Tasty Layered Taco Salad Recipe
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Tasty Layered Taco Salad Recipe

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This colorful and attractive salad looks very appealing when layered in a trifle dish. It can be used as a main dish or side. I've even served it at potlucks.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 2 medium ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 4 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 5 green onions, chopped
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • Tortilla chips

Nutritional Facts

289 calories: 1 cup, 21g fat (11g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 559mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 13g protein .


  1. In a small skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in water and taco seasoning. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Cool slightly.
  2. In a small bowl, mash avocados with onion, garlic and lemon juice. In a 3-qt. glass bowl, layer with beef, avocado mixture, lettuce, olives, tomatoes, cucumber, green onions, cheese, salsa and sour cream. Serve immediately with chips. Yield: 12 servings (1 cup each).
Originally published as Layered Taco Salad in Taste of Home April/May 2010, p17

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 Jul. 2, 2014

"Well liked by everyone. I made each person their own bowl, considering their preferences (cheese type and salsa heat)."

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2014

"Fantastic salad. This is great for potlucks or large family gatherings. Serve it with tortilla chips and everyone will be delighted."

Reviewed Jul. 23, 2010

"This is wonderful! Great dish to make for company as well. So many of my friends have requested this recipe. Wonderful!"

kathy sutton
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2010

"when i first made this recipe, my husband thought i made to much. as it turned out i barely made enough. it is so good, he almost ate the whole bowl himself. also, i made mine with ground turkey."

Reviewed Apr. 1, 2010

"This was the best taco salad we have ever had. It is a lot like a glorified 7-layer dip. The only thing to note is that it makes a lot, and is not nearly as good the second day because you can't really re-heat the meat separately and the lettuce gets soggy. I would recommend cutting it down to the number of servings you need, or invite people over to help you eat it when it's fresh. Other than that, it was fantastic! We will definitely make it again."

Reviewed Mar. 27, 2010

"I love it so much now this is my favorite meal."

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