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Bucket Salad Recipe
  • READY IN 30 mins

Bucket Salad

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"This is a festive taco style salad that I have made at every family gathering, due to all the requests I get for it. Serve it as a side, or as a meal."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    30 mins


  1. As you tear and chop the lettuce, onion, and tomatoes, place them into a large container. I always use a clean bucket, hence the name, and it is full when the salad is completed. Crumble in the tortilla chips, and add the cheese. Stir in the two jars of Ranch dressing, and the salsa. Mix well. Set aside.
  2. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring and crumbling as it cooks. Drain off grease. Stir the beef into the salad just before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 22, 2005

I scaled this down for two, added a small can of kidney beans and added a little cumin to the ranch dressing. My husband (who hates ranch dressing) loved it. This is a great recipe that I'll be making again. Thanks.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 30, 2005

Sorry, this just didn't work for me. I brought it for a food day at work and ended up pulling it back and not serving it. It tasted just ok, nothing to rave about but it looked bad, like mush. It certainly wasn't worth the cost of the ingredients. Maybe it's because I made it the night before. It might be better if served right away. I am glad it worked for everyone else, it just wasn't a winner for me


30 Ratings

May 29, 2006

This really is a good salad that my family loves. I brown the beef and throw in a package of taco seasoning for extra flavor. I also mix equal amounts of ranch dressing and picante sauce and like to serve this salad over corn chips. Have made this many times and always look forward to making it again. :)

Jan 25, 2005

Very easy to throw together but oh so good! This was my first time to make a taco salad, and I'm happy to report that I've found a keeper. Even my picky DH gave the verdict of "World-class taco salad!" I wanted to serve it with Beef Enchiladas, so I decided to omit the ground beef in the salad. I also put the tortilla chips on the side, in case some of our dinner party prefer to not have any chips in their salad. It tasted great: just like what you get at a regular Mexican restaurant!

Jul 24, 2005

This recipe is sooo good my picky family just loved it!!! I added a package of taco seasoning to the meat and can you say yummy!!!

Jul 02, 2013

I am asked to make this taco salad for every family function I attend and even for some that I'm not attending! The only change I make is adding a half of a packet of taco seasoning mix to the ground beef as I'm browning it. Delicious!

Nov 15, 2004

We love taco salad and this was yummy. The only change I made was to add kidney beans.

Nov 01, 2004

This is the greatest salad known to humankind.


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  • Calories
  • 899 kcal
  • 45%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32.9 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 134 mg
  • 45%
  • Fat
  • 70.3 g
  • 108%
  • Fiber
  • 4.1 g
  • 17%
  • Protein
  • 35 g
  • 70%
  • Sodium
  • 1355 mg
  • 54%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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