The Best Dorito Taco Salad

This dorito taco salad with catalina dressing is a taco Taco TACO Tuesday dish that is simple and easy, can be made ahead, and served as a side or main meal.

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bowl of taco salad

With school being back in and life getting seemingly busier (which really when is it not busy?), my go-to favs are those recipes that can be made in under thirty minutes.  And they get bonus points if they can be made ahead.

I totally look like I have my stuff all the way together when my family gets home at the end of the day and dinner is already done.

containers of pre-made taco salad
This is me having my stuff together yall! Note the time on the clock…

While I try to actually have my ish together and not just look like it, sometimes momma is faking it until she makes it yall.

And if you can relate this recipe is totally for you.  We can fake it together.  LOL.

What Goes In Dorito Taco Salad?

While you can alter these ingredients however you see fit and for your palate, this is what I put in mine:

Some things you may want to add or substitute:

What Is The Best Dressing For Dorito Taco Salad?

I personally use Catalina dressing for my taco salad.  I have seen it done with French as well.

Is Taco Salad Healthy?

Healthy is subjective. So let me say it like this, it can be…

Here is what I mean.  I am currently on Weight Watchers, many of the ingredients are zero points which ends up making it a low point meal for me.  But that doesn’t automatically translate to healthy.

Many vegetables are zero points.  But I am willing to bet if you ate a whole pot of vegetables, you probably have done the equivalent damage of eating meat.  So you could have just had that steak.

You get what I mean?

I have found that moderation is what is healthy.  No matter what you eat, you have to moderate it.

How To Make Dorito Taco Salad with Catalina Dressing

For this recipe, you can choose to make your own taco seasoning (like I do and it's soooo easy).  Or you can buy a taco seasoning packet.

But you need to cook your meat. and then set your meat aside.

Then you want to rinse and shred the lettuce, dice the green onions, and rinse and drain your canned vegetables.

Starting with lettuce, layer vegetables in a large bowl, and top things off with meat and cheese.

To finish things up, toss your salad with the Catalina dressing. Serve and Enjoy!

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FAQs about Dorito taco salad


This would be great with your favorite tortilla chips for a more traditional flavor. Or, if you want to shake things up, you can make your taco salad with catalina dressing and fritos!

I say let your your tastebuds lead you. There are not too many ways you could go wrong with the taco salad if it is made with catalina dressing.


This is one of the many reasons I love this recipe. You can make it earlier in the day and just put everything together when it is time to eat!

fork full of Taco Salad

Dorito Taco Salad

Yield: 5 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This Dorito Taco Salad is a Taco Tuesday dish that is simple and easy, can be made ahead, and served as a side or main meal.


  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 lb ground meat
  • 2 hearts romaine lettuce
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can diced tomatoes*
  • 1/2 cup green onions, diced
  • 2 cups Doritos, crushed
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 cup french dressing


  1. Brown ground meat over medium heat on the stovetop. Season to taste. I use seasoning salt and garlic powder
  2. Add in taco seasoning and water according to package. If you make your own, see notes for how to prepare it
  3. Set meat aside. Rinse and shread lettuce, dice grean onions, and rinse and drain canned vegetables.
  4. Starting with lettuce, layer vegetables in large bowl, topping with meat and cheese.
  5. Toss with dressing. Serve and Enjoy!


To use Homemade Taco Seasoning, add 3 Tbsp and 2/3 cup of water. Simmer until liquid is thickened.

*can also dice 1 cup fresh tomatoes.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1220Total Fat: 72gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 45gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 2178mgCarbohydrates: 99gFiber: 19gSugar: 18gProtein: 47g

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