Potluck Taco Salad Recipe
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Potluck Taco Salad Recipe

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I found this recipe in an old school cookbook, and I've taken it to many potlucks since then. The layers look so pretty in a glass bowl. —Sandy Fynaardt, New Sharon, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning, divided
  • 1 medium head iceberg lettuce, torn
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 4 medium tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 cups crushed tortilla chips (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) Thousand Island salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons taco sauce


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Stir in 3 tablespoons taco seasoning.
  2. In a large bowl, layer beef mixture, lettuce, beans, onion, tomatoes, cheese and crushed chips. In a small bowl, mix salad dressing, taco sauce and remaining taco seasoning; serve with salad. Yield: 8 servings (1 cup dressing).
Originally published as Taco Salad in Quick Cooking July/August 2003, p63

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Jellybug User ID: 53068 267618
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2017

"Love this salad. I used Italian dressing instead of the thousand island and next time I make it, I will use green onions instead of the red...otherwise, this recipe is a keeper."

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 267391
Reviewed May. 28, 2017

"Pretty and tasty in a glass bowl. We didn't care for the salad dressing, that would be my only change for making next time-perhaps a taco ranch dressing next round. Fantastic potluck dish!"

tillmandee User ID: 1703943 266113
Reviewed May. 19, 2017

"I have been making this salad for over 30 years. My family loves it. The only thing different, I use Green Goddess, but whatever dressing you choose to use, the salad is still delicious."

sandym123ben User ID: 7318935 253726
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2016

"My family of men love this and so do I. I could only rate this four stars,but it should be more like ten. I fixed it today for Labor Day instead of the traditional cookout. We love it."

cariboocook User ID: 8196226 253105
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2016

"I made this last night and must say it was really good. The layering of the salad ingredients in a glass bowl makes such an enticing presentation. I did not use the Thousand Island dressing as my husband does not like (but I do intend to use it another time on the side just to try). I served the salad with separate medium salsa and sour cream in bowls so we could just add what we wanted to. Will make again for sure."

shadey1 User ID: 7551545 250132
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2016

"This salad is awesome, sometimes I season the beef taco style,. Sometimes not!! All of our kids love this for dinner but some use a Catalina French dressing. Try it with broken Doritos for more flavor."

robbrd User ID: 1292786 233971
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2015

"Good, simple salad."

jbander2 User ID: 2925337 229031
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2015

"Made this for supper tonight! Delicious, and went together so easily. Will definitely make again!"

fishfeathers User ID: 8378276 228874
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2015

"I pretty much do the same thing. I use refried beans, I add quaqamole (sp) and sour cream, and no dressing. I heat it up w/o the lettuce so the cheese and beans melt and heat up. I then add the lettuce. So good."

laureltornes User ID: 6955723 228835
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2015

"I use black beans instead of kidney beans."

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