Taco Salad for a Large Crowd Recipe

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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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4.5 67 58
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I made this huge taco 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! Everyone loves this taco salad recipe. —Lisa Homer, Avon, New York
MAKES:
26 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. Cook: 10 min.
MAKES:
26 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. Cook: 10 min.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 envelopes taco seasoning, divided
  • 1 medium head iceberg lettuce
  • 1 package (10 ounces) nacho-flavored 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 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

Directions

In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook beef with 1 envelope plus 2 tablespoons taco seasoning until no longer pink; drain.
In a very large serving bowl, combine the lettuce, chips, tomatoes, beans, olives, cheese, onion, chilies and beef mixture.
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: 262 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 696mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 10g protein.

  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 envelopes taco seasoning, divided
  • 1 medium head iceberg lettuce
  • 1 package (10 ounces) nacho-flavored 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 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
  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

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Steff User ID: 9242787 272587
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2017

"I have the same question as Victoria. Can this be made ahead of time? Also, can it be refrigerated and served cold? If so, what's the best easy to store it? Thanks."

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victoria User ID: 9237031 272201
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2017

"can this be made ahead of time?"

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Denise User ID: 9232916 271496
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2017

"This is always well received at parties. I stick with my original version of Catalina dressing, NO taco seasoning, green onions, corn & etc. I skip the sugar also. I crush some nacho chips in salad, but leave some extra out to crumble on top, same with dressing. Delicious!"

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Teri User ID: 7377355 270113
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2017

"We love a combination of Wishbone Italian, Original Hidden Valley Ranch and Dorothy Lynch.......trust me it's that good. Just Ranch and DL are excellent together as a salad dressing. I don't use beans and if I did I'd use pinto. Just another suggestion, put lettuce, cheese, tomatoes and beans together first and when you are ready to serve add meat and dressings then add your crushed nacho doritoes. Another past time favorite is some crumbled crispy bacon. NO sugar."

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tillmandee User ID: 1703943 269047
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2017

"I have used this recipe for many years. My family's favorite dressing is Green Goddess. I like to leave the dressing off so everyone can add as much as they like. (and the kind they like...just put several out for their selection)"

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Jeff User ID: 9012122 258987
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2017

"I got this same recipe from the mother of one of my college class mates in 1977 and have enjoyed it ever since."

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Appy_Girl User ID: 1132413 254210
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2016

"What a Wonderful salad. It surely surpasses any salad that I have made in the past. In fact I need more stars to fill in cause 5 is not enough. Plain and simple easy and cheap and so full of flavor. Boot it up or go light on the peppers like I did . I used Plain old Green. But this recipe is so much more than Peppers. Its a Boat load of yumminess that I highly recommend for Entertaining, Pot Luck or Just Because .. Its a must try and yes it does feed a crowd and is still very good the next day.

Janie Taste of Home Volunteer Field Editor."

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Ginnlee49 User ID: 8594506 253988
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2016

"I love this recipe !!!! I have several different versions, originally called for Russian dressing ! Fritos, black beans, with meat or w/o doesn't matter , it's always a crowd favorite !! I've even made it with Rotel dip as the dressing & fresh avocado added . I'm trying this version ASAP ! Can't wait !!! Ten stars !"

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Osum User ID: 602610 252912
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2016

"We loved this recipe. I have been on the hunt for the perfect taco salad and here it is !

I left out the sugar and switched the onions for green onions and didn't add the chilies as my salsa is pretty spicy. Thanks for sharing !! On my keepers list !"

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Dibilaweed User ID: 1491842 252733
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2016

"We thought the dressing was too sweet; leave out the sugar. If I were to make this again I would let people add their own dressing of their. It seemed to goopy to me and once you add the dressing you can't really save any leftovers."

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