Spicy Ground Beef Salad Recipe
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Spicy Ground Beef Salad Recipe

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This delicious salad doesn't skimp on or flavor. I make it often, especially on days when I'm pressed for time. My husband, my mother and I all rate it as a favorite. - Natercia Yailaian, Somerville, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 6 cups torn salad greens
  • 1 large tomato, cut into wedges
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • Jalapeno pepper and lime slices, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 201 calories, 14g fat (3g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 283mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 11g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the oil, lime juice, soy sauce, molasses, jalapeno, garlic and ginger; stir into beef. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until heated through.
  3. On a large platter, layer salad greens, tomato, beef mixture and onions. Garnish with jalapeno and lime slices if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Spicy Beef Salad in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p81

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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sfufu User ID: 1574795 83687
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2013

"I tired this recipe and now I make it often. I add cukes and other veggies as well."

doglover1 User ID: 1724018 29081
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2010

"This tastes to me like the lettuce cup appetizers at PF Changs. Very good, I added about an extra Tbsp of lime juice and the zest of two limes. This was very unusual, but very good. I would make this again. I didn't top it with more jalapeno, but left it on the side for my husband. I prefer my jalapeno cooked."

segen User ID: 3371612 29078
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2008

"ohh sometimes we add chicken instead of beef or combine both"

segen User ID: 3371612 83686
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2008

"this is wonderful... we omit the xtra oil added and lime juice"

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