Monday, January 17, 2011

Mom's Taco Salad

I grew up as a Navy brat (that's what they call us military kids).  My Dad was deployed pretty frequently. That left my Mom, who also worked outside the home, taking care of us kids by herself, fixing all the house disasters that always seemed to happen the minute Dad left and doing her best to get meals on the table.   This was one of those meals.   And let me tell ya, it is still a favorite of mine to this day.  Looking for a great weeknight meal? Then look no further.   Put all the ingredients out and let your kids or guests customize their salad exactly the way they like it.
 
Ingredients:
1 lb ground beef (or ground turkey)
1 packet taco seasoning
Water (whatever the back of your packet of taco seasoning requires)
1 bag of Doritos 
1 can dark red kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
½ head lettuce, shredded
1 block of medium Cheddar Cheese, shredded
3 tomatoes, diced
1 container of Sour cream
1 bottle of Catalina dressing




Directions:
Brown and drain beef of excess fat.  Add packet of taco seasoning (whichever one is your favorite or if you make your own).  Add necessary water (following directions on back of package).   Let water reduce until the beef mixture is thick and the flavors melded.  Turn off heat.  Crush a handful (or more) of Doritos and place on plate.  Next layer with a little taco beef mixture.  Then add whatever toppings you prefer; kidney beans, shredded lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream and then lightly drizzle with Catalina dressing.

This is great to double to feed a larger crowd.  Have a taco salad bar!

Cook’s Note:  Some other toppings include: salsa, pinto beans, olives or jalapenos.
Enjoy!

44 comments:

Siggy Spice said...

I love, love, LOVE Doritos in Taco Salad....I think it just gives it a zip you can't get from plain tortilla chips. I haven't had Taco Salad in forever....I must put it on my menu soon!

thecountrycook said...

I agree Sigs! We have always eaten it with Doritos - in fact this is what we had for dinner last night...hee hee.

ravienomnoms said...

Love Taco salads! It is such a great leftover meal to have when you have tacos too! I love to bring taco salad in for lunch at work the day after I have made tacos. Thanks for sharing this!

Elisabeth said...

I absolutely love taco salad, and love the way you made it. Catalina dressing is an old all time favorite of mine, that I have a great chicken recipe for, but taco salad? ...yummm!
It's a healthy meal, by itself.
Thanks for sharing, following your blog, I invite you to visit mine, have a giveaway too!

Claire Gallam said...

I'm a HUGE fan of Taco salads. I usually avoid them because they are so high fat, but sometimes they are totally worth it!

Sandra said...

I love Taco salad too..yours have wonderful combo of flavors..I love it, and it looks awesome!

happywhennothungry said...

Yum! I love taco salad... yours looks amazing!

Annie said...

Oh yummy! My mom makes something close to this that is a taco dip but it also calls for french dressing. I will have to give this a try!

Jessica said...

That looks beautiful! I love how taco salads are so versatile and you can put anything you love on there. Good job!

Haley said...

Yum! This looks tasty and easy to put together! I'll have to keep this in mind for this semester when I've spent 3-4 hours with a cadaver in anatomy lab and I'm exhausted! ;)

thecountrycook said...

Haley - way to gross me out - thanks...LOL.

something good said...

never had a taco salad like this! it looks amazing!

Haley said...

Sorry, I didn't mean too! Please forgive me :) I was just trying to emphasize that after a crazy day like that, I'm gonna need something yummy like that to help have a good rest of the day!

Ang said...

This looks great, I could dive right in. I kind of stumbled on your site and I love it! Great recipes:)

Stephanie said...

Love the simplicity of this yummy meal. And using Doritos wouldn't occur to me, but I bet it's great!

Cakewhiz said...

Among all the mexican food i have tried, taco salad is still my favorite. There is something about this crunchy, spicy cheesy combination that i just can't get enough of. Your taco salad looks wonderful!

Cakewalker said...

You had me at taco salad!

Becky said...

I haven't had taco in so long. I'll have to resurrect it, with chicken or ground turkey! Thanks for sharing!

My Life as the canning wife said...

That looks like it will be perfect for dinner this week!!!

Kim - Liv Life said...

I love taco salads!! This is one of those meals that I could eat nearly every single night!!

Mother Rimmy said...

I haven't made a taco salad since my kids left for college! They used to love taco salads. Thanks for the happy memories. I'll have them over for dinner and make this again for old times sake!

Kristi

The Mom Chef said...

I adore taco salads. I love any of that stuff. And I think kids do because it's messy and allows them to be messy too! Thanks for this great recipe.

grace said...

I have made something like this but we would use fritos and packaged ranch dressing and prepare that to directions and no beans. Always easy and tasty meal. I love it

Holly said...

Oh my good lord. I love love love Taco salad!!

Sue said...

I like this and when I was a girl my Mom used to make something similar. I remember it was very tasty.

sliceofsouthern said...

How bizare is this? A co-worker of mine gave me this recipe about 15 years ago...and it's almost exactly the same. Only difference is that mine uses cabbage instead of lettuce and tortilla chips instead of the doritos. Try the cabbage sometime, it really gives a crunch to the salad and lets you keep left overs (without the dressing) for a couple of days without wilting!

ButterYum said...

This is always a crowd pleaser. I haven't had it for a while, so thanks for reminding me about it.

:)
ButterYum

shopannies said...

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JamieS said...

I love Taco Salad too! We always made ours with Fritos...

JamieS@ Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Corrina said...

This is how we make taco salad too, but with grnd turkey. cassoncorner@blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Love, lovr, love taco salad. For anyone who is not stoo crazy about french dressing, try thousand island dressing, regular or lo calorie..yummy!

Linda B said...

We love taco salad only instead of Doritos, it has to be Fritos. We always use the Catalina dressing too!
I like how taco salad can be made to fit what you have to add to the basic salad.

Dawn241 said...

We make something similar to this pretty often. I add 1 can of Bush's Chili Magic beans to my cooked meat and we have it over Fritos sometimes, sometimes tortilla chips - with whatever toppings people like. Haven't ever tried with Catalina dressing before - I'll have to try that.

Chicky said...

Awesome - just found your site and have bookmarked a bunch of recipes! I was a navy brat too, and we also made the same recipe - but with thousand island dressing - and it was tossed together. Looks dreadful but oh so yummy!

Snoop said...

I grew up having pretty much this same dish minus the Catalina and the kidney beans replaced with chili beans. We just called this tacos. It was an easier, somewhat cheaper version of tacos to serve to a family of 5. So much easier than stuffing taco shells. The beans also helped to make the meat go further. I still make this today, except I sometimes add a cheese sauce on top.

gentleenuff said...

I make Taco salad with these same ingredients except I omit the doritos and mix Fritos in with the entire salad.
Everyone always wants the recipe and their's never any leftovers.

ShoresinNC said...

My Mom used to make this but instead of Catalina dressing, she used a mayo & ketchup combo! So good!

ShoresinNC said...

My Mom used to make this same taco salad but instead of Catalina dressing, used a mayo/ketchup dressing. So good!!

Debbie said...

Hi All, love your site. I always add the juice from a can of Hunts brand (personal favorite) diced tomatoes to the taco seasoning ground meat mixture when cooking instead of water. It adds another great layer of flavor,besides I will be using the canned tomatoes, unless I have summer fresh tomatoes in the recipe topping. Brandie looking forward to trying more of your recipes. You have great instructions and photos!!

Anonymous said...

I have always used Fritos and Catalina Dressing and pinto beans on my Taco Salado. My boys always said I was burnin' them out with that recipe. Funny that those guys always ate every bite!

Anonymous said...

Great recipe! I make this every so often, but when they have a throw back & the original Taco flavored Dorito's are available, I make sure to make this!
I like to toss the kidney beans in with the meat & let them cook a little with the taco seasoning.
I got the recipe from my cousin, she brings it to family gatherings, I always look forward to hers, made the same, but hers just always seems better.
My grown children's families come home on Christmas Eve to exchange presents & we like to have a few appetizers & things, this will be part of it this year! Thank you! Diana

Leslie said...

I'm salivating!!!! Love me some taco salad!! I'd throw in some black beans, too and use my fave healthy Tex-mex "dressing" of equal parts plain Greek yogurt and verde salsa... Yum! I'll make this soon, Brandi. Thanks
Blessings,
Leslie

Anonymous said...

A family favorite, we mix half Catalina and half taco sauce or salsa for the dressing. Delish!

Anonymous said...

Never had a taco salad without lettuce of some kind, interesting.