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Potluck Taco Salad Recipe

Potluck Taco Salad Recipe

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. YIELD: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).

Reviews for Potluck Taco Salad

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sandym123ben 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 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 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 233971
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2015

"Good, simple salad."

jbander2 229031
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2015

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

fishfeathers 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 228835
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2015

"I use black beans instead of kidney beans."

bnrudy 130590
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2014

"I've made this for years now, but I would also add a layer of sliced, black olives and my dressing is equal parts of Thousand Island dressing and Mexican Salsa, sometime I would use corn chips instead of tortilla chips"

pio280 44696
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

"I added small can sliced black olives and Catalina dressing instead."

krysfielder 44688
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2012

"very yummy! The kids loved the dressing."

maegena 55456
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2010

"This is the same recipe that I have used for years and it is delicious! The salad dressing may seem a little strange, but it is actually really good. I usually add a little bit of sugar to the salad dressing-it doesn't make it sweet, it just adds a depth of flavor."

magickat__CT 128876
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2010

"I've made this for years now - for my family, lunches for my colleagues, and parties. EVERYONE raves about it and wants the recipe. It't the sauce that makes it dfferent from any other taco salad. It's a surefire hit."

jean937 48676
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2009

"good tp wanna try this! without the kidney beans..."

MY REVIEW 128003
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2008

"i would also add a layer of sliced, black olives & a layer of low fat sour cream. maybe a layer of avacado (which is a good healthy thing).


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