Recipe: Corn Chip Salad

Recipe: Corn Chip Salad

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All the standard taco salad fixings (ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes and onion) are chopped and tossed together with two kinds of cheese, purple kidney beans, Thousand Island dressing and a generous helping of corn chips to create a kaleidoscopic party-pleaser.

Corn Chip Salad Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 large head lettuce, chopped

  • 1? cups diced tomatoes

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 1? cups diced sharp Cheddar cheese

  • cup diced Monterey Jack cheese

  • 8 ounces thousand island salad dressing

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans, drained

  • 1 (16 ounce) package corn chips

How to Make Corn Chip Salad

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook ground beef until evenly browned. Drain fat and set aside to cool.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, Cheddar cheese, Jack cheese and kidney beans. Cover and chill for at least an hour.

  3. Right before serving, add the dressing and corn chips and toss until evenly coated.

Corn Chip Salad Nutritions

  • Calories: 521.2 calories

  • Carbohydrate: 42.8 g

  • Cholesterol: 52.5 mg

  • Fat: 31.8 g

  • Fiber: 7.5 g

  • Protein: 18.8 g

  • SaturatedFat: 9.6 g

  • ServingSize:

  • Sodium: 758.7 mg

  • Sugar: 6.6 g

  • TransFat:

  • UnsaturatedFat:

Corn Chip Salad Reviews

  • This is a really delicious salad that I served as a side dish at a picnic. I did make several changes as follows:-Taco seasoning with the ground beef (following the directions on the seasoning package). -Romaine lettuce.-1 bunch (6) green onions.-I diced about 1 1/2 cups (12 oz) of a block Cheddar and Monteray mixed cheese, and that was all of the cheese I used.-I mixed Ranch and Salsa together for the dressing. 2oz. Ranch and 6oz Salsa to make the 8 oz the recipe calls for, or to your own taste. -I used 1 can of kidney beans and 1 can of pinto beans.

  • This is great. I made a couple of changes, added taco seasoning mix to my meat and used ranch rather than Thousand Island dressing.

  • I have debated whether to rate this 4 or 5 stars. I rounded up from a 4.5. I did make a couple of changes. First of all, I sauteed the ground beef with the onion and a little taco seasoning. I then not only drained, but rinsed the beans (less gas producing this way). I added chopped green onions to the mixture and I really love it best with Catalina dressing and not 1000 Island. I play with the cheeses sometimes and use a Mexican blend. Very important to follow the directions and not add chips and dressing until right at time of serving. By the way, I just purchase the bags of shredded lettuce. Thank you.

  • This recipe is really good and has been a favorite at many a cookout. The only modification I made was to season the ground beef with a package of taco seasoning. It really gives it a nice "taco" flavor.

  • This is what we make with our left over taco meat…and its delicious. I used French dressing and Mexican blend cheese. I also topped it off with chopped avacado and red onion. Thanks Sara.

  • Tasty salad, Sara. I cut cheeses to 2/3cup each and set out guacamole, sour cream and sliced black olives for garnishing the individual servings.For a slightly tangier version try dressing the salad with Caesar dressing to which you add 1/2 envelope of Taco Seasoning and 1T cumin. Yummy variation. Thanks for your version Sara

  • This recipie does not refridgerate well after the dressing is added.

  • I agree with the other reviewers – the meat needs a packet of taco seasoning. I usually dont eat Thousand Island dressing, but I thought I would try it in this recipe and I actually like it. I only used one can of beans and felt it was the perfect amount. I used I bunch of green onions (including tops) and a quarter of a red onion. I also added a couple of TBSP of chopped cilantro. Excellent.

  • Unless you want to feed an army, I strongly suggest cutting this recipe in half- all except the dressing. I cant imagine only using 8oz for this massive amount. However, it is very tasty- make sure your lettuce is dry before adding. I also cooked the onion with the meat & added some seasoned salt.

  • A very good salad. I added taco seasoning to the hamburger as others suggested. I only had cheddar cheese, and that was fine. I will make this again.

  • This is the Taco Salad recipe I grew up on. I love it with the 1000 isle and Fritos. I brown the meat and then add the kidney beans. Hubby likes it with Catalina dressing and Tortilla chips, so I leave the meat separate and then we mix our own.

  • Great taste, look and got rave reviews. Gave it 4 stars because it makes a ton and doesent keep well, we ended up dumping the leftovers a day later…I will make again and not put the dressing on the entire portion, so that it will be good for longer.

  • I did not care for the sweetness of the thousand island dressing. And didnt taste like mexican. Like my old standard taco salad better with taco sauce in the meat and green goddess dressing and doritos instead of corn chips.

  • This recipe is very similar to an old family favorite. We season the meat with taco seasoning, and we put the cornchips on our plates then pile the salad on top. We also like to crush the corn chips in our hands before putting them on the plate and sometimes we serve the dressing on the side so that leftovers wont be soggy. We also prefer to make our own thousand island dressing by mixing mayonnaise with ketchup. Yum

  • This recipe was a huge hit at our Memorial Day picnic. I did add a little fajita seasoning to the meat while I browned it, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Thanks for the recipe.

  • I served this at our 4th of July party, and all of our guests loved it. Its such a simple recipe, who would have thought it would be the talk of the side dishes? I did add a packet of taco seasoning to the meat mixture,and aggree that 8 oz of Thousand Island dressing is not near enough for our taste. I also used a blend of shredded mexican cheese instead of the cubed it called for. This is definately a recipe to take to a pot luck, as it makes a mountain of salad. You could cut the portions to serve a family though.

  • I really like this salad. Sometimes I make it without meat. Its good with sliced hard boiled egg added too. The Thousand Island dressing is key to the flavor in my opinion. My only advice would be that this makes a LOT so if you dont think you can eat it all immediately, dont add the corn chips to the whole bowl, they get soggy.

  • This had to be the worst recipe I have ever tried on here. What a horrible waste of ingredients. Someone on here said that it looked terrible but tasted great. I will agree that it was very unappealing to look at but it was also unappealing….to the taste. No one in my family liked it at all. Sorry Sara but this one is not a winner.

  • Iused a bottle of ranch dressing mixed with 8oz of salsa for the dressing. I also added the lettuce right before serving which helped to prevent it from getting soggy & wilted.

  • Made this recipe for Christmas lunch and it was a big hit. I substituted Catalina dressing and used shredded cheddar and monteray jack cheese. I will make this again

  • We made this and it was great. We did do two things differently though. We seasoned the meat with Taco seasoning and just served the salad dressing on the side. That way everyone could put in as much as they wanted.

  • An easy dish to make, and it goes a long way. A great dish to pass. It doesnt keep well however.

  • Good starting point. I made it lower in fat and calories by using ground turkey and used a batch and a half of Bill Echols taco seasoning. I garnished it with FF sour cream and served it with additional toppings. I used chili cheese Fritos.

  • This dish was super…I would highly recommend it. I make a similar dish that I call Taco Salad, using Taco-Flavored Doritos (if you can find them, if not, a spicy Dorito substitute) and Wishbone Deluxe French Dressing. They are both excellent.

  • This was a really good cold salad for a hot summer day. The only thing I did different was to add some adobo seasoning to the meat and mixed the meat, onions, beans, cheese, and dressing and served over the chips and lettuce. I knew we were going to have leftovers and I did not want the chips and lettuce to get soggy. Worked like a charm and had the leftovers for lunch today

  • So basically after reading the reviews and trying this myself, you MUST add seasoning to the meat and change the dressing – I use either plain yogurt or low/no fat sour cream. The wonderful smell drives my co-workers crazy when I bring in the left overs

  • This is a recipe I had in the 70s and had lost.We always used Fritos chips, and no extra taco seasoning just salt and pepper in the ground beef. Its a different taste than all the taco salads we eat now, but its very good when made exactly as the recipe reads If one wanted more dressing you could easily add more, but Thousand Island is what makes it unique.

  • The entire family liked this recipe, including grandma and our three-year-old. The only suggestions I would have are: 1) Plan to feed a large group, because the salad just isnt the same the next day, and 2) I would reduce the amount of salad dressing and the amount of corn chips, because it was a little too "wet" and slightly salty for our tastes… But definitely one that we will make again – great idea

  • Very good left the onions out and put in black olives

  • This recipe is fabulous The flavor and everything about it It doesnt taste like a Mexican dish though. My husband put Ortega Taco Sauce on his and loved it. We didnt put the chips and dressing into the salad. I knew wed need to use leftovers and didnt want it soggy. We just added the chips and dressing when we ate it Great salad

  • I have had numerous friends ask for this recipe – definitely a winner

  • I used French Dressing instead of 1000 Island since I dont care for that much. Very simple recipe, and one I think Ill make frequently in the summer. Also, I didnt do the whole chilling in the fridge for an hour either. We enjoyed it warm. Thanks for sharing the recipe

  • This was pretty good, but needed some salsa. I didnt care for the thousand island dressing (and I love 1000 ISL) but it just didnt go very well by itself. I added some salsa and it made all the difference in the world The meat was bland on its own and I really think adding green pepper and a bit or garlic in with the meat would help trememdously. I cooked the onion with the meat. I love the idea and this made a huge amount so its great for a party and can be made up a little ahead. The lettuce got a little soggy and limp though after a couple of hours. That was without the dressing and I had drained the beans really well. Great idea, needs a little work, but a good base. Thanks

  • I had this salad at a Labor Day picnic this year and it was GRRRRREAT The one I had was made with Doritos, everyone was raving about it. Im so happy to see the recipe because I want to try it at home. Thanks

  • Everyone in my family loves this recipe Ive made it with various substitutions, such as Doritos for the corn chips and Country French (Marzettis brand) for the Thousand Island dressing. Also, as other reviewers suggested, spicing the meat up a little with cumin, chili powder, or just some taco seasoning adds a little punch to the finished product. All in all, a fantastic salad. Thanks, Sara

  • A big winner I doubled the recipe for a family party and everyone loved it. I served it with Doritos and Fritos so people could choose whether or not to add the chips. Serve guacamole, salsa, etc. as toppings if desired.

  • Great with Doritos crushed up, too

  • This recipe is wonderful with these variations:add taco seasoning to the ground beef, substitute nacho flavored doritos for plain corn chips and use ranch style beans instead of kidney. I also add a small can of sliced blk olives. Perfect. This is also makes for great cold leftovers. Enjoy.:)

  • I have been making this for a while, with the follwoing changes: no onion, add 1/2 c salsa while browning the meat, plus a little taco seasoning (1-2 t), a small can sliced black olives, and catalina dressing. Yes, it makes a lot. No, it doesnt keep. But this is one salad I prefer to toss with dressing and use or lose, it just tastes better that way

  • I made this to enjoy while we watched the football game and we had win-win. The Gophers won over Northwestern and this recipe won rave reviews This is nicely suited to adjust ingredients to personal taste. Like another reviewer, I added taco seasoning to the meat, cut the kidney beans in half, used half of the chips and used shredded cheese. I used a gourmet favorite thousand island dressing and I think that was key to the success. I heard: "When can we have this again?"

  • Simply…THE BEST…so fast and easy to make…soooooo good

  • I have to admit that I prefer my usual Taco Salad recipe, I found the Thousand Island dressing bland, and the salad didnt have enough of a spicy punch.

  • I really love this recipe. My Mom has been making this salad for the past 30yrs. The differences are: she adds taco seasoning to the meat, omits the tomatoes and dressing and adds a picante salsa to it. A real hit with the kids because of the chips. Same concept as a one pan meal.

  • Great summertime meal. Easy and delicious.


  • My whole family loved this recipe. I know it will be a big hit at the school potluck also.

  • Family loves it

  • This recipe resembles a famliy favorite. Been in my family for about 25 yrs. We layer Fritos, beans, meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoe, onion and more fritos and cheese, bake at 350 for 20 mins, till cheese is melted. And its great with Catalina dressing or salsa. Never tried Thousand Island. Just an idea for you all This can be made in about 30mins total.

  • Not good cold or with thousand island dressing- made it again warm with sour cream and salsa mixed with cold salad on top- kids loved it

  • I had some leftover refried beans and used ranch as I had run out of thousand island dressing. Tasted great as well. Wonderful. Thanks.

  • This was pretty good. I used black beans and different dressing, I also used 97% lean ground beef. I used a bagged salad to make this easier. Added a can of sliced olives and some chopped yellow peppers.

  • This is very good. It reminds me of the one that my grandmother used to make for church gathering. I have to admit that hers is a little better but it may be the grandmotherly touch that has this recipe beat.

  • Non better. DaveZ

  • Easy make ahead meal for a busy mom with lots of hungry mouths to feed. Appeals to all the kids with sides of avacado, salsa, olives and cilantro. Great way to get some veggies in the teenagers and cheap if you use tortilla chips instead of Fritos that are near USD5 for 14oz.

  • This is an often requested dish in my family. I make it a little different. I dont put the beans in (never actually thought of that), I mix a packet of Taco Seasoning with the Thousand Island Dressing in a bowl first then add it to the salad. I also use Nacho Cheese Doritos crushed up and added just before serving. My 21 year old nephew requests this every single time we have a family gathering. Another family friend asked me to make it for his wedding reception

  • Ive already made this recipe twice It was so easy and quick. Great for a warm summer day.

  • My 9 year old son rated this. He absolutely LOVED it and gave it 5 stars. I really liked it too. My husband doesnt lie thousand island dressing, so he only ate about half of his, while we went back for seconds. I added taco seasoning to the meat, halfed the amount of onion, kidney beans, dressing, and corn chips and we had more than enough. This recipe is very forgiving if you dont have enough of something or another or if you want to add your own special twist.

  • This was popular in the early 80s. We called it Mexican Chef Salad. Only difference was French or Catalina dressing. Its great for a crowd

  • This was an easy, delicious summer salad recipe.

  • Basically the same recipe I have used for over 35 years. Used more hamburger and 3 cans of kidney beans and shredded cheddar cheese. Always made with oil free Italian dressing and we put our own crunched up tortilla chips on, so they stayed crisp and didnt get soggy. Always used the bread making Tupperware bowl and it was heaped. Mixed it in a clean plastic liner bag. I was feeding 5 children plus 2 adults and never a crumb left Easy way to crunch tortilla chips is puncture bag( to let the air out) then squeeze bag with your hands to break them up.

  • This is very close to what I have been making for years. I mix a package of taco seasoning with the meat and cook it the way I would if I were making tacos. I add crushed doritoes last so they dont get soft. Its served warm and has been a hit in our family for years. I will try your recipe also;it sure sounds like 5 stars.

  • This salad is always a hit.We call it Taco SaladI use romaine lettuce.

  • We enjoyed this salad (but I used Catalina dressing and Fritos). Light and filling at the same time. Ive made it with meat and without. Its great either way. Youd never think Catalina would go well with the different flavors but it goes great.

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