Air Fryer Dorito Taco Salad

As the air fryer preheats to a toasty 375°F (190°C), the anticipation builds for the culinary adventure ahead. Meanwhile, in a skillet atop the stove, the ground beef or turkey sizzles and browns, filling the kitchen with the savory aroma of taco seasoning. With a deft hand, the meat is seasoned to perfection, each granule of spice ensuring a flavor-packed punch in every bite.

In a spacious mixing bowl, a verdant landscape of shredded lettuce awaits its vibrant companions: halved cherry tomatoes, a tumble of shredded cheddar cheese, and the star of the show—crushed Doritos. Their distinctive crunch promises to elevate this salad to a realm of indulgence, where every forkful is a symphony of textures and tastes.

The kitchen is a hive of activity as the vibrant medley of diced red onion, bell pepper, and optional additions like black olives and cilantro are meticulously prepared. Each ingredient adds its own unique note to the symphony, contributing to the harmonious blend of flavors that will soon dance on the palate.

With the air fryer at the ready, the crushed Doritos are carefully arranged in a single layer, their corn-based crunch poised to be transformed into golden perfection. As they sizzle and crisp under the gentle heat, the anticipation mounts, promising a satisfying crunch that will be the crowning glory of this culinary masterpiece.

Finally, the assembly begins. The taco meat, still warm from the skillet, is lovingly folded into the waiting embrace of the salad mixture. Each ingredient melds together, creating a mosaic of colors and flavors that beckons with irresistible allure.

As the salad is portioned onto plates or into bowls, the finishing touches are added. A dollop of cool sour cream, a spoonful of zesty salsa, and the creamy decadence of diced avocado crown each serving, transforming it into a work of art worthy of admiration.

With each forkful, the symphony of flavors unfolds—a tantalizing blend of savory meat, crisp vegetables, creamy avocado, and the unmistakable crunch of air-fried Doritos. It’s a culinary journey that satisfies not only the appetite but the soul, leaving behind a lingering sense of contentment and the promise of many more delicious adventures to come.


  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 head lettuce, shredded
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup crushed Doritos (choose your favorite flavor)
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced bell pepper (any color)
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup salsa (for garnish)
  • 1 avocado, diced (for garnish)


  1. Preheat Air Fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Cook Ground Meat: In a skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef or turkey until browned, breaking it apart with a spoon as it cooks. Drain any excess fat. Add the taco seasoning and stir until well combined. Remove from heat.
  3. Prepare Salad Base: In a large mixing bowl, combine the shredded lettuce, cherry tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, crushed Doritos, diced red onion, diced bell pepper, black olives, and chopped cilantro. Toss until evenly mixed.
  4. Air Fry Doritos: Place the crushed Doritos in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Air fry for about 3-4 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through, until the Doritos are crispy and slightly golden. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning.
  5. Assemble Salad: Add the cooked taco meat to the salad mixture and toss until well combined.
  6. Serve: Divide the salad among serving plates or bowls. Top each serving with a dollop of sour cream, a spoonful of salsa, diced avocado, and a sprinkle of the air-fried Doritos.
  7. Enjoy!

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