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Healthy Taco Salad

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Stove Top/Counter Top
  • Cuisine: Mexican


A healthier version of a Dorito Taco Salad!!  So easy and delicious – perfect for hot summer nights!




  • Cook ground beef in large cast iron skillet.
  • Drain any excess grease.
  • Add taco seasoning and 1/2 cup tomato sauce.  Simmer 10 minutes.
  • In large bowl add shredded lettuce, tomatoes, crushed chips (just use your hands to crush them) and cheese (if using).
  • Add cooked taco meat on top.
  • Mix well.
  • To make the Taco Dressing combine the remaining tomato sauce with the ketchup and taco sauce. Stir to combine.
  • Serve salad immediately with Taco Dressing on the side (people can spoon as much as they like over top their salad) and any black olives or avocado/guacamole.
  • Serve excess chips in a small bowl so people have extra!


  • Leftovers: While leftovers or good, this is definitely a meal that is better when fresh. The crushed taco chips and ice berg lettuce will get a little mushy overnight in the fridge.
  • Cheese: of course you can always use regular cheese or goat cheese if you prefer and/or aren’t allergic or sensitive to it.
  • Paleo Version: This recipe is Paleo-Friendly.  Make sure you are using grain-free chips with clean ingredients (like this one), omit the cheese (dairy-free or otherwise) and when you are making your Taco Salad Dressing + Seasoning make sure you are checking ingredients.
  • Gluten-Free Version: This recipe is Gluten-Free Friendly.  Make sure you are using grain-free chips with clean ingredients (like this one) and make your own Taco Salad Dressing + Seasoning (recipes linked in ingredient list).

Keywords: healthy taco salad, taco salad