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"Trash Bag" Taco Salad Recipe

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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.
MAKES:45-50 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 45-50 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds ground turkey or beef
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  • 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

Nutritional Facts

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

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.
Originally published as "Trash Bag" Taco Salad in Taste of Home April/May 1995, p54

Nutritional Facts

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

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed Apr. 29, 2014

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

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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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Reviewed Mar. 13, 2014

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

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Reviewed Feb. 18, 2014

Wonderful Taco meal. Loved by our whole family.

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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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