Weeknight Taco Salad is a staple on American dining tables and restaurants due to its simplicity and combination of great flavors with a little healthy lettuce! Ground beef, seasoned with Mexican seasonings on a crisp bed of lettuce with a tangy dressing!
I serve this Mexican taco salad as a quick, one-dish-dinner on a busy weeknight! The prep time is minimal and clean-up is a cinch! If you have leftover seasoned ground beef, store it in the fridge and have easy leftovers in a minute!
Here's what you'll need:
The star of the dish is the seasoned ground beef. You'll need: onion, chile powder, ground cumin and enchilada sauce. If you want, you can add a little salsa to the beef as well.
How to Make Taco Salad
Saute onion in a tablespoon of oil; Add ground beef and cook until browned thoroughly; drain;return meat and onions to skillet; add seasonings; cook 15 minutes
Serve over crisp greens
- Meatless: add black beans, corn and avocado
- "Fajita": include seasoned beef or chicken strips "fajita beef or chicken" with an array of peppers.
Chipotle Salad Dressing
The chipotle dressing is a simple combination of a ranch-style dressing mixed with canned chipotle peppers packed in Adobo sauce.
Combine your favorite ranch dressing with one or two chipotle peppers and a little of the Adobo sauce. Taste for your individual spice preference! Make the dressing as spicy as you want by adjusting the amount of chipotle peppers!
Weeknight Taco Salad
- 1 lb. ground beef
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ cup red enchilada sauce
Chipotle Ranch Dressing
- 1 chipotle pepper chopped
- ½ cup ranch style salad dressing
- In a heavy bottom skillet, add oil and onions; saute on medium heat until onions are semi-tender
- Add beef; cook beef until there is no visible pink; drain beef and onions in colander and return to skillet
- Add remaining ingredients to beef/onion mixture; cook until mixture has thickened a bit
- Taste for seasonings; plate over lettuce and garnish with cheddar cheese, tomatoes, avocado, cilantro and/or tortilla chips
- Chop chipotle pepper
- In a small bowl, combine ranch dressing and chopped pepper; season with salt to taste
- Drizzle over salad
- To add beans or corn; drain first, then add to meat/onion mixture