With Doritos

I am feeding a big family, so I used three pounds of ground beef.  Scale the recipe for your own family needs.

Doritos Taco Salad Recipe Ingredients

  • Seasoned taco meat
  • Can of refried beans
  • Shredded taco, Mexican, or cheddar cheese
  • Doritos nacho chips
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Fresh salsa – or you can make your own, it’s so easy!
  • Sour cream

Doritos Taco Salad Taco Meat Seasoning

This is a great taco seasoning recipe it’s really easy and you’ll save a bunch of money when you ditch the taco seasoning packages.

For EACH pound of  browned ground beef add in the following spices (or use your favorite taco seasoning packet):

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • Pinch of cayenne powder (optional)
  • Pinch of chipotle powder (optional)

Ground Beef Taco Meat From Scratch

After the meat is browned I then add in a can of refried beans.  This stretches the meat and tastes delicious.

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How to Assemble Doritos Taco Salad

Smear your plate with a little meat/bean mixture, this keeps the taco salad from sliding off your plate if you turn around fast by giving the chips something to hold onto.  I’m sure you can figure out that I learned this the hard way.

Taco Salad

Next is a layer of crushed Doritos.  Crush the Doritos just a little in the Doritos bag.

Doritos Taco Salad

Top Doritos with sliced iceberg lettuce.

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Next is a layer of warm taco meat/refried beans mix.

Doritos Taco Salad Recipes

Top the meat mixture with shredded cheese.

Taco Salad With Cheese

Add some fresh salsa.

Doritos Taco Salad Recipe

Top with sour cream.

Doritos Taco Salad Recipe

Optional Addons:

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Sunday 6th of March 2016

I love mexican food. But this recipe is new to me. Wanna try this out. Thanks for sharing.. 😊😊


Sunday 6th of March 2016

I think you will love it! The Doritos really make the taco salad extra delicious! Thanks for stopping by Sherly.

Janine Huldie

Monday 29th of February 2016

Omg, you had me at Doritos! Seriously I love Mexican food, but the added Doritos clinched it for me. Will try this one very soon - thanks :)


Tuesday 1st of March 2016

The Doritos really do take taco salad up a big notch! :D

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