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Mom's Taco Salad w/ Fritos

I haven't made this Taco Salad in so long, I forgot how good it is!  I was worried the kids wouldn't like it because it is "salad", but they gobbled it right up!

There is something about Fritos, Catalina dressing and taco flavors that go together just perfectly. My 6 year old even asked for seconds. (Yes, on a salad!)Mom's Taco Salad with Catalina Dressing and Fritos. It's the best taco salad and great for potlucks!

This salad is a long-time family tradition as our go-to meal for potluck dinners. It is traditionally made with ground beef, but I sometimes substitute turkey or even shredded chicken.

Mom's Taco Salad with Catalina Dressing and Fritos 

  • 8 to 10 cups of romaine or iceberg lettuce, chopped.  (I have never measured, just whatever looks like enough...)
  • 3/4lb to 1lb of lean ground beef (or turkey)
  • package of taco seasoning
  • 1 can of black or pinto beans, drained
  • 1 cup of corn
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1.5 cups of shredded cheese
  • 2 cups of Fritos
  • Catalina Dressing  (use your judgement on the amount.)
  • (optional:  chopped green onions or black olives)

  1. Brown the ground meat, adding the taco seasoning in towards the end.  Remove from heat and drain if needed.  Add your beans and corn to the meat, mix well.
  2. In a large bowl, mix everything together, adding the the Fritos and dressing last.  Combine well, making sure everything is coated with the dressing.

Hard to get a good picture of a salad in a bowl...


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  1. My husband's family makes this and it's one of my favorite dishes. We use salsa & sour cream to be the dressing, instead of catlina. Do you use canned corn?

  2. @ Erin Marie: When possible, I try to use frozen corn, defrosted. I just think frozen sweet corn tastes better than the canned. I do like sour cream and salsa as a dressing on salads, but have you ever tired the Catalina on taco salad? It really adds a great flavor!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Yum! I love anything with black beans! I think I might have to add this to my menu this week!

  4. This looks so yummy! Thanks for visiting. I was hopping by from the hop and found this recipe. I think I know what I want for supper tonight!

  5. I love taco salad, but I have never had it with Catalina dressing? I'll have to give it a try. I'm really starting to like ground turkey. You should come and enter my cookbook giveaway (If you like cookbooks)?

  6. That looks SOOOOO delicious. Can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  7. This looks yummy!! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Looks delicious! I may try this when my grandchildren visit this week!

  9. This looks so delicious. Taco Salad with Catalina dressing is so yummy!

    I would love for you to share a link on my mommy solution meme.

  10. Oh my that looks delicious! Mangoes and Chutney's Fat Camp Friday is now open Friday at midnight (EST)! I would love if you stopped by and linked up this recipe!

  11. Yum! I've had this, but it used doritos, and I think I like your recipe better using the Fritos. Great idea!

    Thank you so much for sharing this at Recipe Sharing Monday. I hope to see you back next week!

  12. Hi Jamie,
    This is one of my all time favorite salads. I could eat this salad every week and never get tired of it. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon! Hope you are having a great week end.
    Miz Helen

  13. Yeah! My mother used to make this for us as kids and saw this on Pinterest. SOOO excited. Making it for my kids this week - nostalgia!

  14. My mom always used rinsed ranch style beans.


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