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Published on September 15, 2020

taco salad on white plate

Recipe: Taco Salad

Traditions stick around because we value them -- this straightforward recipe for taco salad keeps traditions in place, but it also reminds us of steps we can take to enjoy this treat without too much worry about weight-gain. And since it offers a guide for making your own seasoning, it's a keeper.

Taco Salad


  • 1 pound ground beef, cooked through
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning (Note: you can use the recipe for seasoning below. If not, choose a low-sodium prepared seasoning packet.)

For the salad

  • Greens
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Chopped bell peppers
  • Finely chopped jalapeño peppers
  • Chopped red onion
  • Cucumbers
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Black olives (optional)

Dressing options: Walden Farms dressings, fresh salsa or try jalapeno-infused olive oil


  1. Brown your hamburger and add your taco seasoning.
  2. Make your salad with all your fixings.
  3. Top with the taco meat and dressing of choice.
  4. Enjoy! 

Homemade Taco Seasoning


  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (You can use more for a spicier seasoning)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix to combine.
  2. Keep in airtight jar or container. Use about ⅓ cup for each pound of ground meat.
  3. Add about ½ cup of water to the pan after mixing seasoning with cooked and drained beef, turkey or other lean ground meat.

 Source: Avera Medical Group Integrative Medicine Health Coaching Team

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