I love this easy Dorito Taco Salad Recipe. Ground meat with all of the classic toppings for a taco over a bed of lettuce served with sour cream and salsa.

This salad is so hearty and the perfect lunch or dinner option.

Dorito taco salad in a bowl unmixed topped with fresh greens next to an avocado.

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Though we love a good side salad like our easy cucumber salad or cobb salad.

What is Taco Salad?

Taco salad is considered a Tex-Mex dish. A dish that originated from Texas that was inspired by Mexican cuisine. Ground meat with all of the classic toppings for a taco over a bed of lettuce.

You can totally personalize the salad with your favorite toppings. We really enjoy the combination of Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, corn, onion, cheese, avocado, Doritos with sour cream, salsa, and of course, homemade taco meat (with our very own taco seasoning).

The salad may either be served in a bowl or serve the ingredients buffet style allowing everyone to add their favorite toppings to their salad.
Taco salad in a bowl topped with fresh chopped greens and drizzled with sour cream.

How to Make Taco Salad-

This salad comes together so quickly. While the meat is cooking, you can slice and cut the rest of the ingredients, and you are ready to serve.

  • Cook meat– Cook meat using our taco meat recipe HERE.
  • Prep veggies– Slice the onion, cut the tomato in half, and slice the avocado. TIP: You can cube the vegetables or slice them into small pieces.
  • Saute corn– We prefer the corn sauteed and hot when serving the salad. Saute corn with butter until it starts to become golden. If you don’t like your corn hot, skip this step.
  • Doritos– The Doritos can either be added to the salad whole or crushed; we prefer crushed, so there’s some in every bite.
  • Dressing– So the salad isn’t dry, we serve it with sour cream and salsa.
Taco salad with ground beef mixed in a bowl next to a white and green rag.

Can you prepare the salad in advance?

Yes! You can cook the meat in advance and reheat it when serving. The vegetables may also be prepped in advance and kept in the refrigerator unmixed (except avocado).

Can I use store-bought seasoning?

If you don’t want to prepare the homemade taco seasoning for the ground beef, you can definitely use purchased seasoning, especially if you are looking to save tips. TIP: If you often cook with taco seasoning, I make a large portion, and it lasts me a while.

What toppings are good for taco salad?

Though we used the classic taco toppings, here are some other ideas for toppings:

  • Jalapeno or hot sauce for heat.
  • Beans for a heartier meal.
  • Use Ranch or Chipotle as dressing.
  • Guacamole instead of slices of avocado.
  • Substitute Romaine with iceberg lettuce.
Taco salad in a bowl loaded with ground meat, doritos, salsa, tomatoes and more!

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Alright, friends, enjoy this salad as your next Taco Tuesday dinner and enjoy the rave reviews from the whole family.

Dorito Taco Salad Recipe

Author: Valentina
5 from 3 votes
I love this easy Dorito Taco Salad Recipe. Ground meat with all of the classic toppings for a taco over a bed of lettuce served with sour cream and salsa.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 recipe of taco meat
  • 6 cups romaine lettuce, chopped (1 large head)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheese*
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed Dorito chips
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1 cup salsa, for topping
  • 1 cup sour cream, for topping


  • Prepare a recipe of taco meat.
  • Chop the romaine, cut the tomatoes, and slice the avocado and onions.
  • In a large salad bowl, add all the ingredients for the taco salad.
  • Top with sour cream and salsa and serve.
  • Enjoy!


Prep ahead- cook meat and keep separate. Reheat before serving. Slice the vegetables (except avocado) and keep refrigerated unmixed.
Serve the salad buffet-style by adding the ingredients in bowls so everyone can personalize their toppings.
*Cheese- you can use any cheese you have on hand. Mild cheddar, Mexican, Four cheese or Colby Jack will all work great.


722kcal Calories53g Carbs25g Protein47g Fat15g Saturated Fat10g Polyunsaturated Fat17g Monounsaturated Fat1g Trans Fat85mg Cholesterol950mg Sodium944mg Potassium8g Fiber8g Sugar4956IU Vitamin A15mg Vitamin C253mg Calcium3mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Dorito Taco Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 722 Calories from Fat 423
% Daily Value*
Fat 47g72%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Monounsaturated Fat 17g
Cholesterol 85mg28%
Sodium 950mg41%
Potassium 944mg27%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 4956IU99%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 253mg25%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)