My Taco Salad is a little different than most, there is no big, greasy, deep-fried shell. Instead, I use tortilla chips as a garnish. This was one of the first recipes I concocted after we committed healthy eating about 10 years ago. It’s very filling and has tons of veggies.
There are all kinds of changes and modifications that can be made to accommodate any dietary concerns.
Not Your Average Taco Salad
- 1 lb ground meat of your choice (Beef, chicken, turkey, or pork, or a mixture)
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 1 T. olive oil
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can corn, drained and rinsed (or you can use 1.5 cups of frozen corn)
- 1/4 cup water (or however much the packet tells you to use)
- 2 cups Tortilla chips (I like these flax seed Tortilla chips)
- 2 cups (per person) Salad greens of your choice
With the following ingredients, use as much as you’d like, I prep 1/2 cup-1 cup per person:
- Chopped tomatoes
- Chopped bell peppers (I usually use one red, one yellow, and one orange pepper for color/variety)
- Shredded carrots
- Cucumber slices
- Avocado slices or guacamole, whichever you prefer
- Shredded or crumbled cheese
- Black Olive Slices
- Jalapeno peppers Slices
- Sour Cream or plain Greek yogurt
- Salsa of your choice
- Brown meat, set aside.
- Using any residual fat in the pan, and adding olive oil, cook onions until clear and soft.
- Add meat back to pan, mix in taco seasoning and water. Cook as directed on the taco seasoning packet.
- Add in both cans of beans and corn, cook until heated throughout.
- To plate, on a dinner plate or a big bowl- arrange 2 cups greens, top with 1/4-1/2 cup meat/bean mixture, top with other veggies and 1/2 cup chips and cheese and a dollop of sour cream/sour cream.
- If you NEED dressing, mix a little sour cream or plain Greek Yogurt with salsa or hot sauce and top your salad.
For a vegetarian taco salad- use soy/veggie crumbles instead of meat.
Ok, so pictures with this post because I didn’t think about writing it down until after we had already eaten second helpings. I didn’t think you’d want to see a pic of an empty, dirty skillet.
This recipe is inspired by what I had in the cupboard. I really wanted tacos, but we didn’t have any of the usual fixins’, so I rummaged through the cupboard and the spice rack and here is what I came up with.
If you are wondering why didn’t I just go to the store, or send the Mister…. You mst be new here! I pride myself on being able to use it up, make do, or go without. But a woman should never be denied tacos, or a reasonable facsimile.
Beefy Taco Skillet (serves 6, maybe more)
- 1 lb ground meat (I used beef, but you could use your fav. ground meat)
- 1 can condensed tomato soup +1 can of water
- 1 small tin tomato paste
- 1 can beans, drained and rinsed (I used Sun’s Pinto beans with Jalapeños) Pintos, Kidneys, or black beans would all be good in this recipe
- 1 white onion, diced
- 1 bell pepper, dices (I used red)
- 1/2 cup mushrooms slices (I used fresh, but feel free to use canned, drained and rinsed)
- 2 cups cooked rice (I had leftover white rice in the fridge, but feel free to use brown if you like it better)
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 2 cups shredded Mexican or Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- Sour Cream (optional topping)
- Brown meat over medium heat, breaking it apart as you cook.
- Add chopped veggies. Cook until onions are clear.
- Add beans, soup, tomato paste, and taco seasoning. Simmer 10 minutes, until well combined and bubbling.
- Add rice and stir to coat rice and incorporate into mixture.
- Top with cheese and turn to low. Cover skillet, allowing cheese to melt, about 5 minutes.
- Top each portion with sour cream, as desired.
Serve with Tortillas and a green salad. Despite having a whole can of soup and water in it, it is not soupy at all. Cooking it on medium really tightens it up, especially once the rice is added.
When I make this again, I will be adding more veggies: 2 onions, 3 bell peppers (one red, one green, and once yellow), and 2 cups of corn kernels (probably frozen). I may also omit the can of water and add a can of salt-free diced tomatoes in their own juice. All of these changes will add bulk to the entree without adding too many more calories.
You could also top this with crushed tortilla chips and a little chopped cilantro (I am one of those people who can’t eat cilantro- it tastes like soap and makes my tummy urpy).
Back to school has started for most of us, but by 9/8/16, most teachers will be ready for a little pick me up! Check this pretty long list of folks that qualify for a free taco on September 8th in honor of Teacher Appreciation Day!
While you are checking it out, scroll at the way to the bottom of the page and join the Beach Club. You’ll score a free taco, as well as all sorts of awesome perks through the year (Like free noms for your birthday!).