Taco Salad Dressing

Creamy Taco Salad Dressing has the perfect amount of spice, but can be adjusted to your liking. It’s perfect for any Mexican dish!

This salsa + sour cream Taco Salad Dressing tastes delicious on Taco Salad, Red Cheese Enchiladas, or Tamale Pie. Serve it with chips along with Homemade Red Salsa, Mango Salsa, or Sweet Salsa Verde.

Large salad in a white bowl drizzled with taco salad dressing.

Creamy with a kick

Taco Salad is such a fun family staple. You can basically round up whatever ingredients you have on hand and make something delicious!

I’ve made vegetarian versions with black beans, or used ground turkey for the taco meat. It’s really so versatile, and as long as you have a good dressing, it’s delicious!!!

Our go-to dressing for taco salad is creamy and has some spice. This Taco Salad Dressing uses cream cheese for a smooth texture, as well as salsa. You could change it up and use a tomatillo salsa or salsa verde if that’s your flavor! Either way, it’s tasty!

Taco salad dressing recipe ingredients.

Just mix + enjoy!

MIX. Make dressing by combining sour cream, dressing, salsa and chili powder in a small bowl.

CHILL + SERVE. Mix until well combined and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Dressing for taco salad mixed in a white bowl.

How to assemble a Taco Salad

We have a go-to recipe for Taco Salad. However, you can use the following information to create the best taco salad recipe unique to you and your favorite ingredients:

Meat base: This can be ground beef, ground turkey or ground chicken, brown it in a large skillet and add flavor with Homemade Taco Seasoning. Be sure that you drain extra grease before adding any seasoning.  

Shredded Meats: If you would rather use shredded meat we have got you covered.  Try 

Toppings: Serve the taco salad in one large bowl, or in individual bowls. When I have a large gathering I like to have a taco bar and set out all the different toppings for people to make their own perfect salads. Some of the toppings I often use include:

  • Veggies: Iceberg lettuce or romaine lettuce, Red onion or green onion, Cilantro, Diced bell peppers
  • Fruit: Diced Avocado, Diced tomato, Black olives
  • Cheese/Dairy: Shredded cheddar cheese, Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • More Toppings: Guacamole, Pico de Gallo
  • Other: Black Beans

Serve with tortilla chips, Fritos, Doritos, tortilla strips.

More than Just Tacos

This taco salad dressing can also be used on more dishes than just tacos. It tastes great with any most any Mexican dish such as:

Mixing ingredients for best taco salad dressing recipe in a bowl.

Storing Info

Make the Dressing ahead of time: I like to make my dressings a day or two ahead of when I want to use it, because then it has time to sit in the fridge and let the flavors all combine. Give it good sake before pouring. 

To STORE: I typically use a glass jar, but any airtight container will do. If stored properly, it should last for 1-2 weeks in the fridge.

To FREEZE: Just keep in mind that due to the dairy in the ingredients it just may not be quite the same texture. Should you wish to freeze it, simply pour it in a freezer safe container and keep it in the fridge for 6-8 weeks.

Salad drizzled with taco salad dressing and served in a white bowl.

For more Favorite Dressings, try:

Taco Salad Dressing Recipe

5 from 6 votes
Creamy Taco Salad Dressing has the perfect amount of spice, but can be adjusted to your liking. It's perfect for any Mexican dish!
Course Dressing, Salad
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 66 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna


  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup ranch dressing
  • ½ cup salsa
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder


  • Make dressing by combining sour cream, dressing, salsa and chili powder in a small bowl. Mix until well combined and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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  1. 5 stars
    A most favorite dressing of ours! We do a lot of taco salad during the summer. This dressing is easy and so yummy to make.

  2. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I used my favorite black bean & corn salsa and left out the chili powder and it was *chef’s kiss*. We drizzled it on our tacos and it was perfection!

  3. 5 stars
    All my life Ive added ketchup to my tacos (I blame my Utah born parents) But love this dressing so much that Ill never go back to that dreadful practice ;o)