Taco Salad with Thousand Island Dressing

There was this salad that my mom used to make back when us kids were in elementary school. It had all the deliciousness of a taco plus thousand island dressing. And on top of all that, there were Frito Lay chips sprinkled throughout. 
As odd as this combo sounds, it was good. So good that I just had to try recreating my own recipe–and just in time for the weekend, too! You can eat this as a quick lunch or serve it as a dip with larger chips. It goes wonderfully with a Super Bowl menu as well! 


I chose to call this a “salad” because technically, it does come with a dressing. But you can add or take away ingredients from this recipe and make it your own! I guarantee it will taste amazing no matter what you do to it.

Taco Salad with Thousand Island Dressing

Taco Salad with Thousand Island Dressing


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 can red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped and seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or any cheese of your preference)
  • 2 teaspoons taco seasoning* (see below for homemade version)
  • Thousand Island Dressing
  • 1 cup Frito Lays chips, crumbled


  1. Cook the ground beef in 1 teaspoon oil and the 2 teaspoons of taco seasoning.
  2. Let it cool to room temperature, draining the excess fat while it cools.
  3. Toss together the kidney beans, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and cooked ground beef.
  4. Add enough dressing to cover all ingredients, around 3/4 cup.
  5. Toss together, and just before serving, mix in the chips and sprinkle some larger ones around the edge for dipping.


For homemade taco seasoning mix together: Equal parts salt, paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, and ground cumin.

For some quick changes, try using: white kidney beans, romaine lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, Mexican cheese blend, chopped avocado...the list is endless!


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  1. Saba says:

    omg this reminds me of the first time i ever had bean dip and i think you made it? and we ate outside in your backyard and it was the greatest thing ever in my life at that moment.. yea

  2. Saba says:

    also dont mind me just casually stalking your blog, i was gonna write something and then i saw your blog post and i was like hey havent bothered anyone in a while so here i am 🙂

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