Easy Taco Salad Recipe is a quick and flavorful weeknight dinner that the whole family can enjoy! This version is made with iceberg lettuce, ground beef, tomatoes, corn, chipotle peppers, avocado and a creamy salsa-ranch dressing. This recipe won’t disappoint when the Tex-Mex cravings hit, but you’re in the mood for lighter fare.
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes
Yield:4 servings 1x
For the taco meat:
2 teaspoons mild flavored oil such as vegetable or canola, or cooking spray on a nonstick skillet
1 1/4 pounds lean ground beef, such as ground sirloin
½ cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
2 tablespoons pureed chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, alternatively- finely diced peppers and add some of the adobo sauce to the meat
1 heaping teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
¼ teaspoon pepper or to taste
For the salad:
One head iceberg lettuce, washed, dried and torn into bite sized pieces. Substitute romaine if you prefer.
2 ears fresh corn on the cob, kernels removed
1 large tomato, diced
2 cups shredded cheddar, pepper jack, or Mexican blend cheese
1 avocado, diced
3 cups crushed tortilla chips, or fry your own tortilla strips
For the dressing:
¼ cup bottled salsa, such as Pace (not chunky style)
½ cup ranch dressing (bottled or homemade)
¼ cup sour cream
2 tablespoon chopped cilantro
Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook onions and garlic until soft, about 5 minutes.
Increase heat to medium high. Crumble ground beef into pan and cook until browned and no longer pink.
Add chipotle pepper puree, cumin, salt and pepper. Stir to combine evenly. Let simmer over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Divide the lettuce among 4 dishes.
Top lettuce with taco meat, cheese, avocado, corn and tortilla chips.
Drizzle dressing over and serve immediately.
For the dressing:
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Cover leftovers in a tightly fitting container and store in refrigerator for one to two days.
Nutritional information provided is an estimate and doesn’t include dressing.