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"Trash Bag" Taco Salad Recipe

I use this recipe for church functions and patio parties and assign each guest an ingredient. This simple and economical crowd-pleaser makes cleanup a breeze.—Margie Dodd, Choctaw, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:45-50 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 3 envelopes taco seasoning
  • 3 heads lettuce, shredded
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 3 cans (4-1/4 ounces each) chopped or sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) Ranch Style beans (pinto beans in seasoned tomato sauce)
  • 1 package (16 ounces) corn chips
  • 1 bottle (16 ounces) Catalina salad dressing
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) salsa

Directions

  • 1. Brown beef; drain. Add taco seasoning and prepare according to package directions. Cool. Toss with remaining ingredients in an extra-large resealable plastic bag or large container. Yield: 40-50 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 186 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 533mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein

Reviews for "Trash Bag" Taco Salad

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TammyVande
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2014

"I've done this salad for years but use Kraft Russian Dressing."

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NanaB40
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2014

"I've made one like this for years and then made this and liked it even more. Quick and wonderful"

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waller7
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2014

"THAT IS THE BEST IDEA I HAVE EVER HEARD.  I LOVE IT."

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DonnaTMann1
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2014

"Wonderful Taco meal. Loved by our whole family."

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mamaknowsbest
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2013

"This is a great recipe despite the unusual name! In our house we have always called in "Texas Salad". We make ours without the beef. This allows for vegetarians to have a hearty alternative. This also looks beautiful to just layer salad in glass bowl until time to eat then add chips and toss in the bowl. Thanks to the crunchy chips, kids keep returning for seconds!"

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lorettasylvia
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

"We make this once a month, and it is so easy . . . always a hit with everyone! Thanks so much for sharing with us.

Get real folks, "I think everyone realizes you should not use a real trash bag . . .""

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DaneenT
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2011

"we do this at the office. we put the cooked, seasoned meat, beans, onions, and tomatoes together. After using half one day, we were able to store overnight and use again the next day. we just added the chips and lettuce and dressing as needed. hmmm, bet you could freeze it that way, too!"

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KScales
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2011

"As some people mentioned below, if you choose to toss the salad in a plastic bag, it should be a food-safe bag, such as a 2 gallon resealable bag. An actual trash bag should not be used due to possible chemicals on the bag.

Taste of Home Test Kitchen"

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RocksGoddess
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2011

"how funny, two of us posted on this at the same time, a year later. A person has to learn somewhere, we aren't born knowing everything, regardless of what Socrates says..."

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RocksGoddess
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2011

"Well, I was going to put it in a trash bag! I don't know these things, so I'm glad that it was posted not to use a real trash bag. I just thought those white bags were fine. :("

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MrsDolly
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2011

"I know one would assume, people would notice the quotes and not use a real trash bag, however someone in our office actually made this salad in an actual trash bag."

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littlerain
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2010

"Ithink everyone knows not to use an actual trash bag! Hence the quotes around trash bag in the name. GEEZ! lol"

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Theresa Ferry
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2010

"I bought small individual bags of Frito Chips, gave one to each child at a birthday party. Had all the ingredients of this recipe in bowls, and they went through buffet style and added to their bag what they wanted with the corn chips. used forks to mix it all together. It worked great, no mess and easy clean up! They were allowed to have two bags if they wanted. Kids and adult liked this. Served apple sauce with this. Then a few games the ice cream and B-day cake!!"

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scarletjewels
Reviewed May. 28, 2010

"This was a hit with everyone"

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hungry22
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2010

"Nice, quick pot luck dish...I even like the name, because ther is NO clean-up involved."

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cwbuff
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2009

"Fast and easy great salad! I dont usually like Tex-Mex, but I liked this a lot! A 2 gallon Ziploc bag works fine. Add the corn chips just before serving so they dont get soggy. I also pared it down to family size."

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lmurphy
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2009

"Simple and really good. A nice change from regular tacos. This has become a dish we make regularly."

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marianchristi
Reviewed May. 19, 2009

"Please use only food safe plastic bags."

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martha053
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2008

"I make this in stainless steel canning kettle. Mix together just before serving. Is awesome presentation and tastes GREAT!"

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ckcadwell
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2008

"Garbage bags are treated with chemicals and perfumes - I wouldn't suggest putting dinner to eat in a garbage bag."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.