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Doritos Taco Salad Recipe

Quick and Easy Doritos Taco Salad Recipe for a Flavorful Dinner

Discover a twist on the classic taco salad with this effortless recipe that uses frozen meat straight from your freezer. Utilize your Instant Pot for speedy cooking of the seasoned meat. Assemble all the ingredients on a sheet pan for a delectable, nutritious, and family-friendly meal.


For the meat:

  • 1/2 cup water or broth
  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey (frozen)
  • 1 package taco seasoning OR the following spices:
    • 2 tsp chili powder
    • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
    • 1/2 tsp paprika
    • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/4 tsp onion powder
    • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 (10 oz) can Rotel (diced tomatoes with green chiles)
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can black, pinto, or kidney beans, rinsed and drained

For the salad:

  • 1 large head of romaine lettuce, washed, dried, and cut into small pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 (2.25 oz) can sliced olives
  • 1 or 2 large roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup grated medium cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup diced green onions
  • 6 Tbsp sour cream
  • 6 Tbsp salsa
  • 1 (10 oz bag) nacho cheese Doritos


  1. Prepare the Meat:
    • Add broth to the Instant Pot.
    • Place the frozen meat in the pot.
    • Sprinkle the taco seasoning/spices over the meat.
    • Add the Rotel and beans on top.
  2. Cook the Meat:
    • Cover the pot and ensure the lid is secure.
    • Set the manual/pressure cook button to 9 minutes on high pressure.
    • While the meat is cooking, prep your salad ingredients.
    • Once done, perform a quick release by moving the valve to venting.
  3. Brown the Meat:
    • Switch the Instant Pot to the sauté setting.
    • Use a wooden spoon to break up the meat.
    • Cook until the meat is fully done, and the liquid evaporates.
  4. Assemble the Salad:
    • Layer your salad ingredients on a sheet pan.
    • Begin with romaine lettuce and evenly distribute bell pepper, olives, tomatoes, cheese, and green onions.
    • Spoon sour cream and salsa over the salad.
    • Sprinkle the meat mixture and Doritos on top.
  5. Serve:
    • Use tongs to serve the salad.
    • Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge, though the Doritos may become soggy.

Enhance your dinner routine with this simple yet flavorful Doritos taco salad recipe. Enjoy the convenience of frozen meat cooked to perfection in your Instant Pot, paired with fresh and vibrant salad ingredients for a satisfying meal that’s sure to please the whole family.

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Laura J. Boss

Meet Laura J. Boss, a passionate blogger and cooking enthusiast who loves to experiment with different recipes and cuisines from around the world. Born and raised in a small town, I grew up watching my mother cook and developed a keen interest in the art of cooking from an early age.After completing my education, I decided to pursue my passion for cooking and started my own food blog. My blog features a wide range of recipes, from traditional family favorites to fusion dishes that I have created myself. My blog has gained a huge following, with many of my readers trying out my recipes and sharing their own cooking experiences.When I am not cooking up a storm in the kitchen, I enjoy traveling and exploring new cultures. I believe that food is an important part of every culture, and love to learn about new ingredients and cooking techniques from around the world.Through my blog, I aim to inspire and encourage others to cook and experiment with different flavors and ingredients. I believe that cooking is not just about making delicious meals, but also about sharing love and creating memories with family and friends.Whether you are a beginner or an experienced cook, my blog has something for everyone. So why not give my recipes a try and discover the joy of cooking for yourself?