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Crowd-Pleasing Taco Salad

While this recipe might sound involved, it can be fixed in just 30 minutes. It's a hit at the potluck table—and I don't have to bring any home after the shindig! —Ann Cahoon, Bradenton, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium head iceberg lettuce, torn
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup taco sauce
  • 1 package (9-1/4 ounces) corn chips


  • In a large saucepan, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the ketchup, oregano, chili powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, olives and beef mixture. Combine mayonnaise and taco sauce; pour over salad and toss to coat. Sprinkle with corn chips. Serve immediately.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Swap in crushed tortilla chips for the corn chips.
  • Lighten this up by using ground turkey instead of beef and light mayonnaise instead of regular.
  • We love the fresh crunch of iceberg lettuce in this potluck star, but romaine or green leaf lettuce works well, too.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 413 calories, 29g fat (7g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 689mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 13g protein.


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    • Darcy
      Apr 1, 2020

      This was a hit with my family. Even my picky preschooler! A few tweaks I made out of personal preference: subbed tomato paste diluted with warm water for the ketchup and made the dressing with half mayo and half sour cream, and used salsa instead of taco sauce just out of convenience. I added the juice of half a lime and blended to a smooth consistency. Worked out great!

    • auntgigi53
      Jan 30, 2020

      This is a big hit with the family. I followed the recipe and wouldn't change any ingredients. Going to watch the super bowl on Sunday and I was asked to bring this taco salad. Only suggestion is to double the recipe , they always want seconds!

    • 6cows running
      Aug 11, 2017

      I couldn't bring myself to use mayo on my taco salad. This was otherwise a good basic recipe. But where was the salsa, the sour cream, the guacamole, and yes, the refried beans? I guess I am talking a whole different recipe. Taco Bell used to make the best taco salad I ever tasted and they served it in a fried tortilla bowl. I don't care for the salty tortilla chips, so I fry slices of fresh tortilla (usually flour) and stick some of those in the top of the salad. Love taco salad no matter how you make it.

    • LynnCuttitta
      Mar 9, 2017

      No comment left

    • annrms
      Sep 18, 2016

      Made a double batch of this for a large gathering. I added some diced red bell pepper and red onion, and used halved cherry tomatoes. I also chopped the lettuce to make it easier to eat with Tostitos Scoops. I placed a bottle of Sriracha on the table for folks to spice their bites. Definitely a keeper!!! Delicious!!

    • C1PNR
      Aug 13, 2016

      Only change I'd make is to serve it in a Taco Bowl made of a flour tortilla baked in a Bowl shaped form, sans broken chips.

    • mustbeoutside
      Aug 12, 2016

      very easy to make and tasted delicious. I used medium taco sauce but for our tastes I should have used a hot taco sauce. We did not care for the Mayo/taco sauce dressing so we used additional taco sauce in lieu of the dressing mix. When I make it again I think I will use some salsa and add some sour cream. Overall a good recipe but needed a bit more kick for my family's taste buds.

    • moonbeam36
      Nov 4, 2015

      This was so delicious, I didn't want to stop eating. Moonbeam

    • Sue Zappa
      Oct 4, 2015

      One of our family's favorite recipes! Will have to have it this week! I don't change a thing. Leftovers are even better the next day!

    • Angel182009
      Sep 28, 2015

      This was simple and easy to put together. The whole family enjoyed it and I loved how much it made! I entertain a lot at my house and the next time I have a big gathering I'm definitely making us! Great flavor the only thing I did differently was you salsa instead of taco sauce because I was out.