Eyeball Taco Salad Recipe
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Eyeball Taco Salad Recipe

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In Queen Creek, Arizona, all eyes are on Jolene Young’s tasty main-dish salad when she brings it in. Topped with creepy peepers, it’s packed with beef, cheese, tomato and satisfying taco flavor to satisfy a crowd.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 2-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 package (15-1/2 ounces) nacho-flavored tortilla chips, crushed
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 cups torn iceberg lettuce
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 10 slices tomato, halved
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 10 pitted ripe olives, halved

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 569 calories, 35g fat (13g saturated fat), 99mg cholesterol, 962mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 32g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. In a Dutch oven, cook and crumble beef over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 7-9 minutes. Stir in seasoning, tomato sauce and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Spread chips evenly in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan; sprinkle with Jack cheese. Top with beef mixture; sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake until bubbly, 25-30 minutes.
  3. Top with lettuce and onion. Cut into ten 5x3-in. pieces. Place two tomato slices on each piece for eyes; add sour cream and olives for eyes. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Eyeball Taco Salad in Simple & Delicious September/October 2007, p14

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angieherzberger User ID: 5719645 75380
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2013

"Loved by the whole family!"

LaCremeBrulee User ID: 6336721 84074
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"My kids loved it and it doesn't have to be a holiday dish."

talvarado1172 User ID: 1454445 133862
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2010

"I have been making this recipe for 4 years now every Halloween it is delicious!! We have a party and everyone who comes wants to come back if I am making eyeball taco salad!"

hbaseley User ID: 3311639 104544
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2010

"This recipe has become a Halloween tradtion for my family. My kids look forward to it every year."

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