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
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.
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!
- Albondigas Soup [Spicy Mexican Meatball Soup] by Wanderspice
- Easiest Greek Hamburgers by Positively Stacey
- Easy Doritos Taco Casserole by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Enchilada Burgers by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
- Ground Beef and Vegetables over Garlic Seasoned Potatoes by Hot Eats and Cool Reads
- Keema Curry (Keema Matar) by Caroline’s Cooking
- Meat and Potato Skillet Gratin by From the Bookshelf
- Low Carb Mini Mexican Meatza by My Life Cookbook
- Picnic Taco Salad by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Sweet Potato Crust Cheeseburger Pizza by Pies and Plots
- Beef Taco Salad with Salsa Dressing by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Poached Egg Burger with Caramelized Onions by Sunday Supper Movement
Beef Taco Salad with Salsa Dressing
A scrumptious, flavor packed Tex-Mex entree salad!
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 3
- Category: Entree, Salad
- Method: Mixing
- Cuisine: Tex-Mex
- 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
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2-3 tablespoons salsa, to taste
- Lemon juice, to taste or to thin the dressing as needed
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.
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.
- Calories: 704kcal
- Sugar: 9g
- Sodium: 305mg
- Fat: 56g
- Saturated Fat: 23g
- Carbohydrates: 21g
- Fiber: 6g
- Protein: 32g
- Cholesterol: 153mg