Crowd-Pleasing Taco Salad Recipe
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 medium head iceberg lettuce, torn
- 2 medium tomatoes, diced
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend
- 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup taco sauce
- 1 package (10-1/2 ounces) corn chips
- 1. In a large saucepan, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the ketchup, oregano, chili powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
- 2. In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, olives and beef mixture. Combine mayonnaise and taco sauce; pour over salad and toss to coat. Sprinkle with corn chips. Serve immediately. Yield: 10 servings.
Test Kitchen Tips
1 cup: 413 calories, 29g fat (7g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 689mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 13g protein.
Reviews for Crowd-Pleasing Taco Salad
"I couldn't bring myself to use mayo on my taco salad. This was otherwise a good basic recipe. But where was the salsa, the sour cream, the guacamole, and yes, the refried beans? I guess I am talking a whole different recipe. Taco Bell used to make the best taco salad I ever tasted and they served it in a fried tortilla bowl. I don't care for the salty tortilla chips, so I fry slices of fresh tortilla (usually flour) and stick some of those in the top of the salad. Love taco salad no matter how you make it."
"Made a double batch of this for a large gathering. I added some diced red bell pepper and red onion, and used halved cherry tomatoes. I also chopped the lettuce to make it easier to eat with Tostitos Scoops. I placed a bottle of Sriracha on the table for folks to spice their bites. Definitely a keeper!!! Delicious!!"
"Only change I'd make is to serve it in a Taco Bowl made of a flour tortilla baked in a Bowl shaped form, sans broken chips."
"very easy to make and tasted delicious. I used medium taco sauce but for our tastes I should have used a hot taco sauce. We did not care for the Mayo/taco sauce dressing so we used additional taco sauce in lieu of the dressing mix. When I make it again I think I will use some salsa and add some sour cream. Overall a good recipe but needed a bit more kick for my family's taste buds."
"This was so delicious, I didn't want to stop eating. Moonbeam"
"One of our family's favorite recipes! Will have to have it this week! I don't change a thing. Leftovers are even better the next day!"
"This was simple and easy to put together. The whole family enjoyed it and I loved how much it made! I entertain a lot at my house and the next time I have a big gathering I'm definitely making us! Great flavor the only thing I did differently was you salsa instead of taco sauce because I was out."
"Similar to the recipe I use, but I add a packet of taco seasoning with the ground beef (and water needed); also, I have used Russian dressing rather than the mayo mixture. Pass the taco sauce."
"We all loved it!"
"My family loves this recipe. I have made it several times. Occassionally, I change it up and make it with boneless skinless chicken breast that I cut into very small pieces. I have left the seasonings the same every time and we have always enjoyed it. About a month ago, for my niece's graduation, my sister asked me to bring my taco salad, but it was going to have to sit for a while. We decided to serve this cold. It turned out really, really well. I cooked the beef and spices according to the directions. I then cooled it in the fridge and assembled as described. I added the dressing and chips just before serving. I had tons of requests for the recipe. OH and I frequently add a can of drained and rinsed black beans."
"We loved it. A good basic taco salad and I loved the taco sauce mayo dressing. I will definitely make it again."
"Use Catalina dressing instead of ketchup and mayo. Much better flavor."
"I have made this hundreds of times. Since making it the first time, I have tweaked it. I do still use the ketchup with seasonings for the meat. I don't think it needs any added flavor by using a taco seasoning packet. And my husband is really big on flavor and spice so I know that it's ok when he doesn't complain. I add an entire bottle of taco sauce to the mayo. I did not think that a quarter bottle was enough. I also add twice the cheese. Other than that, I really like it the same."
"I make our taco salad with chicken burger add salsa for additional spice and a pkg of taco seasoning for additional taste .. it is not too spicy for even our ages 3, 4 & 5 yr old grandddaughters they adore it ... use chopped fresh baby spinach instead of iceberg lettuce and a mixture of taco flavored dorito chips as well as the white corn chips and black beans, substitute olive oil mayo and it is much healthier and absolutely delicious ... lots of garden fresh tomatoes this time of years .. everyone one goes for 2nd been making it for years except for the new addition of the olive oil mayo ... and the spinach changed the spinach a number of years ago and then changed up the ollive oil mayo the last year or so .. make it often as it is always requested!"
"Just made this for our 4th of July picnic, everyone enjoyed it! Will be making this again!"
"Would make with the following changes---I have always used a packet of taco seasoning in the meat(with the recommended amount of water). Also, we use Thousand Island dressing instead of the mayonaise mixture and serve the salsa on the side."
"This was super easy to make. Despite the negative reviews regarding the use of ketchup and mayo in this recipe, I decided to try it as is. I am one of those that prefer the reviews to be of the recipe made according to the actual recipe (before making changes). My boyfriend and I both liked it, but it was definitely different than your typical taco salad. We both liked the meat even though it was different than the usual taco meat. I liked the dressing more than he did (he added more taco sauce to his portion). Definitely a quick meal."
"I have had this before, but without the ketchup and mayo. When I mke it, I make it portable. I put the beef, lettuce, tomato, etc. in a small bag half full of corn chips. My kids love to eat it out of the bag like that."
"It was good followed the recipe to the T. My husband & I didn't care for the ketchup taste or mayo you could really taste it. Definitely different I think I will change it a lil next time."
"Interesting flavor, but the dressing isn't as good as my usual (salsa mixed with western dressing). 4.2 out of 5 stars."
"I want to read the reviews of the people that made the recipe as is...... not full of substitutions!!"
"I make a similar salad, but I add a can of drained kidney beans. I might try it with black beans next time. Also, I use lightly crushed taco-flavored tortilla chips instead of corn chips."
"This was a huge hit with the family! I grew up eating this at potlucks so it was nice to find the recipe and be able to share it with my kids :) I used Greek yogurt in place of the mayo and it was delish!"
"I am going to make this tonight for dinner but am curious about the taco sauce...is that salsa or is there a special kind of taco sauce I should use?"
"It tasted more like a Burger King Whopper salad than a taco salad (I think because of the mayo). Tasted just like a hamburger with mayo. So next time, I will omit the mayo completely and try sour cream (maybe not the same proportion - but to taste). Otherwise, it was wonderful because it incorporated all of the food groups and it was still tasty!"
"Added tsp of Tony's taco seasoning to meat & used 2 cans diced tomato's, skipped the mayo. Definately make again. LIked someone's idea of the black beans."
"My family loved this! We had this for dinner tonight and it fed the seven of us perfectly! I did some changes because my youngest son is on a low sodium diet. I took out the ketchup and used low sodium tomato sauce instead- it worked wonderful! I took out his portion and added 32 Fritos to it. (a serving size) He was thrilled. He also didn't get the black olives. I bought unsalted black beans which only have 10 mg of sodium in them and added it for everyone. I also added the suggested avocado. It was a HUGE hit! Thanks for sharing!! And made our way, the sodium level was VERY low!"
"Do you put the hamburger in salad hot/warm, or do you cool it off?"
"awesome, I made with gr turkey and used sour cream instead of the mayo because I had it on hand ... outstanding!"
"Our family favorite. So easy, unique favors & everyone wants the receipe."
"EXCELLENT!!!! I also added 1 can of drained black beans and chopped avocados. This is definately a keeper!!!"
"This recipe was a hit at my daughter's birthday party. I added a can of drained and rinsed black beans, chopped green, yellow and red peppers and a chopped avocado."
"I tweeked this recipe a little bit when I made it, I used 1/2 lb hamburger and 1/2 lb sausage and added a can of drained and rinsed black beans to my meat mixture..it was delicious!"
"Took this to the annual Christmas holiday luncheon at work today and everyone loved it! Thanks for the great recipe, will certainly be making this again and again!"
"easy and tasty. Good warm weather dish since it isn't too heavy."