Taco Salad

Recipe from

Real Simple

Nutritional Information

Calcium 190 mg
Calories 417
Caloriesfromfat 49 %
Carbohydrate 31 g
Cholesterol 67 mg
Fat 23 g
Fiber 10 g
Iron 5 mg
Protein 27 mg
Satfat 7 g
Sodium 1142 mg


2 corn tortillas
2 tablespoons canola or olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
12 ounces ground round or extra-lean ground beef
1 cup jarred chunky-style salsa
1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
8 cups chopped romaine lettuce (about 10 ounces)
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 cup light sour cream
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar (2 percent milk)
1/2 small avocado, thinly sliced
2 green onions, thinly sliced (1/4 cup)


Preheat oven to 350° F. Brush the tortillas on both sides with 1 teaspoon of the oil and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-wide strips. Place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle evenly with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and the chili powder and bake for about 12 minutes or until crispy. Meanwhile, over medium heat, cook the beef in a large nonstick skillet. Stir in the salsa and beans and keep warm over medium-low heat. Combine the lettuce, cilantro, and tomatoes in a large bowl. Whisk together the lime juice and the remaining salt and oil and toss with the lettuce mixture. Place the lettuce mixture in 4 shallow bowls. Place the warm beef mixture over the lettuce and top with the sour cream, Cheddar, avocado, green onions, and tortilla strips.

Maureen Callahan,

Real Simple

June 2004
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