Mexican Taco Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | dynamite #TexMex #salad with spicy #groundbeef, #pintobeans, #cheese & tortilla chips. Great for summer potlucks. #glutenfree

Mexican Taco Salad

April 30, 2013Teresa

2013 – Gluten Free Living

This is a wonderful Mexican Taco Salad recipe where the beans are cooked with the meat mixture before tossing with the salad. It is quite tasty. I’ve made a few substitutions from the original recipe, such as sharp cheddar cheese instead of Velveeta, and pinto beans instead of kidney beans but I’ve left the original recipe intact so you can make it either way.

Mexican Taco Salad is quick, easy and a delicious main dish entree for your family. It’s completely satisfying in itself but it’s also great with cornbread or corn muffins, or Quick Sourdough Bread. I also served it with Chunky Homemade Guacamole! This recipe calls for French or Catalina Dressing so I made up a batch of my homemade Easy French Dressing to serve with it.

Years ago (like 30), I belonged to a young mother’s group which met every month for a time of encouragement, prayer, and Bible study. We brought our kids and we always had a nice potluck luncheon afterwards where all of us would try out new and favorite recipes on one another. The host home came up with the main dish idea and everyone else brought sides and desserts.

Pam Branch brought this delicious salad recipe one time and I’m so glad I asked her for the recipe. It’s really a healthier version than some Taco Salads that use packaged taco seasoning. Because I’ve switched cheeses from processed Velveeta cheese to sharp cheddar cheese it’s also made with less preservatives and other fillers. I collected several great recipes from those gals when we were meeting together, and this is just one of them.

We love Mexican Taco Salad and believe your family will enjoy it too. It’s a healthier version than most taco salads, gluten free, and while your family will enjoy this recipe for regular meals it’s festive enough for company and potlucks, too.

When I initially published this recipe in April 2013, it was just before I started using my Canon camera. I had made this for a new mom and while my pictures weren’t bad, they weren’t crisp and clear either. I’ve been remaking all my first year blog recipes to get better pictures and this one came up for remake this past week (June 2016). We had friends over for dinner who are moving to Florida next week. I served this salad along with Santa Fe Enchiladas, Chunky Homemade Guacamole and Easy French Dressing. It turned out great.

I do have a recommendation if you are making this salad and you are not going to eat it all in one sitting: Leave the meat and tortilla chips off the salad and add them to individual servings. This way the salad will stay fresher in the refrigerator a few days and the chips will not get soggy from the meat mixture.

Mexican Taco Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | dynamite #TexMex #salad with spicy #groundbeef, #pintobeans, #cheese & tortilla chips. Great for summer potlucks. #glutenfree

Mexican Taco Salad is so very tasty. I substituted pinto beans for the Kidney beans in the recipe because I didn’t have kidney beans on hand. I actually liked them better with pinto beans (which are a staple here in Texas).

Mexican Taco Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | dynamite #TexMex #salad with spicy #groundbeef, #pintobeans, #cheese & tortilla chips. Great for summer potlucks. #glutenfree

Doesn’t this look marvelous? The beef and bean mixture is very tasty. Serve with a side of Chunky Homemade Guacamole and with Easy French Dressing.

Mexican Taco Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | dynamite #TexMex #salad with spicy #groundbeef, #pintobeans, #cheese & tortilla chips. Great for summer potlucks. #glutenfree

Here’s a close up of the salad so you can see the Easy French Dressing I spooned on top. Mexican Taco Salad is pretty easy to make. This is a great main dish entree for summer time when you are trying not to heat your house by having the oven on.

Here’s what I did.

Mexican Taco Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | dynamite #TexMex #salad with spicy #groundbeef, #pintobeans, #cheese & tortilla chips. Great for summer potlucks. #glutenfree

I used these ingredients plus salt and chili powder. A friend has a garden down the street and I tossed in some fresh swiss chard.

Mexican Taco Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | dynamite #TexMex #salad with spicy #groundbeef, #pintobeans, #cheese & tortilla chips. Great for summer potlucks. #glutenfree

Brown ground beef. I use 93 or 97% lean which has so little fat I rarely have to drain ground beef. Add diced onion and saute. 

Mexican Taco Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | dynamite #TexMex #salad with spicy #groundbeef, #pintobeans, #cheese & tortilla chips. Great for summer potlucks. #glutenfree

Add kidney or pinto beans, salt and chili powder.

Mexican Taco Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | dynamite #TexMex #salad with spicy #groundbeef, #pintobeans, #cheese & tortilla chips. Great for summer potlucks. #glutenfree

Stir to combine and cook over medium heat approximately 10 minutes.

Mexican Taco Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | dynamite #TexMex #salad with spicy #groundbeef, #pintobeans, #cheese & tortilla chips. Great for summer potlucks. #glutenfree

Measure four cups of chips in a quart measure. Then crush the chips with your hands. Set aside. You may or may not want ALL of the chips in the salad.

Mexican Taco Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | dynamite #TexMex #salad with spicy #groundbeef, #pintobeans, #cheese & tortilla chips. Great for summer potlucks. #glutenfree

While beef and beans are cooking prepare the rest of the salad: Toss lettuce into a salad bowl. Any kind of lettuce will work. Add chopped tomatoes, diced bell pepper, cucumbers, cheddar cheese, crushed tortilla chips and meat mixture.

TIP: Do not add chips or beef mixture to salad if you’re not going to eat all of it right away. This will prevent the lettuce and chips from getting soggy and spoiling prematurely.

Mexican Taco Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | dynamite #TexMex #salad with spicy #groundbeef, #pintobeans, #cheese & tortilla chips. Great for summer potlucks. #glutenfree

This is a great main dish meal any time of the year, but it’s perfect for hot summer days when you don’t want to heat up your house.

Mexican Taco Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | dynamite #TexMex #salad with spicy #groundbeef, #pintobeans, #cheese & tortilla chips. Great for summer potlucks. #glutenfree

Serve with Easy French Dressing and Chunky Homemade Guacamole, as desired.

Mexican Taco Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | dynamite #TexMex #salad with spicy #groundbeef, #pintobeans, #cheese & tortilla chips. Great for summer potlucks. #glutenfree

Here’s a serving of Mexican Taco Salad with Easy French Dressing.

Mexican Taco Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | dynamite #TexMex #salad with spicy #groundbeef, #pintobeans, #cheese & tortilla chips. Great for summer potlucks. #glutenfree

Doesn’t this salad look amazing? I have to admit I love taco salads. I really enjoy eating the crunchiness of the tortilla chips even though they aren’t the healthiest food item in the world! Sit down to a plate of this delicious salad and you will have a filling and completely satisfying hearty main dish meal. Serve for lunches or suppers.

Here’s the recipe.

MEXICAN TACO SALAD

(Recipe adapted from Pam Branch, when we attended First Baptist Church Indian Rocks, Largo, FL)

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Delicious Tex-Mex salad using cooked ground beef, onions, and beans with seasonings on top of a bed of lettuce greens, tomatoes, cheese and crushed tortilla chips. Serve with Easy French Dressing.
Mexican Taco Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | dynamite #TexMex #salad with spicy #groundbeef, #pintobeans, #cheese & tortilla chips. Great for summer potlucks. #glutenfree
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Mexican Taco Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | dynamite #TexMex #salad with spicy #groundbeef, #pintobeans, #cheese & tortilla chips. Great for summer potlucks. #glutenfree
Instructions
  1. Brown beef and drain.
  2. Add onion, cook until tender.
  3. Add beans and seasonings.
  4. Cover and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  5. Combine remaining ingredients.
  6. Add meat mixture.
  7. Mix lightly.
  8. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: You can add ½ cup olives, if desired.

NOTE: While Velveeta cheese provides a nice texture, you can also use sharp cheddar cheese, sharp taco cheese blend, or habanero cheese depending on the heat you want in the recipe.

NOTE: If you are not going to be eating the salad in one sitting, serve the chips and meat mixture on the side. That way the chips and lettuce will not get soggy and spoil prematurely.

NOTE: This recipe originally calls for the French Dressing to be tossed with the salad ingredients and then served.

© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

 

[b]Mexican Taco Salad[/b]
Recipe Type: Salads and Salad Dressings
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from Pam Branch when we attended First Baptist Church Indian Rocks, Largo, FL
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 8
Delicious Tex-Mex salad using cooked ground beef, onions, and beans with seasonings on top of a bed of lettuce greens, tomatoes, cheese and crushed tortilla chips. Serve with [url href=”http://cantstayoutofthekitchen.com/2013/04/29/easy-french-dressing/” target=”_blank” title=”easy french dressing”]Easy French Dressing[/url].
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground chuck
  • 6 cups shredded lettuce (I used 2 10-oz. bags romaine plus 4 leaves Swiss Chard)
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes (I use 4-6 Romas)
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 cucumber scored with a fork and sliced
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 16-oz. can kidney beans, drained, rinsed, dried (I used Pinto beans)
  • 4 cups tortilla chips (measured then crushed)
  • ½ cup French or Catalina dressing (I used [url href=”http://cantstayoutofthekitchen.com/2013/04/29/easy-french-dressing/” target=”_blank”]Easy French Dressing[/url])
  • 8-oz. Velveeta cheese, cubed (I used sharp cheddar cheese)
Instructions
  1. Brown beef and drain.
  2. Add onion, cook until tender.
  3. Add beans and seasonings.
  4. Cover and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  5. Combine remaining ingredients.
  6. Add meat mixture.
  7. Mix lightly.
  8. Serve immediately.
Notes
You can add ½ cup olives, if desired.[br][br]While Velveeta cheese provides a nice texture, you can also use sharp cheddar cheese, sharp taco cheese blend, or habanero cheese depending on the heat you want in the recipe.[br][br]If you are not going to be eating the salad in one sitting, serve the chips and meat mixture on the side. That way the chips and lettuce will not get soggy and spoil prematurely.[br][br]NOTE: This recipe originally calls for the French Dressing to be tossed with the salad ingredients and then served.
Mexican Taco Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | dynamite #TexMex #salad with spicy #groundbeef, #pintobeans, #cheese & tortilla chips. Great for summer potlucks. #glutenfree

This salad is so tasty. It serves about 6-8 hearty appetites as a main dish.

Mexican Taco Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | dynamite #TexMex #salad with spicy #groundbeef, #pintobeans, #cheese & tortilla chips. Great for summer potlucks. #glutenfree

Here’s a close up so you can see the texture.

Mexican Taco Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | dynamite #TexMex #salad with spicy #groundbeef, #pintobeans, #cheese & tortilla chips. Great for summer potlucks. #glutenfree

Some people prefer Ranch dressing. You can use oil and vinegar if you are trying to watch what you eat. 

Mexican Taco Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | dynamite #TexMex #salad with spicy #groundbeef, #pintobeans, #cheese & tortilla chips. Great for summer potlucks. #glutenfree

This lovely, festive salad is great for potlucks if you can warm the meat prior to mixing and then toss to serve. The original recipe calls for the dressing to be added with all the other ingredients as well. 

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Mexican Bean Taco Salad

Mexican Bean Taco Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | fabulous #TexMex #salad is perfect for Cinco de Mayo or other summer holiday fun. #glutenfree

Chicken Fajita Salad

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

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Print Recipe
Mexican Taco Salad BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
Delicious Tex-Mex salad using cooked ground beef, onions, and beans with seasonings on top of a bed of lettuce greens, tomatoes, cheese and crushed tortilla chips. Serve with Easy French Dressing.
Mexican Taco Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | dynamite #TexMex #salad with spicy #groundbeef, #pintobeans, #cheese & tortilla chips. Great for summer potlucks. #glutenfree
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Mexican Taco Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | dynamite #TexMex #salad with spicy #groundbeef, #pintobeans, #cheese & tortilla chips. Great for summer potlucks. #glutenfree
Instructions
  1. Brown beef and drain.
  2. Add onion, cook until tender.
  3. Add beans and seasonings.
  4. Cover and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  5. Combine remaining ingredients.
  6. Add meat mixture.
  7. Mix lightly.
  8. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: You can add ½ cup olives, if desired.

NOTE: While Velveeta cheese provides a nice texture, you can also use sharp cheddar cheese, sharp taco cheese blend, or habanero cheese depending on the heat you want in the recipe.

NOTE: If you are not going to be eating the salad in one sitting, serve the chips and meat mixture on the side. That way the chips and lettuce will not get soggy and spoil prematurely.

NOTE: This recipe originally calls for the French Dressing to be tossed with the salad ingredients and then served.

© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

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