Frito Taco Salad

21 Aug
Frito Taco Salad

When days get hot and life is full of summer activities it’s good to have fast, easy recipes to count on. This Frito Taco Salad recipe is great for a quick Taco Tuesday; but exciting enough to take to a picnic, family get together or potluck.

August has definitely been the busiest month we have had in quite some time.

Both of the younger girls spent time away with at least one of their older sisters. D3 got a little one on one time with both of her older sisters. While this seems like a great break for The Parents, there were pick- ups and drop offs to factor in to the schedule.

In fact, two of these pick-ups and drop offs included me making brunch for D1. In fairness, she was doing the picking up on both occasions that one of her younger sisters went to stay with her.

Add prepping for a new school year and sports practices, and our local small Kansas town summer festival to the month and dang. And we still have 10 days to go!

Another change to our world was D3 turned 16. Yes, there was the almost obligatory slumber party for teenage girls. There was also the traditional family get together. Then there was the extra time, energy, and excitement of getting a driver’s license. She passed with flying colors. Yay! Another one of my chicks’ wings are unfolding even more.

Oh, did I mention that it’s the time of year that the vegetable garden requires the most attention? Zucchini, tomatoes, melons, and more need picked and used daily.

So, that is why this Frito Taco Salad is a great recipe to have on hand. It is both easy and refreshing. D3 isn’t a huge fan, but it ticks all of the boxes for me and D4 (vegetarian) and The Hubs doesn’t mind it at all.

The recipe for Frito Taco Salad came from one of my dad’s aunts when I was a child and I make it at once or twice a year.

That’s why when your summer gets super busy and you are looking for an easy dish that’s loaded with flavor, doesn’t dirty a bunch of dishes, and is a salad loaded with protein look no further. Now, I won’t say it is the healthiest salad around, but it is definitely one of the most fun salads.

Let me know if you have a go-to summer salad that ups the traditional notion of what a salad is! I think this one is all

Frito Taco Salad

  • 1 head iceberg lettuce (chopped)
  • 2 cans Ranch Style beans (drained)
  • 1 cup Catalina dressing
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 2 to matoes (diced)
  • 1 bag Frito Corn chips
  • Optional
  • Green onion (diced)
  • Sour cream
  1. In a large bowl add lettuce, beans, tomatoes, dressing, and cheese. Toss to combine thoroughly.
  2. Just before serving, add chips and toss lightly.
  3. Garnish with green onion and sour cream, if desired.

Notes: If you add the chips too soon they will become soggy. I add the chips to each plate individually and let each person mix their individual portion on their plate.

that… and a bag of chips!



Posted by on August 21, 2018 in Dinner Recipes, Vegetarian


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2 responses to “Frito Taco Salad

  1. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    August 21, 2018 at 7:57 am

    This seems to combine two of my favorite dishes, Taco salad and Frito Pie! I might have to try this combo!

    But, last night I did a new taco recipe! Diced onion, bell pepper and zucchini sauted in water, then add the taco seasoning (I have a tub of homemade!), and then, it’s 2 cans of chickpeas, slightly mashed, added in with some maple syrup (I used agave) and squeeze of lime. Served with carb balance tortillas and avocado mashed with lime, a bit of greek yogurt and thined down enough to smooth on the tortilla! Lot’s of good flavor and good fats! So naturally, my side dish was cheese corn – not at all healthy!!! Corn with cream cheese and cheddar cheeses 😀

    • ortsofsorts

      August 22, 2018 at 5:30 am

      Your tacos sound wonderful! We ❤️ chickpeas, even D3! We also ❤️ cheese corn. I just got a recipe for Mexican Street corn casserole which I will be making soon! Again, not healthy but sounds delicious. It’s all about balance, right?!? ⚖️


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