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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Frito Taco Salad - A Potluck Favorite

Frito salad is a fun twist on a taco salad. It is loaded with flavor and is perfect for potlucks, but also makes a fun dinner main dish. The homemade catalina salad dressing is easy to make and the salad is packed full of goodies.

close up bowl of frito taco salad, served and ready to eat

   
    Take a salad and make it a dinner they'll actually ask for! Frito taco salad is so much fun and a great way to get your family to eat their vegetables. Bring it to a carry-in as a super fun side salad or add taco meat to make it a veggie filled dinner. The homemade catalina dressing doesn't get easier to make and brings the whole thing together!


homemade catalina dressing being poured over salad


   MiMi says she remembers a time where you couldn't go to a BBQ or potluck without there being a Frito salad there.  I don't remember these times, so it must have been a LONG time ago. ;-)  Just kidding MiMi, you are young and vibrant!

   Anyway, we were having some really special burgers for family dinner this week.  Don't worry, you'll get the recipe.  You'll just have to wait a little longer for it!

serving bowl full of frito taco salad


    Spoiler alert: it was my Maw-Maw's hamburger suprises.  My Maw-Maw was making stuffed burgers before stuffed burgers were a thing!

    Anyway, she thought this would be the perfect accompaniment for it.  I wouldn't exactly say it is the healthiest salad.  I mean really, the name is Frito salad people!  But, it was a really tasty side to our burgers.

serving spoon full of frito taco salad


      Even if it's not exactly a superfood, it is a super fun way to get your family to eat some vegetables.  So in my book that is still a win!

      You can leave the taco meat out if you want and make it a side dish.  Or you an add it and make the salad the star of the show. (Or add it and still make it a side dish, you do you!)

small bowl of frito taco salad in front of large serving bowl of salad


      The catalina dressing is super simple to make and you may find yourself making that for other salads as well.  You could keep a jar in your refrigerator for more salads or recipes like catalina chicken.

      All of the chopped veggies give a nice fresh flavor to the salad while the beans add lots of flavor and texture as well.  The Fritos give it a nice salty crunch that makes it extra fun!

looking down at a bowl of frito taco salad, served and ready to eat


      You can do most of the prep work ahead of time. Chop everything up and get it ready. You can even toss most of it ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until you are ready.



       Just don't toss in the Fritos, beans and dressing until you are ready to serve. Or the taco meat if you are going full monte! You don't want anything getting soggy.

fork getting a bite of frito taco salad


If you like this, you may also like some of these other salad recipes that are great as side dishes or dinner mains:





taco salad, frito salad, homemade catalina dressing
salad, dinner
American
Yield: 12 servings

Frito Taco Salad

Frito salad is a fun twist on a taco salad. It is loaded with flavor and is perfect for potlucks, but also makes a fun dinner main dish. The homemade catalina salad dressing is easy to make and the salad is packed full of goodies.
prep time: 20 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 30 mins

ingredients:

Salad:
  • 1 head iceburg lettuce
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 large tomato
  • 8 oz shredded cheese (cheddar, co-jack or a mexican blend would be good)
  • 1 14.5 oz can pork and beans, drained
  • 1 9.25 oz bag Frito chips
  • Optional:
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
Catalina Dressing
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

instructions

  1. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a mason jar. Shake and put in the fridge until you are ready to use it.
  2. If using taco meat: brown ground beef in a skillet, then add taco seasoning according to package directions. Set aside until ready to use.
  3. Chop all of your vegetables and arrange in a large bowl. Top with cheese and mix.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Then add the drained pork and beans, taco meat if using and Fritos and toss with dressing.
  5. Serve immediately after adding chips and dressing.
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Frito salad is a fun twist on a taco salad. It is loaded with flavor and is perfect for potlucks, but also makes a fun dinner main dish. The homemade catalina salad dressing is easy to make and the salad is packed full of goodies.



38 comments:

  1. I believe some people even put beef in there sometimes too. I think a taco seasoned meat would be perfect.

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    1. It would make a really good taco salad. A little different than normal and really tasty!!

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  2. This is right up my alley !!! Def doing this asap !! #homemattersparty

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  3. OK I LOVE fritos. I have to try this--I see a new favorite dinner on the horizon :)

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  4. It’s been a long time since I’ve had something like this too. Yum, I love a homemade Catalina dressing! I think I’ll go buy some Fritos! Have a marvelous Monday!

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    1. You definitely should! It's a fun blast from the past.

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  5. I've never heard of this but looks like a fun , different salad.

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    1. It is definitely a fun one. So full of flavors and textures. Thanks

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  6. Love the homemade dressing recipe! I buy variety packs and there's always more Fritos than everything else, now I know how to use them.

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  7. My crew would love this! They are always adding 'crunchy' foods to their meals. I love the dressing recipe!

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    1. This is definitely a fun one, I hope you all love it!

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  8. I've never had one of these. It looks so good! Fritos are such a guilty pleasure for me.

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  9. I kinda love a trashed up salad...and one with Fritos...well that sounds pretty good too!!!

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  11. This is a perfect dinner! And so quick and easy. I be making this for dinner! Thank you!!!

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  12. Yummy! I had something just like this earlier this month and it hit the spot!

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  13. My best friend makes a salad like this and it is so good! I love that you add cucumber to yours!

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  14. I like an excuse to add some sort of salty chip to any meal! ;-)

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  15. I've not had Frito's in a salad, but I will definitely be trying this!

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  16. Congratulations!
    Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us and hope you are having a great week.
    Miz Helen

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  17. This looks so good! So many delicious textures. I love using iceberg lettuce in salads.

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    1. Me too, especially loaded salads with tons of goodies.

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  18. What happened to Mamaw's Secret Hamburger Recipe? I waited for that one until the end, and never learned what it was.

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    1. I posted it! It's Maw-Maw's hamburger surprises!

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  19. Carlie, I love the way you post your ideas and recipes! The Southern in you just makes all the difference in the way it comes out. Thank you very much for sharing "Maw-Maw's" special Hamburger recipe with us! It looks and sounds delicious, and only on a charcoal grill, not gas! I can't wait to try it! Thanks again,
    Enjoy the rest of the Summer!

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