Make-Ahead Taco Salad Cups

Make-Ahead Taco Salad Cups
Photo: Karla Conrad
Prep Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
8 salad cups


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 8 6 inch corn tortillas

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • ½ cup chopped onion (1 medium)

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey

  • 1 8 ounce can no-salt-added tomato sauce

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 4 cup shredded lettuce

  • 12 cherry tomatoes, quartered, or 1 cup chopped tomatoes (2 medium)

  • ¼ cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese (1 ounce)

  • Salsa (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. For tortilla bowls, coat eight 10-ounce custard cups with cooking spray; set aside. Stack tortillas and wrap in foil. Bake about 10 minutes or until warm and softened. Lightly coat both sides of warm tortillas with cooking spray and carefully press into the prepared cups. Bake about 20 minutes more or until golden and crisp. Remove from cups and cool on wire racks.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook until tender, stirring occasionally. Add ground turkey; cook until brown, using a wooden spoon to break up turkey as it cooks. Stir in tomato sauce, vinegar, cumin, and crushed red pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 5 minutes or until mixture reaches desired consistency. Cool completely.

  3. Layer tortilla bowls between paper towels and place in a freezer container with paper towels crumpled around sides to protect the bowls. Transfer turkey mixture to a 1-quart freezer container or bag. Seal and freeze tortilla bowls and turkey mixture for up to 3 months.

  4. To serve, thaw tortilla bowls and turkey mixture in the refrigerator overnight. Fill tortilla bowls with lettuce, turkey mixture, tomatoes, cheese, and, if desired, salsa.


High Fiber

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

385 Calories
16g Fat
34g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 385
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 170mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 18.7mg 94%
Calcium 166mg 13%
Iron 2.9mg 16%
Potassium 826mg 18%
Folate, total 50.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.7mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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