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Classic Dorito Taco Salad

This Classic Dorito Taco Salad is a family favorite dish that is perfect for potlucks, parties, and cookouts.

Dorito taco salad is made with seasoned beef, black beans, fresh veggies, Doritos, and Catalina salad dressing. This taco salad is delicious served hot or cold and is the perfect addition to any table spread.

Dorito taco salad served in a white casserole dish topped with fresh romaine lettuce, shredded cheese, and chopped tomatoes.

Dorito Taco Salad

Dorito taco salad is a classic side dish that is very popular at potlucks, cookouts, parties, and BBQ's. Ever since I was a child, I've seen this taco salad at family reunions, potlucks, and cookouts and I serve this salad at my own cookouts.

This Dorito taco salad never lasts long and it quickly became a favorite dish to serve at family events.

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A serving spoon resting on top of a Dorito taco salad in a white casserole dish.

Ingredients in Dorito Taco Salad

Very basic ingredients are used in this taco salad and it's easy to customize this salad for the addition of your favorite taco ingredients.

  • Ground beef - cooked, crumbled, and drained
  • Red onion - diced finely
  • Green pepper - you and use any color bell pepper you want, we prefer red peppers
  • Tomatoes - chopped
  • Taco seasoning - either homemade or a seasoning packet
  • Black beans - drained and rinsed, they can be substituted for pinto beans or red beans, or, left out of the salad.
  • Cheddar cheese - shredded
  • Doritos - Nacho flavor, crushed
  • Catalina dressing - this can be substituted for French, ranch, or Italian dressing.
Catalina dressing being drizzled on Dorito taco salad.

How to Make Dorito Taco Salad

This dish is incredibly easy to make and it is similar to making tacos! The first step to making this taco salad is to brown, drain, and season the beef.

This step is just like making tacos, the ground beef gets cooked until browned, the grease is drained, and the taco seasoning is added and cooked according to the directions on the packet.

A meat chopper is a great tool to use when preparing taco meat and it crumbles ground beef easily and quickly!

Once the seasoning is cooked into the ground beef, the beef is set aside and allowed to cool.

While the ground beef is cooking, the veggies can be prepped by washing and prepping and the black beans are drained and rinsed.

A vegetable chopper is the perfect kitchen tool when you have a lot of vegetables that need to be chopped!

The cooled beef is added to the serving dish and the Catalina dressing is mixed into the beef. The beans, if using, are stirred into the beef mixture, followed by the diced peppers, red onion, and tomatoes.

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A rectangular plate with Dorito taco salad with chopped lettuce, tomatoes, and shredded cheese.

TIP: After chopping the tomatoes, add them to a bowl and sprinkle them with salt. This will release excess moisture and the tomatoes will hold up better in the salad!

These ingredients get stirred together and the next step is the cheese, and the chopped Romaine lettuce.

If not serving right away, store the mixed ingredients with Romaine lettuce and the cheese layered on top of the mixed ingredients in the refrigerator. When you're ready to serve, top with the crushed Doritos and mix the salad before serving.

If you're making this Dorito Taco Salad for lunch, scoop out the mixed ingredients into a lunch container and top with the romaine lettuce and shredded cheese. Serve the crushed Doritos separately to prevent them from getting soggy.

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A serving spoon in the casserole dish stirring the taco salad.

Classic Taco Salad Variations

Feel free to get creative and add your favorite toppings in this Dorito taco salad.

Some delicious toppings to add into this taco salad are:

Catalina dressing is a classic but French, Italian, and Ranch dressings are other delicious variations to try!

Nacho cheese Doritos are the classic chip for this taco salad but there are a lot of different flavors to choose from including Cool Ranch and Flamin' Hot Nacho flavors.

📖 Recipe

Yield: 8 servings

Classic Dorito Taco Salad

A serving spoon resting on top of a Dorito taco salad in a white casserole dish.

This Classic Dorito Taco Salad is a family favorite dish that is perfect for potlucks, parties, and cookouts.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes



  1. Cook the ground beef until no longer pink, drain.
  2. Add in the taco seasoning and cook according to the packet.
  3. Remove the seasoned ground beef from the heat and allow to cool.
  4. While the ground beef is cooking, cut the tomatoes, lettuce, pepper, and onion.
  5. Drain and rinse the black beans, and set aside.
  6. In a serving dish, layer the ground beef.
  7. Pour the Catalina dressing over top of the beef and stir.
  8. Layer the beans, tomatoes, peppers, and onion. Stir to combine.
  9. If serving immediately, toss with the chopped romaine lettuce, shredded cheese, and the crushed Doritos.
  10. If storing for later, refrigerate the meat mixture and save the romaine lettuce, shredded cheese, and crushed Doritos to toss with the salad when serving.


Feel free to mix in your favorite toppings!

If serving later, store the meat mixture in an air tight container and store the lettuce and Doritos separately. Mix the ingredients together before serving.

Adjust the amount of dressing according to taste.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 536Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 816mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 8gSugar: 7gProtein: 27g

Nutrition calculation is a rough estimate and can vary depending on the cooking technique and the exact ingredients used. For informational purposes only.

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Sunday 12th of June 2022

Clever use of Doritos for that intense nacho flavor. Cheers!


Tuesday 7th of June 2022

You can never go wrong with this taco salad! Always a crowd pleaser! Thanks for the share - I will have to make it again!


Monday 6th of June 2022

I will be making this for my step son's bday party this weekend! Thank you for the wonderful recipe!


Saturday 12th of June 2021

I can't find the Catalina dressing in stores here and that is what I love about this salad so thank you for leaving that link. You can't go wrong with serving this salad.

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