Yes, you should eat this salad. It has Doritos® in it, but weren’t you looking for an excuse to eat Doritos® guilt-free anyway? A delicious combination of crisp, healthy ingredients and indulgent delights.
Doritos® Taco Salad
- 1 lb lean ground beef or turkey
- 2 Tbsp water
- 2 cans red kidney beans, drained
- ⅓ cup taco seasoning
- 1 tsp cumin
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 1 cup mild Pace salsa
- 1 cup ranch dressing
- 3 medium tomatoes
- 3 romaine hearts
- 1 cucumber
- 1 bag Nacho Cheese Doritos® regular or party-sized, depending on how naughty you feel
- sour cream optional
Add lean ground meat to a non-stick skillet and cook over medium heat until done. Add water, beans, taco seasoning, cumin, and garlic. Cook until beans are hot and sauce is thickened, about 2 minutes.
Wash your lettuce and chop lettuce into bite-sized pieces. Dice your tomato. Slice your cucumber length-wise into quarters and then slice the other way into ⅛ inch slices.
Add vegetables to a large salad bowl. Top with meat-bean mixture. Add ranch, salsa, and crushed Doritos®. Toss to combine and serve immediately. Top with sour cream if desired.
I normally make this salad ⅓ at a time and put the remaining meat-bean mixture in the fridge for later. ⅓ of this salad will make a filling meal for 2 hungry adults.
I was talking to my Mom over a year ago, and she told me, “Jen made me the best taco salad while I was visiting her. You have to get the recipe.” Well, I can’t pass up the opportunity for a good recipe, and I have been making it ever since.
Jen’s original recipe called for cheddar, but I did an experiment on my cheese-obsessed husband. The first time I made it with cheese, the second time I left it out. He didn’t notice any difference so I decided to nix the cheese. I’m going to be in serious trouble if he ever finds out he missed a potential cheese consuming opportunity.
You may be thinking, “Doritos®? In a nice healthy salad? What are you trying to do to me?” But I promise you, it’s worth it. To be perfectly honest, I don’t want to live in a world where I can never eat chips. We have a fairly strict chip policy in our house. Neither my husband nor I have any self-control, so we only buy them if they are part of a meal. Or if my husband coerces me. Whichever comes first. So now you’re thinking, “Are you using salad as an excuse to eat chips?” Yes, yes I am.
But seriously, there are some nice healthy aspects to the salad. The original recipe has lettuce as the only vegetable because that reduces chopping. I kept it simple by only adding cucumber and tomatoes. I highly recommend the cucumber if that’s your thing. It complements the heavier flavors of the salad beautifully, and it is so quick to chop a cucumber. But make it your own by removing ingredients or adding avocado, corn, cheese, cilantro, or anything that makes you happy. Although, Jen will be upset if you leave out the ranch dressing, salsa, or chips. So let’s not upset Jen and make some delicious Doritos® Taco Salad!