Easy Ground Beef Taco Salad

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This taco salad is made with seasoned ground beef, crisp romaine lettuce, and flavorful toppings. An easy, healthy weeknight dinner!

A taco salad made with ground beef, avocado, cheese, tomatoes, chips, salsa, and sour cream. The bowl is next to a halved avocado, cherry tomatoes, a cup of sour cream, and a bowl of salsa.

Ground Beef Taco Salad

Taco salad was a common dinner at our house growing up. It is such a quick dinner to throw together and it can easily feed a crowd. It’s like a giant taco in a bowl. We love using ground beef with our taco salad because it only takes minutes to cook but it can also be made with chicken or shredded beef. Try this recipe with our homemade taco seasoning mix for a great alternative to store-bought seasoning.

Ground beef is a staple for many easy, budget-friendly meals. For more easy dinner ideas prepared with ground beef, check out our post on Easy Ground Beef Recipes.

Uncooked ground beef, onion, and zucchini in a skillet with a spatula.

Add some veggies!

It’s easy to sneak in some added vegetables and nutrients without sacrificing taste or texture. We like adding some shredded zucchini or carrots. You won’t even be able to tell they are there!

Don’t Forget The Toppings!

The possibilities are endless when it comes to taco salad toppings. Here are some of our favorites:

  • cheese
  • tomatoes
  • sliced olives
  • green onion
  • black beans
  • red beans
  • pinto beans
  • corn
  • red onion
  • avocado
A container of shredded cheese, a cup of sour cream, a cup of salsa, diced avocado, sliced olives, green onion, and cherry tomatoes on a cutting board.

Taco Salad Dressing

Ask three different people what their favorite taco salad dressing is and you will likely get three different answers. Currently, we love using cilantro-lime ranch dressing or no dressing at all (it’s great with just salsa and sour cream). Growing up, my husband’s family always used thousand island dressing over their taco salad. When we were growing up, the topping of choice in our family was (do I dare admit this?) ketchup. Here are some more popular dressings to use (feel free to add your favorite dressing in the comments below):

Two bowls of taco salad. An avocado, a cup of sour cream, and a cup of salsa are sitting next to the bowls.

FAQ’s

Should taco salad be served warm or cold?

This comes down to personal preference. I prefer the meat to be warm but to do this, it needs to be eaten soon after the salad is made or it can make the lettuce lose its crispness. If you are making a large tossed-style salad, it may be best to serve it cold.

Is taco salad Keto friendly and/or low carb?

This recipe can easily be made into a keto-friendly, low-carb recipe! Just take out the beans and chips and you are set.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

This recipe is a gluten-free recipe when you use GF taco seasoning. Not all taco seasonings are gluten-free so be sure to read those labels or use our homemade taco seasoning recipe (get the link in the recipe notes below).

A close up view of a taco salad bowl with ground beef and taco toppings.

What Goes With Taco Salad?

There are lots of great dishes that you can serve along with taco salad. Whether you are making a big meal for a crowd, a potluck, or just want to add another dish to your family dinner, you can’t go wrong with any of these great recipes:

A taco salad made with ground beef, avocado, cheese, tomatoes, chips, salsa, and sour cream. The bowl is next to a halved avocado, cherry tomatoes, and a bowl of salsa.

Easy Taco Salad

5 from 6 votes
This super taco salad is made with seasoned ground beef, crisp romaine lettuce, and flavorful toppings. An easy, healthy weeknight dinner!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner, Salad
Cuisine American, Mexican/Spanish
Servings 6

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a non-stick skillet, brown ground beef with chopped onion and shredded (optional) zucchini.
    Uncooked ground beef, onion, and zucchini in a skillet with a spatula.
  • When onion becomes soft and transparent and beef is cooked through, stir in taco seasoning and black beans and cook on low until heated through.
    A skillet with browned meat with black beans and taco seasoning added.
  • If the mixture becomes too dry, add a few tablespoons of water. Keep on warm until ready to serve.
    A skillet with browned taco meat to make taco salad.
  • Place lettuce in a large serving bowl (or individual bowls). Top with ground beef mixture and remaining toppings.
    A container of shredded cheese, a cup of sour cream, a cup of salsa, diced avocado, sliced olives, green onion, and cherry tomatoes on a cutting board.
  • Serve plain or with salad dressing (see options above).
    A taco salad made with ground beef, avocado, cheese, tomatoes, chips, salsa, and sour cream. The bowl is next to a halved avocado and a bowl of salsa.

Notes

Try this recipe with our homemade taco seasoning mix. An easy, gluten-free taco seasoning that can be made in minutes!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 318kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 24gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 694mgPotassium: 897mgFiber: 5gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1300IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 182mgIron: 3mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    Easy & delicious! One of my families favorite meals growing up was taco salad. I haven’t had homemade taco salad in ages! This is almost exactly like what we had when I was growing up. Hearty, good seasoning, delicious, & so easy! <3

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks for the tip about adding the shredded zucchini. I peeled mine, and the kids didn’t notice it was in there! I served mine without beans or chips, and it was the perfect keto meal!

  3. 5 stars
    I just started the keto diet, so I made it without the beans and chips. I used your homemade taco seasoning, and it was amazing! I actually stirred a bit of the seasoning into the sour cream for extra flavor. So good!