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taco salad

Taco Salad

  • Author: Megan
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This easy Mexican-inspired taco salad recipe is ready in only 20 minutes and is loaded with ground beef and all of your favorite taco toppings! It's a healthy dinner or meal prep idea that you'll crave making again and again.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 6 cups romaine lettuce (about 1 head)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can corn, drained
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ red onion, finely diced
  • Salad dressing: Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette or Chipotle Ranch

Optional, for serving: 

  • ⅓ cup chopped cilantro
  • Lime wedges


  1. Cook the beef: heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook and crumble the beef, 5 - 7 minutes, until cooked through. Drain excess grease.
  2. Add taco seasoning: add the taco seasoning and the recommended amount of water called for on the packet (most say ⅓ cup). Continue cooking until all of the liquid is gone. Remove from heat.
  3. Assemble the salad: add a layer of romaine lettuce and then top with remaining ingredients: beans, corn, avocado, cheese, red onion, and avocado. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro.
  4. Serve: serve warm or cold with lime wedges on the side. Add your favorite dressing, like Chipotle Ranch or Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette.


Dietary Notes: 

  • Gluten free: this recipe is naturally gluten free. 
  • Keto: to make this recipe keto, leave out the beans and use corn sparingly. 
  • Paleo: this recipe is paleo.
  • Whole30: this recipe is Whole30 compliant, as long as you buy (or make your own) taco seasoning that doesn't contain any extra ingredients other than herbs/spices. 

Taco seasoning: you can also use homemade taco seasoning. Use 2 tablespoons. 

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican Inspired


  • Calories: 614
  • Sugar: 12.1g
  • Sodium: 794mg
  • Fat: 26.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.4g
  • Carbohydrates: 44.2g
  • Fiber: 11.6g
  • Protein: 50.5g
  • Cholesterol: 131mg

Keywords: taco salad, taco bowl, mexican, ground beef, meal prep