Quick Taco Salad


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!

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
8 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef chuck

  • 2 envelopes taco seasoning mix

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 cups green leaf lettuce, shredded

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar/Monterey Jack cheese blend

  • ½ cup chopped black olives

  • 2 cups salsa

  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped (Optional)

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1 (10.5 ounce) bag corn chips (such as Fritos®)


  1. 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.

  2. 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.


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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

638 Calories
41g Fat
37g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 638
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g 52%
Saturated Fat 16g 78%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 1611mg 70%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 11mg 57%
Calcium 253mg 19%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 654mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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