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Taco Salad Recipe

This Taco Salad recipe has fresh lettuce topped with seasoned ground beef, tomatoes, corn, black beans, avocado, onions, jalapeno peppers, cheese, sour cream, and more! It also includes an easy taco salad dressing recipe that you will love!

A white plate filled with Taco Salad topped with ground beef, avocado, sour cream, tortilla chips, and vegetables.

Taco Salad

This salad is loaded with all of your taco favorites! It’s packed with protein and tons of vegetables for a satisfying, well-rounded lunch or dinner. It also makes a great meal prep idea for work or school.

The salad dressing is so easy to make and is absolutely delicious. You can make this with a packet of taco seasoning which is quick and convenient, or you can make my homemade taco seasoning recipe! 

Here’s everything you need to know to nail this taco salad:

How to Make It

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Combine taco seasoning ingredients (a packet may also be used). Combine sour cream, salsa, and 1/2 tbsp. taco seasoning for the dressing and set aside.

A small bowl of taco seasoning next to a bowl of Taco Salad Dressing

Cook and crumble the ground beef and drain grease. Add seasoning and salsa. Heat on low.

Ground beef in a skillet before and after being cooked.

Prepare remaining salad ingredients. Add lettuce to serving plates or to a large salad bowl. Add the warm meat mixture, followed by the remaining salad ingredients. Drizzle with salad dressing or serve it on the side!

Ingredients for making taco salad next to an assembled taco salad.

What to Add to Taco Salad

  • This recipe comes pretty loaded with all of your favorite Taco ingredients, but additions include bell peppers, green onions, sliced lime, pico de gallo, crema, extra salsa, etc.

Taco Salad Dressing

  • 1/3 cup sour cream + 1/3 cup salsa + 1/2 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • Catalina or Thousand Island make great choices as well. 

Make-Ahead Method

  • This salad makes a great meal prep idea for work and school. Pack the lettuce in an airtight bag for maximum freshness and place it in a Tupperware container along with the additional salad ingredients. Store the tortilla chips in a separate airtight bag so that they stay crunchy. Sour cream can be stored in a separate container with a lid.
  • You can also do all of the prep work ahead of time and make the meat mixture when you’re ready to serve, or reheat the meat in the microwave prior to serving!

Pro Tips

  • Easy Shortcuts: Use pre-washed lettuce, prepared guacamole instead of avocado, and pico de gallo instead of diced tomatoes.
  • If your salsa is very thick, you may choose to add a splash of water or beef/chicken broth to the meat mixture. I use Pace salsa for this recipe.
  • Taco Seasoning sometimes contains cornstarch. I include a homemade recipe for the taco seasoning in the notes section of the recipe card, but if using a packet, consider adding a little water or broth to the meat mixture if it becomes too thick.
  • Ground turkey may be used instead of ground beef.
  • Doritos can be added instead of tortilla chips.

Storage

  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. The meat mixture can be reheated in the microwave or in a skillet.

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A Taco Salad on a white plate with seasoned ground beef, dressing, sour cream, and vegetables.

Taco Salad Recipe

5 from 4 ratings
This Taco Salad recipe has fresh lettuce topped with seasoned ground beef, tomatoes, corn, black beans, avocado, onions, jalapeno peppers, cheese, sour cream, and more! It also includes an easy taco salad dressing recipe that you will love!

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. packet taco seasoning, see notes for homemade recipe
  • 16 oz. salsa, divided
  • 3/4 cup sour cream, divided
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 head iceberg or romaine lettuce, chopped and clean
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 2 Jalapeno Peppers, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup Black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup whole kernel corn, drained
  • ¼ cup black olives, drained and sliced
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 ½ cups shredded Mexican cheese blend, see notes
  • 4 oz. Tortilla Chips

Instructions

Prep Work

  • For the dressing: Combine 1/3 cup sour cream, 1/3 cup salsa, and ½ tablespoon taco seasoning. Set aside.
  • Slice the avocado in half lengthwise, remove the pit, and scoop the pulp into a small bowl. Add lime juice and 1/8 tsp. salt and use the back of a fork to mash it. Cover tightly with saran wrap and set aside.

Cook the Meat Mixture

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef, cook and crumble for 7 minutes, or until brown and cooked through. Drain grease.
  • Reduce heat to low. Add 2 tablespoons taco seasoning and toss to coat. Add the 3/4 cup salsa and cilantro. Add additional salsa if desired. Cover partially while you prepare the salad.

Assemble the Salad

  • Add the lettuce to serving plates or a large salad bowl. Sprinkle with the meat mixture.
  • Top with diced tomatoes, peppers, black beans, corn, black olives, onions, and cheese.
  • Top with mashed avocado then add a dollop of sour cream to each serving.
  • Drizzle with salad dressing or serve it on the side.
  • Sprinkle with tortilla chips and serve!

Notes

  • Cheese: Cheddar and Monterey Jack can also be used
  • Easy Shortcuts: Use pre-washed lettuce, prepared guacamole instead of avocado, and pico de gallo instead of diced tomatoes.
  • If your salsa is very thick, you may choose to add a splash of water or beef/chicken broth to the meat mixture. I use Pace salsa for this recipe.
  • Taco Seasoning sometimes contains cornstarch. I include a homemade recipe for the taco seasoning in the notes section of the recipe card, but if using a packet, consider adding a little water or broth to the meat mixture if it becomes too thick.
  • Ground turkey may be used instead of beef.
  • Doritos can be added instead of tortilla chips.
Homemade Taco Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  •  1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  •  ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  •  ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  •  1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Storage
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container for 3 days. The meat mixture can be reheated in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Nutrition

Calories: 817kcal, Carbohydrates: 59g, Protein: 47g, Fat: 46g, Saturated Fat: 17g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 19g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 133mg, Sodium: 2174mg, Potassium: 1745mg, Fiber: 16g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 13331IU, Vitamin C: 30mg, Calcium: 490mg, Iron: 7mg
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8 comments on “Taco Salad Recipe”

  1. This was the first tine I made a taco salad.  My family loved it.  

    • EXCELLENT! I am so happy to hear that Sharon, we absolutely love throwing this in the dinnertime mix now and then! 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to share how your family liked it!

  2. Omg I love this recipe! its easy to make for our family dinner!

  3. My husband and I were craving a taco salad today, and this recipe hit the spot!

    • I’m so happy to hear that! My husband and I get some random Taco Bell cravings as well from time to time and this is one of them. Thanks so much for the great review!😃

  4. Just the picture of this Taco Salad recipe made my mouth water. I simply HAD to make it. I love everything about it. Although I love to order taco salads in restaurants, they are always missing one or two very important ingredients that make me feel the salad wasn’t quite good enough. With this recipe, I can make sure it has EVERYTHING in it for me while my kiddos can make their own and leave out what they do not want. The best part is the tangy dressing..it’s the bomb!!!! Although this recipe is easy…the flavor is mighty and I want to eat it every day for the rest of my life!!! Thank you Cozy Cook! As usual…It was a fun and fabulous family meal!

    • I’m so happy you enjoyed the Taco Salad Pearl!😃 I love the tangy dressing too, to me it makes the salad. Thanks so much for your support and for taking the time to leave a review!

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