One of our favorite family dinners is this Dorito Taco Salad recipe with Nacho Cheese Doritos, hamburger, beans, tomatoes, and lettuce! It’s so easy to make, and it feels like a treat even though it’s relatively healthy!
If you’re burned out on your traditional Taco Tuesday — we have you covered! This Dorito Taco Salad is a great make ahead idea for a family get together or a dinner! We love how simple and quick it is to throw together!!
Plus, it’s a crowd pleaser among our family!! We love the mix of spice and cheese in this recipe, and the crunch is always so good!
Is taco salad good for you?
If you were to get taco salad at a restaurant, it’s typically really high in calories and fat. You’d be better off with a taco or a bean burrito most of the time. With that said, our Dorito Taco Salad is something we eat regularly on our healthy, balanced diet.
Dorito Taco Salad Ingredients:
If you’re wondering what’s in Dorito Taco Salad, here are the basics:
- Hamburger Meat
- Kidney Beans
- Chili Beans
- 2 Tomatoes
- Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- Nacho Cheese Doritos
- French Dressing (Optional)
You can also add in sour cream, salsa, cumin, taco seasoning, corn or olives to your recipe if you’d like!
How do you make Dorito Taco Salad?
In a large skillet, brown your hamburger until it’s no longer pink. Drain any fat using a measuring cup or spoon.
Drain the kidney beans. Then, you’ll want to add in your kidney beans and chili beans and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
In a large bowl, you’ll combine the lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and beef with broken up Doritos.
You could also do individual bowls like we do!
We top ours with sour cream, salsa, or my favorite – French dressing when you serve it.
You can serve it hot or cold, but I prefer it warm!
Big Bowl vs Individual Bowls
I prefer to do my Dorito Taco Salad in individual bowls because we have it for dinner a lot of time.
Each night, each of us make our own bowl using all of the ingredients. This way nothing gets soggy, and you can really taste the flavors.
I also leave the leftover meat and beans in the skillet, so I can heat it up on the stove the next day.
If you’re taking the Dorito Taco Salad to be a BBQ or get-together, I would go ahead and mix it up (adding the Doritos at the party if possible).
What are Different Ways to Serve This?
Some people prefer Catalina dressing versus French.
You can also always use ground turkey or chicken instead of the beef as well or use a vegetarian option.
If you’re looking for something spicier, you can do hot chili beans, Pepper Jack cheese, or jalapeños.
People also love to top the salad with olives, corn, or avocado as well!
So you really can customize this Dorito Taco Salad recipe to fit your preferences!
Can you make Doritos Taco Salad Ahead of Time?
Absolutely! I will go ahead and make the meat and beans ahead of time. Then, I just combine all of the ingredients when it’s time to eat.
This keeps the chips and lettuce from getting soggy.
How long does taco salad last if it’s refrigerated?
I typically will eat it for 5 days if it’s been refrigerated.
What goes with Dorito Taco Casserole?
You can top it with sour cream, jalapeños, cheese, onions, olives, and even cauliflower rice if you want!
Since it already has beans, meat, and veggies as the base – it can also be served on its own! No sides required!
If you like this recipe, you might also like:
- 1 lb Hamburger Meat
- 16 oz Can of Kidney Beans
- 16 oz Can of Chili Beans
- 2 Tomatoes
- 1 Bag of lettuce
- 1 Bag of Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- 2 Cups Nacho Cheese Doritos
- 1 Bottle French Dressing, Optional
- In a large skillet, brown your hamburger until it's no longer pink. Drain any fat using a measuring cup or spoon.
- Drain your kidney beans.
- Add in your kidney beans and chili beans. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and beef with broken up Doritos. You could also do individual bowls like we do!
- You can top with sour cream, salsa, or my favorite - French dressing when you serve it.
Serving Size:2 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 511Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 1422mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 5gSugar: 18gProtein: 23g