Quick & Easy Beef Taco Salad for Taco Tuesday!

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This Beef Taco Salad is light, delicious, full of flavor, and is easy to make. Making a taco salad for Taco Tuesday is a great alternative to your weekly dinner menu. This salad will also work great for those warm summer days when you don’t want to be using the oven. 

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Beef Taco Salad

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions; to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required, and to understand the steps and timings involved.

It’s time to ditch the taco meal kit and make this yummy beef taco salad instead!

I’ll be the first to admit it is easy to just grab a box with everything ready for you, but honestly, it’s not that hard to use your own blend of herbs and spices. It means you can really customise the flavor too!

I also find that the hard taco shells in those kits have a habit of snapping really easily and I end up make a salad any way.

Think of this dish as a deconstructed taco. All the fixings are there – black beans, avocado, tomatoes, onion, lettuce, and cheese, and on top, there are crispy tortilla strips that have been baked in the oven. What’s not to love?

You could make the salad and serve it on a platter for everyone to help themselves, or serve all the elements family-style and let each person construct their own taco salad to their liking!

cooked ground beef in a pan on a wooden board

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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Recipe Tips

  • Instead of baking tortilla strips for topping the salad, you could crumble up some tortilla chips or hard taco shells instead.

How Do I Make Beef Taco Salad?

Just check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

Beef Taco Salad Recipe

Ground Beef Taco Salad

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This Beef Taco Salad is light, delicious, full of flavor, and is easy to make. Making a taco salad for Taco Tuesday is a great alternative to your weekly dinner menu.


  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb (450g) lean ground beef (beef mince)
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1½ tsp chipotle powder, divided
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 4 large gluten-free corn tortillas, cut into thin strips
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ head iceberg lettuce, finely chopped
  • 1 large ripe avocado, chopped
  • 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ small red onion, diced small
  • 1 cup frozen sweet corn, warmed
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • ¾ cup Mexican blend cheese, finely shredded


  1. 1.Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and ground beef and season with ground cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, one teaspoon chipotle powder, and onion powder. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine.
  3. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the meat is browned. Break up the beef with a spatula into small chunks while it cooks.
  4. While the beef is browning, arrange the tortilla strips on the prepared baking sheet and brush lightly with one tablespoon of olive oil. Place in the oven and cook for 6-8 minutes until slightly crispy.
  5. Stir the black beans into the skillet with the beef until thoroughly coated with the seasonings. Remove from heat and carefully drain excess fat from skillet and set aside.
  6. Combine the lettuce, avocado, tomatoes, red onion, and corn in a large salad bowl. Sprinkle with remaining olive oil, chipotle powder, and fresh lime juice. Generously season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and toss to combine.
  7. To serve, transfer salad to a decorative serving platter and top with the seasoned beef and black beans, Mexican cheese, and crispy tortilla strips if desired. Enjoy!

    Beef Taco Salad Recipe

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 446Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 207mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 12gSugar: 14gProtein: 15g

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