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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.

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

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Reviewed Apr. 22, 2014

I love this salad at pot-luck dinners!!! Now I can make it for our family at home, of course cutting it down smaller. So much easier, AND NEATER than tacos! In my opinion yummier too!!!

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Reviewed Apr. 22, 2014

I don't like a 'wet' taco salad. Does the tortilla chips get mushy? When I eat taco salad, I usually eat the chips on the side like one would eat a cracker.

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Reviewed Mar. 13, 2014

I have to leave out peppers due to allergies, but put them on the side... I also serve with refried beans

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Reviewed Mar. 8, 2014

Best taco salad dressing ever!

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Reviewed Feb. 5, 2014

I would drop the 1000 Island dressing. Take mayonaise and break it down with water to a thinned state. Not to much water, you still need the taste of the mayo. After making your salad, then drizzle the mayo/water liquad over the top of the salad. Oh my! Yum.

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