Taco Salad

Taco Salads are great – the have all the wonderful taco fillings with a little less guilt, less carbs, and more veggies. Growing up, my mom used to make taco salads almost every week! I loved them – they are easy to throw together and you can add just about anything. I prefer mine on the simpler side – meat, beans, cheese, sour cream, salsa, and don’t @ me for this but a little bit of ranch. Growing up in the midwest, ranch is not uncommon on a taco salad. In fact, one of my favorite places to get a taco salad from serves it with ranch – so for all of you purists out there, thank you but no thank you, I will keep my ranch! My husband definitely shaded me for adding ranch so once he comes to his sense that ranch is in fact superior, he will be allowed to sleep in the house again (LOL please know that I am completely joking here if you could not tell by my sarcastic demeanor)! The taco salad really is the lazy version of tacos, but I am so here for it. Its crunchy, cheesy, creamy, spicy – just all around a good time. Try this for your next Taco Tuesday or when you want to switch up those taco seasoned meat leftovers.

  • 1lb 90/10 Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion, Diced
  • 1 Package Taco Seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 Can Black Beans
  • 1/2 Tbsp Cumin
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1 Cup Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese
  • 2 Bags Romaine Lettuce, Chopped and Washed
  • Optional Toppings: Avocado, Diced Onions, Sour Cream, Salsa, Hot Sauce, Ranch
  • Makes: 4 Salads
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total TIme: 30 Minutes

To Make:

  1. Heat a small pot over low heat and add the beans.
  2. Add in the cumin, salt and pepper and stir well to combine. Cover the beans and simmer on low until you are ready to assemble, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
  3. Heat a large pan over medium heat and add in the olive oil.
  4. Once the pan is heated, add in the diced onion and cook for 5 minutes until the onions start to soften and become translucent.
  5. Add in the garlic and stir for 2 minutes until fragrant.
  6. Next, add in the ground beef and cook for 8-10 minutes until it is completely cooked through.
  7. Drain any excess fat off from the meat. Sprinkle on the taco seasoning and stir well to combine. Remove the ground beef from the heat.
  8. Time to assemble!
  9. Divide the lettuce between 4 bowls.
  10. Add 1/4 of the ground beef and beans to each bowl and sprinkle on 1/4 cup of cheese to each bowl.
  11. Top with your favorite toppings and serve with a side of tortilla chips!

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