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Family-Favorite Taco Salad

“This lighter, healthier version of classic Southwestern fare is a favorite with my family. I love the fact that it’s delicious and such a fast-to-fix meal on busy weeknights.” Lynne Graves - Faribault, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
  • 6 tablespoons fat-free sour cream, optional


  • In a large nonstick skillet, cook turkey over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomatoes and seasonings; heat through.
  • Divide lettuce among six plates; top each with 2/3 cup turkey mixture, 4 teaspoons cheese and 1 tablespoon sour cream if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 239 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 99mg cholesterol, 551mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.
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  • Damica78
    Apr 17, 2012

    It's quick and easy and healthy. My kids love it. It's something different without having to use taco shells. I make it every other month.

  • hbaseley
    Jun 18, 2011

    Our family did not care for the seasoning blend, however, I would recommend others try this recipe to see if it works for them, since it is easy and healthy. I will try this recipe again, but will try taco seasoning, instead.

  • astadts
    Sep 16, 2010

    This recipe was great because it took no time at all to make. The flavors were yummy and it was nice to not use a tortilla shell and save some calories.

  • hmillay
    Jul 28, 2010

    Tasty! I altered the spices to more closely resemble my own homemade taco seasoning, just as a personal preference. We also threw some diced avocado, scallions and crushed tortilla chips on top with a squirt of lime, and that made this a hearty meal.

  • Granny Grey
    May 27, 2010

    I made this recipe adding some crunched up tortilla chips and everyone in my family love it!! This recipe is definitely going into my recipe box--it's easy and delicious!! A nice and light dinner for summertime!! Thank you to the creator!!