Taco Salad


This is one of my family’s quick and easy go to meals. Its my favorite salad. The ground meat in the spicy sauce makes this a very filling meal. We eat this year round. Sometimes I splurge for ground beef, but I usually prefer to use ground turkey. Ground turkey is more economical and better for us, and when it is in such a flavorful sauce, you can sometimes fool your family into making them think they are eating beef.  When I was a kid, my mom would make my Dad tacos, and then break our taco shells on the bottom of the plate to make our taco salads.  Now I just use tortilla chips for my taco salad. You can also halve the amount of meat used, and add a can of rinsed black or pinto beans.

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Taco Salad

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For the Meat:
2 lbs ground beef or turkey
1 small can tomato paste
1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried cilantro
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon chili powder
a pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup water or stock
Olive oil
Other ingredients

tortilla chips
pepper jack cheese
shredded lettuce
Pico de gallo
Sour cream


Preheat skillet. Drizzle with olive oil. Add ground meat, and onions. Brown meat. Add garlic and spices. Add tomato paste and water or stock. Stir well and cook over medium heat until sauce has thickened.

Spread tortilla chips around plate, top with ground meat, sprinkle with cheese. Add lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream, and salsa.

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  16 Responses to “Taco Salad”

  1. Kim (@ Paper Apron) — September 17, 2009 @ 5:36 pm

    First of all, love your new recipe background and second of all, now I want a taco salad for dinner.

  2. [email protected] — September 17, 2009 @ 6:11 pm

    I love all the flavors in your taco meat! Sounds and looks delicious. Reminds me that I’ll have to make a taco salad again soon…

  3. Divina — September 17, 2009 @ 8:07 pm

    I remember making these with dad on Sundays when I was in elementary school. It’s time to make it again even without the avocado. These taco salad is less messier to eat than filling up taco shells and still have all the goodness and deliciousness.

    I haven’t tried wrapping my camera with a plastic yet. 🙂
    .-= Divina´s last blog, Adzuki Bean and Shiitake Mushroom Soup =-.

  4. Gina — September 17, 2009 @ 8:08 pm

    Wow, another great looking meal! Your meals are always so impressive!
    .-= Gina´s last blog, Behind the Blog! =-.

  5. Karine — September 17, 2009 @ 9:44 pm

    wowow you have a yummy taco salad here! I so love tacos: simple and easy to make… and so delicious!

  6. girlichef — September 18, 2009 @ 7:21 am

    Yum, this sounds absolutely delicious! I could go for one right now 😀
    .-= girlichef´s last blog, Popcorn & Nuts for quick Party Food! =-.

  7. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie — September 18, 2009 @ 9:14 am

    Excellent salad, super delicious!
    .-= Natasha – 5 Star Foodie´s last blog, Peaches and Cream – 5 Star Makover =-.

  8. Food-G — September 18, 2009 @ 11:32 am

    This made my mouth water, and your photo somehow makes taco salad look…sophisticated. Love it!
    .-= Food-G´s last blog, Butternut Bisque: Gearing up for the cold =-.

  9. {kiss my spatula} — September 18, 2009 @ 12:07 pm

    yum! looks like the perfect fix for my mexican craving!

  10. Barbara — September 18, 2009 @ 12:48 pm

    I haven’t had a taco salad in ages! Yours looks so fresh and delicious!
    .-= Barbara´s last blog, “…..that prince of foods… the muffin!” (From Frank Zappa’s Muffin Man) =-.

  11. Drick — September 18, 2009 @ 1:01 pm

    I am so glad to see you post a recipe like this one – you know how much I love mexfood and this is one we eat almost weekly. Glad to know I have some FB friends that like it too…oh, and about the cornflakes – funny how we remake recipes based on foods from family – I know I do it all the time…
    .-= Drick´s last blog, Southern Fried BBQ Fish Sandwich =-.

  12. Jessica — September 19, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

    This looks really good! I recently got some Himalayan sea salt and organic peppercorns from Sustainable Sourcing https://secure.sustainablesourcing.com and I think I’ll use them in this recipe tonight. Thanks for sharing!

  13. lululu — September 19, 2009 @ 4:51 pm

    congraz on the FB top 9!
    it looks refreshingly tasty!
    .-= lululu´s last blog, Tomato Risotto =-.

  14. MaryMoh — September 23, 2009 @ 2:01 am

    a very awesome picture of a salad. Love the colour combination. Sounds very delicious. I would love to try that.
    .-= MaryMoh´s last blog, Spiral Chicken Curry Puffs (Part 2 – Pastry) =-.

  15. Susannah — September 20, 2010 @ 5:09 pm

    I just found your blog and it’s really wonderful. I was looking for an idea for dinner tonight and the taco salad sounds like just the thing. I’ve got some left over chillie in the freezer and just bought all the salad fixings last night…. perfect!
    Just started my own recipe sharing here: http://thetropicalgoumet.blogspot.com/
    Visit if you like 🙂

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