September 12th, 2011

Taco Salad Dippers

We love tacos around here, but sometimes they can get a little boring.  Tacos Salad Dippers are a fun twist on taco night. They’re especially popular with kids.

  Tostito’s Scoops tortilla chips are perfect for this dish, so I highly recommend them. But regular tortilla chips will work too. The recipe does make a lot of taco filling, so you might want to cut it in half if you’re not feeding a crowd. I usually make the full batch, because it freezes well, and there are endless possibilities for the leftovers–our favorite is burritos.

Taco Salad Dippers

Preparation 10 min 2017-06-23T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 50 min 2017-06-23T00:50:00+00:00 Total Time 1:00 2017-06-23T01:00:00+00:00


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 (6 oz.) cans tomato paste
  • 1 (15 oz.) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • Tortilla chips and your favorite taco toppings (shredded cheese, chopped tomatoes, sour cream, salsa, avocado, etc.)


  1. In a large pot, brown the ground beef with the onion and garlic and cook until the meat is no longer pink and the onions are translucent. Drain any accumulated grease.
  2. Add the water, rice, seasonings, tomato sauce, tomato paste and beans.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, watching to make sure it doesnโ€™t stick to the bottom of the pot.
  4. The mixture will seem very watery at first, but after simmering, but will thicken as it simmers.
  5. Serve warm with tortilla chips for dipping and other taco garnishes.
Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.



  1. Mmmmmm…looks delish! I have some pita chips I can do that with. Thanks for the idea.

  2. Making this for our next football party!

  3. oh yum, looks so so yummy.

  4. this looks delicious. i love the idea of freezing half..particularly during football season. sometimes we have people just drop in to watch the game…it would be great to have this on hand at a moments notice!

  5. So smart to freeze half!! This looks super yummy I would gladly give up my dinner and eat this instead!

  6. Yum this looks great! Gonna have to try this at my next party ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. this is perfect for football season! i would love this for tailgating and watching games!

  8. i feel ya on the expensive bulldog… that is pretty much the only thing holding me back! ๐Ÿ™‚


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