Chopped taco salad with peppers, beef and corn


Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10 cups


  • 3 ears sweet corn cooked and sliced from the cobs – about 2-1/4 cups of kernels (or an equivalent amount of canned sweet corn)
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 4.5-ounce can diced green chiles
  • 1 pound 93% lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 cup  Catalina dressing (sometimes labeled as California French)


Begin by putting the corn kernels into a large bowl. Prep the tomatoes by slicing them in half, scooping out the seeds, and then dicing the tomatoes. Add the diced tomatoes to the bowl.

Slice open the green and red bell peppers, remove the membranes and seeds, then dice the peppers. Add these to the bowl with the corn and tomatoes. Pour the green chiles (with the liquid) in as well, and stir all of the veggies together. Hold this aside while you cook the beef.

Crumble the ground beef into a medium-sized skillet and brown it over medium heat. When all of the beef is browned, drain off the excess grease then add the spices to the pan: the chile powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, onion powder, black pepper and oregano, along with 1/2 cup of water. Stir the spices and water in with the beef and bring everything to a simmer. Cook the mixture for about 5 minutes, then remove the pan from the heat.

Spoon the beef and sauce into the bowl of veggies. Pour in the cup of Catalina dressing, and stir to combine the beef, veggies, and dressing. Sprinkle in the shredded Mexican-blend cheese and fold it into the salad.

Serve the taco salad immediately with tortilla chips, portioning some into smaller bowls if you’re having it for dinner like we do! Leftover salad can be stored in a covered container for up to 2 days.

Nancy Mock is a Colchester food writer. Find more of her recipes at