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Healthy Taco Salad

I love quick, healthy and tasty meals. This Healthy Taco Salad made with spiced lean ground beef is exactly that! Packed with protein, this layered taco salad recipe is gluten free and uses a homemade seasoning blend.

layered healthy taco salad in a bowl with fresh limes and avocado in the background


Salads can most definitely be made into a hearty meal. This Healthy Taco Salad boasts grass fed beef as its protein and a homemade spice blend to keep it simple.



This dinner staple can be on the table in under thirty minutes and your family WILL be wanting seconds.

layered healthy taco salad in a bowl with fresh limes and avocado in the background

I love salads for dinner! Typically they are the super healthy variety like this curried quinoa salad, for instance.

Today’s Taco Salad still has some healthy components but it’s honestly a tad on the indulgent side, especially when you have 2 helpings like someone I know (me) or 3 helpings like someone else I know (Joe).

I guess it’s fair to say we truly enjoyed this meal. 🙂

layered healthy taco salad in a bowl with fresh limes and avocado in the background


Meet my Taco Salad! That was meant to sound like “meet my millionaires!”  Millionaire Matchmaker, anyone? Besides taco salads, another indulgence of mine is trashy reality TV … I know I’m not alone … Right?

The protein in my taco salad was lean grass fed beef but if you want to lighten it up feel free to try ground turkey or chicken. The key here is to make up your own taco seasoning. It’s quite easy and you probably have all of these spices in your cupboard.

I’ve made this seasoning before with my Mexican Spiced Brown Rice Bowl. It’s tried and true, has no strange additives like the store bought version and you (or your family) will never know the difference. Adjust the heat to your liking. I find my blend to be spicy but not too much so.

Healthy fresh salad garnished with salsa, cheese and avocado


The base and crunch of the salad were these amazing chips from Neal Brothers.

They have flax seeds in them!


Taco chip bag

Start with a bit of oil in your saucepan and saute up a clove of garlic.

Garlic is the BEST!

knife with minced garlic on the blade

Then pop in your lean beef.

Once the beef has been browned, add in your taco seasoning and a touch of water, give it a good stir and simmer. That’s it!

Here’s a taster for the chef. 😉

hand holding a loaded taco chip

My salad was a layer of chips, shredded romaine lettuce, then the seasoned beef, grated cheese, salsa and 1/2 of an avocado.

Joe also adds a dollop of sour cream – Greek yogurt could be a healthier swap for that!

Healthy fresh salad garnished with salsa, cheese and avocado


If you are looking for a meal the whole family will enjoy, look no further! Make it a Taco Salad night at your house and have everyone build their own with a variety of toppings.

This beats Taco Bell any day of the week.

Healthy fresh salad garnished with salsa, cheese and avocado



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*Originally posted September 13, 2016. Updated June 5, 2020*


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Healthy Taco Salad

Sharon Rhodes
I love quick, healthy and tasty dinners. This Taco Salad is exactly that! Packed with protein, this gluten free recipe uses a homemade seasoning blend.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 211 kcal



  • Heat olive oil in medium saucepan.
  • Saute garlic until soft, probably less than 1 minute
  • Add in beef, season with sea salt & pepper and saute until completely cooked through and browned.
  • Add taco seasonings and water and stir well. Bring to a quick boil, reduce heat and simmer on low for 5 minutes.
  • Assemble your salad with your toppings of choice. I layer with chips, lettuce, beef, salsa, avocado, cheese.


Calories: 211kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 25gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 177mgPotassium: 536mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1798IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 5mg
Keyword dinner recipes, gluten free recipe
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salad topped with spiced beef and shredded cheese with a bowl of fres limes and avocacdo in the background

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  1. No, you’re not alone with trashy TV! I love Millionaire Matchmaker. Patty is such a bitch but it’s kind of hilarious.

    This taco salad looks perfectly satisfying. I may have to make it with some faux veggie crumbles! I try not to eat them often because they’re so processed but this looks like a good excuse. 🙂

    1. Oh Patty … we love to hate her 🙂 I do prefer the Housewives, however. I hear ya with the faux meat. I’ve tried some but they are a bit of a chemical cocktail. Maybe try seasoning some organic, non GMO tofu?