Easy Taco Salad

home + family recipe Mar 01, 2022
Easy Taco Salad

Easy Taco Salad

Originally published Feb 26, 2014

Hungry for dinner, but don't have a lot of time? Well, this family favorite can be ready in a snap. And better yet, this recipe is even easy to make ahead and freeze. I try to keep the ingredients for this meal in my pantry and freezer at all times.

I was originally introduced to this meal about 12 years ago. I tell you “breaking bread” with friends is a great way to get new recipe ideas. Like most meals I've received, we've adapted it to work for our family. You'll have to let me know if you make any fun new changes to this recipe (or any others) that we should try.

This meal is very healthy and even diet-friendly. I used it when I was on Weight Watchers. They loved the recipe when I shared it with them. But don't worry, it's also hardy, and even a non-dieter will love it!!

If you are watching what you eat be sure to use lean, ground turkey and skip the extra chips and cheese.  Other than that, enjoy as the rest of us will!

So, be sure to try my Easy Taco Salad! & let me know what you think!!

Ground Beef & Veggie Stew

*This is a very healthy, easy meal, and a family favorite! It is also an easy, freezer meal! Serves: 4-6


  • 1 lb. ground meat (turkey or beef)
  • 1 12oz jar of salsa (chunky or whatever your favorite is)-I use a 16oz jar and it’s still good!
  • 1 can of corn, drained
  • 1 can of kidney beans, drained & rinsed (you could use black beans)
  • 1 bag of shredded cheese
  • Lettuce, torn apart for salad
  • Tomatoes, chopped
  • Chips (to crunch on top) or taco shell bowl
  • Optional: Avocado, extra salsa, olives, cilantro, or sour cream for topping. 


  1. Ground meat until cooked through
  2. Add jar of salsa and the cans of corn and beans to the cooked meat.
  3. Cook until everything is hot, just a few minutes
  4. Turn heat off and crumble some chips into the mix and add some cheese
  5. Stir mixture; the chips will start to absorb some of the moisture
  6. Place lettuce in individual salad bowls or in taco shell bowl
  7. Top lettuce with meat/bean mix, then toss some tomatoes and cheese and a few extra crumbled chips on each salad bowl
  8. You can add whatever other favorite taco toppings you would like — I like black olives & avocado!


I try to keep meat in the freezer and all the canned and jarred foods in the pantry. This meal is really easy to throw together.

If you want it to be a make-ahead or freezer meal, you simply pre-brown your meat. Let it cool, then put it in a ziplock with the jar of salsa, canned corn & kidney beans. I double-ziplock it and put the bag of cheese in the outer ziplock (not in with the other ingredients). Just toss it in the freezer.

When you pull it out to thaw, just make sure you have lettuce, tomatoes, chips & avocados on hand and ready. All you have to do is warm it in a skillet, and you are good to go!

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