Our Family’s Favorite Taco Salad

In the hot days of summer, I love a fresh delicious salad. However, my husband doesn’t really think that a “salad” is a main dish . . . when I made him this for dinner, I was so happy to find that he loved it! Of course, he piled on more meat than vegetables, but that is the great thing about this recipe- you can top it with whatever you like. My kids love to assemble their own salads and add whatever toppings they feel like. We have now made these salads a couple of times because they are so simple to throw together and we all love them.
The meat is what makes this salad – a fun twist from your regular taco meat.

Serves: 6

Our Family?s Favorite Taco Salad

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
  • 1 (16 ounce) can chili beans (drained)
  • 1 (16 ounce) bottle Catalina salad dressing (divided)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce (chopped)
  • 1 (13 ounce) bag tortilla chips
  • Toppings:
  • 3/4 cup shredded medium cheddar cheese
  • 2 tomatoes (diced)
  • 2 avocados (diced)
  • 1 cup sliced olives
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup salsa


  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef and drain excess fat well.
  2. Stir in the taco seasoning, chili beans, 1 cup of Catalina dressing, and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Set out meat mixture, lettuce, chips, and all other taco toppings. Let everyone assemble their own salad.
  4. Top with Catalina dressing.
Recipe Type: Main Dish

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