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Patriotic Taco Salad Recipe

Patriotic Taco Salad Recipe

One year, my daughter decided to celebrate her July birthday with a patriotic theme. This colorful and refreshing salad was the main dish on the menu. The kids gobbled it up! —Glenda Jarboe, Oroville, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 20 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 6 cups tortilla or corn chips
  • 4 to 5 cups shredded lettuce
  • 9 to 10 pitted large olives, sliced lengthwise
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the water, tomato paste and taco seasoning. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  • 2. Place chips in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. dish. Spread beef mixture evenly over the top. Cover with lettuce. For each star, arrange five olive slices together in the upper left corner. To form stripes, add cheese and tomatoes in alternating rows. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: If you wish to prepare this salad in advance, omit the layer of chips and serve them with the salad.

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mrsh318 User ID: 3583996 126196
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2014

"I added a can of refried beans on top of the beef mixture. It was very good. I also used gluten free tortilla chips as I am trying to cut down on my gluten. My guests really enjoyed it. I served it as a light dinner on July 4th as we had already eaten a big amount of food that day."

lollyx8x User ID: 4168378 126194
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2014

"To make it more 4th of July I'll use taco sauce for more flavor, white cheese and out line the casserole with blue tortilla chips. Ill serve it with grilled tequilla lime chicken and pineapple/coconut slushies."

TJHEAT User ID: 246802 135136
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2014

"Cslowcookjw - you could use black beans instead of the olives. As Kristens198 suggested add a can to the meat mixture, reserving a few to sprinkle in the corner."

Cslowcookjw User ID: 2103401 44039
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2014

"Have not made this yet. Would like to know what I can use rather than olives."

Kristens198 User ID: 2663751 63185
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013

"This was a great idea but I customized it for my cooking style. I added a can of black beans to add more protein and make it a meal. I also put chips on the side instead of the bottom layer. I used taco sauce and salsa instead of taco seasoning and tomato paste. Lastly, I used shredded mozzarella cheese for more red/white effect. It was a crowd favorite!"

bnrudy User ID: 659489 135133
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2012

"I use a White Cheddar Cheese instead of yellow, also can of slice olives. Serve the chips on the side=^..^= Yummmmmmm"

hillbillyhick User ID: 1427024 54916
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2012

"This Is SOOOO GOOOD. I will Make This Over and Over Again..."

vickdn User ID: 1559326 87477
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

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nikkione User ID: 4092337 127775
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2010

"nice and easy and budget friendly, great for a big crowd.."

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