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Mini Fritos Taco Salads layered in mason jars sitting on a wood platter on a tabletop
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Mini Fritos Taco Salads

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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: arugula salad, fritos salad, taco salad
Servings: 8
Calories: 324kcal
Author: Kim Beaulieu

Ingredients

For the Toppings:

  • 1 large tomato diced
  • 1 head lettuce shredded
  • 1/4 cup salsa homemade or store bought
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup sour cream if desired
  • 1 cup FRITOS whole or crushed
  • fresh cilantro if desired

Optional if serving cold:

Instructions

  • 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 1/2 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 meat
    2. veggies like lettuce, tomatoes, salsa or anything else you love
    3. sour cream, if desired
    4. cheese
    5. fritos
    6. 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!

Nutrition

Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 454mg | Potassium: 376mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 817IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 157mg | Iron: 2mg