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Easy Dorito Taco Salad recipe with Catalina Dressing and seasoned taco meat is a delicious salad and an easy meal your whole family will love. Perfect for a potluck dinner, family gatherings or a quick weeknight meal!

taco salad with catalina dressing and doritos and ground beef on the table

Kick up your usual taco salad recipe and serve this taco salad with Doritos and Catalina dressing instead! This delicious taco salad has been around for awhile, and it’s definitely a keeper!

We love tacos, and I like to change up taco night now and then, especially in the summer. Even my picky eaters love this salad recipe because it has crunchy Doritos and tangy Catalina dressing in it!

Plus, this easy meal comes together quickly, and has plenty of garden fresh veggies for the veggie lovers! By the way, if you love Doritos, you’ll want to try my Dorito Casserole!

doritos, ground meat, catalina dressing, lettuce, cheese and salad ingredients


You only need a few ingredients to make this taco salad recipe with Doritos and Catalina dressing. You can find them in your grocery store or online:

  • Lean ground beef
  • Taco seasoning — homemade taco seasoning or packet of taco seasoning
  • Water
  • Iceberg lettuce — stays nice and crisp
  • Romaine lettuce — optional but pairs well with iceberg
  • Doritos chips — broken up into smaller pieces, not crushed
  • Grape tomatoes 
  • English cucumber 
  • Red onion
  • Black olives
  • Shredded Mexican cheese
  • Catalina dressing 

How to Make Doritos Taco Salad

This easy recipe comes together quickly, but you do have to prep the fresh produce. I recommend having your salad ingredients prepared before you start cooking the ground beef.

Just brown the hamburger meat on medium heat in a large skillet. Then, drain the grease, and stir in your taco seasoning.

Add water, cover and reduce heat to simmer.

cook taco meat in skillet on stove

When the meat mixture is done, turn off the heat, and allow it to cool down slightly while you start building the salad.

If you add the hot ground beef to the salad right away, it will cause the lettuce to wilt. Nobody likes a wilted, soggy salad!

I usually add lettuce and some of the veggies to a large bowl. Then, I add some crushed Doritos and some of the taco meat.

add taco meat to salad ingredients

I find it easier to make a layered taco salad this way. Then, I go back and add another layer of ingredients before mixing.

But, you can add all of the ingredients and then mix everything together if that’s easier for you.

mix taco meat with doritos and salad

You’ll want to add some meat to the top of the salad so it looks like a taco salad. Then, sprinkle more shredded cheese, and pour a little Catalina dressing on top.

Follow that with more crushed Dorito chips. And, you’re ready to eat!

pour catalina dressing on taco salad

I like to serve this yummy taco salad with extra taco meat and Catalina dressing on the side.

That way, people can add more meat and dressing if they like. Not everyone is a fan of Catalina, so I usually don’t mix a bunch in the salad before serving.

Again, this is just a personal preference.

doritos taco salad on the table


There are a few ways to customize this delicious taco salad to your tastes.

Instead of ground beef, use ground turkey or chicken. Or, go meatless if you want a side salad.

For additional protein, add pinto beans or black beans.

Mexican blend cheese is my favorite for this Doritos taco salad, but you can use whatever kind of cheese you want. Cheddar cheese, pepper jack cheese, and Monterey Jack cheese are great options.

If Catalina dressing isn’t your favorite, try ranch dressing, Russian dressing, French dressing, or just a dollop of sour cream.

Instead of nacho cheese Doritos, use cool ranch Doritos, or your favorite flamin’ hot variety.

And of course, add whatever salad topping you like! Guacamole, pico, green peppers, green onions, bell pepper, crushed tortilla chips — it’s really up to you!

How to Store

Store any leftover Doritos salad in an airtight container or in a bowl covered with plastic wrap. Already assembled salad will last about 1 day in the refrigerator before it gets soggy.

If possible, store salad ingredients separately in the refrigerator.

You can also make this taco salad ahead of time. Just store cooked taco meat and dressing separately from fresh ingredients. When you’re ready to eat, reheat meat, and mix salad together before serving.

5 from 10 votes

Dorito Taco Salad Recipe

By: Dee
Easy Dorito Taco Salad with Catalina Dressing and seasoned taco meat is a delicious salad and an easy meal your whole family will love. Perfect for a potluck dinner, family gatherings or a quick weeknight meal!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 small iceberg lettuce washed and chopped
  • 1 bunch Romaine lettuce (Optional washed and chopped)
  • 2 cups Doritos broken up into smaller pieces, not crushed
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes rinsed and halved
  • 1 English cucumber rinsed and sliced into half moons
  • 1 small red onion sliced
  • ¼ cup black olive slices
  • 1 cup Shredded Mexican cheese
  • Catalina dressing to taste
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  • Cook ground beef in large skillet on medium heat until no longer pink, breaking up with spatula as it cooks
  • Drain grease, stir in water and taco seasoning, bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook until water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Turn heat off and allow to cool slightly while you assemble salad
  • Add half of lettuce and fresh veggies to a large salad bowl. Add half of taco meat and Doritos and cheese. Add remaining lettuce and veggies, mix together
  • Add remaining taco meat, cheese and Doritos. Pour a little Catalina dressing on top. Serve immediately


Serve with extra taco meat, cheese and dressing on the side, if desired.
If making ahead of time, it’s best to store cooked taco meat and dressing separately from fresh ingredients. Reheat meat, and mix salad together before serving.
I love the combo or romaine and iceberg lettuce, but you can use only 1 kind if preferred.


Calories: 389kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 65mg, Sodium: 769mg, Potassium: 583mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 1217IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 196mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American
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Doritos taco salad is a fun twist on a traditional taco salad and one of my absolute favorite salads.

The delicious combination of taco flavor, tangy dressing, and spicy Doritos make this easy taco salad recipe a big hit! If you enjoy this retro salad recipe as much as we do, please leave a star rating and comment!

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  1. Louis says:

    Another great easy dinner! A huge hit with the guests!5 stars

  2. Tiffani says:

    This salad was incredibly delicious! Served it for a get together and it was a big hit!5 stars

  3. Bea says:

    This salad is incredible! So many amazing flavors!5 stars

  4. Erika says:

    Oh my goodness, this was incredible!! I love the flavors!5 stars

  5. Sandra says:

    My kids love Doritos and this was really a fun recipe for them! Thanks!5 stars

  6. Amanda says:

    My 10 year old is obsessed with this salad! Thank you for the recipe!5 stars

  7. Juliane says:

    We all loved this a lot! Enjoyed this so much with family5 stars

  8. Susan says:

    Loved it! My family loves any dish with Doritos in it and I cannot wait to make this again!5 stars

  9. Beth says:

    This is the best version of taco salad I’ve ever seen. I love that you used Doritos for an even bigger kick of flavor.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Beth! We just love this salad!

  10. Patrick says:

    Made this one for dinner last night and what a hit. Easy enough for me to make! And I am not the best cook!5 stars