Mexican Fiesta: A Twist on Taco Salad

When my brother and sister and I were little, we were allowed to pick what we wanted to eat on our birthdays. This was undoubtedly the #1 birthday choice.  (We also ate all the components separately for years, and avoided the lettuce and tomato, but that’s beside the point.)  This is a pretty and festive-looking variation on taco salad.  It’s also a very quick and easy fix, and you can keep all the ingredients on hand for emergencies.

Prep Time: 30 min.
Serves: 4-5


  • Doritos (you can use regular tortilla chips, but Doritos really give it a nice kick)
  • 2-3 c. rice, cooked
  • 1 lb. hamburger, cooked
  • 1 small jar taco sauce (or your preferred taco seasoning — I like the Kroger brand taco sauce best)
  • 1 can Campbell’s cheddar cheese soup
  • milk, enough to fill the soup can halfway
  • lettuce & tomato


Cook your rice.  Cook your hamburger, drain, and add taco sauce (or use the handy bag of hamburger that you pre-cooked and popped in the freezer!).  Mix cheddar cheese soup with half a can of milk; stir over medium heat until it’s hot, then turn it to low and stir occasionally until you’re ready to eat.  Chop your lettuce and tomato.

To serve, put Doritos on a plate and smash them with a paper towel for easier consumption (this is a fond family ritual at my parents’ house, involving passing one paper towel around the table to each family member).  Add rice, then meat, then cheese sauce, and add some lettuce and tomato. (Jonathan doesn’t eat lettuce and tomato.)

About Charity

I have an inexcusable number of cookbooks (and like to experiment with them), have worked in architectural antiques, and have been sewing most of my life. I recently graduated with a Ph.D. in Apparel, Merchandising, & Design from Iowa State University. Doing household things (except for cleaning!) and hunting for antiques are my favorite pastimes.
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1 Response to Mexican Fiesta: A Twist on Taco Salad

  1. Tiffany says:

    And this also sounds delicious.

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