Taco Salad with Homemade Dressing

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This Taco Salad with Homemade Dressing is perfect for your next pitch-in or as a fun weeknight dinner for the family. The homemade dressing uses a can of tomato soup so it’s easy to put together and everyone will love the flavor.

This Taco Salad with Homemade Dressing is perfect for your next pitch-in or as a fun weeknight dinner for the family.

Barbara first had a version of this taco salad at her godson’s baptism. It was love at first bite so she, of course, asked for the recipe.

Aren’t these the best kind of recipes? The ones that are passed from a friend of a friend to us?

Taco Salad with Homemade Dressing (Dorito Taco Salad):

If you are serving a big crowd and anticipate eating this Taco Salad with Homemade Dressing at one sitting, then go ahead and mix all the ingredients.

If not, Barbara recommends making individual, customized salads for each member of the family. That way instead of being stuck with soggy leftovers, you can have crisp salads another day that taste just as great as the original.

The secret ingredient in this homemade dressing is a can of tomato soup. Yes, I said TOMATO SOUP!

This Taco Salad with Homemade Dressing is perfect for your next pitch-in or as a fun weeknight dinner for the family.

The dressing will stay in the fridge for a couple weeks, just give it a good shake to re emulsify the oil. The dressing recipe makes 2 pints, so it is easily halved (as is the salad recipe) if you aren’t feeding a crowd and don’t want leftovers.

You can easily prep the salad, meat mixture and dressing the night before serving and just throw them all together at the last minute (just be sure to shake the dressing before adding).

This Taco Salad with Homemade Dressing is perfect for your next pitch-in or as a fun weeknight dinner for the family.

How to Make Taco Salad with Homemade Dressing

Instructions:

  1. Brown the ground beef and drain.
  2. Add drained beans and ground beef back to skillet and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. For dressing, add all of the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Toss ground beef/beans, lettuce, onion, tomatoes, cheese and Doritos together and top with dressing. Serve immediately.

For the full instructions for Doritos Taco Salad, scroll to the bottom of this post. 

This Taco Salad with Homemade Dressing is perfect for your next pitch-in or as a fun weeknight dinner for the family.

Notes About Doritos Taco Salad (with Catalina taco salad dressing):

  • Use your favorite taco salad ingredients.
  • Substitute black beans or pinto beans for kidney beans.
  • Do not toss this until right before serving. You do not want a soggy salad.
  • This Catalina taco salad dressing will stay good in the refrigerator for a couple weeks. Just give it a good stir or shake before using.  Feel free to make it ahead of time.
  • Any flavor of Doritos can be used.

More Taco-Inspired Recipes:

Mexican Lasagna

My kids absolutely go wild for Mexican Lasagna. A mixture of ground beef, corn and salsa is layered between corn tortillas and cottage cheese making for an easy casserole that feeds a crowd. 

Crock Pot Enchiladas

These Crock Pot Ground Beef Acapulco Enchiladas are quick to put together in a casserole crock pot and satisfy the family's need for Mexican food.

Easy Taco Salad

Sometimes you just need a recipe, like this Easy Taco Salad, that is quick to prepare and uses ingredients that are usually in your refrigerator and pantry.

Ground Beef Burritos

Ground Beef Burritos is a simple Mexican-inspired dinner with only five simple ingredients. Flour tortillas are filled with a mixture of ground beef and shredded cheese, and then topped with an easy green chili sauce made of salsa verde and green enchilada sauce. Your family will be licking their plates and begging for more!

Taco Chopped Salad

A great thing about this Taco Chopped Salad recipe is that you can modify it for your (or your picky family's) liking. 

Taco Salad with Homemade Dressing

This Taco Salad with Homemade Dressing is perfect for your next pitch-in or as a fun weeknight dinner for the family.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: catalina taco salad dressing, doritos taco salad, homemade taco salad dressing, taco salad, taco salad dressing, taco salad with homemade dressing
Servings: 6
Calories: 935kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 head of lettuce torn into bite sized pieces
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 package cherry tomatoes halved
  • 16 oz. package shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can dark red kidney beans
  • 1/2 bag of your favorite Doritos Taco or Sweet Chili are especially good

Dressing

  • 1 can Campbell's Tomato Soup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Brown the ground beef in a skillet, crumbling as you go; drain fat.
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  • Add the ground beef back to skillet with the drained beans. Simmer on low for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • For dressing, add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth.
    This Taco Salad with Homemade Dressing is perfect for your next pitch-in or as a fun weeknight dinner for the family.
  • When ready to serve, toss lettuce, onion, tomatoes, cheese, Doritos, ground beef mixture and dressing; serve immediately,

Notes

  • Use your favorite taco salad ingredients.
  • Substitute black beans or pinto beans for kidney beans.
  • Do not toss this until right before serving. You do not want a soggy salad.
  • This Catalina taco salad dressing will stay good in the refrigerator for a couple weeks. Just give it a good stir or shake before using.  Feel free to make it ahead of time. 
  • Any flavor of Doritos can be used. 
  • Try our other favorite Taco Salad recipe

Nutrition

Calories: 935kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 73g | Saturated Fat: 48g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 64597257mg | Potassium: 13783mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 963IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 40534mg | Iron: 552mg

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5 Comments

    1. You can halve the recipe for both the salad and dressing and make two good size salads. Or make a whole batch of the dressing and just store in the refrigerator. It should keep for a couple of weeks. Just shake well before using.

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