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Eyeball Taco Salad

Topped with creepy peepers, this tasty taco salad is packed with beef, cheese, tomato and satisfying southwestern flavor to make everyone in your freaky family happy. —Jolene Young, Union, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 2-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 package (15-1/2 ounces) nacho-flavored tortilla chips, crushed
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 cups torn iceberg lettuce
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 10 slices tomato, halved
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 10 pitted ripe olives, halved


  • Preheat oven to 325°. In a 6-qt. stockpot, cook and crumble beef over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 7-9 minutes. Stir in seasoning, tomato sauce and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Spread chips evenly in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan; sprinkle with Monterey Jack cheese. Top with beef mixture; sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake until bubbly, 25-30 minutes.
  • Cut into ten 5x3-in. portions. Top each with lettuce and onion. Add tomatoes, sour cream and olives to make eyeballs.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 569 calories, 35g fat (13g saturated fat), 99mg cholesterol, 962mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 32g protein.

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  • angieherzberger
    Oct 8, 2013

    Loved by the whole family!

  • LaCremeBrulee
    Nov 10, 2011

    My kids loved it and it doesn't have to be a holiday dish.

  • talvarado1172
    Oct 30, 2010

    I have been making this recipe for 4 years now every Halloween it is delicious!! We have a party and everyone who comes wants to come back if I am making eyeball taco salad!

  • hbaseley
    Oct 23, 2010

    This recipe has become a Halloween tradtion for my family. My kids look forward to it every year.

  • badkitty1116
    Feb 4, 2008

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