The Best Beefy Taco Salad Recipe

Taco Salad
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  • 35 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: Serves 6 to 8

Everyone has had a taco salad at a drive-through restaurant. But making your own is very easy, much less expensive, and tastier! You can use leftover burgers to make this recipe; just crumble up the beef and add it to the veggies after they have sautéed. If you're doing this, start cooking the onions and garlic in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil.

You can serve this salad two ways: add the hot beef mixture to the greens right away, or cool the beef mixture for about 30 minutes and refrigerate it. Then stir well and use it to top the greens. 

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup French salad dressing
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney or black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 8 cups mixed lettuce
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 avocados, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sliced black olives
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups crumbled nacho tortilla chips OR tostada shells

How to Make It

In a large skillet, cook ground beef with onion, garlic, and jalapeño, stirring to break up meat. When meat is browned, drain well.

Add Taco Seasoning Mix, beef stock, and salsa and bring to a simmer. Simmer, stirring frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in French dressing.

You can make the salad now, or cool and refrigerate this mixture.

To make the salad, combine lettuce with beans, bell peppers, and tomatoes in a large serving bowl.

Top with the beef mixture.

Top with avocados, cheeses, olives, sour cream, and tortilla chips and serve immediately.

Instead of the chips, you can serve this salad in Tostada shells that you can find at the grocery store. Just warm the shells as directed on the package and serve this salad in them.