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Tasty Layered Taco Salad

My 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. —Elissa Dougherty, Babylon, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings (1 cup each)


  • 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 shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • Tortilla chips


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

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  • Leggs45w
    Oct 21, 2016

    It was a very easy recipe to follow and it turned out GREAT ! I toasted the tortilla chips in the oven for a couple of minutes and finished it off with a bottle of Moscato. So good !

  • Angel182009
    Sep 29, 2016

    Great for parties!! I love how easy this is to throw together.

  • homeeconomist
    Jul 2, 2014

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

  • ebramkamp
    Feb 27, 2014

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

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    Apr 23, 2013

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    Nov 14, 2012

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    Nov 9, 2010

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  • mommyonfire
    Jul 23, 2010

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