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Taco Salad

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The temperatures are rising and life just seems to keep getting busier! Thankfully this Taco Salad is a quick and easy meal that can be thrown together in less than 30 minutes. I kept things super simple by topping my Taco Salad with ground beef and a simple salsa ranch dressing. If you have a Mason jar, you can make ranch dressing! {This post contains affiliate links}

A white bowl filled with a tossed Taco Salad with a jar of salsa ranch in the background

Not only is this Taco Salad simple, it is also gluten-free and keto friendly.

How to make Taco Salad with Ground Beef:

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and break it apart with a wooden spoon or spatula.

A cast iron skillet with ground beef and a wooden spatula in the bottom right hand corner

Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the beef and stir to combine.

Taco seasoning sprinkled over ground beef in a cast iron skillet with a wooden spatula in the bottom corner

Continue cooking until the meat is no longer pink. Remove from heat and allow to cool. (adjust seasonings if necessary)

Browned, ground beef in a cast iron skillet with a wooden spatula on the right hand side

Combine the lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, onion, cheese and cilantro in a large bowl.

A large white bowl filled with lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, avocado chunks and ground beef being tossed with two wooden spoons

Add the ground beef and dressing, toss to thoroughly combine. Serve with tortilla or cheese chips if desired.

A white bowl filled with Taco Salad sitting in front of a jar of salsa ranch dressing and a large white bowl of salad

Mildly spicy, somewhat creamy, definitely crunchy and totally delicious! Keeping all of the toppings on top is impossible!!

Notes:

  • Homemade Taco Seasoning
  • Homemade Ranch Dressing
  • Feel free to add your favorite toppings; corn, black beans, olives, jalapenos.
  • If you only need one or two servings, do not toss with the dressing. Serve dressing on the side so the salad does not get soggy.

More delicious salad dressing recipes:

Enjoy!!

A white bowl filled with a tossed Taco Salad with a jar of salsa ranch in the background

Taco Salad

Taco Salad with ground beef is an easy, healthy meal that can be thrown together any night of the week in less than 30 minutes!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: taco salad, ground, beef, recipe, dressing
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 483kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Equipment

  • Skillet

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons taco seasoning add more if desired
  • 6 cups romaine lettuce chopped - 2 heads/bunches
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes cut in half - substitute cherry or diced Roma tomatoes
  • 1 large avocado diced
  • cup green onions sliced
  • 1 ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped
  • cheddar or tortilla chips optional

Salsa Ranch Dressing

  • ½ cup ranch dressing
  • cup salsa

Instructions

Salad

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and break it apart with a wooden spoon or spatula.

  • Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the beef and stir to combine.

  • Continue cooking until the meat is no longer pink. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

  • Combine the lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, onion, cheese and cilantro in a large bowl.

  • Add the ground beef and dressing, toss to thoroughly combine. Serve with tortilla or cheese chips if desired.

  • Mildly spicy, somewhat creamy, definitely crunchy and totally delicious!

Salsa Ranch Dressing

  • Add the ranch dressing and salsa to a glass jar. Secure the lid and shake to combine.
  • Store unused dressing in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Notes

  • Homemade Taco Seasoning
  • Homemade Ranch Dressing
  • Feel free to add your favorite toppings; corn, black beans, olives, jalapenos.
  • If you only need one or two servings, do not toss with the dressing. Serve dressing on the side so the salad does not get soggy.
  • Net carbs = 5

Nutrition

Calories: 483kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 545mg | Potassium: 740mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5270IU | Vitamin C: 18.2mg | Calcium: 255mg | Iron: 2.8mg

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