I saw this on Twitter, and had to post. My aunt makes a version of this that she picked up from her ex-in-laws. It always shows up at family picnics, and is generally always a crowd-pleaser. The version we get is most definitely the Catalina dressing, not French… and Doritoes instead of Fritos. If I were making this, I may substitute taco sauce for salsa, and I’d cut out the onions. And… if you’re buying shredded cheese, why go for cheddar when you could get Colby-Jack, “taco cheese” with seasonings, or “four cheese Mexican” (whatever that is)?
Mock Taco Salad
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 package or 2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix
- 1/2 head of lettuce shredded
- 1 cups of Fritos or other brand of corn chips
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (you can add more if you like)
- 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
- 1/4 cup diced red onions
- 1/4 cup Kraft Catalina Dressing you could also use a French dressing
- 1/4 cup salsa
- sliced olives (optional)
In a skillet over medium heat brown ground beef, when almost done drain fat, and add taco seasoning mix. If you are using a package of taco seasoning mix add the amount of water recommended on that package. If you are using the Copykat taco seasoning mix add about 1/3 cup of water, and let the meat simmer until fully cooked. Once meat is fully cooked turn off the heat, and allow the meat to cool slightly.
Prepare salad toss together lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, shredded cheese, and corn chips. In a small bowl prepare salad dressing by mixing together prepared salad dressing and the salsa, mix well. Toss together the seasoned beef, salad dressing along with the lettuce. Garnish with sliced black olives if you desire. Serve immediately. This salad does not hold well, so be prepared to eat in one setting.