Homemade Taco Salad Recipe

Certainly! Here’s the full recipe for homemade taco salad, including details on making the shells:

Homemade Taco Salad Recipe


  • 1 lb ground beef (or your preferred meat or meat substitute)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 head of lettuce, shredded
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or Mexican blend)
  • 1 cup queso dip
  • 1 cup sliced black olives
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup taco-flavored ranch dressing
  • 1 cup sliced jalapeños (optional, for heat)
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 bag Doritos or your favorite tortilla chips
  • Giant flour tortillas (for homemade shells)
  • Vegetable oil for frying


1. Prepare Taco Meat:

  • In a skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until browned. Drain excess fat.
  • Add the taco seasoning and follow the package instructions. Set aside.

2. Make Homemade Shells:

  • Heat vegetable oil in a deep pan or fryer to 350°F (175°C).
  • Cut giant flour tortillas into desired shapes (triangles or bowls).
  • Fry the tortillas for about 1 minute on each side or until golden brown. Place on paper towels to drain excess oil.

3. Assemble Taco Salad:

  • In a large serving bowl or individual bowls, layer shredded lettuce as the base.
  • Top with taco meat, shredded cheese, queso dip, black olives, diced tomatoes, and crushed Doritos.
  • Drizzle with taco-flavored ranch dressing and salsa.
  • Add dollops of sour cream and sprinkle sliced jalapeños for extra flavor.

4. Serve:

  • Place the homemade tortilla shells around the salad or serve them on the side.
  • Enjoy your delicious homemade taco salad!

5. Customize:

  • Feel free to customize the toppings based on your preferences. Add ingredients like avocado, green onions, or cilantro.

This homemade taco salad is perfect for gatherings or a flavorful family dinner. Feel free to adjust ingredient quantities based on the number of servings you need. Enjoy!


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