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Classic Taco Salad

This Classic Taco Salad recipe is made with big leafy lettuce, seasoned taco meat, black beans, diced red pepper, crushed nacho chips and shredded cheese.
Course Side
Cuisine Mexican Inspired
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 467kcal


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 packet taco seasoning, 1.25 oz
  • 2 (9 oz.) packages romaine lettuce
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 16 oz Catalina or french dressing
  • 2 cups crushed nacho chips


  • In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with chopped onion over medium heat. Drain the grease.
  • Add taco seasoning and water per instructions on the packet. Bring the taco seasoning to a boil, then lower the heat to simmer for 5 minutes. Set aside and allow the taco meat to thoroughly cool.
  • Put romaine lettuce in a large bowl. Add chopped red pepper, black beans, crushed nacho chips, half of the shredded cheese, half of the grape tomatoes and all of the taco meat.
  • Pour Catalina dressing over the classic taco salad and toss to coat.
  • Top with the remaining shredded cheese and grape tomatoes. Chill until you're ready to serve. Enjoy!


Calories: 467kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 676mg | Potassium: 472mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 4610IU | Vitamin C: 19.1mg | Calcium: 144mg | Iron: 3mg