Spicy Dorito taco salad is a flavorful and crunchy twist on a classic taco salad. It includes Doritos chips for added crunch and a spicy kick. Here’s how to make this delicious salad:
For the Salad:
- 1 pound ground beef (or ground turkey or meat substitute for a vegetarian version)
- 1 packet taco seasoning mix
- 1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
- 1 cup diced tomatoes
- 1 cup diced red onion
- 1 cup diced bell peppers (red, green, or a mix)
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup canned corn kernels, drained
- 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup Doritos chips, crushed
- Sliced jalapeños (optional, for extra heat)
For the Dressing:
- 1/2 cup ranch dressing
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 2-3 tablespoons hot sauce (adjust to your desired level of spiciness)
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust for more or less heat)
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
Prepare the Taco Meat:
- In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef until it’s browned and cooked through. Use a wooden spoon to break it up into smaller pieces as it cooks.
- Drain any excess fat from the cooked meat.
- Add the taco seasoning mix and follow the instructions on the seasoning packet. Typically, this involves adding water and simmering for a few minutes until the mixture thickens.
- Remove the taco meat from heat and let it cool slightly.
Prepare the Dressing:
- In a small bowl, whisk together the ranch dressing, sour cream, hot sauce, chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Taste the dressing and adjust the level of spiciness or seasonings to your preference.
Assemble the Salad:
- In a large serving bowl, layer the ingredients in the following order:
- Chopped iceberg lettuce
- Cooked and seasoned taco meat
- Diced tomatoes
- Diced red onion
- Diced bell peppers
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Drained canned corn
- Drained and rinsed black beans
- Crushed Doritos chips
- If you want extra heat, add sliced jalapeños on top.
- Drizzle the prepared spicy ranch dressing over the top of the salad.
- Toss everything together to coat the salad with the dressing and mix all the ingredients.
- Serve the spicy Dorito taco salad immediately, allowing everyone to enjoy the crunch and flavor.
This spicy Dorito taco salad is a crowd-pleaser and can be customized to your preferred level of spiciness. It’s great for gatherings, potlucks, or as a satisfying weeknight dinner. Enjoy the combination of textures and flavors in each bite!