Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Hands-on Time
25 Mins
Total Time
25 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 salad)

To help keep the tortillas in the shape of a bowl, keep the ramekins on the pan when you flip the tortillas over, and use them as supports to help prop up the tortilla bowls.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat broiler to high.

Step 2

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add salsa and beans; cook 5 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates.

Step 3

Place 4 (7-ounce) ramekins upside down on a large jelly-roll pan; coat ramekins with cooking spray. Place 1 tortilla over each ramekin; fold down sides to form upside-down cups. Lightly coat tortillas with cooking spray. Broil 2 to 3 minutes on middle oven rack or until tortillas brown in spots. Remove pan from oven; let stand 1 minute. Invert tortillas, propping against ramekins and sides of pan to keep their shape; lightly coat with cooking spray. Broil an additional 2 minutes on middle rack or until browned. Remove from heat; cool slightly.

Step 4

Place tomato, avocado, cilantro, lime juice, and oil in a small bowl; toss gently to combine. Combine sour cream and adobo sauce in a small bowl, stirring well.

Step 5

Divide lettuce evenly among tortilla bowls. Top evenly with beef mixture; sprinkle evenly with cheese. Divide avocado mixture evenly over top; dollop 1 tablespoon sour cream mixture over each serving.

Ratings & Reviews


February 10, 2017
This was surprisingly good!! I added a 4 ounce can of diced green chiles to the meat mixture. The tortilla shells weren't crisp but that was because they started to brown and burn a little right away so they weren't in the oven for the suggested time. i would lower the rack 1 more level next time or buy shells. The sour cream adobo was a great topping.

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November 24, 2016
I love how there is an ad for Miralax "Constipation Help" in the middle of this recipe. Who needs Miralax when you have beans?! :-)


July 21, 2015
Very good and easy. The salsa makes the dish.

Quick and good

July 13, 2015
We bought taco salad shells cuz ain't nobody got time to make the shells. It was really quick and very tasty. 

Easy and tasty!

July 08, 2015
This recipe was great, I don't even like salad (but I'm trying to eat healther) and I loved it!  It also took about 10 minutes to prepare.  Can't get much better than that!

Looks and tastes great

June 29, 2015
What a good idea to do the tortilla shell bowl this way--it worked perfectly.  This was so pretty to look at and tasted very good. When I make it again, I'll add cumin, garlic, and oregano to the meat and bean mixture and because we like foods hot, I'd add a chopped chipotle as a well as the adobo sauce to the sour cream (or Greek yogurt, as I used).  Served with corn on the cob and sliced fresh pineapple.


June 15, 2015
Loved this dish! Even though there are a lot of ingredients, it was easy to prepare.