Easy Beef Taco Salad

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This easy beef taco salad recipe is loaded with your favorite taco toppings and has the most delicious 2-ingredient dressing! A total crowd pleaser. 

Prep Time 15 minutes | Cook Time 15 minutes | Total Time 30 minutes


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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

Dressing:

  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup salsa

Salad:

  • 6 cups romaine lettuce chopped
  • 3/4 cup little tomatoes (grape or cherry) halved
  • 1/2 small red onion chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (e.g. cheddar or Tex-Mex blend)
  • 1/2 cup canned corn drained
  • 1/2 cup black beans drained
  • 1/2 avocado sliced/chopped
  • 1 cup Doritos crushed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro chopped (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Add the oil, ground beef, and spices to a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the beef until it’s browned and cooked through, stirring occasionally (about 8-10 minutes). There should not be much (if any) fat to drain if you used lean ground beef. Just spoon the excess fat out if needed.
  2. While the beef is cooking, start to prep your other salad ingredients, and make the dressing by mixing the sour cream and salsa together.
  3. Add the salad ingredients to a large bowl. Once the beef is done, let it cool for a few minutes. Add the beef and Doritos to the salad last (so the Doritos don’t get soggy). Toss the salad with the dressing, season with salt & pepper as needed, and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  • Serves 4+ as a main dish and more as a side.
  • Want to make the beef spicy? Add in 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
  • Feel free to use ready-made taco seasoning instead of the spices I suggest if you wish.

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