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Taco Salad

Recipe Name: 
Taco Salad
Taco salad

A colorful and flavorful lettuce salad of seasoned taco meat, tortilla chips, salsa, sour cream, cheese, tomatoes, and green onions


8 servings


Taco Meat Ingredients:

2 pounds ground beef (80% lean)
2 large onions, chopped
2 green bell peppers, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon cumin*
Tapatio hot sauce, to taste

Taco Salad Ingredients:

lettuce, washed and torn
Fritos or other corn chips
shredded cheddar cheese
sour cream
fresh tomatoes, diced
green onions, chopped

More optional ingredients:

Black olives, sliced
Avocado, diced
Colored bell peppers, diced
homemade salsa
Fresh cilantro, chopped
Cooked pinto beans

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1. Fry meat with onion, bell pepper and garlic. Drain grease, and then stir in chili powder, pepper, salt, cumin and Tapatio.

2. On plate, arrange a bed of lettuce. Layer chips, meat, cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, green onions, and any of the optional ingredients you have/want. Enjoy! :)

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Additional Notes: 

*I love to use freshly ground cumin for a robust flavor!

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Preparation Time: 

20 minutes

Cooking Time: 

15 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

My rating: 10/10. This is one of my favorite meals. I especially like the seasoned meat. It tastes similar to the taco seasoning that is sold in little packets in the store; however, this homemade version is much cheaper and much healthier (no MSG!). This is the basic recipe for how we make our meat for tacos, enchiladas, nachos, and chili. It's really really good! :)

Taco Salad

Average vote based on 6 reviews.
out of 10
User Reviews
out of 10
Better than the store mix

Delicious and so simple to prepare and tastes so much better than the mix you can buy from the store. No left overs today... :) Another yummy recipe to add to our list of favourite meals. :)

out of 10

I didn't have the Tapatio or Cholula, so I'll be sure to find it for the next time I make this, but it was still very good, and even my 3 and 5 year-olds ate a good portion of it...well, at least the meat and cheese!

out of 10

WOW this is good. Way better than the little packages. I even had all the ingredients in my pantry! I did add black olives and sliced avocado to mine. Great summer dinner. Thanks Tammy!

out of 10
This rocked!

I tried this recipe out tonight. Taco salad is one of our favorites, but I had been feeling like it was too bland. Using your taco meat recipe gave it an extra burst of flavor. It was a hit! :-)

out of 10
MMMMMMmmmmm MMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmm

This is very very good. I had experimented a couple of years ago making my own taco seasoning instead of using the packages bought at the store. It never tasted quite right. I decided to give this a try last night and it is SOOO GOOD! We are having taco salads and also a variation of Tammy's Mexican Rice tonight for supper.

out of 10
One of my favorites: the way I always season the meat (burger) for mexican dishes

Please see the recipe above for my full review! Thanks! ~Tammy