Seasoned ground beef with lettuce, tomatoes, chips for crunch and a creamy dressing to top it off. This Taco Salad that I grew up on is the best!
I’ve seen variations of this taco salad floating around and recently I was just craving it. My Mom made this version for us growing up and I loved it. It’s simple to pull together with some basic ingredients plus an extra or two that you might need to pick up at the store. If you’re looking for a quick, delicious salad, this is the one for you.
I love being able to make the meals I grew up on for my family and having them equally love them as much as I did. It doesn’t always happen. That’s just the honest truth – things that I think my family will love, they don’t. I don’t share those recipes here. I file those away as ones not to make again. You win some, you lose some.
How to make taco salad:
Though there are different ways to prepare taco salad, there are a few things that are pretty standard no matter what type you make. For this recipe you will need:
- romaine lettuce
- ground beef (ground turkey can be used for a healthier version)
- taco seasoning packet
- shredded cheese
- sliced olives (optional)
- Catalina dressing
- wooden spoon
Other Taco Recipes:
If you love this easy Taco Salad recipe, you’re going to love these other taco recipes. Please click each link below to find the easy, printable recipe!
- Instant Pot Mexican Rice– great side with this salad!
- Beef Taco Bake
- Taco Soup
- 25 Recipes for Taco Tuesday from I Heart Naptime
Taco Salad Recipe
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Mom's Taco Salad
- 8 c romaine lettuce or iceberg lettuce, chopped
- 1 lb ground beef or ground turkey, browned
- 1 oz taco seasoning (1 package)
- 2 tomatoes chopped
- 1 ½ c cheese shredded (more if you want it extra cheesy)
- 2 c Fritos Corn Chips
- 2.25 oz sliced olives (optional)
- 16 oz Catalina Dressing
- In a skillet, brown beef or turkey and drain. Set aside and cool while preparing the other ingredients.
- In a large bowl, combine lettuce, grated cheese, and olives.
- Prior to serving, add cooked ground beef /turkey and corn chips.
- Combine with other ingredients.
- Drizzle salad dressing over salad mix and toss salad until the desired amount of dressing is used.
There are lots of ways you could prepare this salad. You can add in avocado, tomatoes, green onions if you want. You can omit the sliced olives if they aren’t your thing. Do what your family loves!
christine lawless says
we had taco salad for cinco de mayo our family recipe is very similar to yours of course the basics are the same. sometimes we use chicken or turkey, but usually ground beef. Of course all the add ins go without saying some go on the side some go in the salad (picky eaters)! The best part is the dressing we use russian dressing it is similar to catalina but not as sweet? I don’t know I like the russian better? tried both. we like to have this dinner in the summer or when we need something lite or something to feed a lot of people as the salad grows as you make it!
This is exactly the same as my mom’s taco salad! Some people are skeptical to try it but it is so yummy!
Hey cous! I didn’t know that this was a family favorite and that your mom made it…I discovered it back in college and have loved it ever since. We use tortilla chips instead of corn chips and add green pepper and green onions in our version. So glad it brings back good memories and is being passed on. Love you!! XOXO
that taco salad looks amazing!! Plus my husband would love it too!
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Desiree @ The36thAvenue says
Do you know how good this sounds? Oh my! I am pinning :)