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Looking for a delicious for your family? How about you make this Taco Salad?  It is a great recipe that you can serve up pretty quickly. It is a great dinner for when you don’t have a lot of time. 

We all know those nights… kids have some sporting event or school activity to get to. Sometimes it seems as if there is just not enough time in the day to fix dinner. It is also hard to find a dinner everyone will like. 

Easy Taco Salad
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This is one of those dinners that will please the kids as well as adults and not take too much of your time to prepare.

Taco Salad

To start, cook the beef.  Once the beef is browned and excess fat is drained off, add in the Taco Seasoning and ½ cup water.  Let that simmer for about ten minutes.

While the meat and taco seasoning are simmering together, you can shred your salad greens, slice up the tomatoes and get the fresh cilantro, olives, cheese ready to go.  If you don’t have fresh cilantro, it’s not a meal breaker.  It’s just nice to add more flavor to the dinner.  I love fresh cilantro!  But we don’t have the fresh cilantro in our backyard herb pot for half of the year due to winter…bummer.  Good news is that spring is almost here and I will be at my local farmers market buying some very soon!  Cilantro has become one of my favorite herbs.  What are your favorite herbs?

Taco Salad Dressing

This salad could be eaten without dressing, but for a little extra zing, we use a delicious taco salad dressing to top it off.  It only has four ingredients, and you can put it together quickly.  Just combine the sour cream (I used light sour cream), Ranch dressing, taco sauce, and Taco Seasoning in a bowl.  Stir until all ingredients are mixed well.  If you prefer a thinner dressing, just add a teaspoon or two of milk.

Taco Salad

To put the salad together, place the chips on the plate first.  We like to use Tostitos Lime Tortilla Chips for this recipe.  Then add the salad greens, cilantro, tomatoes, meat and shredded cheese (and olives and red onion if using them).  Drizzle with some fresh lime juice.  Top with the taco salad dressing and you have a delicious dinner! 

Taco Salad

Taco Salad

5 from 1 vote
Author: Jeannie
Servings: 4


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons taco seasoning
  • ½ cup water
  • 8 ounces dark salad greens
  • 2 cups tomatoes sliced
  • 1 cup taco or cheddar cheese shredded
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro minced
  • 1 lime
  • Sliced olives optional
  • Red onion sliced (optional)
  • Tortilla chips (I used Tostitos Hint of Lime)

Taco Salad Dressing

  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup Ranch salad dressing
  • ½ cup taco sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon taco seasoning


  • Cook beef until browned and drain. Add taco seasoning and water. Let it simmer on low heat while preparing salad ingredients. Stir occasionally.
  • Layer the salad on a dinner plate starting with the tortilla chips, salad greens, tomatoes, beef, cilantro and cheese sprinkled over. Add olives and red onion, if desired. Squeeze some fresh lime juice over the salad.
  • To make the taco salad dressing, combine the sour cream, ranch dressing, taco sauce and taco seasoning in a bowl. Mix well.
  • Drizzle dressing over the salad and serve.

Nutrition information is approximate and is automatically calculated, so should only be used as a guide.

Course: Dinner, Salad
Keyword: taco salad
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About Jeannie

I love to make simple yet delicious dinners. Time with my family is so important to me so I try to make quick and easy dinner recipes most of the time. I also love to bake and my family loves the job of being my taste testers!

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  1. Vicky @ Avocado Pesto says:

    This sounds like a perfect busy weeknight meal! Love cilantro, but have to go with basil as my favorite herb! Happy to host this giveaway with you! Pinning and yumming!

    1. Jeannie Z says:

      Thanks Vicky! Basil is one of my favorites too! Love fresh herbs! Happy to host this giveaway with you too!

  2. Marley says:

    That looks so good 😋😋😋

    1. Jeannie Z says:

      Thanks Marley! I hope you give it a try!