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Layered Taco Salad

Easy to make and full of delicious flavor, this simple layered taco salad is a fun twist on classic Mexican favorites.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Chilling 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 55 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8
Calories 399 kcal


For the salad:

  • 1 pound Laura’s Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 can tomatoes with chiles drained
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce cored and chopped
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 15- ounce cans refried beans
  • cup water
  • 1 yellow onion diced finely
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 bunch green onions chopped
  • 1.5 cups of your favorite salsa
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • cup sliced black olives
  • 2 Roma tomatoes seeds removed and chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers sliced
  • Tortilla chips

For the ranch sour cream:

  • 1 ⅔ cups sour cream
  • cup mayonnaise
  • 1 packet ranch dry dressing mix


  • In a medium mixing bowl combine sour cream, mayonnaise, and ranch dry dressing mix. Whisk together until well combined. Cover with saran wrap and put in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours to allow it to set fully.
  • In a large skillet cook the ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain grease and return beef back to the skillet. Use a potato masher to break meat into small pieces.
  • Add onion and minced garlic and cook with beef for 5-7 minutes, or until onions are tender. Add 1 can of drained Rotel and taco seasoning to the beef mixture and stir well. Cook until all liquid has evaporated. Remove from the skillet and place in a glass bowl and let cool on the counter for 10 minutes.
  • Cover the glass bowl with saran wrap and place in the refrigerator until completely chilled, about 1-2 hours.
  • In a separate saucepan add refried beans and water. Stir well. Cook over medium heat until beans are cooked through. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Place in a separate glass bowl and place in the refrigerator until the meat is finished chilling, about 1-2 hours.

LAYER IN THE BAKING DISH IN THIS ORDER (make sure to use a spatula to smooth out each layer):

  • Ground Beef Mixture
  • Refried Beans
  • ½ of the chopped Iceberg Lettuce
  • ½ of the Ranch Sour Cream
  • Remaining Iceberg Lettuce
  • Remaining Ranch Sour Cream
  • Green Onions
  • Salsa
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Sliced Olives
  • Chopped Tomatoes


Calories: 399kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 23gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 659mgPotassium: 357mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 798IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 288mgIron: 2mg