Taco Salad

This is definitely more of an American dish than a Mexican dish, but that doesn’t make it any less tasty. You could almost call it a “nacho salad” instead of a taco salad since we used tortilla chips instead of deep-frying a flour tortilla to make a bowl as most restaurants do.  You could just as easily do this with shredded chicken or beef instead of ground beef, it all depends on what you have available.  It is also such a simple dish that it makes for a great weeknight dinner.  There are all sorts of options to change this up, such as using flavored tortilla chips, doing the deep-fried flour bowl, or leaving the chips out completely for a healthier version.  Enjoy.

Taco (or Nacho) Salad
Taco (or Nacho) Salad


  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef
  • 6 tbsp Taco Seasoning
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 1 Tomato – diced
  • 1/2 Jalapeno Pepper – seeds removed and diced
  • 1/2 Poblano Pepper – diced
  • 1/4 Yellow Onion – diced
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Cheese (Mexican Blend, Cheddar, Colby Jack, etc.)
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • 1/4 cup Sour Cream (optional)
  • Sriracha Sauce to taste
Diced Vegies and Shredded Lettuce
Diced Veggies and Shredded Lettuce


In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat.  Add the water and stir in the taco seasoning and continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes until the sauce thickens.  If desired, heat the tortilla chips in an oven at 325 degrees for 5 to 10 minutes, just to get them warm.  Assemble the salad by adding the chips to a plate or bowl, the ground beef, cheese, lettuce, tomato, peppers, and onion.  Drizzle with sriracha and add the sour cream.

Ground Beef with Taco Seasoning
Ground Beef with Taco Seasoning