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Easy Beef Taco Salad

This easy beef taco salad recipe is loaded with your favorite taco toppings and has the most delicious 2-ingredient dressing! A total crowd pleaser. 
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword easy beef taco salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 643kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin


  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup salsa


  • 6 cups romaine lettuce chopped
  • 3/4 cup little tomatoes (grape or cherry) halved
  • 1/2 small red onion chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (e.g. cheddar or Tex-Mex blend)
  • 1/2 cup canned corn drained
  • 1/2 cup black beans drained
  • 1/2 avocado sliced/chopped
  • 1 cup Doritos crushed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro chopped (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Add the oil, ground beef, and spices to a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the beef until it's browned and cooked through, stirring occasionally (about 8-10 minutes). There should not be much (if any) fat to drain if you used lean ground beef. Just spoon the excess fat out if needed.
  • While the beef is cooking, start to prep your other salad ingredients, and make the dressing by mixing the sour cream and salsa together.
  • Add the salad ingredients to a large bowl. Once the beef is done, let it cool for a few minutes. Add the beef and Doritos to the salad last (so the Doritos don't get soggy). Toss the salad with the dressing, season with salt & pepper as needed, and serve immediately.


  • Serves 4+ as a main dish and more as a side (like 6+).
  • Want to make the beef spicy? Add in 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
  • Feel free to use ready-made taco seasoning instead of the spices I suggest if you wish.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 643kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 844mg | Potassium: 1232mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 7952IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 360mg | Iron: 6mg