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Spicy Layered Taco Salad

Spicy Layered Taco Salad

I made this this spicy layered taco salad twice recently and both times it was gone in no time. I took it to a potluck dinner last week and a huge bowl of it was gone. I did not bring any leftovers home. Everyone seemed to love it.

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I love how easy it is to make and that it can be made ahead. I made this Sunday morning and it was delicious for a Sunday potluck lunch. The only thing I did different than the picture above was that I left the chips off and put them in a bowl on the side.

This is a pretty typical taco salad, just layered in a bowl. It is easy to change up with whatever beans or ingredients that you have on hand.

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The one thing I do a little different on this than most taco salad recipes is the dressing. A lot of people use Catalina or a similar dressing for their taco salad. I have changed that basic recipe slightly by combining it with salsa.

I just mix half Catalina dressing and half salsa. It gives the salad a little extra heat, but still keeps the flavor of Catalina.

It is easy, delicious, and perfect for summer!

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Spicy Layered Taco Salad
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 8
Taco salad layered in a bowl with a spicy dressing.
  • 4-6 cups chopped or shredded lettuce
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/1 cups shredded cheese
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • guacamole or avocado
  • ¾ cup catalina dressing
  • ¾ cup salsa, mild, medium, or hot depending on how spicy you want it.
  • Nacho cheese or tortilla chips
  1. In a pan cook ground beef until done. Drain off any fat and add taco seasoning according to package directions. Let meat cool completely.
  2. In a large bowl layer lettuce, cooled meat, beans, cheese, tomatoes, and guacamole.
  3. In a small bowl combine catalina and salsa. Pour over salad.
  4. Serve with nacho cheese or tortilla chips sprinkled on top or serve on the side.


Lynn's Kitchen Adventures


  1. This looks like something my family would like!

  2. Delicious and quick to put together! Everyone, age 2 and up, and loved it. The Catalina dressing is a nice choice! Thanks, Lynn!

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