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Easy Taco Salad

Easy Taco Salad Recipe is an easy and healthy-ish salad the whole family will love. Made with grounf beef, fresh corn, black beans, and topped with spicy Doritos and a creamy southwest dressing. You'll love this easy and classic dinner that works as a side or main dish!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: Mexican/Tex-Mex, Tex-Mex
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 1016kcal
Author: Nikole Berg


Taco Meat

  • 2 teaspoons mild flavored oil such as vegetable or canola or cooking spray on a nonstick skillet
  • 1 pound lean ground beef such as ground sirloin
  • 1 poblano pepper chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Easy Taco Seasoning or 1 package store bought
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper or to taste


  • 2- 11 ounce bags romaine or iceberg lettuce or a mix of the two
  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheddar pepper jack, or Mexican blend cheese
  • 1-2 avocados diced or sliced; optional
  • 3 cups crushed Doritos Spicy, Nacho Cheese or Cool Ranch

Salad Dressing

  • ¼   cup bottled salsa such as Pace (not chunky style)
  • ½ cup ranch dressing bottled or homemade
  • ¼ cup  sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice


  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook chopped poblano pepper and garlic until soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Increase heat to medium high. Crumble ground beef into pan. Add taco seasoning and cook until browned and no longer pink.
  • Add drained black beans and corn to beef mixture. Cook over medium heat until heated through.
  • Add lettuce to a large salad bowl. Top with taco meat, cheese, avocado, tomatoes, and crushed chips.
  • Drizzle dressing over and serve immediately.

Salad 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.


  • This Easy Taco Salad is best with a heartier lettuce such as iceberg or romaine. I like to combine the two and add a few leaves of green or red leaf as well. Feel free to use the bagged version, or tear your own.
  • Not into black beans? Swap out with whatever your favorite is…pinto, navy, kidney. If you prefer to leave the beans out all together, then add about half a pound more of ground beef.
  • Does ground turkey work well as taco meat? Yes, it does. I use it all the time in place of ground beef.
  • Doritos not your thing? No problem. You can leave them out. Many different varieties of chips will work like corn tostada chips, Fritos (any flavor) or just plain croutons!
  • The dressing works great as a dip too!


Serving: 6servings | Calories: 1016kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 63g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 1388mg | Potassium: 882mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 771IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 349mg | Iron: 4mg