This is a simple make-your-own taco salad. Both my kids, ages six and two, LOVE this! I have made this both with two boneless chicken breasts and beef. Both are a great hit and so easy. I have also used this for Super Bowl party... they LOVED it!

Recipe Summary

prep:
35 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat until crumbly and no longer pink, about 10 minutes; drain excess grease. Mix in taco seasoning mix and water. Bring the beef mixture to a boil and cook until thickened, about 10 more minutes. Transfer beef to a serving bowl.

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  • Place chopped onion, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, Cheddar cheese, black olives, salsa, jalapeno peppers, sour cream, and corn chips in individual serving bowls. Allow diners to assemble their own salads from the ingredients.

Tip

Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

638 calories; protein 30.1g 60% DV; carbohydrates 36.8g 12% DV; fat 40.5g 62% DV; cholesterol 100.8mg 34% DV; sodium 1611.1mg 64% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2012
I used a homemade taco seasoning mix and V-8 instead of water in the taco meat and homemade salsa and reduced fat sour cream for the salad. This was great for us because each of us could make our salad the way we want it and it's a nice change up from your typical taco night. I made mexican rice and refried beans to go with. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/11/2013
The taste is fantastic. I use low sodium taco seasoning unsalted chips and half the black olives. Read More
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44 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 30
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2012
I used a homemade taco seasoning mix and V-8 instead of water in the taco meat and homemade salsa and reduced fat sour cream for the salad. This was great for us because each of us could make our salad the way we want it and it's a nice change up from your typical taco night. I made mexican rice and refried beans to go with. Read More
(59)
Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2012
Ahhh, someone after my own heart! Have done this since I moved away from home four decades ago with leftovers from Build Your Own Taco meals. Many who I serve to don't like taco seasoning so opt to use plain ground meat instead. Besides ground beef or chicken try pork because it's tasty too. And simply 'must' add diced avocado that has been tossed in lemon or lime juice and some fresh chopped cilantro to the ingredient list too Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2012
I love having 'assemble your own taco salads' for dinner! It puts less work on me trying to remember who likes what, and I find that my little guy (or any kids for that matter) will eat more if he makes it the way he wants it. Super simple and fun! :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2013
I have been making this for many years now but instead of using corn chips I make taco shell bowls out of burrito sized flour tortillas and serve it with taco sauce on the side like a salad dressing. Just use oven safe small bowls (soup size works best) invert them on a cookie sheet (only 4 will fit each sheet) spray them very lightly with oil and place a tortilla over each bowl. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 - 10 minutes. Let cool for about 2 minutes then remove the shell from the bowl and continue to cool a few more minutes on a rack. The tortillas will take on the shape of the inverted bowl while baking. They are light and crispy and I think taste much better than corn chips. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2013
This recipe is absolutely delicious! Tried it tonight and I love it. My wife loves it and grown-up kids and their families love it too. I had forgotten all about this recipe over the years. Thank you for posting it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2012
I love this for its ease and taste! The Ground Round restaurant used to make one just like this and serve it in a giant edible shell.Wonder if I can find a recipe for those. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/24/2012
This is a wonderful build it like you like it dinner. I made this for just us but it would be easy to scale for a large crowd and great for a party food. As it is it's the perfect summer night dinner when you don't want to heat up the kitchen cooking a lot and don't want a heavy hot meal. I used tortilla chips and didn't have shredded cheese so I just used a can of condensed spicy cheese soup heated up. I did top my salad with some homemade guacamole as well. This is easy to customize to what you have on hand and suit to personal preferences. Great summer recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/10/2013
The taste is fantastic. I use low sodium taco seasoning unsalted chips and half the black olives. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2013
The original recipe for this came out in the 70's I believe and I think it was published by the folks who introduced Catalina salad dressing - the dressing the original recipe calls for using. It is delicious on it! Also French and 1000 Island. And the original recipe also uses a can of drained kidney beans. We like black beans or Ranch style. Such a great recipe! I never buy taco seasoning...usually just add what I have on hand garlic powder cumin chili powder all the things in taco seasoning anyway - and less expensive. You can also add salsa to the meat after it is browned. Doing that with tacos also helps your meat to bind together and not fall out. Read More
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