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'Big A's' Taco Salad | Let's Cook!


Last updated 8/6/2021 at 10:11am

Illustration by Mack Benek

This is a recipe my mom has started making in the '80s, before taco salads became popular. It always amazed people how amazing it tasted, despite looking a little odd. She made it for every summer picnic, every potluck and so on. It never failed that at least one person would end up asking "Big A" for the recipe, as it always impressed. It is particularly good with summer meals.

Serves many.


• 1 lb. burger

• 1 pkg. taco seasoning

• 1/2 head iceberg lettuce

• 9 oz. pkg. Nacho or Original Taco flavored Doritos

• 24 oz. bottle Thousand Island dressing

• 1 large tomato

• 8 oz pkg. shredded cheddar cheese

• One bunch green onions

• 9 oz bag Frito Lay corn chips (optional)

• 8 oz. sour cream


Brown the burger and drain. Add taco seasoning, mix well, LET COOL. Once mixture has cooled, put into a large bowl. (Mom used her favorite, very large yellow Tupperware mixing/storage container so she could refrigerate overnight if necessary or store leftover salad. It will keep well for a few days.)

Chop lettuce, 3 or 4 green onions (saving a handful to sprinkle on top), and the tomato. Mix into taco seasoned burger mix.

Add 3/4 of the cheddar cheese, mix well.

Mash Doritos into VERY fine crumbs – basically into oblivion. Mix into burger mixture.

Add half of the sour cream. Mix well.

Add approx. one-third bottle of Thousand Island dressing and mix. If it's very dry, keep adding until everything is well moistened. (May require entire bottle.)

With a large serving spoon, put into a serving dish and press to flatten evenly.

Add dollops of sour cream, then the remaining chopped green onions and cheddar cheese. Then on top, cover with the optional Frito Lay corn chips, OR just serve on the plate with main meal and other sides, no need to flatten.


– Alice (Big A) Magill and Carrie Castle, Helena, Montana

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