Messy Taco Salad

Messy Taco Salad


"A wonderful picnic, potluck or 3-day dinner. Quick and easy and everyone seems to love it. Optional toppings include chopped tomatoes and olives. I love to have this heated a bit the next day or two!!!"


20 m servings 904 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 904 kcal
  • 45%
  • Fat:
  • 61.1 g
  • 94%
  • Carbs:
  • 60.2g
  • 19%
  • Protein:
  • 31.5 g
  • 63%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 113 mg
  • 38%
  • Sodium:
  • 1819 mg
  • 73%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a large bowl, toss the lettuce and cheese.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the dressing, taco seasoning, and beans.
  3. Brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat, and drain. Add the ground beef and the dressing mixture to the lettuce and cheese, and mix well. Refrigerate until just before serving, then crush the tortilla chips while still in the bag and combine them with the salad.
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  1. 29 Ratings


This is the way I make my taco salad, except I prefer to add the taco seasoning to the meat(as if for tacos), and I don't add the beans. You definitely need to let the meat cool a bit before put...

I also add tomatoes and black olives. We add the cheese and the tacos individually so we do not ruin the leftovers. Our dressing is half Italian and half Catalina and can be added at the last mi...

Liked the recipe a lot and the dressing was delicious. I would suggest putting the nacho chips individually on the servings and not mixed with the salad at the end. They were soggy then in the...

I made this for our superbowl party and it was great. I used ranch dressing and doritos instead and it worked wonderfully.

This was just too sweet for my taste.

This was good. I didn't need 8 servings, so I kinda halved it (no precise measurements). I could not for the life of me find ranch-style beans (perhaps one of the many products we don't get in C...

I added canned corn and and diced tomatoes and skipped the beans only because I didn't have any on hand. I also used Ranch dressing and Fritos. We took it to a picnic on a hot day. The only t...

I did make a few changes. Instead of Thousand Island dressing, I used 16 oz of sour cream. I mixed the taco seasoning and a little salsa with it. I already had these ingredients on hand. The f...

I don't know what to say other than this was very odd. The meat mixture was terrible and the lettuce wilted. Sorry.