Hearty Ground Beef Salad Recipe
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Hearty Ground Beef Salad Recipe

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In Wexford, Pennsylvania, Ruth Carter relies on this hearty salad for a quick dinner on busy workdays. “My husband likes the spicy Southwestern flavor and it’s a favorite of mine, too.” TIP: Try serving this flavorful twist on taco salad rolled up in a flour tortilla topped with guacamole, chopped fresh tomatoes and diced sweet onions.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:2 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1/3 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup V8 or tomato juice
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Dash salt
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sliced ripe olives, drained, optional
  • Tortilla chips, optional

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups (prepared with reduced-sodium V8 and reduced-fat cheese; calculated without olives or tortilla chips) equals 339 calories, 13 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 57 mg cholesterol, 609 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 30 g protein.


  1. In a skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the kidney beans, V8 juice, chili powder, sugar and salt; heat through.
  2. Divide lettuce between two salad bowls or plates. Top with beef mixture. Sprinkle with cheese and olives if desired. Serve with tortilla chips if desired. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Ground Beef Salad in Cooking for 2 Summer 2006, p37

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Reviewed Sep. 21, 2014

"This was pretty good. A bit on the mild side. I think next time, instead of the tomato juice, I will make sure to have V-8 on hand or even snappy tom. Needs more chilli powder for my taste, or a shake or 2 of tobasco. but over all, a good starter recipe to work off of and make your own. I also added some sliced avocado on the side."

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