These individual Mini Fritos Taco Salad in Jars are the perfect dish to whip up for potlucks or picnics. They are incredibly easy to make and you can customize them to your own taste.
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This recipe goes back to my teenage years. It's been around that long. I actually learned how to make a different version of this in home economics while I was in high school. Let's not even talk about how long ago that was.
When Frito-Lay asked me to participate in their campaign for summer recipes I knew this Mini FRITOS Taco Salad was a perfect fit. Then I jumped up and down a little. I'm a huge fan of Frito-Lay products.
Of course I acted professionally and did not say things like "I've been training for this my whole life" or "It's like my home planet is calling me home". That would be a dorky thing to do. We all know I'm above making a fool of myself. Always.
The goal here was to make something perfect for summer entertaining. Something that would be easy for others to whip up at home, or while out whooping it up during holiday weekends. This fits the bill, and then some.
This recipe is super easy to make and very customizable. You can add things that speak to you. Not literally, because that would be weird. You can also subtract things you don't like.
Although I'm not sure how you could not find this to be anything but perfection. You know, in my humble opinion, and all that jazz.
If you like olives toss those bad boys in there. If you like beans, those can get thrown in there too.
If you like chicken better than ground beef, well, knock yourself out. Add chicken. No biggie. It's all good in the hood. Or jar. Whatever.
One thing I will highly recommend is if you are making these ahead of time do NOT add the FRITOS until you are ready to serve these cutie-patootie little jars of happiness. If you add the FRITOS too soon they will be soggy.
So wait. Seriously. Trust me on this one thing. You want your FRITOS crisp and perfect. As they should be. Always.
I serve mine hot so this is something I try to make right before we have company. Having said that you can also serve this cold. Many people do.
There's a slight alteration if you serve this cold. Add a little Italian dressing to it. Shake it all up and it becomes magical.
Many people use Catalina dressing in their versions of FRITOS Salads. I just happen to be more of an Italian dressing kind of gal. No harm, no foul if you're a Catalina type of person. You do you.
Use whatever works for your own taste buds. You're the one eating it, so feel free to adjust to your own taste. That's the beauty of cooking.
This recipe is the perfect way to kick off summer. Frito-Lay products are served at every single summer function we throw at our house. Since as far back as I can remember. They are a staple in our house for entertaining.
If you're looking for more awesome summer hacks for Memorial Day, or summer entertaining in general, be sure to check out the Frito-Lay Summer Hacks Pinterest Board. You'll find oodles of inspiration for your next soiree.
In the meantime whip up some Mini FRITOS Taco Salads. I assemble mine in tiny mason jars so everyone gets their own individual jar.
Then you just flip that bad boy upside-down into a bowl, and blammo, you have a delicious meal to dig into. Perfection in tiny little mason jars. Enjoy!
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Mini Fritos Taco Salads
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 tbsp taco seasoning
- ½ cup water
For the Toppings:
- 1 large tomato diced
- 1 head lettuce shredded
- ¼ cup salsa homemade or store bought
- 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- ¼ cup sour cream if desired
- 1 cup FRITOS whole or crushed
- fresh cilantro if desired
Optional if serving cold:
- ½ cup Italian dressing
- Cook the ground beef in a skillet on the stovetop over medium heat until the juices run clear, making sure to break up the meat as you cook it. Brown slightly.
- Add taco seasoning and ½ cup water. Cook over medium-low heat until the water dissolves. You don't want too much juice or your taco salad will be a soggy mess.
- Chop up all your other additions and set them aside.
- Start stacking your jars, remembering to put the wet ingredients at the bottom and the dry ingredients at the top.
- Top with full or crushed Fritos.
- Garnish with cilantro if desired. Don't garnish until serving or it will overwhelm your salad.
- Order to layering:1. taco meat2. veggies like lettuce, tomatoes, salsa or anything else you love3. sour cream, if desired4. cheese5. fritos6. cilantro
Optional if serving cold:
- If you plan to make these ahead of time and serve them cold I recommend making one small adjustment. Add a little Italian dressing to each jar over top of the veggies. Then, place the top on, and shake it like crazy. Pop in the fridge and allow it to work it's magic.
- IMPORTANT NOTE: Do NOT add Fritos until just before serving so they stay fresh and crisp!
- Add FRITOS and cilantro just before serving.
- Serve with a big old Frito-Lay loving smile!
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sue | theviewfromgreatisland
MOST brilliant idea I've seen in ages --- these are irresistible --- sharing <3
Awe, thanks so much Sue. I love popping salads in mason jars. I pretty much loving popping everything in mason jars. There's something about them that makes me happy. Plus I love that they are portable.
Thanks so much for sharing.
Super cute idea for a party loving the flavors and the pictures great job =)
Thanks so much Adriana. I loved working on this one.
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Such a cute idea! Love them in the little mason jars!
Thanks so much Rebecca. I'm a mason jar fanatic.
Wowzer! This salad is gorgeous and I love the crunchy fritos on top. What a fun recipe that I am ready to dig into.
Thanks so much Christie. I had a blast with this project.
This looks amazing! Perfect for any mexican night or cinco de mayo, taco tuesday! Yes I get the picture so many possibilities! 🙂
Thanks so much Florian.
these are just so darn fun!! i can see this taking over out taco Tuesday night
Thanks so much Heather. We loved them.
OMG Fritos are so delicious and addicting, what a creative way to incorporate them into a recipe. This looks so good!
Thanks so much Emily. I agree, I love Fritos. They're so good. One of my favourite snacks.
Fritos in salad? Oh yeah!! These look so perfect for picnics or dinner on the deck. Great recipe, Kim!
Thanks so much Stephanie. We love this recipe. It's been around since high school. Funny to think back that far.
Renee - Kudos Kitchen
Oh my gosh! I love these mini Frito taco salads so much. I can see bringing them on picnics, fishing trips, road trips, etc. They're the perfect portable portion.
Thanks so much Renee. We love bringing them on trips. Been doing it since I was a teenybopper. Never get tired of this recipe.
Lauren Kelly Nutrition
These salads are so fun! You are a creative genius!
Thanks Lauren. Nah, these were born out of laziness and leftovers. That's where all the good ideas come from. Ha.
All in one recipes in Mason Jars are my favorite way to eat food now! Seriously, so convenient, so portable, easy to store in the fridge!
They are so easy and portable. I love mason jars. Been collecting them forever, I think I have well over 300 now. I use them for everything from salad, to spices, to sauce. I have no idea what the obsession is but I love them. ha
Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet
Soooo cute, this makes eating taco salads all the more fun!
Thanks. It really does. Cute food just makes me happy.
Bobbi from Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
Oh these bring back so many memories. High school, making them for my kids, I had forgotten how much I love them. They are going on my must make list right now!
Erin @ Texanerin Baking
Fritos are one of those things that I can never buy because I will sit down and eat literally the entire bag by myself. 🙁 But having an actual recipe that I have to make with them sounds like a good enough reason not to eat them all. These look so delicious! And fun.
Melissa | Hungry Food Love
I agree they are the perfect treat for summer. I will make it for a playdate we will have at my house this weekend. Love fritos!
Everything's more fun to eat in jars. I'd need lots of extra Fritos on the side.
We call those Walking Tacos in our house, and they are a huge hit! Fritos are the best chips ever made. I would've been singing and dancing right along with you.
I make a mean taco salad, but have never topped it with Fritos. Obviously, this must change...
Angie | Big Bears Wife
My dad would be all about the Catalina dressing but I'm more on the Italian dressing side haha. These look perfect! ps your photos are beautiful!
Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles
You know how to make taco salad look AWESOME! Love the jars AND the Fritos!