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Spicy Dorito Taco Salad

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Spicy Dorito Taco Salad has a perfect tangy homemade dressing that pairs especially with all of your Mexican favorites – seasoned beef, jalapenos, shredded cheese, tomatoes, and cheesy flavored Doritos for a crunch.

This taco salad recipe is a def must for your next party, potluck, BBQ, or cookout and is a quick and hearty weeknight meal. 

Doritos taco salad with sour cream.

Why you should make Doritos Taco Salad

There is a reason taco salads are one of the most commonly created side dish options for potlucks. They are easy to make, can be altered with many different favorite ingredients, and are just flat-out delicious.

I love a Dorito’s taco salad, and if you want to skip the homemade spicy dressing recipe listed below (although try it!), taco salads go super well with pre-made dressings like Catalina, French, Ranch, and even Thousand Island.


  • Taco Meat – We highly suggest ground beef (lean ground beef is fine) for taco salad. It soaks up seasoning well, and the meat mixture keeps the dish easy to load up on.
  • Seasoning: Packet of taco seasoning and additional chili powder for more taco flavor.
  • Filling: Rinsed off black beans, tomatoes (or sliced cherry tomatoes), chopped onion, and shredded Iceberg lettuce.
  • Cheese – The most commonly used cheese for a taco salad is cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack, or Colby jack cheese. There are also specific Mexican blends that work great. 
  • Nacho Cheese Doritos – This easy taco salad has the best crunch and flavor from Doritos! Doritos has a variety of flavors from Cool Ranch, Spicy Nacho Cheese, Regular Doritos, and Spicy Sweet Chili, and whatever your favorite chip, you can substitute in! crushed
  • Toppings: sour cream and hot jalapeno slices.
taco salad ingredients.

Homemade Taco Salad Dressing

I am a fan of just straight-up adding CATALINA DRESSING. It’s a favorite family dressing for this dish. Add it right before serving, stir well, and serve. However, this spicy homemade dressing works well. Please test it out in a bowl and see which version you prefer.

  • vegetable oil
  • hot taco seasoning
  • jalapenos
  • Worcestershire sauce
  1. Add oil, taco seasoning, jalapeno juice, and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl. Whisk well to combine.
pouring doritos taco salad.

How to make Dorito Taco Salad

  1. In a large skillet, add beef. Brown until no longer pink and drain grease.
  2. Add taco seasoning packet, chili powder, and water and mix well. Heat over medium heat until bubbly. Remove from heat and let cool.
  3. Add black beans, drained tomatoes, onions, and jalapenos in a large salad bowl. Mix well. Add beef mixture and lettuce and mix well.
  4. Stir in cheese and chips. Drizzle with spicy homemade dressing and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  5. Serve topped with sour cream, jalapeno peppers, and any other of your taco topping favorites.
how to make Doritos taco salad.

How to make Taco Salad ahead of time

Prep all ingredients, keep them in baggies separately, and then assemble them with dressing at the arrival point.

This keeps the sauce from soggying out the corn chips or Doritos and the lettuce from getting soggy or brown. 


What kind of dressing works well in Taco Salad? 

The ULTIMATE taco salad recipe, Dorito Taco Salad, can also be served with Ranch dressing, Catalina Dressing, or tangy French dressing.

What kind of meat should be used in a taco salad other than beef? 

Ground chicken, pulled chicken, or ground sausage are great options. Taco salad is also great without meat and is a great recipe to serve with just beans and toppings. 

Doritos or Fritos?

For this spicy taco salad recipe, I used Doritos. Still, if you are only looking for crunch and not flavor, Fritos or regular tortilla chips also work as a valid substitution. Doritos also come in various flavors, like Cool Ranch or Sweet Chili, which makes an excellent variation for a taco salad.

How to make “Walking Tacos”?

Individual chip bags make great self-serving “walking tacos”—no plate needed! Just create and add filling right inside mini Doritos Bags and serve with a disposable fork.

taco salad in a bowl.

Alternative Taco Salad Ingredients

Other alternative ingredients for taco salad would be chopped avocado, chopped green onion, lime juice, pinto beans, kidney beans, bell pepper, fresh cilantro leaves, additional spices like onion powder, garlic powder, or black pepper, and a bit of sour cream and salsa to round it out.

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Dorito Taco Salad

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Spicy Dorito Taco Salad with delicious spicy dressing! Made with taco seasonings and jalapeno juice, this is the most perfect delicious Homemade Dressing to kick up your Dorito Salad. Flavorful any night of the week, taco salad makes an amazing dinner or delicious potluck or picnic side dish salad favorite.


  • 15 oz. black beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz. diced tomatoes drained
  • 8 oz. hot jalapeno slices drained and diced (reserve juice for dressing)
  • 1 small white or purple onion diced
  • 8 oz. shredded lettuce
  • 2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • 11 oz. Dorito's or Frito's crushed
  • sour cream for serving optional

Seasoned Ground Beef

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 package hot taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup water

Spicy Homemade Taco Dressing

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons juice from jalapenos or use apple cider vinegar
  • 1 envelope hot taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil



  • Add vegetable oil, taco seasoning packet, jalapeno juice and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl.
  • Whisk well to combine.


  • In a large skillet, add beef. Brown until no longer pink and drain grease.
  • Add taco seasoning packet, chili powder and water and mix well.
  • Heat beef over medium heat until bubbly.
  • Remove from heat and let cool.
  • In a large bowl, add drained black beans, drained tomatoes, diced onions and diced jalapenos. Mix well.
  • Add beef mixture and lettuce and mix well.
  • Stir in shredded cheese and Doritos chips and toss gently.
  • Drizzle with spicy dressing and mix well.
  • Serve taco salad topped with sour cream, diced avocado, salsa and jalapenos.



How long does taco salad last in the fridge?
You can keep it approx 2-3 days. The chips will get soggy in the fridge, so its best to serve chips bowl by bowl if you plan on storing rather than eating right away.
Additionally some ingredients like avocado can brown and salad can wilt.
Other Loved Taco Salad Dressings Options:
Thousand Island, Catalina, and Ranch have all been used as a dressing for taco salad.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 467kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 595mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g

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  1. Carole Peacock says:

    How much Catilina salad dressing is needed for this recipe?

    1. Trisha Haas says:

      The amount of dressing you use is entirely up to you! It just depends if you want it more dry or more wet.

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