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Taco Salad

This easy taco salad with seasoned ground beef, fresh veggies, crunchy tortilla strips and a creamy dressing is an easy salad to make for busy weeknights and ready in 25 minutes! This salad is satisfying enough for dinner and perfect for potlucks and parties.

You might also love this easy chicken burrito bowl, baked chicken tacos or ground beef enchilada casserole for easy family dinners that everyone will love.


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Recipe Snapshot

VERSATILE: Use your favorite protein; shrimp, chicken, ground turkey or ground chicken
SATISFYING:  Hearty and filling as a stand-alone dinner
FAMILY FRIENDLY – This crowd-pleasing salad is easy to customize to your favorite add-ins

Beef taco salad on a white plate.

Ingredients

Labelled ingredients for beef taco salad.
  • Ground Beef
  • Taco Seasoning – use your favorite brand or use 2 Tablespoons of our taco seasoning mix
  • Water
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Black Beans
  • Corn – you can use canned corn, cooked fresh corn or thawed frozen corn
  • Cherry Tomatoes – or substitute any variety of fresh tomatoes like red, pink or heirloom tomatoes
  • Fiesta Cheese or your favorite cheddar cheese
  • Tortilla strips – or subsitute crushed Doritos or nacho chips
  • Jalapenos
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Red Onion – or substitute a sweet onion
  • Black Olives
  • Salsa – use your favorite brand
  • Sour Cream
  • Green Onions

How to Make Taco Salad

Cheesy beef taco salad on a plate.
Step by step instructions for how to ake beef taco salad.

Serving a crowd, this would be a great salad for your next potluck, cookout and family celebration.

STEP ONE – In a saute pan over medium heat add the ground beef. Cook for 6 to 9 minutes or until the juices run clear. 

STEP TWO – Add the taco seasoning and water. Mix for 2 to 3 minutes. 

STEP THREE- Remove the saute pan from the burner. 

STEP FOUR – To your serving bowl add the remainder of the salad ingredients and the beef. 

STEP FIVE – Add more salsa and sour cream if you want a creamier sauce with the salad. 

Overhead image of beef taco salad on a white plate.

Sandra’s Top Tips

  • Make it your own by changing up the add-ins and protein
  • Meal prep in advance by cooking the taco meat a day ahead
  • Change up the dressings by using an avocado or catalina dressing
Overhead image of beef taco salad in a white bowl, ready to be tossed.

Storage Instructions

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

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Beef taco salad on a white plate.

Beef Taco Salad


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  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Description

This easy taco salad with seasoned ground beef, fresh veggies, crunchy tortilla strips and a creamy dressing is an easy salad to make for busy weeknights and ready in 25 minutes! 


Ingredients

1 pound ground beef (93%)

1 ounce taco seasoning packet

1/4 cup water

3 heads of romaine lettuce, cleaned, dried, shredded (6 cups)

1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup corn

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1 cup fiesta cheese, shredded

1 cup tortilla strips

1/8 cup jalapenos, sliced

1/8 cup cilantro, chopped

1/8 cup red onion, diced

1/8 cup black olives, sliced

1/2 cup salsa

1/2 cup sour cream

3 green onions, chopped

Directions

In a saute pan over medium heat add the ground beef. Cook for 6 to 9 minutes or until the juices run clear.

Add the taco seasoning and water. Mix for 2 to 3 minutes.

Remove the saute pan from the burner.

To your serving bowl add the remainder of the salad ingredients and the beef.

Add more salsa and sour cream if you want a creamier sauce with the salad.


Instructions

In a saute pan over medium heat add the ground beef. Cook for 6 to 9 minutes or until the juices run clear.

Add the taco seasoning and water. Mix for 2 to 3 minutes.

Remove the saute pan from the burner.

To your serving bowl add the remainder of the salad ingredients and the beef.

Add more salsa and sour cream if you want a creamier sauce with the salad.

Notes

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Salads
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American, Mexican-Inspired

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