Your Favorite Taco Salad {Vintage Recipe Redux} | The Good Hearted Woman
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Favorite Layered Taco Salad

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Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Keyword: taco salad
Author: Renée ♥ The Good Hearted Woman


  • 4 cups Favorite Lettuce or Salad Greens chopped
  • 1 pound Favorite Ground Meat (e.g., chicken, turkey, beef, veggie crumbles)
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups Favorite Cooked Beans
  • 5 ounces Favorite (Tex-Mex friendly) cheese grated
  • 2 1/2 medium tomatoes cut in wedges
  • 1/4 cup sliced olives for garnish
  • 6 ounces Favorite Flavored Tortilla Chips crushed (don't go crazy)

Tomato Sauce (Or substitute 1 cup of your Favorite Salsa)

  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Favorite Chili Powder (e.g., Chipotle, New Mexico, etc.)
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 1/2 medium tomato chopped


  • Saute ground meat, chopped onion in large skillet over medium heat, until meat is browned and onions are soft. 
  • Add salt and beans and heat through. Remove meat mixture from pan and set aside. 
  • In medium skillet, combine Sauce Ingredients (e.g., tomato sauce, salt, chili powder, chopped onion and tomatoes). Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Allow to cool before proceeding. 
  • In a large salad bowl, layer lettuce, crumbled tortilla chips, meat mixture, sauce, and grated cheese. Repeat. Garnish with tomato wedges, sliced olives, and whole tortilla chips. 


Serve with our delicious Original Taco House Fiesta Dressing {CopyCat Recipe}!
I like to use the Sauce layers to sort of "seal the salad," which I do by smoothing it down over the meat mixture with a spatula or the back of a large spoon. As in more traditional layered salads, this step seems to keep the lettuce crisper longer. 
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