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Joy's Taco Salad

"This is one of those 'some of this and some of that' recipes. I call this garbage salad because when traveling to a picnic I carry it in a medium (untreated) trash bag, and fill a container when there! You can substitute fresh jalapenos for the canned green chiles, if you like. Serve with whole chips on the side."
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35 m servings 570 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings


  • Calories:
  • 570 kcal
  • 29%
  • Fat:
  • 30.7 g
  • 47%
  • Carbs:
  • 53.7g
  • 17%
  • Protein:
  • 22.4 g
  • 45%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 66 mg
  • 22%
  • Sodium:
  • 1401 mg
  • 56%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Brown the beef, drain, season with chili powder and set aside to cool.
  2. Prepare the dressing by whisking the Miracle Whip, ketchup and taco seasoning mix together in a small bowl.
  3. In a large bowl, combine iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, green pepper, red or yellow pepper, green onions, jalapeno peppers, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, half of the cheese, half of the crushed chips, dressing and cooled ground beef. Mix well, cover and refrigerate.
  4. Just before serving, top the salad with the other half of the cheese and crushed chips.

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  1. 54 Ratings

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Easy and good...doesn't get any better then that. I did use salsa instead of ketchup, and half sour cream and salad dressing. To lower the fat and calorie content I used fat free salad dressin...

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I don't know what I was expecting, but we thought this was just ok. The dressing was a little bit peculiar, and the meat was pretty boring. Some cumin and lime juice would probably have helped. ...

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Easy and good...doesn't get any better then that. I did use salsa instead of ketchup, and half sour cream and salad dressing. To lower the fat and calorie content I used fat free salad dressin...

I used a red french dressing for this...have no idea why, just thought it might be good...and it was. I really liked this. Although I do agree with another reviewer that it doesn't have great ...

Joy has reinvented the taco salad with this yummy dressing! This easy dinner becomes a next day follow up too! I chop it fine for a salad the first night...then the next day after everything h...

Very tasty. I would like to try the dressing using sour cream instead of mayonnaise, but this versions was great!

The recipie was good, but I would make less next time, alot went to waste because iceberg lettuce does not last that long...we also put the sauce on as needed on the individual plates as not to ...

I would use more meat next time I made this recipe. I would also use taco sauce in place of the ketchup. Otherwise very yummy.

This is a wonderful salad. I made it for an office party, and it yields a lot more than Joy would make you think. Ironically, it is so large that I was not able to toss the salad in the larges...

This made for a tasty and filling lunch. I used half sour cream half mayo, and like others sub'd salsa for the ketchup in the dressing. One bag of chips was sufficient. We don't care for chickpe...

I loved this recipe. I served it for a family get-together and everyone loved it, too. A suggestion that I have is to half the salad dressing, ketchup, taco seasoning mixture. It would have b...