Taco Salad

Taco Salad

Taco Salad

Taco Salad has a delicious homemade Western dressing to accompany a delicious combo of ground beef, beans, onions, tomatoes and Fritos!

The Facts

Taco Salad was a staple dinner that was routinely made over the years. It is a tasty, salty salad that almost tastes so good you won’t view it as a salad! But we had routinely always made it with store-bought Western Dressing which was high in calories and full of high fructose corn syrup, so with this in mind we first set out to improve the dressing of this delicious salad.

Upon analyzing countless Western dressings, we found a wide array of bases that were used to start this dressing. Some people use literal tomato soup from a can, others used a simpler approach using tomato paste. We found the tomato soup to be too extreme to be incorporated into a dressing, but the tomato paste to not provide enough flavor that we needed to replicate Western dressing. We then turned to the recipes that used Ketchup as the base of the tomato flavor. This provides the nice slightly acidic taste we needed. Although, ensuring that it was an all-natural ketchup as to keep the high fructose corn syrup out of our dressing.

We also found that even the recipes that used ketchup, included way too much additional oil into the dressing (some had a whole cup of oil!). We found this unnecessary as it resulted in an oily mess that took away the smooth consistency we wanted, it also added additional calories that we did not want! So, we pulled pack the oil to just a 1/3 cup, enough to help the ketchup get to the smoother consistency we needed.

The next key ingredient to replicating the Western dressing flavor was the addition of Worcestershire sauce. Most recipes only included ½ tsp, but we found that was not enough to provide the correct flavor profile, so we upped the amount to a full 2 teaspoons. This combo of ketchup, less oil, higher Worcestershire sauce paired with some sugar, vinegar, and a few spices made for the perfect dressing.

Outside of the dressing, this taco salad is packed with flavor and sustenance. It has bean dip coating the ground beef and kidney beans soaked in the western dressing. This pairs with the fresh flavors of tomatoes and onion followed by the saltiness of the Fritos crumbled on top.

We would love to hear how your Taco Salad turned out!

Taco Salad

Taco Salad

Taco Salad

A flavorful salad full of fresh ingredients and sustenance!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 470 kcal


For the Western Dressing:

  • 2/3 cup All Natural or Organic Ketchup
  • 1/3 cup Canola Oil
  • 1/3 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Distilled White Vinegar
  • 2 tsps Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Paprika

For the Salad:

  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 head Romaine Lettuce chopped
  • 1 Roma Tomato diced
  • 1/2 Large Red Onion diced
  • 1 9oz Can of Frito Bean Dip
  • 1 15.5oz Can of Dark Red Kidney Beans drained
  • 1 bag Fritos
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese


For the Western Dressing:

  • Whisk together until smooth: 2/3 cup Ketchup, 1/3 cup Canola Oil, 1/3 cup Granulated Sugar, 1 tbsp White Vinegar, 2 tsps Worcestershire Sauce, 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt, 1/4 tsp Onion Powder, 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder, and 1/4 tsp Paprika.

For the salad:

  • Cook the ground beef in a skillet till is it fully cooked and no longer pink. Add the 9oz can of Frito Bean Dip to the beef, stirring to fully coat the beef in the beans.
  • Lower the heat to Low and allow beef to simmer just for 2 minutes.
  • While beef is cooking, in a small bowl add the drained 15.5oz can of Kidney Beans and the Western dressing together.
  • To assemble the salad it is easiest to layer the ingredients in this order: Lettuce, Kidney Beans (in the Western Dressing), Ground Beef Mixture, Red Onion, Tomato, Cheddar Cheese, and then crumbled Fritos to top it off.
  • The quantities of each ingredient is up to your preference and enjoy!
Keyword ground beef, salad, taco salad
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