Layered Chalupa Salad Recipe

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This favorite is always requested for various family occasions. Although it serves a lot of people, this zippy salad doesn't last long on our dinner table. - Virginia Zeckser, Mode, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • Corn chips
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, finely chopped radishes and sweet onion, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 216 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 1066mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 21g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the beans, water, vinegar, garlic salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine tomato sauce and hot sauce; heat through. Place corn chips on a large serving platter; top with beef mixture and toppings of your choice. Drizzle with tomato sauce mixture. Yield: 14 servings.
Originally published as Layered Chalupa Salad in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p89

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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