"Doritos Taco Salad: Fresh lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and seasoned meat topped with crunchy Doritos.Enjoy a flavorful twist on taco salad with our Doritos Taco Salad recipe.

Quick and Easy Doritos Taco Salad Recipe for a Flavorful Dinner

Discover a twist on the classic taco salad with this effortless recipe that uses frozen meat straight from your freezer. Utilize your Instant Pot for speedy cooking of the seasoned meat. Assemble all the ingredients on a sheet pan for a delectable, nutritious, and family-friendly meal.


For the meat:

  • 1/2 cup water or broth
  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey (frozen)
  • 1 package taco seasoning OR the following spices:
    • 2 tsp chili powder
    • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
    • 1/2 tsp paprika
    • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/4 tsp onion powder
    • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 (10 oz) can Rotel (diced tomatoes with green chiles)
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can black, pinto, or kidney beans, rinsed and drained

For the salad:

  • 1 large head of romaine lettuce, washed, dried, and cut into small pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 (2.25 oz) can sliced olives
  • 1 or 2 large roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup grated medium cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup diced green onions
  • 6 Tbsp sour cream
  • 6 Tbsp salsa
  • 1 (10 oz bag) nacho cheese Doritos


  1. Prepare the Meat:
    • Add broth to the Instant Pot.
    • Place the frozen meat in the pot.
    • Sprinkle the taco seasoning/spices over the meat.
    • Add the Rotel and beans on top.
  2. Cook the Meat:
    • Cover the pot and ensure the lid is secure.
    • Set the manual/pressure cook button to 9 minutes on high pressure.
    • While the meat is cooking, prep your salad ingredients.
    • Once done, perform a quick release by moving the valve to venting.
  3. Brown the Meat:
    • Switch the Instant Pot to the sauté setting.
    • Use a wooden spoon to break up the meat.
    • Cook until the meat is fully done, and the liquid evaporates.
  4. Assemble the Salad:
    • Layer your salad ingredients on a sheet pan.
    • Begin with romaine lettuce and evenly distribute bell pepper, olives, tomatoes, cheese, and green onions.
    • Spoon sour cream and salsa over the salad.
    • Sprinkle the meat mixture and Doritos on top.
  5. Serve:
    • Use tongs to serve the salad.
    • Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge, though the Doritos may become soggy.

Enhance your dinner routine with this simple yet flavorful Doritos taco salad recipe. Enjoy the convenience of frozen meat cooked to perfection in your Instant Pot, paired with fresh and vibrant salad ingredients for a satisfying meal that’s sure to please the whole family.

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