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Chopped Doritos Taco Salad is filled with seasoned taco meat, lettuce, crushed Doritos, and all of your favorite taco toppings. Put a new spin on taco night with this loaded salad.
I love tacos... fish tacos, veggie tacos, chicken tacos - the varieties are endless. But as much as I love tacos, I love taco salads more. A taco salad is a perfect way to get all the flavors and textures in each and every bite.
All of the components in this Chopped Dorito Taco Salad are bite-sized, so every fork-full is loaded with delicious taco-ness!
- Lettuce - Iceberg and romaine work great with their crisp texture.
- Doritos - This may be my favorite part of this salad! Any flavor works - try nacho cheese, cool ranch, sweet spicy chili, flamin' hot - whatever variety you love.
- Toppings - My go-to taco fixings include olives, scallions, cheese, avocado, tomatoes, red onions, and cilantro.
- Taco Meat - I love using ground turkey, but ground beef and chicken can also be used.
- Taco seasonings - Skip the packet and turn to your spice cabinet instead. Chili powder, cumin, onion and garlic powder, oregano, and salt and pepper round out the homemade seasoning mix.
How to prepare taco salad
This salad is easy to prepare and comes together fairly quickly. The prep work includes browning the taco meat and slicing and dicing the various toppings.
- In a large skillet, add the ground turkey and spices. (Image 1)
- Cook until no longer pink, breaking apart the meat and stirring to incorporate the seasonings.
- Add the taco sauce. (Image 2) Stir and simmer for 1-2 minutes.
- In a large serving bowl, add the lettuce and top with the taco meat, tomatoes, olives, scallions, avocado, red onions, cheese, and cilantro. Top with crushed Doritos.
- Toss together and serve with salsa, sour cream, and lime wedges.
Tips for serving
- I love to plate the salad in a large bowl with the ingredients grouped together. It's a stunning presentation and then the salad can be tossed together as it's served.
- Let the taco meat cool before building the salad if you are not serving it immediately.
- Add the crushed Doritos right before serving so the chips retain their crunchy texture.
- Serve lime wedges, salsa (or taco sauce), and sour cream on the side for dressing individual salads.
Chopped Dorito Taco Salad will transform your weekly taco night. Add your family's favorite toppings and enjoy the best of tacos in a salad.
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Chopped Doritos Taco Salad
- 2 teaspoons oil
- 1 pound ground turkey (or ground beef or chicken)
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ cup taco sauce
- 7-8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
- 1 cup small cherry tomatoes (halved)
- ½ cup chopped scallions
- ½ cup sliced red onion
- 1 - 1 ½ cups Mexican blend shredded cheese
- ½ cup chopped cilantro
- 1 avocado (diced and tossed in lime juice)
- 2.25 ounces (1 can) sliced black olives
- 1 cup crushed nacho cheese Doritos (plus extra for serving)
- salsa or taco sauce (for serving)
- sour cream (for serving)
- lime wedges (for serving)
- Heat the oil in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add the ground turkey and break apart. Add the chili powder, cumin, onion and garlic powder, oregano, salt, and pepper. Cook the turkey until no longer pink, stirring to incorporate the spices and crumble the meat.
- Add the taco sauce and stir together. Simmer for 1-2 minutes. (Note 1)
- In a large serving bowl, add the lettuce. Top with the tomatoes, scallions, onions, cheese, cilantro, avocado, olives, and crushed Doritos. Toss together. Serve with salsa or taco sauce, sour cream, and a squeeze of lime juice. Serve extra chips on the side.
- If using ground beef, drain the excess fat before adding the taco sauce.
- If not serving immediately, allow the meat to cool before layering on the salad. Add crushed Doritos right before serving.
Nutritional information is an estimate and will vary depending upon the exact amounts and specific ingredients used.