This healthier version of the Dorito Taco Salad ditches a bunch of the sugar without ditching any of the flavor!

I have always LOVED the Dorito Taco Salad. Mostly because I super love Doritos. Like almost so much that I actually would marry them.

But alas, they are not healthy for you, as we all know. Plus the traditional Dorito Taco Salad includes a dressing (Catalina) which is full of sugar! Blech!

So I decided to create a healthier spin on this ol’ favorite, and I have to tell you….it truly IS better than the original.

Here are all of the salad components….


And the dressing components….

This recipe makes one cup of dressing, but if you like your salads more lightly dressed you could make a bit less.

You can also use a ranch dressing here, but make sure to choose one with little to no added sugar. The salsa brand is obvs your choice as well.

I love this stuff so much, and with the small amount of Doritos it contains in relation to all the other healthy ingredients, it’s really not that bad for you! WOOT!

The full recipe is below. Enjoy!


Healthier Dorito Taco Salad


For Salad:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning mix
  • 1-2 hearts of romaine, chopped
  • 1 15 oz can of black beans, drained
  • 1 15 oz can of corn, drained
  • 1 small can of sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 c shredded Mexican cheese
  • 2 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 c Nacho Cheese Doritos, crushed

For Dressing:

  • 1/2 c salsa
  • 1/2 c Bolthouse Cilantro Avocado dressing (or a low-sugar ranch)


  1. Brown ground beef, and then add taco seasoning, following the directions on the packet

  2. Meanwhile, prep all salad ingredients and mix together in a large  bowl 

  3. When meat is done, cool slightly, then add to salad mixture and toss

  4. Mix together dressing ingredients, pour over salad, and toss

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Hey! I’m Julie.

I help busy moms feed their families healthy foods in a lot less time.

I’m the founder of Well Fed Families, a mom of three kids who I had over the span of 21 years (I like doing things slowly sometimes), a lover of food, and an 80’s rock fanatic. I also dig jail shows and anything from the 1940s.

As you can tell from the above I’m a little weird. I‘m also a little funny (okay, sometimes a lot funny).

But one thing’s for sure…..I’ve been doing this healthy eating thing for my family for a loooooong time.

And most importantly? Moms who are feeling overwhelmed by that whole concept are my HEART! I want to help you in any way I can, because I know how hard it can be sometimes. 

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