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Potluck Taco Salad

I found this recipe in an old school cookbook, and I've taken it to many potlucks since then. The layers look so pretty in a glass bowl. —Sandy Fynaardt, New Sharon, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (1 cup dressing)


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning, divided
  • 1 medium head iceberg lettuce, torn
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 4 medium tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 cups crushed tortilla chips (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) Thousand Island salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons taco sauce


  • In a large skillet, cook and crumble beef over medium heat until no longer pink, 6-8 minutes; drain. Stir in 3 tablespoons taco seasoning.
  • In a large bowl, layer beef mixture, lettuce, beans, onion, tomatoes, cheese and crushed chips. In a small bowl, mix salad dressing, taco sauce and remaining taco seasoning; serve with salad.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups salad with 2 tablespoons dressing: 574 calories, 34g fat (11g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 1109mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 5g fiber), 23g protein.

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  • bbehr
    Jul 5, 2017

    I like black beans instead of kidney beans & Ranch dressing or sweet French

  • Jellybug
    Jun 4, 2017

    Love this salad. I used Italian dressing instead of the thousand island and next time I make it, I will use green onions instead of the red...otherwise, this recipe is a keeper.

  • JGa2595176
    May 28, 2017

    Pretty and tasty in a glass bowl. We didn't care for the salad dressing, that would be my only change for making next time-perhaps a taco ranch dressing next round. Fantastic potluck dish!

  • tillmandee
    May 19, 2017

    I have been making this salad for over 30 years. My family loves it. The only thing different, I use Green Goddess, but whatever dressing you choose to use, the salad is still delicious.

  • sandym123ben
    Sep 5, 2016

    My family of men love this and so do I. I could only rate this four stars,but it should be more like ten. I fixed it today for Labor Day instead of the traditional cookout. We love it.

  • cariboocook
    Aug 24, 2016

    I made this last night and must say it was really good. The layering of the salad ingredients in a glass bowl makes such an enticing presentation. I did not use the Thousand Island dressing as my husband does not like (but I do intend to use it another time on the side just to try). I served the salad with separate medium salsa and sour cream in bowls so we could just add what we wanted to. Will make again for sure.

  • shadey1
    Jul 5, 2016

    This salad is awesome, sometimes I season the beef taco style,. Sometimes not!! All of our kids love this for dinner but some use a Catalina French dressing. Try it with broken Doritos for more flavor.

  • robbrd
    Oct 4, 2015

    Good, simple salad.

  • jbander2
    Jul 5, 2015

    Made this for supper tonight! Delicious, and went together so easily. Will definitely make again!

  • fishfeathers
    Jul 2, 2015

    I pretty much do the same thing. I use refried beans, I add quaqamole (sp) and sour cream, and no dressing. I heat it up w/o the lettuce so the cheese and beans melt and heat up. I then add the lettuce. So good.