Taco Salad for a Large Crowd Recipe
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Taco Salad for a Large Crowd Recipe

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I made this huge salad to bring to a party and people were scrambling to figure out who made it. Needless to say I only brought home an empty bowl and the guests went home with a full stomach! —Lisa Homer, Avon, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 10 min.
MAKES:26 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 10 min.
MAKES: 26 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds ground turkey or beef
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  • 2 envelopes taco seasoning, divided
  • 1 medium head iceberg lettuce
  • 1 package (12-1/2 ounces) nacho tortilla chips, coarsely crushed
  • 2 pints grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cans (2-1/4 ounces each) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chilies
  • 1-1/2 cups Thousand Island salad dressing
  • 1-1/3 cups salsa
  • 1/3 cup sugar

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups equals 271 calories, 14 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 760 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 10 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook beef with 1 envelope plus 2 tablespoons taco seasoning until no longer pink; drain.
  2. In a very large serving bowl, combine the lettuce, chips, tomatoes, beans, olives, cheese, onion, chilies and beef mixture.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the salad dressing, salsa, sugar and remaining taco seasoning; pour over salad and toss to coat. Yield: 26 servings (1-1/3 cups each).
Originally published as Taco Salad in Taste of Home August/September 2008, p49

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups equals 271 calories, 14 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 760 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 10 g protein.

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Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014

Excellent everyone loved it

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Reviewed Jul. 24, 2014

My family loves this salad and we are so GLAD to find it! ...only thing I changed: I usually use ground turkey and leave out the 1/3 cup sugar...the thousand island usually has enough. I really love this- especially for summer...anytime, really! Try it...guarantee you will add it to your repertoire!

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Reviewed Jun. 28, 2014

My new "go-to" taco salad recipe! It is delicious! No need for the extra sugar as the thousand island dressing adds just the right amount of sweetness.

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Reviewed Jun. 18, 2014

Have done Catalina for years.. Tried this.. Won My Family Vote By Far!!! Thanks, can't get enough.,

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Reviewed Apr. 29, 2014

We love taco salad, but hate soggy chips. Whenever I make this for home or to take to potluck I just fix a big chopped salad with several lettuces, shredded carrots, and put the prepared meat and chips, cheese, tomatoes, onions, peppers, black olives, and sour cream in seperate bowls. I also set out a bottle of taco sauce, and Western dressing.. Everyone makes their own, and if there are any leftovers, you can make a fresh salad the next day, heat up the meat and it is just as good as when it was first served.

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