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Dorito Taco Salad

Dorito Taco Salad is an entire dinner in a bowl, and a quick and popular dish to bring to a potluck! Super flavorful, a little bit naughty, but SO delicious. I always wish for leftover taco fixings so I can whip this up for lunch the next day!

Dorito Taco Salad

Dorito Taco Salad

Sometimes I need to do my body a favor and eat a salad. But then I am hungry 15 minutes after I get the dishes done.

Well not with this salad.

It is full of fresh veggies, meat, and cheese! The flavor is always so delicious and it is so satisfying. Taco Salad is filling already, and when you add the Doritos, you can’t go wrong. Who doesn’t love them? I use the Nacho Cheese flavor for this salad because I think it goes best with this taco style salad. You can use whatever YOU love though and it’ll be equally amazing!

Dorito Taco Salad


I can’t say that in my younger years I didn’t try but I am pretty sure this a high school/college staple all around the country. If you ask my kids, they will definitely answer with YES!

With all the flavors that range from nacho cheese and sweet chili, to cool ranch, there is a favorite for everyone. This is also a really great recipe to use something like spicy Tahkis or Jalapeno Corn Chips in too!

Munchies? I’ve got good grub!

Dorito Taco Salad


Back in 1966, they were first sold in Anaheim California at the Disneyland Resort. They were quite the hit so in 1968 Frito Lay bought out the company and has been selling them ever since.

I think this was a very wise business decision. There have been 100 flavors over the years with many of them coming and going. They even have a sushi flavor in Japan. I can’t imagine but hey, if I ever make it to Japan I’ll have to give them a try. 😉

Dorito Taco Salad

Customize this salad

There are many ways to make this salad your own. With a big family, we are always omitting this ingredient and that ingredient while cooking. This is an easy one for that.

Stir-in Ideas:

  • black beans
  • kidney beans
  • jalapenos
  • cheese
  • ranch dressing instead of sour cream
  • ground turkey or shredded chicken instead of ground beef

You get the idea.

On busy nights when we have sports and other activities this is a quick meal that will satisfy the whole family. Another great thing about this salad is that you can make the meat ahead of time on those busy nights, come home and put it all together and dinner is done in 10 minutes. Your family will love how fast it comes together after a hard night of sports!

Dorito Taco Salad


Place your ground hamburger in your skillet to brown. Next, add all your seasoning including your green chilis. Follow the directions on your taco seasoning packet. Sautee a little bit and set aside to cool a little while.

I like to make sure that I cool down the meat a little bit, otherwise, your lettuce will wilt and all your cheese will melt. Some people even cool their meat in the fridge completely so this doesn’t happen.

Dorito Taco Salad

Next, add all of your other ingredients and give it a toss. Top with sour cream, more cilantro, your favorite salsa and whatever else you just have to have on your taco salad.  You will find that this is a very easy meal that is quite filling for a salad.

Dorito Taco Salad

Dorito Taco Salad

Dorito Taco Salad

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Easy potluck meal, or feed your large family with a deliciously filling and flavorful taco salad with a bunch of doritos for some extra crunch!



  • 2-3 heads of romaine, washed and torn
  • 3 cups cooked taco meat, cooled slightly
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 large avocado, diced
  • 1 cup sliced black olives
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican-blend cheese
  • 2 cups crushed Doritos
  • cilantro (optional)
  • diced onion (optional)


  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup chunky salsa
  • 1/4 cup cilantro lime ranch dressing (optional)


Combine all the salad ingredients together in a large bowl, except for the Doritos.

Mix together the dressing ingredients, pour over the salad, and toss to combine.

Top with Doritos immediately before serving.

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Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0
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Diego Lopes

Friday 14th of September 2018

I think these innovations are delicious, but don't quite keep the name "salad". Still love it, tho.