Loaded Taco Salad with Salsa Ranch Dressing


  • 1 pound ground meat (lean ground beef, turkey or chicken)
  • 1 1 ounce packet taco seasoning or 2 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce (cleaned and chopped)
  • 1/2 pint grape tomatoes (cut in half)
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese
  • 2 cups tortilla chips (crushed)
  • Additional add-ins:
  • 1/2 cup black olives (cut in half)
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup black beans (drained)
  • 1/2 red onion (sliced)
  • 2 avocados (peeled and sliced)
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • Salsa-Ranch Dressing
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup mild salsa


  1. Cook meat in a large skillet over medium heat until thoroughly cooked.
  2. Stir in taco seasoning and water and cook for a few minutes longer.
  3. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. To assemble salad place lettuce in a large bowl.
  5. Add in meat mixture, tomatoes, cheese and additional optional add ins and toss until combined.
  6. Before serving toss salad with desired amount of dressing and top with crushed tortilla chips.
  7. Salsa Ranch Dressing
  8. Mix salsa and ranch in a small bowl or mason jar until combined.
  9. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use
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