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“Trash Bag” Taco Salad

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


40-50 servings

I use this recipe for church functions and patio parties and assign each guest an ingredient. This simple and economical crowd-pleaser makes cleanup a breeze.—Margie Dodd, Choctaw, Oklahoma


  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 3 envelopes taco seasoning
  • 3 heads lettuce, shredded
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 3 cans (4-1/4 ounces each) chopped or sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) Ranch Style beans (pinto beans in seasoned tomato sauce)
  • 1 package (16 ounces) corn chips
  • 1 bottle (16 ounces) Catalina salad dressing
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) salsa


  1. Brown beef; drain. Add taco seasoning and prepare according to package directions. Cool. Toss with remaining ingredients in an extra-large resealable plastic bag or large container.

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