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This easy taco salad recipe is made with seasoned ground beef, crisp romaine lettuce, and flavorful toppings. An easy, healthy weeknight dinner!
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Taco salad was a common dinner at our house growing up. This is one of our favorite taco salad recipes. 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.
Taco Salad Ingredients
Just a few basic ingredients for the taco meat. This is also a delicious filling in ground beef tacos.
- Ground beef (ground turkey can also be used)
- Taco Seasoning
- Chopped Romaine, green leaf, or iceberg lettuce
The possibilities are endless when it comes to taco salad toppings. Toss in any or all of these optional ingredients for a flavor filled salad.
- Cheddar cheese
- Mexican cheese blend
- Sliced black olives
- Green onion
- Red onion
- Black beans
- Red beans
- Pinto beans
- Red onion
- Diced bell pepper
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):
Add some veggies!
It’s easy to sneak in some added vegetables and nutrients to the taco meat without sacrificing taste or texture. We like adding some shredded zucchini or carrots with the ground beef and onions. You won’t even be able to tell they are there!
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.
This recipe can easily be made into a keto-friendly, low-carb recipe! Just take out the beans and chips and you are set.
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).
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What To Have 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:
Easy Taco Salad
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 onion diced
- 1 zucchini shredded, optional (see tip above)
- 2 tablespoons taco seasoning (get the link to our homemade seasoning below)
- 1 15-ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
- 1 pound chopped romaine lettuce washed and rinsed
- 1 cup shredded cheese
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
- 1 avocado diced
- 1/2 cup sliced green onion
- 1/3 cup sliced olives
- 2 cups crunchy tortilla strips
- 1 cup salsa
- 2/3 cup sour cream
- In a large skillet, brown ground beef with chopped onion and shredded zucchini (optional) on medium-high heat.
- 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.
- If the mixture becomes too dry, add a few tablespoons of water. Keep on warm until ready to serve.
- Place lettuce in a large bowl (or individual bowls). Top with ground beef mixture and remaining toppings.
- Serve plain or with salad dressing (see options above).
- To make this recipe gluten-free, make this recipe with our homemade taco seasoning mix. An easy, gluten-free taco seasoning that can be made in minutes!
- To make this recipe low-carb, eliminate the black beans and tortilla strips.
- Keep any leftovers in the fridge.
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