Monday, July 12, 2010

Ultimate Taco Salad

This taco salad makes a regular appearance at potluck dinners with my Mom's family. My Mom and my Aunt Diane both contributed a taco salad recipe to our family cookbook and I decided to combine and modify both of the recipes, making it the most ultimate taco salad (in my humble opinion of course!). I served this for dinner when my friend Beth and Neile were visiting earlier this summer. I made Cobb Guacamole as an appetizer that night and it was a great addition to this salad that is already bursting with lots of fresh veggies and tons of flavors. Pioneer Woman's Homemade Ranch Dressing rounded out this one dish dinner.  

Taco Salad
From Aunt Diane and My Momma
Printable Version

1 pound of ground turkey
1 large onion, chopped
1 package of taco seasoning (which I forgot, so used lots of spices instead)
1 large bag of variety lettuce
1 container of small cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half
2 ears of cooked corn, cut off the cob
1 avocado, sliced
1 small container of sliced black olives
1 regular sized bag of Doritos
1 cup of grated cheese (Mexican or Cheddar)

Brown meat with onion. Add taco seasoning and 1/2 cup of water. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Assemble salad ingredients together in a very large bowl. Just before serving toss in crumbled Doritos. Add meat mixture and top with cheese. Serve with dressing of your choice. My Aunt Diane mixes in 8 ounces of Creamy Italian Dressing right before serving and then you don't need dressing. I used P Dub's ranch and everyone put on whatever amount they desired.


  1. This looks great! I've quit buying taco seasoning packets because it's so easy to just use your spice rack (and, I have a feeling, cheaper and probably less preservative-y). Here's one recipe:,1649,151186-252197,00.html
    Also, I love that this salad involves Doritos. More things in life should.



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