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Dorito Taco Salad with Creamy Taco Dressing

This Dorito Taco Salad with Creamy Taco Dressing is bursting with fresh veggies, plus taco-seasoned beef and crunchy, nacho cheese Doritos. It’s irresistible! Watch the video!

Dorito taco salad layered in a large blue bowl, with nacho cheese Doritos, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and taco meat

Easy Dorito Taco Salad

We can always bet on eating two particular meals when we stay with my sister Jessica’s family:

  • Pizza and crispy chicken from their local Pizza Ranch. After that, some video arcade play time next door!
  • Jessica’s Dorito Taco Salad. We never tire of this meal, so we welcome it with each and every visit!

Jessica has made this salad famous for our family. Therefore, I wanted to share it here with you!

The salad is highly adaptable (just don’t forget the Pickled Red Onions!) and bursting with personality and hospitality. Similarly, just like my beloved sister.

Dorito taco salad in a large blue bowl

Taco Salad is Perfect for Casual Dinners

Jessica always serves this meal in a super casual way.

That is to say, she places all the ingredients in separate bowls on their kitchen peninsula’s counter, for each person to assemble their own salad as they wish. As a result, everyone gets exactly what they like.

That means no black beans for our daughter Tessa. Extra cheese for Jessica and her daughters Kate and Meg. And an extra helping of Doritos for almost every person at the table. Because WHO can actually resist those chips?!

taco salad and dressing

Taco Salad Ingredients

This salad comes together in a fresh and colorful, most delicious way!

Here are the basic ingredients you’ll need:

In addition, be sure to include some toppings and dressings:

  • Easy, Creamy Taco Salad Dressing – our favorite dressing for this salad!
  • Or choose your own favorite salad dressing – Thousand Island, spicy ranch, and/or zesty French dressings work great!
  • Pickled Red Onions – don’t miss out on this awesome condiment!
  • taco sauce
  • sour cream
  • guacamole or fresh avocado slices
  • black beans
  • fresh cilantro
  • fresh lime wedges, for squeezing over the top

How to Make Taco Salad

Here’s how to make a one-dish taco salad like the one you see in my photos:

  • Brown ground meat and chopped onion in a skillet.
  • Add taco seasoning and simmer. Remove skillet from heat.
  • Grab a large bowl or dish that’s low and wide. I like to use this big round braiser, because it also makes a great serving dish!
  • Place chopped lettuce in a thick layer across bottom of bowl.
  • Add sliced grape tomatoes on top of the lettuce, leaving lettuce exposed at the perimeter of the bowl.
  • Layer shredded cheese on top of the tomatoes, leaving tomatoes exposed at the perimeter.
  • Add a mound of prepared taco meat to the very center, on top of the cheese, leaving cheese exposed at the perimeter.
  • Sprinkle with sliced green onions.
  • Tuck Dorito chips around the perimeter of the bowl.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings, dressings, and EXTRA DORITOS!

This presentation is great for entertaining because the layered salad takes up less space on the table or buffet. It’s also quite eye-catching!

Creamy taco dressing and Dorito taco salad with fresh cilantro

This Taco Salad Will Always Be a Fav Dinner Idea!

This meal easily ranks in our family’s top salad choices.

I personally like that this salad is largely based on fresh veggies. However, I’m certain that the rest of the family loves it for the taco seasoned beef and nacho cheese Doritos. (We like green taco seasoning the best – here’s our favorite store-bought taco seasoning mix and my own homemade green taco seasoning.)

Looking for more family-friendly salad recipes? Here are a few more favorite picks from our family:

creamy taco salad dressing in a jar, beside fresh taco salad

Taco Salad Dressing? Yes please!

My sister serves her taco salad with a variety of bottled dressings, taco sauces, and sour cream.

I do as well, but I also like to offer this Easy, Creamy Taco Salad Dressing. My friend Bobbi Jo shared the recipe with me many, many years ago. It’s super duper easy to make and always a hit.

salad with taco ingredients layered on top

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Jessica’s Dorito Taco Salad with Creamy Taco Dressing

Yield: 8 servings
prep time: 30 minutes
cook time: 15 minutes
total time: 45 minutes
This fun layered salad is bursting with fresh veggies, plus taco-seasoned beef and crunchy, nacho cheese Doritos. Serve it with my easy creamy taco salad dressing for a big taco salad win!
4.7 Stars (43 Reviews)


for the salad:

  • 1 lb. ground beef turkey, or chicken
  • half of a small onion diced
  • 2 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1 package of your favorite taco seasoning portioned for 1 lb. of ground meat – here’s our favorite store-bought seasoning mix
  • 2 to 3 heads of romaine or 1 to 2 heads of iceberg lettuce chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 4 green onions sliced
  • 3 c. halved cherry tomatoes or chopped Roma tomatoes
  • 2 to 3 c. shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
  • Doritos nacho cheese flavored tortilla chips for scooping up the salad and/or for crushing over the salad

for the optional dressings and sides:

  • my favorite Easy Creamy Taco Salad Dressing
  • pickled red onions
  • taco sauce
  • sour cream
  • guacamole or slices of fresh avocado
  • black beans rinsed and drained
  • chopped cilantro
  • fresh limes cut into wedges, for squeezing over the top


  • In a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat, brown the ground meat and onion. When meat is nearly halfway browned, add the garlic. Once meat is browned and onion is softened, remove any excess fat from the pan. Then sprinkle taco seasoning over the mixture, stir in 1/3 cup of water, and let mixture simmer over medium heat until water is dissolved. Remove pan from heat. This can be prepared a day in advance and refrigerated until ready to serve – just warm it up again when creating the salad
  • to serve the salad: From the options listed below, choose how you’d like to serve the salad. And then choose your ingredients. If there are ingredients that are not popular with some of the people at your table, simply offer those items on the side. You can make every single ingredient optional! My favorite dressing for this taco salad is this Easy, Creamy Taco Salad Dressing. My sister Jessica offers bottles of Thousand Island, spicy ranch, and/or zesty French dressings, for people to drizzle onto their salads as they wish.



This salad is all about creating a dish that works for you and those you are serving. Delete ingredients you aren’t fond of. Add in some that aren’t listed here. I’ve served this salad several different ways:
  • With all salad ingredients tossed together in one large bowl, with or without the salad dressing mixed in. (To avoid soggy chips, be sure to wait until you are ready to eat to toss the ingredients together.)
  • With all the salad ingredients, optional ingredients, and dressings, in their own separate bowls, for each person to assemble their own salad. (This is typically how Jessica serves her taco salad.)
  • With all the salad ingredients layered in a large bowl, as shown in my photos, with optional toppings and dressings served on the side.
inspired by my sister Jessica’s taco salads

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 1 Calories: 1019kcal Carbohydrates: 42g Protein: 71g Fat: 64g Saturated Fat: 28g Polyunsaturated Fat: 28g Trans Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 230mg Sodium: 1220mg Fiber: 15g Sugar: 10g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Spoonacular. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.
Did you make this recipe?Please leave a comment below. And share a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #afarmgirlsdabbles or tag @farmgirlsdabble!

I originally published this post in 2015. It’s been popular with our family and friends, so I updated the photographs and some of the text in 2018.

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60 comments on “Dorito Taco Salad with Creamy Taco Dressing”

  1. This salad was delicious and filling. I especially loved the dressing and the the spices on the turkey. I have mad ethos twice in one week because it was so good. I highly recommend it! :)

  2. Jennifer Fulk

    Everyone is saying Wishbone changed the Western dressing now and it is not good at all. It’s oily and thin now? I was going to order some off Amazon and people are saying it in reviews there too. On Western’s website page literally hundreds of bad reviews. I have never bought it before so I don’t know. Could I substitute Catalina or what would you recommend? Thank you – your dressing recipe looks delicious.

  3. Hi Brenda,
    Which ChiChis seasoning packet do you use?  Their Restaurant seasoning or their taco seasoning? Thanks! 

  4. 5 stars
    I made this for my book club and they loved it! I styled two just like your photos and they were so impressed! Thank you!