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Crowd-Pleasing Taco Salad Recipe

Crowd-Pleasing Taco Salad Recipe

While this recipe might sound involved, it can be fixed in just 30 minutes. It's a hit at the potluck table—and I don't have to bring any home after the shindig! —Ann Cahoon, Bradenton, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:10 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium head iceberg lettuce, torn
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup taco sauce
  • 1 package (10-1/2 ounces) corn chips


  • 1. In a large saucepan, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the ketchup, oregano, chili powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, olives and beef mixture. Combine mayonnaise and taco sauce; pour over salad and toss to coat. Sprinkle with corn chips. Serve immediately. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 413 calories, 29 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 689 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 13 g protein.

Reviews for Crowd-Pleasing Taco Salad

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Reviewed Nov. 4, 2015

"This was so delicious, I didn't want to stop eating. Moonbeam"

Reviewed Oct. 4, 2015

"One of our family's favorite recipes! Will have to have it this week! I don't change a thing. Leftovers are even better the next day!"

Reviewed Sep. 28, 2015

"This was simple and easy to put together. The whole family enjoyed it and I loved how much it made! I entertain a lot at my house and the next time I have a big gathering I'm definitely making us! Great flavor the only thing I did differently was you salsa instead of taco sauce because I was out."

Reviewed Jul. 22, 2015

"Similar to the recipe I use, but I add a packet of taco seasoning with the ground beef (and water needed); also, I have used Russian dressing rather than the mayo mixture. Pass the taco sauce."

Reviewed Jul. 18, 2015

"We all loved it!"

Reviewed Jun. 18, 2015

"My family loves this recipe. I have made it several times. Occassionally, I change it up and make it with boneless skinless chicken breast that I cut into very small pieces. I have left the seasonings the same every time and we have always enjoyed it. About a month ago, for my niece's graduation, my sister asked me to bring my taco salad, but it was going to have to sit for a while. We decided to serve this cold. It turned out really, really well. I cooked the beef and spices according to the directions. I then cooled it in the fridge and assembled as described. I added the dressing and chips just before serving. I had tons of requests for the recipe. OH and I frequently add a can of drained and rinsed black beans."

Reviewed May. 17, 2015

"We loved it. A good basic taco salad and I loved the taco sauce mayo dressing. I will definitely make it again."

Reviewed Mar. 9, 2015

"This is a very good healthy recipe easy to make. This could serve as a meal in itself. Sharon Vaughn."

Reviewed Jun. 5, 2014

"Mayonnaise+taco sauce=Delicious!"

Reviewed Apr. 21, 2014

"Love this recipe!!! So quick & easy & the whole family loves it!! Very rarely do I follow a recipe as is but this is one of them!"

Reviewed Apr. 14, 2014

"Use Catalina dressing instead of ketchup and mayo. Much better flavor."

Reviewed Oct. 9, 2013

"I have made this hundreds of times. Since making it the first time, I have tweaked it. I do still use the ketchup with seasonings for the meat. I don't think it needs any added flavor by using a taco seasoning packet. And my husband is really big on flavor and spice so I know that it's ok when he doesn't complain. I add an entire bottle of taco sauce to the mayo. I did not think that a quarter bottle was enough. I also add twice the cheese. Other than that, I really like it the same."

Reviewed Aug. 6, 2013

"I make our taco salad with chicken burger add salsa for additional spice and a pkg of taco seasoning for additional taste .. it is not too spicy for even our ages 3, 4 & 5 yr old grandddaughters they adore it ... use chopped fresh baby spinach instead of iceberg lettuce and a mixture of taco flavored dorito chips as well as the white corn chips and black beans, substitute olive oil mayo and it is much healthier and absolutely delicious ... lots of garden fresh tomatoes this time of years .. everyone one goes for 2nd been making it for years except for the new addition of the olive oil mayo ... and the spinach changed the spinach a number of years ago and then changed up the ollive oil mayo the last year or so .. make it often as it is always requested!"

Reviewed Jul. 9, 2013

"Just made this for our 4th of July picnic, everyone enjoyed it! Will be making this again!"

Reviewed Jul. 2, 2013

"A package of taco seasoning or a can of chili,no other spices necessary, add a can of corn and some big chunks of avocado,chopt red onion and a bottle of FRENCH dressing and there you have the BEST TACO SALAD EVER !!"

Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

"Would make with the following changes---I have always used a packet of taco seasoning in the meat(with the recommended amount of water). Also, we use Thousand Island dressing instead of the mayonaise mixture and serve the salsa on the side."

Reviewed Mar. 25, 2013

"This was super easy to make. Despite the negative reviews regarding the use of ketchup and mayo in this recipe, I decided to try it as is. I am one of those that prefer the reviews to be of the recipe made according to the actual recipe (before making changes). My boyfriend and I both liked it, but it was definitely different than your typical taco salad. We both liked the meat even though it was different than the usual taco meat. I liked the dressing more than he did (he added more taco sauce to his portion). Definitely a quick meal."

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"I have had this before, but without the ketchup and mayo. When I mke it, I make it portable. I put the beef, lettuce, tomato, etc. in a small bag half full of corn chips. My kids love to eat it out of the bag like that."

Reviewed Jan. 20, 2013

"It was good followed the recipe to the T. My husband & I didn't care for the ketchup taste or mayo you could really taste it. Definitely different I think I will change it a lil next time."

Reviewed Jan. 18, 2013

"Interesting flavor, but the dressing isn't as good as my usual (salsa mixed with western dressing). 4.2 out of 5 stars."

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012

"I want to read the reviews of the people that made the recipe as is...... not full of substitutions!!"

Reviewed Jun. 8, 2012

"I make a similar salad, but I add a can of drained kidney beans. I might try it with black beans next time. Also, I use lightly crushed taco-flavored tortilla chips instead of corn chips."

Reviewed May. 1, 2012

"This was a huge hit with the family! I grew up eating this at potlucks so it was nice to find the recipe and be able to share it with my kids :) I used Greek yogurt in place of the mayo and it was delish!"

Reviewed Apr. 24, 2012

"I am going to make this tonight for dinner but am curious about the taco that salsa or is there a special kind of taco sauce I should use?"

Reviewed Apr. 23, 2012

"It tasted more like a Burger King Whopper Salad than a taco salad (I think because of the mayo). Tasted just like a hamburger with mayo. So next time, I will omit the mayo completely and try sour cream (maybe not the same proportion - but to taste). Otherwise, it was wonderful because it incorporated all of the food groups and it was still tasty!"

Reviewed Apr. 13, 2012

"Added tsp of Tony's taco seasoning to meat & used 2 cans diced tomato's, skipped the mayo. Definately make again. LIked someone's idea of the black beans."

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2012

"My family loved this! We had this for dinner tonight and it fed the seven of us perfectly! I did some changes because my youngest son is on a low sodium diet. I took out the ketchup and used low sodium tomato sauce instead- it worked wonderful! I took out his portion and added 32 Fritos to it. (a serving size) He was thrilled. He also didn't get the black olives. I bought unsalted black beans which only have 10 mg of sodium in them and added it for everyone. I also added the suggested avocado. It was a HUGE hit! Thanks for sharing!! And made our way, the sodium level was VERY low!"

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2012

"We substituted chicken breast for the ground beef and ranch dressing for the mayo, also added the black beans, avocado and chopped red bell pepper. It is wonderful for potlucks!"

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2012

"[quote user="karma923"]

Do you put the hamburger in salad hot/warm, or do you cool it off?
Personally I like it warm, the contrast of the hot meat & the cold salad is yummy."

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2012

"Do you put the hamburger in salad hot/warm, or do you cool it off?"

Reviewed Jul. 16, 2011

"awesome, I made with gr turkey and used sour cream instead of the mayo because I had it on hand ... outstanding!"

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2010

"Our family favorite. So easy, unique favors & everyone wants the receipe."

Reviewed Jul. 15, 2010

"EXCELLENT!!!! I also added 1 can of drained black beans and chopped avocados. This is definately a keeper!!!"

Reviewed Jun. 28, 2010

"This recipe was a hit at my daughter's birthday party. I added a can of drained and rinsed black beans, chopped green, yellow and red peppers and a chopped avocado."

Reviewed Apr. 12, 2010

"I tweeked this recipe a little bit when I made it, I used 1/2 lb hamburger and 1/2 lb sausage and added a can of drained and rinsed black beans to my meat was delicious!"

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

"Took this to the annual Christmas holiday luncheon at work today and everyone loved it! Thanks for the great recipe, will certainly be making this again and again!"

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2009

"Easy and tasty. Good warm weather dish since it isn't too heavy."

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