Ground Pork Taco Salad Recipe
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Ground Pork Taco Salad Recipe

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Even with my family's busy schedule, I enjoy cooking from scratch. We love this easy taco salad made with ground pork. If I don't fix it often enough, they ask for it. —Sherry Duval, Baltimore, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound ground pork or beef
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 10 cups torn romaine
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup Western salad dressing
  • Tortilla chips, crushed
  • Sour cream and guacamole, optional

Nutritional Facts

2 cups (calculated without chips sour cream and guacamole) equals 493 calories, 30 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 90 mg cholesterol, 1106 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 28 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook pork over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the taco seasoning, beans and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; cool for 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the romaine, tomatoes, onion and cheese. Stir in pork mixture. Drizzle with salad dressing and toss to coat. Sprinkle with chips. Serve immediately with sour cream and guacamole if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Taco Salad in Taste of Home June/July 2010, p38

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed May. 2, 2014

"Overall, was a big hit!"

Reviewed Mar. 7, 2014

"This was a big hit even though I forgot to put in the western salad dressing and serve it with sour cream. I did use canned diced tomatoes in place of fresh. I stayed the juices then added them to the meat mixture."

Reviewed Jun. 19, 2013

"This is very good. I modified the recipe slightly. I used ground beef and added avocado and fresh corn. the dressing I used was Marie's Chipotle Ranch and it was delicious and a little spicy. I am not sure what Western dressing is, I did not see that type at the store."

Reviewed Sep. 5, 2010

"We couldn't find "Western" salad dressing at our grocery store, so we used "California" salad dressing instead and this was AMAZING! I was asked for the recipe by many different people :)"

Reviewed Sep. 1, 2010

"I have made a version of this Taco Salad for years. The only difference is we do not cook the Kidney beans, just toss them in with the other ingredients. We mix everything except the meat together and put the meat on the bottom of the plate, then pile up the salad ingredients. Use Thousand Island dressing. This is a fast and excellent dinner. Yum...need to make it soon!"

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