Catalina Taco Salad is one of my favorites from my childhood. Sweet and tangy Catalina Dressing, Fritos, ground beef, sharp cheddar, red kidney beans, and more!
I remember my mom making Catalina Taco Salad fairly often, especially for potluck luncheons at our church. I love the tangy flavors of the Catalina dressing combined with the salty, crunchy corn chips.
My mom didn’t always add the meat in this taco salad, and we liked it just as well, but these days I generally make mine with ground beef to make a heartier main dish salad.
This Catalina Taco Salad recipe grows and grows so make sure you are using a very large bowl. It makes a very large salad and can serve around 12 people or more depending on whether it is being served as a main dish or as a side dish.
INGREDIENTS FOR CATALINA TACO SALAD
I keep taco meat on hand in my freezer for quick meals on the go. Each time I make taco meat, I double or triple the recipe and freeze a couple of bags for later use.
- Taco Meat
- Red Kidney Beans
- Sliced Black Olives
- Green onions
- Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- Fritos Corn Chips
- Kraft Catalina Dressing
- Black Beans
Have you ever made Catalina Taco Salad? What are your favorite add-ins?
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Catalina Taco Salad
- 8 cups torn romaine lettuce or lettuce blend
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- ½ packet taco seasoning mix
- 16 oz can red kidney beans rinsed and drained
- ½ cup sliced black olives
- 1 cup diced tomatoes
- 4 green onions sliced
- 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 bag Fritos corn chips
- 16 oz bottle Catalina Dressing
- Brown beef; drain well. Stir in ½ packet taco seasoning. Set aside to cool slightly.
- In a very large bowl combine, lettuce, kidney beans, tomatoes, olives, green onions, and cheese; mix well. Right before serving, add seasoned beef and Fritos; mix well. Add bottle of Catalina dressing and toss to coat. Serve immediately.
Thanks for not screwing this up with doritos or trying to make it resemble a traditional taco salad, my Mom used to make this years ago and it’s kind of it’s own thing.
The only difference when I make it is I use iceberg lettuce for crunch and at a higher ratio to the other ingredients and put the chips on top so they stay crunchy, I can see avocado and roasted corn being really good though.
Hi, I did your recipe and added corn and avocado. I ended up using green olives since they were what I had available at the time. Great recipe! Made it for super bowl and no one could keep their hands off it. Thank you so much for sharing.
Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
Steve Bunnell says
Hi Jennifer, thanks so much for the recipe. My wife is not been feeling well so it’s time for this 64 year old guy to step up. I plan on using your recipe with a slight modification adding a avocado and regular tortilla chips.
Hi Steve. I’m sorry to hear that your wife is not doing well. I hope this recipe and more can help you help her! Take care. – Jennifer
Steve Bunnell says