Taco Salad


This Taco Salad is the best of both worlds–Tacos and Salads! Imagine your favorite hearty taco made into a salad bowl. Our Taco Salad recipe is loaded with fresh veggies, ground beef, taco chips and a creamy salsa dressing. So crazy delicious!! Video and step by step recipe below!

We usually make tacos about once a week and when I shared my Birria Tacos–so many of you have made it and fell in love with it too! Then came our absolute favorite twist : Lamb Birria If you love tacos, those are top of the list to make NOW!!

 

A super light dinner would be Air Fryer Fish For Air Fryer Fish Tacos. My favorite go to Mexican meal would be Fajita Bowl made with chicken, along with this MUST make Crunchwrap Supreme loaded with Nacho Cheese Sauce Recipe

Now let’s talk all about tacos and salads and today’s star recipe!

Why Taco Salad Recipe

This taco salad recipe is amazingly healthy and fulfilling. It is the perfect choice for days when you feel like tacos, but can’t yourself to assemble them. Or when you want to make dinner ahead of time. 

It’s super versatile that you can add or swap your favorite ingredients and it would still taste so GOOD!! 

So many ingredients can be made ahead of time like the ground beef or lamb which is the same one I used in this Crunchwrap Supreme. Plus the Nacho Cheese Sauce Recipe which is optional but so good!

This taco salad recipe is loaded with so much protein, it’s rather a full meal! Plus you can make it vegetarian or even vegan so easily and enjoy all the nutritional goodness it offers.

It literally takes just a few minutes to assemble and there you have it!

So on busy days, this meal feels just right! And to make it wholesome, flavorful, and protein-packed, you can add ground beef or lamb too! 

Taco Salad Ingredients

  • Cooked Ground Beef or lamb — I used the same on from my popular Crunchwrap Supreme
  • Lettuce — I used Romaine, chopped up roughly
  • Tomatoes — any type would work.
  • Corn –fresh or frozen or even canned would work.
  • Black beans –if canned, drained and rinsed , or use freshly cooked.
  • shredded cheese or Nacho Cheese Sauce Recipe
  • Onions –diced
  • Jalapeños –sliced
  • Avocados –diced
  • Tortilla chips –Spiced or plain, crushed roughly
  • Cilantro –Torn leaves 

How to Make Taco Salad

Simply toss all ingredients above together which include: some lettuce, tomatoes, cooked ground beef or lamb, cheese, corn, black beans, onions, jalapenos, and cilantro in a bowl.

Throw in your favorite chips for some crunch, and your low-carb, high-protein salad is ready!

But wait! Don’t forget to drizzle some creamy dressing!

Dressing for Taco Salad

You’ll need

  • sour cream –you could use Mayo but I find sour cream to be creamier and fresher in taste.
  • salsa –don’t for get to try my Homemade Salsa
  • lime juice
  • salt

Just mix all together and it’s ready!

How to Make a Taco Salad Bowl

To finish the dish drizzle the dressing generously on top of your plate. Lightly toss together, and ta-da! Your creamy, protein-packed bowl full of goodness is ready to devour! 

Vegan Taco Salad

You can make the vegan version of this recipe even if you’re vegan or vegetarian. All the ingredients remain the same for the vegan taco salad, but instead of ground beef or lamb, you can use vegan meat and vegan cheese.

Fiesta Taco Salad

You also have the choice of alternating some of the ingredients with low-fat versions to turn it into the fiesta taco salad. You can use reduced-sodium taco seasoning instead of the regular one and switch the cheese with low-fat sharp cheddar. For the sour cream, you can use reduced-fat sour cream. 

Layered Taco Salad Recipe

Now, if you’re making this for a potluck supper or having guests over for dinner, you would definitely want a plate with some presentation. This is where the layered taco salad recipe comes in!

All you need is a trifle dish. Simply place the ingredients one by one in the dish in layers. For instance, layer the bottom with lettuce, then make a layer of tomatoes, followed by a layer of ground beef/lamb, and so on. 

The result? A colorful and tempting layered dish that is pleasing to the eyes and tastes great. 

Tips

  1. Always use lean ground beef because it has lower fat content, is juicy, and cooks easily.
  2. Assemble the salad right before serving. If you mix it earlier, the lettuce might wilt and lose its crispiness due to the seasoning and dressing.
  3. You can add mashed avocado or Guacamole , broccoli, and other veggies of your choice to the dish.

What do you serve with taco salad?

You can serve it with tortilla wraps, chips, beans, or Mexican rice. But, you can have it on its own also as a bowl. 

What’s the difference between nachos and taco salad?

Taco salad comprises lettuce and other vegetables that make it crunchy, while the dressing makes it creamy. So the veggies are the highlight of it. As for nachos, the tortilla chips on which everything is piled are the main ingredient.

How do you eat taco salad?

You can eat it as the main course or as a side. If you want to get creative, make a taco bar where you can arrange all the ingredients in separate bowls so that people can build their own taco salads based on their diet. 

Can you refrigerate taco salad?

If you’ve prepared this recipe beforehand, make sure to refrigerate the ingredients separately in the fridge so the vegetables don’t lose their crunch. However, leftover can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

Similar Taco Recipes

30 Mins Mexican Tilapia Fish Dinner

Birria Tacos

Crunchwrap Supreme

Nacho Cheese Sauce Recipe

Sheet Pan Fajitas

Chicken Flautas

Lamb Birria

Fajita Bowl

Air Fryer Hot Dogs

Tandoori Chicken Tacos With Cilantro Corn Slaw

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Taco Salad

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This Taco Salad is the best of both worlds–Tacos and Salads! Imagine your favorite hearty taco made into a salad bowl. Our Taco Salad recipe is loaded with fresh veggies, ground beef, taco chips and a creamy salsa dressing. So crazy delicious!! Video and step by step recipe below!
Course Main Course, Main Dish, Salad, tacos
Cuisine American, Mexican, TexMex
Keyword copycat taco bell, salad, salad recipe, taco bowl, taco recipe, taco salad, taco salad recipe, tacos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 700kcal
Author Mahy

Ingredients

Taco Salad

  • 1 1/2 cups ground beef cooked like here class=”wprm-recipe-ingredient” style=”list-style-type: disc;” data-uid=”2″>2 1/2 cups lettuce chopped roughly
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 2 cups tomatoes diced
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup onions red onions diced
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 2 avocados diced
  • 1 cup tortilla chips crushed roughly
  • 1/2 cup cheese or sauce here: class=”wprm-recipe-ingredient-group”>

    Taco Salad Dressing

    • 1 cup sour cream
    • 1/2 cup salsa homemade here: class=”wprm-recipe-ingredient” style=”list-style-type: disc;” data-uid=”14″>1 teaspoon lime juice
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Prepare the salad ingredients by chopping cooking the ground beef and having everything ready.
  • Mix all ingredients for the salad in a large salad plate.
  • Make the dressing by combining all ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Drizzle the dressing generously over the salad.
  • Serve right away & enjoy!

Video

Notes

Tips

  1. Always use lean ground beef because it has lower fat content, is juicy, and cooks easily.
  2. Assemble the salad right before serving. If you mix it earlier, the lettuce might wilt and lose its crispiness due to the seasoning and dressing.
  3. You can add mashed avocado or Guacamole , broccoli, and other veggies of your choice to the dish.

What do you serve with taco salad?

You can serve it with tortilla wraps, chips, beans, or Mexican rice. But, you can have it on its own also as a bowl. 

What’s the difference between nachos and taco salad?

Taco salad comprises lettuce and other vegetables that make it crunchy, while the dressing makes it creamy. So the veggies are the highlight of it. As for nachos, the tortilla chips on which everything is piled are the main ingredient.

How do you eat taco salad?

You can eat it as the main course or as a side. If you want to get creative, make a taco bar where you can arrange all the ingredients in separate bowls so that people can build their own taco salads based on their diet. 

Can you refrigerate taco salad?

If you’ve prepared this recipe beforehand, make sure to refrigerate the ingredients separately in the fridge so the vegetables don’t lose their crunch. However, leftover can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

Nutrition

Calories: 700kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 55g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 23g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 645mg | Potassium: 1499mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1312IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 288mg | Iron: 5mg

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