Easy Salsa Taco Salad with black beans, cheese Doritos, lettuce, tomatoes and seasoned hamburger make this salad crunchy and delicious and appealing to all. A great supper recipe or when you are having guests for lunch. So simple and easy.
I love all things tacos. Tacos could be served weekly if not a couple nights a week and I would not mind a bit.
So when it was decided to make this easy salsa taco salad, I had a hard time deciding when to make it. Meaning, I probably could have made it for breakfast as much as I like tacos. Total truth.
See Also: Mexican Rice Casserole
This easy salsa taco salad is perfect to feed a crowd, take to a potluck or serve a quiet dinner with your family. You can easily add or subtract the amount of ingredients needed to make this dish.
Want a meatless meal? Don't add the hamburger. Family afraid of tomatoes? Don't add the tomatoes.
Versatile meals are the best, wouldn't you agree?
Taco salad ingredients
- Ground beef
- Taco seasoning
- Green leaf lettuce
- Black beans
- Roma tomato
- Cheese Doritos
- Cheddar cheese
- Taco seasoning
This easy taco salad recipe has Doritos in it. Some may prefer to use tortilla chips, which are perfectly fine. However, I recommend the cheese Doritos as they add the cheese flavor and a depth to the salad.
The salsa is up to you. You can use store bought salsa or you can make a homemade salsa. Homemade salsa is delicious but there is plenty of store bought that are tasty as well. Here is a recipe for homemade salsa.
Mild, medium or hot salsa works for this salad. It is just your preferred taste.
If your children (or yourself) aren't a fan of black beans, you can trade out black beans for kidney beans. You can also add shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese if desired.
I didn't add cheese to my salad because of the cheese Doritos. Either way it was, and would be, delicious.
The lettuce I used was green leaf lettuce, but you could substitute Romaine if you want.
Do you have ground venison? You could substitute ground venison for the ground beef.
Cooking the ground beef
Be sure to cook the ground beef completely through before adding it to the salad. Also, during the cooking process, the spices will be added.
The level of spice depends on you, just like with the salsa. Some like it hot, some like it not. Either way works.
If you are taking this to a potluck or to a football party, you may want to use this container. It would snap shut and travel well. If you are serving it at home, any decorative bowl will do. (This wooden bowl is beautiful!) Simply mix up the ingredients and you have a taco salad.
If you are traveling far, you may want to mix the salsa in when you get there to keep everything fresh. Like you would with salad dressing for a regular salad.
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Easy Salsa Taco Salad
- ½ lb hamburger cooked and browned
- 1 head green leaf lettuce cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 Roma tomato cut and diced
- 1 cup black beans drained
- ½ cup salsa mild, medium or hot
- 1 cup cheese Doritos crushed
- ½ cup cheddar cheese optional
- 1 T taco seasoning
- Cook ground beef in a medium frying pan over medium high heat, stirring occasionally
- When ground beef in browned and cooked until no longer pin in the center, drain grease with a strainer. Add taco seasoning and ¼ cup of water and cook for about 5 minutes
- Layer lettuce, tomatoes, beans, Doritos, cheese (optional) and hamburger
- Drizzle salsa around the top of the salad, mix well