Crowd-Pleasing Taco Salad Recipe
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Crowd-Pleasing Taco Salad Recipe

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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
Featured In: Top 10 Potluck Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 413 calories, 29g fat (7g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 689mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 13g protein.


  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.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Swap in crushed tortilla chips for the corn chips.
  • Lighten this up by using ground turkey instead of beef and light mayonnaise instead of regular.
  • We love the fresh crunch of iceberg lettuce in this potluck star, but romaine or green leaf lettuce works well, too.
  • Originally published as Crowd-Pleasing Taco Salad in Taste of Home April/May 2007, p18

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    annrms User ID: 2649709 254241
    Reviewed Sep. 18, 2016

    "Made a double batch of this for a large gathering. I added some diced red bell pepper and red onion, and used halved cherry tomatoes. I also chopped the lettuce to make it easier to eat with Tostitos Scoops. I placed a bottle of Sriracha on the table for folks to spice their bites. Definitely a keeper!!! Delicious!!"

    C1PNR User ID: 87128 252636
    Reviewed Aug. 13, 2016

    "Only change I'd make is to serve it in a Taco Bowl made of a flour tortilla baked in a Bowl shaped form, sans broken chips."

    mustbeoutside User ID: 4526185 252579
    Reviewed Aug. 12, 2016

    "very easy to make and tasted delicious. I used medium taco sauce but for our tastes I should have used a hot taco sauce. We did not care for the Mayo/taco sauce dressing so we used additional taco sauce in lieu of the dressing mix. When I make it again I think I will use some salsa and add some sour cream. Overall a good recipe but needed a bit more kick for my family's taste buds."

    moonbeam36 User ID: 7841760 236362
    Reviewed Nov. 4, 2015

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

    Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 233975
    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!"

    Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 233662
    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."

    SimpleFoods User ID: 7160373 229978
    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."

    twinkiedog User ID: 8053636 229745
    Reviewed Jul. 18, 2015

    "We all loved it!"

    Brenda D User ID: 1438504 228151
    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."

    momio User ID: 2526647 226488
    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."

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