Taco Salad Recipe with Fritos | Haystacks


Taco salad recipe with Fritos chips. 15 Minute no fuss dinner that everyone will enjoy. Make tonight easy and delicious with this Haystack taco salad recipe with Fritos.

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Growing up, I thought that everyone knew about haystacks. After getting stationed here and there with my husband, I found out NO ONE knew about haystack dinners. 

The best way to describe it is like a taco salad. But it’s way better than that…. 

It’s a haystack.

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If it helps, you can think of it like a taco salad but there is one ingredient that you have to use. No substitutes or you’ve completely changed the dish into something else. 

It’s the Fritos. I’m serious on this one. You can’t use tortilla style, you can’t use Doritos. No.  

You 100% have to use Fritos.



  • Fritos
  • Beans (canned black beans, homemade pinto beans)
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Ice burg lettuce
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Salsa 
  • Sour Cream

Optional *You can use ground beef instead of beans  *It’s not allowed in this house, but you can add olives 

Taco salad recipe with Fritos chips

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How to assemble

Start by placing a generous handful of Fritos on the plate and crush with the heal of your palm. 

Add beans (or ground beef), next add cheese, lettuce, diced tomatoes, salsa and sour cream. 

By the end of this you’ll realize that even though you thought you were adding small amounts, you in fact made a giant stack. A Haystack if you will.

Haystack taco salad on a blue plate

Taco Salad Recipe with Fritos

Haystack taco salad recipe made with Fritos chips.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dinner recipe, Fritos chips, Haystacks
Servings: 6
Calories: 340kcal


  • 1 Bag Frito Chips
  • 1 15oz Can Black beans or homemade Pinto beans
  • 2 cups Lettuce
  • 1 cup Diced Tomato
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup Salsa


  • Start by placing a generous handful of Frito chips on the plate and crush with the heal of your palm. 
  • Add bean, cheese, lettuce, diced tomatoes, salsa and sour cream. 
  • Enjoy


You can substitute beans with ground beef
You can NOT substitute Fritos chips… Don’t do it  
  • The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will very based on different bands of ingredients used and cooking methods. 


Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 549mg | Potassium: 910mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 517IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 1mg
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