Easy Taco Salads

ground beef taco salad in a bowl

Looking for a quick and easy dinner? My easy taco salads are so popular for my family! Seasoned ground beef, piled on lettuce, then topped with cheese, avocado, sour cream, and more. 

taco salad in a bowl with avocado on counter behind it

Taco salads are so simple to make and a great meal that each person can dress their salad how they would like. 

Taco Salads

I have even made these salads and some a taco salad bar. Place all the fun toppings you would like and let your family or guests walk through and create a custom salad to fit their liking.

What Goes With Taco Salad?

You can pair your taco salad with some chips and salsa, Mexican corn salad, etc. Or you can even eat it plain if you would like.

Or if you have Mexican rice that would be a great side, or even use it to mix in the salads to make it even heartier.

taco salads in a bowl with cheese in a bowl on

Topping Ideas For Salad

  • Shredded Cheese
  • Red Diced Onions
  • Black Olives
  • Avocado or Gucamole
  • Salsa
  • Pico De Gallo
  • Sour Cream
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Dorthy Lynch Dressing
  • Tortilla Chips or Corn Chips
  • Etc

You can do whatever you would like in terms of toppings. We enjoy piling it all on top for a loaded taco salad recipe.

Go as simple or as complex as you would prefer. Check out this Dorito taco salad as well!

Can I Swap Out The Meat

If you want you are more than welcome to use a ground chicken, turkey or even pork.

You will find using a leaner meat it can dry out faster when cooking. Feel free to add a little oil to help it not stick in the pan as it cooks.

I also recommend using a meat chopper if you haven’t tried one. It is great for getting the meat all ground up into smaller pieces.

close up view of taco salad in a white bowl

Storing Leftovers

If you have leftover meat you can store it in the fridge for a few days. You will want to store your toppings and salad mix separate or it will break down and sog up if stored altogether.

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Easy Taco Salads

Easy Taco Salads

Yield: 4 Salads
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Quick and Easy Taco Salads are loaded with all your favorite mexican toppings. These are Gluten Free and Low Carb or you can add in a Tortilla and pile high as Tacos.


  • 1 lb. Ground Beef
  • 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1 Head of Iceburg Lettuce
  • 2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Large Tomato Diced
  • 1 Large Avocado Diced
  • 8 oz. Sour Cream
  • 8 oz. of Salsa


    1. Brown Ground Beef in a Large Skillet over Medium High Heat
    2. Drain Fat from the Ground Beef and return to the Pan
    3. In a separate bowl combine the Chili Powder, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Paprika, Cumin, Salt and Pepper
    4. Add in 1/4 Cup of Water and Stir
    5. Pour over ground beef and stir over Medium Heat for 5-7 minutes until Water Evaporates.
    6. Serve over lettuce with cheese, tomato, avocado, sour cream, and salsa.


Prep Ahead Instructions -
Pre-Cook Ground Beef over Medium High Heat. Drain Fat and allow to cool. Add the meat to a large ziploc bag. Add 1/4 cup of water, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Seal tightly and store in the refrigerator till ready to cook.

Cooking Instructions -
Add the contents of the Ziploc bag to a large skillet. Heat until the water starts to boil, reduce heat and cook 5-7 minutes until the water evaporates. Serve over lettuce with cheese, tomato, avocado, sour cream and salsa.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 785Total Fat: 58gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 190mgSodium: 1553mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 8gSugar: 9gProtein: 49g
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