Taco Salad

Recipe Submitted by Donna ..|.. Index | Soup / Salad / Side

A family favorite, Taco Salad is especially good as a side with grilled hamburgers and hotdogs.


  • 1 large firm head of iceberg lettuce, washed, drained, and broken into pieces
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup green onions, cleaned and chopped (you can as little as 1/2 cup, depending on what you like)
  • 1 15 oz. can chili beans, drained, but not rinsed (these are commercially canned pinto beans with chili flavorings added)
  • 6 oz. Taco flavored Doritos chips, broken into smaller pieces (Or use the flavor that you like best. If you can find it, Taco flavored is best.)
  • 8 oz. bottle Catalina dressing (I never use the entire bottle of dressing.)


Toss ingredients just before serving. This serves 8-12 people

Tools and Tips

  • A salad spinner makes drying the lettuce easier.
  • You might need a medium to large sieve for draining the beans. Alternatively, opening the can lid 90% around and leaving the lid attached and then turning the can upside-down to drain could be a second best option. Just make sure the lid is positioned so that the beans do not fall out.
  • You might need a cutting board for the green onions or use scissors.
  • You will find that using an 8 quart mixing bowl is best because this makes a lot of salad. An 8 quart mixing bowl measures roughly 13.5 wide by 7.5 inches tall.
  • A firm head of iceberg lettuce is only a little "squishy" when squeezed. If all of the iceberg lettuce is very squishy or fluffy, you might need 2 medium heads.
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