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A big bowl of taco salad piled with veggies, tortillas, avocado and ground beef

Easy Taco Salad

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  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex


This Easy Taco Salad with Ground Beef is a quick and healthy weeknight dinner, with your favorite Tex-Mex ingredients and flavors. Customize the add-ins and toppings for a meal the entire family will devour.


For the beef:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

For the salad:

  • 1 head of lettuce (romaine or iceberg), chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ medium red onion, diced
  • 1 can (15 oz) corn, drained (try a fire roasted corn!)
  • 1 can (15oz) black beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1 large avocado, diced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Toppings (optional)

  • Tortilla Strips
  • Sour cream
  • Salsa


  1. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat until fill cooked, with no pink remaining. Drain any excess fat. Add the spices: chili powder, cumin, ancho chili powder, onion powder, and garlic powder. Stir to coat and season all of the ground beef, add ½ cup of water and continue cooking for a few more minutes until the water has cooked off.
  2. Begin layering the salad in a large serving bowl, starting with the chopped lettuce. Then add the cheese, tomatoes, onion, corn, beans, and avocado before seasoning with salt and pepper.
  3.  Top with the ground beef and tortilla strips. Drizzle with sour cream and serve immediately.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 369
  • Sugar: 8.6g
  • Sodium: 675mg
  • Fat: 13.7g
  • Carbohydrates: 35.6g
  • Fiber: 10,9g
  • Protein: 29.8g
  • Cholesterol: 63mg