Restaurant-Style Taco Salad


Everyone's favorite Mexican dish is equally delicious in salad form. The tortilla cups are the perfect choice for an edible bowl to hold the cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and taco sauce.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
6 main-dish servings


  • 6 purchased tortilla cups*

  • 8 ounce lean ground beef or uncooked ground turkey

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 15 ounce can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 8 ounce jar taco sauce

  • ¾ cup frozen whole kernel corn, thawed (optional)

  • 6 cup shredded leaf or iceberg lettuce

  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 large green sweet pepper, chopped (1 cup)

  • ½ cup thinly sliced green onions (4)

  • 1 medium avocado, pitted, peeled, and chopped (1/2 cup)

  • ¾ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (3 ounces)

  • Dairy sour cream (optional)


  1. Prepare tortilla cups, if necessary; set aside. In a medium saucepan cook ground beef and garlic until beef is brown. Drain off fat. Stir in kidney beans, taco sauce, and, if desired, corn. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a very large bowl combine lettuce, tomatoes, sweet pepper, and green onions. To serve, divide lettuce mixture among the Tortilla Cups. Top each serving with some of the meat mixture and avocado. Sprinkle with cheese. If desired, serve with sour cream. Makes 6 main-dish servings.

    Restaurant-Style Taco Salad


*If tortilla cups are not available, prepare cups using flour tortillas. Lightly brush 1 side of six 9- or 10-inch flour tortillas with a small amount of water or slightly coat with nonstick cooking spray. Coat six small oven-safe bowls or six 16-ounce individual casseroles with nonstick cooking spray. Press tortillas, coated sides up, into prepared bowls or casseroles. Place a ball of foil in each tortilla cup. Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until light brown. Remove the foil; let tortilla cups cool. Remove cups from the bowls. Serve cups immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

412 Calories
18g Fat
45g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 412
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 632mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 43.7mg 219%
Calcium 222.1mg 17%
Iron 4.7mg 26%
Potassium 748mg 16%
Folate, total 76.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*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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