Easy Ground Beef Taco Salad Recipe
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Easy Ground Beef Taco Salad Recipe

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Every time I have to bring a dish to a party, friends ask for my taco salad. Even players on my son's football team ask for it. —Lori Buntrock, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
Featured In: Your May Meal Plan
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 envelope reduced-sodium taco seasoning
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 medium head iceberg lettuce, torn (about 8 cups)
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups lightly crushed nacho-flavored tortilla chips
  • 1/4 cup Catalina salad dressing

Nutritional Facts

1-2/3 cups: 416 calories, 27g fat (12g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 830mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Stir in taco seasoning and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 4-6 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Cool slightly.
  2. In a large bowl, toss lettuce with cheese. Top with beef mixture and chips; drizzle with dressing and toss to combine. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Easy Ground Beef Taco Salad in Taste of Home April/May 2015, p24

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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swinny User ID: 1858482 261007
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2017

"Good. I used ground turkey instead and it was fine!!"

mother of 3 User ID: 1726536 226018
Reviewed May. 7, 2015

"Hubby didn't eat it enthusiastically & I couldn't find a healthful version of Doritos, so did without."

Orbs User ID: 7287623 225733
Reviewed May. 1, 2015

"I made this for dinner and substituted Morning Star Crumbles for the ground beef.

I added small white beans and mandarin oranges. Thanks, Lori for the quick and easy recipe."

toolbarsco User ID: 6725667 225128
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2015

"Wow--this recipe is so easy and versatile. We added sliced olives, chopped green onion, fresh diced green peppers and fresh diced tomatoes. You can add whatever you have available. I liked the suggestion of adding black beans. When I was growing up we often used Catalina dressing, and I forgot how much I loved it! Thanks, Lori, for good memories and easy prep."

srkrueger5874 User ID: 8274973 225027
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2015

"This was quick to make and very good."

bde User ID: 3703036 224836
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2015

"I add diced tomatoes, diced bell pepper and a drained can of kidney or black beans when I am fixing this for "fancy". If you like it a little spicier, hold back some of the taco seasonings and mix them into the dressing...I use Thousand Island if I'm out of the other two. Also, try Cool Ranch Taco Chips!"

KarenKeefe User ID: 2062961 224830
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2015

"I used ground turkey and also added one can of diced tomatoes with green chilis. easy and delicious!"

youarewrong User ID: 1566398 224826
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2015

"This is the way I have been making taco salad for years and we love it. I have used both Catalina dressing and French dressing. I think we prefer the French but it depends which I have on hand. I also always add chopped onions since we love onions. Have also added tomatoes."

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