Catalina Taco Salad Recipe
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Catalina Taco Salad Recipe

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This quick and easy taco salad is popular with the teen campers at the youth camp my husband directs. Our daughter has requested it 2 years in a row for her birthday dinner. —Kay Curtis, Guthrie, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch romaine, torn
  • 1 package (12 ounces) corn chips
  • 1 bottle (24 ounces) Catalina salad dressing

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 631 calories, 42g fat (12g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 1145mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 4g fiber), 21g protein


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a large serving bowl.
  2. Add the cheese, beans, tomatoes, onion, romaine and corn chips. Drizzle with dressing; gently toss to coat. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Catalina Taco Salad in Taste of Home April/May 2008

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Reviewed Apr. 27, 2014

"Great taco salad. Goes together quickly. Fried the onions in with the ground beef and used a 16 oz bottle of zesty catalina dressing, which was more than enough. If not making for a crowd, don't mix the corn chips in because they lose their crunch as leftovers."

Reviewed May. 25, 2013

"This is one of my favorite taco salads. I use ranch style beans and zesty catalina dressing and if I want to add meat I add grilled chicken. Excellent meal and flavor!"

Reviewed Nov. 26, 2011

"This was a really good recipe. I used the Kraft lite catalina dressing and only 6 Tbsp of it to cut back on some of the calories. The taste was still there! I will definitely make this again when I'm in a fix for a quick dish."

Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"This is THE taco salad recipe. You can try Western dressing for a little more zip!"

Reviewed Aug. 17, 2009

"Another nice option is to use a bag of Doritos brand Nacho Cheese chips, crushed, instead of the corn chips. Serve with sour cream, sliced jalapeno peppers, and your favorite salsa."

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