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Catalina Taco Salad

This quick and easy taco salad is popular with the teen campers at the youth camp my husband directs. Our daughter has requested it 2 years in a row for her birthday dinner. —Kay Curtis, Guthrie, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch romaine, torn
  • 1 package (9-1/4 ounces) corn chips
  • 1 bottle (24 ounces) Catalina salad dressing


  • In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a large serving bowl.
  • Add the cheese, beans, tomatoes, onion, romaine and corn chips. Drizzle with dressing; gently toss to coat.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 631 calories, 42g fat (12g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 1145mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 4g fiber), 21g protein.

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  • Matt
    Sep 1, 2020

    Gotta give 5 stars for this. Catalina dressing on a taco salad is so freaking good it should be illegal. This is what that dressing is for.

  • MarineMom_texas
    Oct 29, 2018

    I re-visited an old friend tonight. Yes, it is this delicious taco salad. I made a very similar salad years ago and we loved it. We also loved this new version with ground beef in it. Hubby suggested using salsa next time. We highly recommend this delicious salad. Volunteer Field Editor

  • gunslinger
    Jun 7, 2018

    I had some leftover taco meat and found this recipe which worked perfectly for my leftover meat. This salad was tasty, I added some salsa too, and made a refreshing hearty meal on a hot summer day!

  • KarenKeefe
    May 11, 2017

    Forgot all about this recipe until I came across it on your site. Made it for guests today! So enjoyable! I used low fat Catalina dressing - less calories.

  • Cam
    Apr 5, 2017

    I've been eating this salad for fourth years. I cut the Catalina in half and replace it with my favorite salsa and alway use nacho cheese Doritos. Never use the creamy Catalina.

  • kat0529
    Apr 27, 2014

    Great taco salad. Goes together quickly. Fried the onions in with the ground beef and used a 16 oz bottle of zesty catalina dressing, which was more than enough. If not making for a crowd, don't mix the corn chips in because they lose their crunch as leftovers.

  • BrendaS1020
    May 25, 2013

    This is one of my favorite taco salads. I use ranch style beans and zesty catalina dressing and if I want to add meat I add grilled chicken. Excellent meal and flavor!

  • tanyarv
    May 1, 2013

    No comment left

  • pajamaangel
    Nov 26, 2011

    This was a really good recipe. I used the Kraft lite catalina dressing and only 6 Tbsp of it to cut back on some of the calories. The taste was still there! I will definitely make this again when I'm in a fix for a quick dish.

  • burneygolf
    Jul 7, 2011

    This is THE taco salad recipe. You can try Western dressing for a little more zip!