Taco Salad

Taco Salad
During the summer I often like to have salads as light meals and one of my favourites is a taco salad, which as the name implies has all of the flavours of tacos! This salad is a great way to finish off any leftover ingredients from taco night though I am usually too impatient to wait and just make it from scratch starting out with a homemade taco seasoning. This recipe is very flexible where you can use whatever your favoutite taco ingredients are and I generally like to pack the salad with plenty of healthy ones like beans, corn, tomatoes and avocado before moving onto things like cheese, Greek yogurt and salsa. Although a number of salad dressing would be perfect on this, I usually go with salsa verde as a dressing. As far as salads go this taco salad certainly makes for one tasty, light and satisfying meal meal!

Taco Salad
Just add some crumbled tortilla chips and salsa verde and you are ready to dig in!

Taco Salad

Taco Salad
Another nice way to serve this salad is topped with a drizzle of sour cream and hot sauce!

Taco Salad
Taco Salad

Taco Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Servings: 4

A salad inspired by the flavours of tacos including seasoned ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, beans, corn, salsa, cheese and crunchy tortilla chips.

    For the taco seasoned meat:
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup water
  • For the salad:
  • 6 cups lettuce, sliced
  • 1 cup tomato, diced
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup guacamole or 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup salsa verde
  • 1/4 cup cheese such as cotija, feta, cheddar, crumbled or shredded
    For the taco seasoned meat:
  1. Cook the meat, onion and garlic in a pan over medium heat until the meat is browned and drain off any excess grease.
  2. Mix in the taco seasoning and water and simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. For the salad:
  4. Assemble salad and enjoy!

Option: Replace the taco seasoned meat with Mexican style chorizo.
Option: Use your favourite taco toppings!
Option: Use a dressing like ranch or a creamy avocado dressing (aka guacamole dressing), cilantro lime vinaigrette, cilantro lime ranch dressing, jalapeno ranch dressing, jalapeno popper dressing, etc.
Option: Serve topped with crumbled tortilla chips.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 383, Fat 19g (Saturated 7g, Trans 0g), Cholesterol 56mg, Sodium 269mg, Carbs 29.4g (Fiber 11g, Sugars 7g), Protein 25g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam


Anonymous said...

I do a very similiar salad to this...The base is broken corn chips, then the seasoned beef, cheese etc...


SheilaRae the Brave said...

Everything you post looks great and the things I have cooked taste even better! This is my fav food blog!

Elizabeth said...

If it has avocados it must be tasty!

Joanne said...

I like that you don't play favorites...smart man. :P I bet a veg version of this with double the beans would be awesome!

hannah love said...

WOW, this is looks amazing! Time to make it for lunch tomorrow! thank you!

Lisa Tedder said...

Hah! Where would you find a tomato worth eating? I only use cherry or grape tomatoes from the store. Nothing else worth bringing home.

Anonymous said...

Uhh this one looks so good! xoxo
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Rev said...

hey Kevin, this looks fab! please pass on the plate over :)

Jane @ urbanejane. said...

This looks delicious!! I'll definitely have to try this! :)
-a fellow torontonian, jane @ urbanejane.com

What A Dish! said...

Loved this- thanks! Love your blog; I've made many tasty things from it.

Anula said...

Have to try this one day (soon!). It sounds very delicious :)
Pozdrawiam, Anula.

P.S. Your blog is 'short listed' as one of my favourite ones, on my main page :)

Loveforfood said...

These sounds really good, I would love to give it a try

yerba mate benefits said...

Yum!!This is the same as the guacamole...The only thing that's missing here is the chicken fajitas and mojitos... then get the party started..

Kevin said...

Joanne: A vegetarian bean version would be good!

Greybeard said...

Lisa sure nailed it. Either use a tomato from your garden or the Farmers Market, or the cherry or grape tomatoes from the store.

A good taco salad begs to be served in a baked tortilla shell. The moulds are quite inexpensive and presentation really "kicks it up a notch" to quote a much better chef than I am.

Tom Sproull said...

I love this! I love Mexican. Can't wait to try. It's the #1 thing I order at a restaurant.

Jenny said...

Perfect salad Kevin! One of my favorites!!

Librarian Lavender said...

This salad looks amazing. I love taco salads!

Matt Robinson said...

Amazing as always Kevin!

bev @ bev cooks said...


Gaby said...

Gorgeous salad, I need one now!

Maria said...

Love all of the colors!

Jamie Tarence said...

A never fail favorite! Looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

Seriously, I could look at your blog *just* for the pictures... They are always so vibrant and appetizing! :D

Alice // Hip Foodie Mom said...

Kevin, I love this taco salad !!! and love it even more because you made your own taco seasoning!! looks so vibrant and flavorful!! Pinning!!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

Salad like this is THE BEST! Gah!! Love this!

gautami said...

why i like salad?
one reason for that is salad provides good amount of energy to body and it is easy to cook.

Aimee said...

We're totally into dinner salads this summer and taco salad tops the list. Can't wait to try your version!

Heidi said...

Kevin, this looks great. In fact, everything you cook looks fantastic. You are the best cook. I love how everything jumps out at you. I could look at your blogs all day.

Kevin Lynch said...

Heidi: Thanks!

marla {Family Fresh Cooking} said...

So many delicious flavors in this salad, I'm craving it now!!

Allie BakingAMoment said...

So many yummy things in this bowl! I think I'd go for both the salsa verde and the sour cream. YUM!

Hazel Vice said...

I lurve tacos and Mexican food. This looks so delicious.

Brenna Rastrelli said...

I love your taco seasoning recipe. I substituted ground chicken breast. Thanks for all the great reci9

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