December 4, 2019 5 Comments

I had this taco salad for the first time when I was in college at a friends house. I immediately asked her mom for the recipe. Now here I am, 19 years later still making this & sharing it with you all.

There are two incredible secrets to making this the BEST Taco Salad ever:

1. Use crushed Doritos. I got this recipe before Taco Bell released their Locos Tacos (the taco in a Dorito shell). Just making a point that tacos go so well with Doritos that even “The Bell” jumped on board.

2. Use Catalina dressing. I never use this dressing aside from in taco salads. If you’re not familiar with this dressing- get acquainted. It’s the absolutely perfect choice for this!

The actual Taco Salad assembly is up to you. Meaning you’d add whatever you like on an actual taco. Mine consisted of chopped lettuce, halved cherry tomatoes, red onion, shredded cheese, sliced black olives, Doritos, Catalina dressing & taco seasoned beef. Brown the beef according to the directions on a taco seasoning packet. Make sure you add that last so it’s nice and warm. Toss a dollop of sour cream on top & you’re done.

This is the best! I hope you guys like this one.

💜 Al Dente Diva

Tara Ippolito

About Al Dente Diva

Tara Ippolito is a self taught home cook from New Jersey and cookbook author of Fast, Simple, Delicious. Better known as “T” across social media, she makes easy to follow recipes using familiar ingredients. T uses her Tik Tok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest channels to share recipes and cooking tips for everyday people. Her motivation to share with her followers is simple. To inspire people to cook and become more comfortable in the kitchen.

As a wife and busy mother of two little boys she she’s always cooking fast family friendly meals. Sharing her kitchen with others that want to learn is a true passion of hers. As her social media platforms continue to grow she is committed to delivering consistently delicious content to her followers.

Al Dente Diva

Hello there! My name is T & I’m a home cook from New Jersey. I love to share easy to make recipes, cooking tips & kitchen hacks with people who love to cook like I do. My recipes are all easy to follow & use ingredients most people are familiar with. Being a busy stay at home mother of two, I have to cook delicious budget friendly meals that are fast to make. I hope you find something helpful here. Thanks for coming by.

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  • Kathy Harrington April 5, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    Your recipes look fabulous! Thank you so much!

  • Helen June 11, 2022 at 3:31 pm

    I have company coming to stay a month. You can’t realize how much your easy and delicious recipes is going to help this 75 year old lady to feed them. This taco salad looks delicious. Thank you so much

    • Al Dente Diva June 11, 2022 at 3:43 pm

      Hi Helen
      Have fun with company and enjoy the recipes!!

  • Angue January 26, 2023 at 5:31 am

    You should try mixing the Catalina dressing with Heinz 57.

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