Crunchy Taco Salad with Catalina Twist

Crunchy Taco Salad with Catalina Twist


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Fritos (Walmart brand)
  • 1/2 cup Catalina salad dressing
  • Optional toppings: salsa, sour cream, diced tomatoes, sliced black olives, green onions


  1. Cook and Season the Ground Beef:
    • In a skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until browned and fully cooked.
    • Drain excess grease, if any, and add the taco seasoning according to the packet instructions.
    • Allow the seasoned beef to simmer for a few minutes until the flavors meld. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  2. Prepare the Salad Base:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the shredded lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese, and Fritos. Toss them together to create a crunchy base.
  3. Add the Seasoned Ground Beef:
    • Once the seasoned ground beef has cooled, add it to the salad base. If you prefer a cold salad, make sure the beef is at room temperature before adding it.
  4. Dress It Up with Catalina:
    • Drizzle the Catalina salad dressing over the salad. Use more or less according to your taste preference. Toss the salad until all ingredients are well coated with the dressing.
  5. Top It Off:
    • Add any additional toppings you desire. Salsa, sour cream, diced tomatoes, sliced black olives, and green onions work well to enhance the flavor and texture of the taco salad.
  6. Chill (Optional):
    • If you prefer your taco salad cold, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  7. Serve and Enjoy:
    • Divide the taco salad into individual portions and serve. If you kept the ground beef separate for those who prefer it warm, heat it up before assembling their portions.
  8. Customize:
    • Encourage everyone to customize their own servings with additional toppings or dressings according to their preferences.

This Crunchy Taco Salad with Catalina Twist is a delightful make-ahead lunch option that balances the savory flavors of seasoned ground beef with the crunch of Fritos and the freshness of lettuce. Feel free to get creative with additional toppings to make it your own


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