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Beef Taco Salad with Salsa Dressing - a Tex-Mex salad with spicy ground beef, veggies, cheese and a creamy salsa dressing

Beef Taco Salad with Salsa Dressing

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Beef Taco Salad with Salsa Dressing plus all the usual taco fixings makes for a scrumptious, fresh and vibrant entree. Seasoned ground beef anchors the meal and all the rest is up to you!

Beef Taco Salad with Salsa Dressing  in a white ceramic bowl

Beef Taco Salad with Salsa Dressing

Back in my college days, my gal pals and I would order loaded Tex-Mex salads served in a deep fried taco shell thinking we were being virtuous. Our young metabolisms could handle the calorie load, but I’m sure the numbers weren’t pretty!

Nowadays, I like to focus on the veggies, so I loaded this salad with lettuces, tomatoes, avocados, cucumber and red bell peppers. A few corn chips and olives and a drizzle of salsa dressing added even more textures and flavors! Another marvelous salad with a similar flavor palate is this Low-Carb Southwest Chicken Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing.

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I wasn’t sure the hubby would be thrilled with a “salad” for dinner even though it is quite hearty. So as I predicted, the flour tortillas I had also purchased came in handy. Instead of taco salad, he was quite pleased with plain ol’ beef tacos, a little side salad and a whole lot of Fritos for dinner!

To shake things up, consider spicing up some rotisserie chicken and using that instead of the ground beef. Monterey Jack cheese or a blend would work swimmingly. And if you don’t like avocados (not sure who doesn’t except you know who??!) or black olives, just leave them out.

Feel free to use whatever salad dressing you fancy in this Tex-Mex salad! With or without the salsa dressing, this beef taco salad with would be fabulous on a warm spring or summer day. Unfortunately, here in Indianapolis, we’re still waiting for spring to arrive!

P.S. I like using my homemade taco seasoning when browning up the ground beef, but spice it up however you like.

Dinner Ideas Using Ground Beef

Ground beef is a staple in our freezer, but I tend to make the same dishes over and over. Today the Sunday supper crew is sharing some of their favorite dinner recipes utilizing ground beef. If you also need inspiration, we’ve got you covered!

 

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Beef Taco Salad with Salsa Dressing - a Tex-Mex salad with spicy ground beef, veggies, cheese and a creamy salsa dressing

Beef Taco Salad with Salsa Dressing

A scrumptious, flavor packed Tex-Mex entree salad!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 3
  • Category: Entree, Salad
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex

Ingredients

Salad:

  • 2 cups cooked taco meat (I cooked with my homemade taco seasoning, minced onion, red bell pepper and minced garlic), about 3/4 pound
  • 5 ounces spring greens or favorite lettuces
  • 1 cup Fritos corn chips
  • 1/2-1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 scallions, sliced thinnly
  • 2 tablespoons sliced black olives
  • 2 tablespoons cubed cucumber
  • 1/2 -1 avocado cubed
  • 2 tablespoons diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup or more shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Salsa Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2-3 tablespoons salsa, to taste
  • Lemon juice, to taste or to thin the dressing as needed

Instructions

Rewarm taco meat if needed.

Layer lettuce and then Fritos and into a large salad bowl. Place the taco meat in the center of the bowl. Disperse the rest of the ingredients around the perimeter, saving the cheese for last.

To make the dressing, whisk together the sour cream and salsa to taste. Taste and adde lemon juice to taste.

Pass the salad along with dressing to serve.

Notes

Feel free to swap out ground beef for cooked, shredded chicken (season with taco spices) and add or eliminate any of the other ingredients according to your preferences. A bottled French dressing works well with this salad, too.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 704kcal
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Sodium: 305mg
  • Fat: 56g
  • Saturated Fat: 23g
  • Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 32g
  • Cholesterol: 153mg

 

 

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14 comments on “Beef Taco Salad with Salsa Dressing”

  1. I would devour the whole bowl in no time! So yummy and comforting!

  2. Yes please! Sounds like a very hearty meal:@)

  3. what a great dish of yum I love everything in it and my husband will go crazy over this whole bowl!

  4. Love all the toppings, really makes it a meal.

  5. I love how clean and healthy this looks, not to mention how tasty!

  6. Liz, it’s been far too long since I’ve made or had a taco salad, and this one is a beauty! It has all the things I like in a taco salad, and none of the things I don’t!

  7. Beautiful salad, Liz! And so much healthier than our good old college days!

  8. This looks delicious Liz! I love a good taco salad.

  9. Totally in love with your colourful salad, babe! xoxo

  10. Looks like I should begin with homemade taco seasoning first.
    I always love dishes mixed with many ingredients. It makes the food more delicious and healthy xD

  11. I don’t know if I have ever seen a taco salad with salsa dressing, but it’s genius! What goes better together than salsa and tacos???

  12. Such a hearty and delicious salad. I love the salsa dressing!

  13. I’m always a fan of anything with taco fixings! The salsa dressing sounds great too.

  14. There won’t be any leftovers when we’re through with this one.

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