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Doritos Taco Salad (+Video)

Dorito Taco Salad is a huge favorite! A delicious combination of taco seasoned ground beef, Doritos, taco toppings and Catalina dressing.


This Doritos Taco Salad was one of those meals I ate a lot as a kid. I’m sure most of us kids who grew up in the 70’s and 80’s remember this one really well. I still make it often to this day! It’s a really flavorful salad and you can customize it in so many different ways! This taco salad is also perfect to set up as Taco Bar. Put out all the different ingredients and let guests make their own individual salads they way they like it!

bowl of Doritos taco salad topped with a dollop of sour cream.


What else can you put in taco salad?

Other toppings include: salsa, pinto beans, sliced olives, jalapeños and sliced green onions.

Do I have to use Doritos?

No you could use tortilla chips instead of the Doritos.

What goes well with taco salad?

I feel like this really is a whole meal in one! However, if you’d really like a side, I would suggest Mexican cornbread, grilled corn or perhaps some Mexican rice.

What salad dressing is good for taco salad?

You’ve got three good options. Catalina is my first choice. However, you could use French or Russian dressing since they are so similar.

What kind of beans are in taco salad?

You’ll usually see kidney beans or black beans. Pinto beans are another great option!

How do I store leftovers?

Leftovers can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerated for at lest one day. Keep in mind, the lettuce will get soggy. So if you are planning on leftovers, try to keep all the ingredients separate until you are ready to prepare.

Large bowl of Doritos Taco Salad.


  • ground beef
  • taco seasoning
  • water
  • Doritos
  • kidney beans or black beans
  • cheddar cheese
  • tomato
  • Catalina or French dressing
  • sour cream
ground beef, taco seasoning, dark red kidney beans, lettuce, medium cheddar cheese, tomatoes, catalina dressing, sour cream


Brown and drain beef of excess grease.

browning ground beef in skillet.

Add packet of taco seasoning (whichever one is your favorite or make your own.) Add necessary water (following directions on back of package.) Let water reduce until the beef mixture is thick. Turn off heat.

taco meat fully cooked and seasoned with taco seasoning.

Crush Doritos and place in a large bowl. Add in beef mixture. Then add in kidney beans, shredded lettuce, cheese and diced tomatoes.

Stir. Finally, drizzle with Catalina or French dressing.

drizzling Catalina dressing on top of taco salad.

Top each serving with sour cream.

white bowl filled with taco salad topped with a dollop of sour cream.


Originally published: January 2011
Updated and republished: May 2019

Doritos Taco Salad

Doritos Taco Salad (+Video)

Dorito Taco Salad is a huge favorite. A fun combination of ingredients that everyone loves! Seasoned ground beef, Doritos and taco toppings!
4.85 from 20 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • cups water, (or whatever amount the back of your packet of taco seasoning requires)
  • 10.5 ounce bag Doritos (Nacho Cheese flavor)
  • 15.5 ounce can dark red kidney beans or black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ head Romaine or iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 1 block cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • 8 ounce container sour cream
  • 8 ounce bottle Catalina or French dressing (or to taste)


  • Brown and crumble ground beef in a medium skillet. Once cooked, drain excess grease
  • Add packet of taco seasoning and water.
  • Let water reduce until the beef mixture is thick. Turn off heat.
  • Crush Doritos and place into a large bowl.
  • Next add in taco beef mixture.
  • Then add beans, shredded lettuce, cheese and diced tomatoes. 
  • Then lightly drizzle with Catalina dressing. Stir well.
  • Serve topped with sour cream.



  • Use as much dressing as you prefer. I usually start with half a bottle and add more from there until you get it how you like it. 
  • This is great to double to feed a larger crowd. Make a taco salad bar! Let your guests create their own taco salad combinations!
  • Other toppings include: salsa, pico de gallo, pinto beans, sliced olives, jalapeños and sliced green onions and guacamole.
  • Sliced cherry or grape tomatoes can be used.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American


Calories: 787kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 46g | Sodium: 1226mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 7g

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  1. 5 stars
    This is a delicious taco salad! I love that it uses Doritos in place of plain tortilla chips. I like to set all the fixin’s out and let everyone make their own individual salads according to what they like on it. I love Catalina dressing, but not everyone does. My hubs and daughter opted for some guacamole salsa, and my son chose chipotle ranch for his. It’s so easy to customize so everyone is happy! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!