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Taco Salad with Salsa-Ranch Dressing

by Milisa on August 6, 2012

Taco Salad with Salsa-Ranch Dressing

I am saying to heck with Meatless Monday and suggesting taco salad instead.  I was a little more than offended at the bruhaha last week over the USDA suggesting folks start observing Meatless Monday.  As a cattle rancher I say, I don’t think so. I am more along the lines of the Hillshire Farms commercials, “GO MEAT”!

I thought the USDA was supposed to be supporting the folks that produce our food.  I support local farmers and ranchers and the importance of knowing where your food comes from and feel like the same should be expected of the USDA. Okay, I’m climbing off my soapbox now.

This taco salad actually came about with a phone call from my sister-in-law asking for supper ideas.  My husband and I were sitting on the deck with the boys and they overheard me suggesting taco pie and they started chanting, “we want taco salad with taco bowls!”

I got off of the phone and into the kitchen and we had taco salads in about 30 minutes.  That’s my kind of meal, quick and easy and with ingredients right out of the pantry.  Black beans and avocados would also be tasty additions if you have them.   If you aren’t into frying you can always bake the bowls in the oven and make this really healthy.

I mixed up the dressing from a mix and added in salsa and cumin to give it a Tex-Mex kick.  It also makes a great dip for corn chips.

Check out the little tomatoes and green onions I grew in my garden!  It’s coming on slowly but surely.  There’s nothing better than fresh tomatoes.  Now let’s eat!

 Taco Salad with Salsa-Ranch Dressing


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons Tex-Mex Seasoning
  • 6-8 flour tortillas (I used the fajita size)
  • 3 cups vegetable oil for frying tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 5 cups shredded lettuce
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • Salsa-Ranch Dressing (recipe below)

Cooking Directions:

Add ground beef to a large skillet and season with salt.  Cook over medium-high heat, stirring as it browns until meat is well browned.  Lower heat to low and add 1/4 cup water and Tex-Mex seasoning.  Cook 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat vegetable oil in a heavy saucepan to 350°F.  Use a tortilla bowl maker or a pair of tongs to fry tortillas until lightly browned.  Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain.

Fill tortilla bowls with lettuce, top with seasoned ground beef, cheese, onions, tomatoes, and dressing.

Salsa-Ranch Dressing


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons (or one packet) Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing Mix
  • 1 teaspoon cumin


In a Mason jar on medium size bowl add all ingredients and whisk together until well combined.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

*This dressing also makes a great dip!





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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Amy Tong August 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm

This taco salad looks amazing. I can’t wait to try. My neighbor just gave me some homegrown grape tomatoes too. They are super sweet and so fresh! You tomatoes and green onions are so beautiful! I wish I got some in my garden too. :)


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Mmm this sounds awesome!


Kim in MD August 6, 2012 at 7:28 pm

My family loves taco salad! Yours looks so delicious with the salsa-ranch dressing!


Tara @ Unsophisticook August 6, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Yum, have to try the salsa-ranch dressing! Just a tiny bit jealous of your garden. We left our Backyard Botanical Oasis behind at our old house and didn’t get around to installing one at our new house this spring. We’re making do with our CSA but next year for sure!


Sommer@ASP August 6, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Mmmm, a good taco salad is such a comfort, and this dressing sounds divine!


Katie August 6, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I’m drooling here… this looks awesome!


Allison August 6, 2012 at 11:14 pm

I love taco salad–actually, I’m a sucker for any Mexican food! I also love knowing where my food comes from, we eat a ton of eggs in our household and it makes me wish I had my own chicken coop!


Cassie August 7, 2012 at 12:28 am

I love meatless Monday. My husband and I aren’t vegetarians but we usually eat a few meatless meals a week and I love getting creative. These flavors are right up our alley!


Jessica@AKitchenAddiction August 7, 2012 at 12:51 am

We love taco salads are our house because of how easy they are! Next time we have them, we’re going to have to try this dressing, it sounds great!


Aggie August 7, 2012 at 1:00 am

I wish I could buy my beef from you Milisa!!!! This is my kind of salad, I’m such a sucker for taco salads. LOVE them and order them every single time we eat out Mexican, I just can’t help myself. I am loving that salsa dressing, must make!


Rachel @ Baked by Rachel August 7, 2012 at 2:34 am

I bet this tastes incredible! Love the freshly grated cheese!


Angie August 7, 2012 at 8:33 pm

If I could buy my beef from you, I’d eat it everyday! This salad looks amazing!


Paula - bell'alimento August 8, 2012 at 4:15 am

Salsa Ranch Dressing? My kids would go nuts for this!


DJ August 8, 2012 at 5:40 am

GO GIRL, and the taco salad sounds really good. Have to try the salsa ranch dressing with my ranch dressing.
Thank you Missy for standing up in what you belive!!!!!


Rachel Cooks August 8, 2012 at 7:37 pm

This looks perfect! Love your photos!


Melissa February 23, 2013 at 7:23 am

I just made the salsa-ranch dressing and it’s so good. I’m excited for taco salads tonight.


Pam September 18, 2014 at 8:13 am

I have been searching for a Salsa Ranch Dressing and yours looked great. Though you posted this quite awhile ago, I am wondering if you are still there. Quick question. Can I make the dressing with low fat mayonnaise and low fat or skim milk and still get the same good tasting results?




Milisa September 18, 2014 at 8:16 am

Hi Pam,
I think you would do just fine using low fat mayo and low fat milk. It won’t be quite as rich but I think it will still taste great. I hope this is helpful.


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