Taco Salad Recipes

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Flavorful taco salad makes a great, healthy alternative to traditional tacos. My family loves our weekly “make your own taco salad” night!


  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning*
  • 5 oz mixed salad greens
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup salsa
  • 1/3 cup guacamole
  • 1/3 cup sour cream


  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, about 2 minutes. Add the beef and the onion and cook, stirring and breaking up the meat as you cook, until beef is browned, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and the taco seasoning. Cook, stirring, 2 more minutes, until beef is well-coated. Turn the heat off.
  • To make a layered salad, divide the beef mixture and the remaining ingredients among 4 large plated, layering them next to each other as shown in the photos. Each diner can add mix their own salad.
  • To make a mixed salad, place the salad greens in a large bowl. Top with the beef mixture, the tomatoes and the cheese. Spoon the salsa, guacamole and sour cream on top, and mix everything together, then serve.


*To make your own taco seasoning, mix together 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 teaspoon coriander, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon ground cumin and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper.


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