Taco Salad

This taco salad is one of my favorite things I’ve ever eaten. The combination of textures and flavors mesh together in the most beautiful symphony. This is a definite crowd pleaser for all in our household. I mean how can a kid not enjoy a salad when you get to put Dorrito’s on top of it!? Enjoy!


  • 32 oz ground beef (you’ll be using 16 oz for taco salad and 16 oz for Creamy Shells & Beef but we will cook all of it tonight)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 large head romaine lettuce
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 15 ounces kidney beans, drained (1 can)
  • 3.8 ounces sliced black olives, drained (1 can)
  • 2 cups nacho cheese Doritos, crushed
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup homemade Catalina dressing (*******)


  • Large Skillet or Instant Pot
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Lettuce Knife
  • Large Serving Bowl
  • Can Opener
  • Measuring Cups & Spoons
  • Sink & Trashcan

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  1. Place 32 oz ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat or in your Instant Pot on Sauté mode LOW heat.
  2. Brown the meat and break into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Remove approximately half of the ground beef, let cool and store in fridge.
  3. Then stir the taco seasoning into the remaining 16 oz of ground beef and add 1/3 cup water.
  4. Simmer until the water is absorbed, then remove from heat.
  5. Chop the lettuce with a lettuce knife and pile in a large serving bowl. Then pile the taco meat and beans over the top.
  6. Drizzle the Catalina Dressing over the top and add a little more if you so desire.
  7. Next, pile on the tomatoes, green onions, and cheese.
  8. Finally, top with crushed Doritos and serve. Enjoy!

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