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Ground Beef Taco Salad

Salads like these are the perfect all-in-one dinner to serve on busy weeknights.

This Ground Beef Taco Salad is healthy and one of our favorites! Ground beef is browned with onions and garlic. Once cooked, kidney beans, tomato and spices are mixed in. Lettuce and crushed tortilla chips are topped with the ground beef mixture for a delicious salad idea.

It’s a healthy dinner that can be on the table in less than 30 minutes!

Ground beef taco salad on a white plate with a fork beside it.

An Easy Salad With Ground Beef

  • It’s an easy all-in-one dinner that keeps dirty dishes to a minimum.
  • Not only is it budget-friendly, it’s also easily adaptable with ingredient variations.
  • No need to cook the ground beef separately, which makes this recipe super easy.
  • This is a great way to eat more veggies as they’re mixed right in with the taco beef.
  • This meal is healthy and flavorful.
Bowls of recipe ingredients including, bowl of shredded lettuce, raw ground beef, kidney beans, chopped tomatoes, chopped onion, spices, salsa, and sour cream.

Recipe Ingredients

GROUND BEEF: Lean ground beef is sauteed with onion and garlic until it’s browned. Using lean or extra lean ground beef will eliminate excess grease that needs to be drained before adding other ingredients.

VEGETABLES: Yellow or white onions and minced garlic are sauteed with the ground beef. Tomatoes are added at the last minute of cooking. Shredded lettuce is the perfect crispy base for the salad.

BEANS: A can of red kidney beans is the perfect addition to this meal. However, most varieties of canned beans will also do! Black beans, white kidney beans, chickpeas and lentils would all be a great substitution.

TOPPINGS: Fresh salsa and sour cream are the perfect additions just before serving.

Four images of a metal pot: first with raw ground beef, spices and onion. Second with kidney beans and chopped tomatoes added in. Third with cooked ground beef, beans and tomatoes mixed together. Fourth is white plate with lettuce, crushed tortilla chips and taco beef mixture.

How To Make Ground Beef Taco Salad

This salad is easy to prep, simple and delicious.

  1. Brown the ground beef with onions and garlic.
  2. Add spices, salsa, beans and tomatoes according to the full recipe below.
  3. Assemble chopped lettuce and crushed tortilla chips on a plate.
  4. Top with ground beef mixture, salsa and a dollop of sour cream.

Storing Leftovers

The leftover cooked ground beef mixture should be stored separately in an airtight container. Lettuce and tortilla chips will turn soggy if stored together. Keep chopped lettuce in a separate air-tight bag or container.

Cooked ground beef taco mix can be stored in the fridge up to 4-5 days. Leftovers also freeze really well – add to freezer bag, remove air, seal tightly and freeze up to 3 months for maximum freshness.

Close up side angle of salad with ground beef, lettuce, tortilla chips and sour cream.

Recipe Substitutions and Variations

  • Substitute ground beef for ground chicken or turkey for a lighter meal.
  • Use black beans, white kidney beans, chickpeas, or lentils instead of red kidney beans.
  • Try kale, spinach or mixed greens in replacement of romaine lettuce.
  • Skip the sour cream and add more salsa to avoid dairy.
  • Add hot sauce just before serving for a spicier kick.
  • For more fresh toppings, you can serve with guacamole or sliced avocados, lime juice, and shredded cheese.
Looking down at taco ground beef salad with sour cream and fork.

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Ground Beef Taco Salad

Ground beef is browned with onions and garlic. Once cooked, kidney beans, tomato and spices are mixed in. Lettuce and crushed tortilla chips are topped with the ground beef mixture for a delicious salad idea.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a pan over medium-high heat, add a bit of cooking oil and saute the onion and garlic 1-2 minutes. Until onion turns translucent.
    Pot with sauteed onion and ground beef.
  • Add in the ground beef and spices (chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt). Break apart the ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Drain any excess grease.
    Two images of a pot: first with raw ground beef, spices and chopped onion. Second with cooked ground beef and onions mixed together.
  • Stir in ½ cup of salsa.
    Two images of a pot: first with salsa on top of cooked ground beef. Second with salsa mixed into ground beef and wood spoon.
  • Add tomatoes and kidney beans. Mix in and cook until warmed through, about 2-3 minutes.
    Two images of a pot: first with kidney beans and tomatoes on top of cooked ground beef. Second with ingredients mixed together.
  • Add 2 cups lettuce to each serving plate. Top with 1 cup crushed tortilla chips.
    White plate with chopped lettuce and tortilla chips.
  • Add 1 cup of ground beef mixture.
    White plate with lettuce, crushed tortilla chips and ground beef mixture.
  • Top with 2 Tbps salsa, 1 Tbsp sour cream, and any other toppings you like. Serve and enjoy!
    White plate with taco salad ingredients and a fork.

Recipe Notes:

The leftover cooked ground beef mixture should be stored separately in an airtight container. Lettuce and tortilla chips will turn soggy if stored together. Keep chopped lettuce in a separate air-tight bag or container.
Nutrition
Sodium: 938mg | Calcium: 208mg | Vitamin C: 8mg | Sugar: 6g | Fiber: 10g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Calories: 618kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Fat: 22g | Protein: 27g | Carbohydrates: 79g | Iron: 5mg

Please note these nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands and ingredients you choose, and your preferred portion sizes.

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