Crunchy Dorito Taco Salad

Embark on a flavor adventure with this Crunchy Dorito Taco Salad, a vibrant and playful dish that merges the classic appeal of a taco salad with the irresistible crunch of Nacho Cheese Doritos. This recipe is the perfect party dish or a fun weeknight dinner that’s guaranteed to bring smiles around the table. It’s packed with fresh ingredients, seasoned ground beef, and topped with a sweet and tangy Catalina dressing, all combined to create a deliciously unique salad experience. Let’s whip up this festive salad that’s as enjoyable to make as it is to eat.


  • Ground Beef, 1 pound, browned and seasoned
  • Taco Seasoning Packet, to infuse the beef with traditional taco flavors
  • Water, 3 tablespoons, to help distribute the taco seasoning evenly
  • Iceberg Lettuce, ½ head, shredded for a crisp salad base
  • Roma Tomatoes, 3, diced for a fresh burst of flavor
  • Green Onions, 6, chopped, adding a mild oniony bite
  • Black Olives, one 2.25 oz can, sliced, for a touch of briny contrast
  • Cheddar Cheese, 3 cups, shredded, for creamy, cheesy goodness
  • Catalina Dressing, one 16 oz bottle, for a sweet and tangy dressing
  • Nacho Cheese Doritos, one 10.5 oz bag, crushed, for the ultimate crunchy topping


  1. Cook the Beef: In a skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until no longer pink. Drain any excess fat. Add the taco seasoning packet and 3 tablespoons of water to the beef. Stir and cook according to the seasoning packet’s instructions. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Prepare the Salad Base: In a large salad bowl, combine the shredded iceberg lettuce, diced roma tomatoes, chopped green onions, and sliced black olives.
  3. Add Cheese and Beef: Once the beef has cooled to just warm or room temperature, add it to the salad bowl along with the shredded cheddar cheese. Toss to combine.
  4. Dressing and Doritos: Right before serving, pour the Catalina dressing over the salad as desired (you may not need the entire bottle). Toss the salad to ensure everything is evenly coated with the dressing.
  5. The Final Crunch: Add the crushed Nacho Cheese Doritos to the salad last to maintain their crunch. Give the salad a final gentle toss to mix in the Doritos.
  6. Serve Immediately: This salad is best enjoyed fresh to take full advantage of the contrasting textures and flavors.

This Crunchy Dorito Taco Salad is a feast for the senses, offering a blend of flavors and textures that make each bite exciting. It’s a casual yet creative dish that’s sure to be a hit at any gathering, combining the beloved elements of tacos and salads with a playful twist. Enjoy crafting this easy and delightful salad that’s bound to become a go-to favorite for both impromptu celebrations and cozy family dinners.