Aunt Marielle’s Taco Salad

When I was younger, we would always visit family in Rochester for the Fourth of July holiday week. Fourth of July morning would start out at Aunt Kathy’s, where we would all gather along Church Street in Fairport for the annual holiday parade. We would typically have brunch-type food before, during, and after the parade. My mom would regularly prepare one of my favorites: fruit pizza. It was always a good time spent with family that we only got to visit with occasionally.

Later in the day, the family would reconvene at Aunt Judy’s house where we had easy access to the craft vendors in the local park. We would spend the afternoon shopping and wander back to Aunt Judy’s house in time for dinner. We would then enjoy a potluck BBQ, and hang out on the spacious lawn. We’d play games, and later set out blankets to watch the fireworks.

The first time I had Aunt Marielle’s taco salad was at a Fourth of July potluck at my Aunt Judy’s house. I instantly fell in love and requested the recipe so we could make it back at home. The original recipe includes ground beef, but we’ve made several different variations. We usually don’t use any meat, and eat the salad alongside of tacos, enchiladas or another Mexican-type dish. We have also added shredded chicken in place of beef. Tomatoes are not one of our favorite foods, so we will usually leave them off, but a lot of times, we’ll add avocado even though it isn’t in the original recipe. As you can tell, it is a very versatile salad, so feel free to experiment with your favorite flavors!

Making this salad is easy. Start by making the dressing. Mix one taco seasoning packet with ½ cup of water. Simmer for a few minutes, then set aside to cool. Add one bottle of Catalina dressing to the seasoning. If desired, brown one pound of hamburger seasoned with salt and pepper. Once cooked, chill the meat. Then start making the salad with one head of lettuce, chopped. Add to it 2-3 chopped tomatoes, 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese, the chilled cooked meat, and 12 ounces of crushed cheese Doritos. Add any other toppings you’d like (maybe onion or avocado), drizzle with the dressing and toss. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

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2 thoughts on “Aunt Marielle’s Taco Salad

  1. Hi Lindsay! We had connected on Twitter and I didn’t realize that you also have a blog! Very cool! I just started working on video myself! I LOVE that you do video! That is AWESOME! I will be back often to see what you are cooking up over here! Especially love that you have a helper in your kitchen! That is SO important! This Taco Salad looks great! Very versatile and I am positive it is yummy!


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