Dorito Taco Salad with Western Dressing

4.75 from 12 votes

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Nothing is more American than a good old-fashioned potluck meal.

Other than worrying about over-eating at these things, sometimes the biggest problem with a potluck is deciding on what to bring. You can check that problem off right here and now with this easy Dorito Taco Salad, a classic potluck salad.

Close up dish of taco salad on table
This Dorito Taco Salad with Western Dressing is a fast and easy crowd-pleaser.

What is this?

I’m sharing this Taco salad with Doritos and Western dressing with you because it was one of my favorite things at today’s potluck dinner at work.  It’s basically the salad version of this delicious ground beef taco bowl.

The potluck was given a taco theme and this Doritos taco salad was a perfect hit.

This beef taco salad makes for a great potluck idea for work.

About potluck recipes

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a display of slow cookers like the one in my work lounge today.

Crockpots lined up for a pot luck dinner.
This beef taco salad makes for a great potluck idea for work.

Although our department only has a dozen or so people, we always have enough to feed double that number, and today was no exception.

My contribution was the mozzarella meatballs recipe that we shared with you a few days ago and although it didn’t exactly fit with the taco theme, there were plenty of Tex-Mex recipes that did, including this beauty of a pot luck salad.

Taco salad with Doritos and Western Dressing

Beef taco salad makes for the perfect potluck salad idea.

When I asked for the source of this beef taco salad, my friend Sue simply stated,

“Where all the best salad recipes come from, the church cookbook!”

The girl was not kidding.

I’m happy to pass this American classic on to you today, I think you’re going to enjoy it. It’s super easy to make and is great to feed a crowd.

Taco salad with Doritos and western dressing

Try this Dorito taco salad, it’s one of the best potluck salads you can make.

You can make just about anything for a potluck but if you are looking for some inspiration, take a look at a few of these potluck ideas:

What’s your favorite potluck dish? We would love to know! Thanks for reading Platter Talk and enjoy your next potluck, whatever the theme may be! -Dan

Give this Dorito taco salad a try at your next potluck, you’ll be glad you did!

Dorito Taco Salad with Western Dressing

4.75 from 12 votes
This Taco salad with Doritos and western dressing is also known as beef taco salad and is a fast and easy crowd pleaser, making it the perfect potluck salad.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Yield: 15


  • 1 lg ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 onion, medium
  • 10 oz black olives, 1 can, drained and sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, small and chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 15 oz western dressing, 1 bottle
  • 3 snack-size bags of Nacho flavored Doritos
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped into bite size pieces


  • Brown ground beef with onion, drain and set aside. Then add taco seasoning and 1/2 the amount of water called for on the packet. Mix well.
  • Chop lettuce into bite size pieces. Add beef mixture, tomatoes, black olives and cheese and mix well.
  • Just before serving, add Western dressing and crushed Doritos, mix well and serve.


Calories: 203kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 772mg, Potassium: 134mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 815IU, Vitamin C: 5.9mg, Calcium: 81mg, Iron: 0.7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Pot Luck, Salad
Cuisine: American
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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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    1. Western dressing is similar to French dressing (with tomato-based, sweet and savory garlic/onion tones.) You can substitute the French dressing in this recipe.

  1. 5 stars
    I love this recipe for taco salad. Easy recipe to follow. I have to take the onions out due to allergies and I keep the black olives on the side because allot of family doesn’t care for them. I add sour cream.

  2. 5 stars
    Taco salad is one of our favorite meals, especially during the summer months when we are out and about more. This comes together quickly and it’s super satisfying. Thanks for a delicious recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    I cant wait to try this! I just saw western dressing at the market and picked it up to give this a try!

  4. 5 stars
    I wouldn’t invite anyone to my potluck that didn’t like tacos so this salad will always have center stage at mine! What a great way to make a salad totally customizable and still perfect for hot summer days!

  5. 5 stars
    This is perfect! I am always looking for new weeknight dinners that are easy to throw together, full of flavor and one that my whole family will enjoy! This Beef Taco Salad sounds like a winner to me! Cant wait to make it this week! Thanks!

  6. 5 stars
    This is exactly how I remember this salad as a kid when my mom would make it for our family reunions each summer. Thank you!!!

    1. Thanks for the feedback Megham! I love how food can bring back memories like this salad does for you.