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Tex-Mex Cobb Salad

Tex-Mex Cobb Salad is a colorful salad with lots of south of the border flavor. Chicken, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, corn, black beans, bacon, tomatoes, and red onion are covered in a BBQ Ranch Dressing.

Tex-Mex Cobb Salad

A cobb salad is so classic and it’s one of my favorite types of salad. It can be fun to do creative twists on a traditional cobb salad like this Southern Cobb Salad.

Tex-Mex Cobb Salad with black beans, corn, avocado, bacon, chicken, and frito corn chips

What Is A Cobb Salad?

A traditional cobb salad consists of chicken, bacon, tomatoes, avocado, blue cheese ,and lettuce. Typically the ingredients are arranged in rows instead of being mixed together.

Instead of blue cheese, I’ve used chunks of pepper jack cheese and I’ve added corn, black olives, and black beans. Plus some Frito corn chips for something crunchy!

Creamy Dressing

For the dressing I mix a little BBQ sauce into some Ranch dressing. It gives the ranch a little kick and a smoky/sweet flavor.

Tex-Mex Cobb Salad with BBQ Ranch Dressing

What I love most about a cobb salad is that it is a full meal kind of salad. The kind that leaves you with a very full belly. This Tex-Mex Cobb Salad is loaded with filling protein- chicken, bacon, and eggs.

Variations and Substitutions

This salad is easily customizable and any of the ingredients can be felt out.

  • Use Queso Fresco or Cotija Cheese in place of Pepper Jack.
  • Add some pepitas.
  • Use tortilla strips in place or Fritos.
  • Red bell pepper is another great addition.
  • Top with a scoop of Pico de Gallo.
  • Use shrimp or taco-seasoned ground beef instead of chicken.
  • Use pinto beans in place of black beans.
Tex-Mex Cobb Salad with BBQ Ranch Dressing

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Tex-Mex Cobb Salad

Tex-Mex Cobb Salad

Tex-Mex Cobb Salad is a colorful salad with lots of south of the border flavor. Full of chicken, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, black beans and corn and served with a BBQ Ranch Dressing. Filling enough to be served as a main dish.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 0 minutes
TOTAL: 15 minutes


  • 1/2 head iceberg or romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 2 to 3 cups diced cooked chicken, I use rotisserie chicken
  • 1 (8-ounce) block Pepper Jack cheese, cut into cubes
  • 5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1 (16-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups cooked corn kernels, either fresh, canned or frozen
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 small can sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup Frito corn chips

Barbecue Ranch Dressing

  • 2/3 cup Ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup your favorite BBQ sauce


  • Arrange all ingredients except cilantro and corn chips in rows on a large platter.
  • In a small bowl, mix the Ranch dressing and BBQ sauce together.
  • Pour dressing on top of salad and sprinkle with cilantro and corn chips.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Keyword: chicken

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Originally posted April 21, 2017


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