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Nutritional Info
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 545.5
  • Total Fat: 35.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 100.4 mg
  • Sodium: 329.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 4.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.9 g
  • Protein: 31.2 g

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Taco Salad


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Introduction

An easy, fast, and lower fat version of this restaurant favorite. An easy, fast, and lower fat version of this restaurant favorite.

Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
    • 1 package taco seasoning
    • 1 1/2 cup water
    • 2 cups romaine lettuce, shredded
    • 1 large tomato, diced
    • 1 cup shredded reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese (or cheese of choice)
    • 1- 6 oz. package corn chips

Directions

1. In skillet, brown ground beef and drain grease. Mix in water and taco seasoning and simmer, uncovered, until you have desired consistency.



2. Make bed of corn chips on plate, and place meat on top. Cover with tomatoes, lettuce and cheese, and serve.



Makes 5 servings.






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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I rinsed the beef after draining the grease from it before adding the taco packet and lowered the fat content. I have also made it with just chili powder, cumin and a can of rotella and it turned fine. Iwas able to lower the sodium content for myself. Husband loved it. - 4/20/09

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I have been making this recipe for years as I don't like the mess of east regular Tacos. I use crumbled up taco shells, less fat than chips. I add , onions and black olives, no fat refried beans or kidney beans, and no fat sour cream. It then ibecomes a complete mea that we all love. - 4/25/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I make this with ground turkey add more veggies, what ever your preference is and use the whole wheat low carb tortillas to make my own chips. come on people instead of beating up the recipe change it, or just don't make it. sorry if that seems harsh, but some of the comments are harsh. - 4/20/09

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  • Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I added canned pinto beans. This is a good, easy supper. - 4/20/09

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I took this to a group mtg & it was wonderful! I used very lean ground beef & it was very tastey! - 4/24/08

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  • Good
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    ok here it is on weight watchers here salad is 11 points per serving I revised w/ turkey, and baked tortilla chips and eliminated the seasoning packet and put 1 tbsp chili powder and 1 tbsp paprika which made the receipe go down to 7 points.. per serving. I did not add sour cream.. - 4/20/08

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  • Very Good
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I left off the corn chips so that I could have a side of 100 calorie popcorn. - 4/22/09

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This is basically the same recipe I always use. It is very good. But I wouldn't tout it as lower fat. I'm going to rate it as a recipe should be rated - on taste.. Some people out there are not trying to lose weight. It is a very yummy way to have tacos. This recipe is over 1/4lb of beef per peson - 4/21/09

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  • O.K.
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    an interesting way to make a favorite taco salad. Lots of lettuce. Chopped up raw red peppers, so yummy, lean ground turkey, onions, taco seasoning or make ur own w/less sodium like some1 suggested, skip the chips, add a low fat delicious alt. 4 sour cream, a small bit of nonflavored greek yogurt :) - 4/20/09

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I love the taste of fresh tomato but I used lean beef - 10/22/07

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  • Good
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Similiar to my recipe, but with the leanest ground beef or ground turkey. Draining the beef with hot water gets some of the grease out. I add whatever veggies I want whenever it is prepared, good but I consider it a treat, not for everyday. - 4/26/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    family loved them!!! - 10/18/08

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This is a very good meal w/me substituting the meat w/beef flavored TVP (TexturedVegetableProtein), baked tortilla chips & adding some onions! - 10/17/08

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Totally delicious. I'm allergic to tomatoes so I leave them out and it still tastes great AND my kids love it, too!!! - 10/17/08

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I also used ground turkey and fat free sour cream. I used tortilla chips instead of corn chips. My husband loved it! - 4/16/08

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I made this with some changes to cut the fat by tons and calories! I cooked up chopped onions and mushrooms with Morning Stars crumbles with a tiny bit of olive oil. I also used multigrain tortila chips just for dip/scoop purposes, but mostly had on a bed of lettuce. Was very good & good for me!! - 4/15/08

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Had it over the weekend and loved it, but only good for a bit of cheating once in a while, imo due to the calories and fat! - 4/14/08

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I used ground turkey in place of the beef. I also use fat free sour cream as a topping. - 4/11/08

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was great. Ground chicken instead of beef. Baby spinach leaves and spring mesculin mix instead of romaine lettuce. I use taco seasoning by Victorian Epicure, so it is all natural, and has WAY less salt. use marbled cheddar, and homemade salsa. Very yummy, and WAY less fat, salt, and calorie - 4/10/08

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Thsi was great. I used low sodium taco seasoning, and added pinto beans for protein & fiber. I also had multi-grain tortilla chips by Garden of Eatin which I really recommend. - 1/28/08

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I really liked the way that it taste. I think I will have this again and again! LOL - 10/17/07

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I plan to try. - 10/17/07

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    While it may be not appear to be diet food, I still make it on occassion. It's filling and satisfying as a meal. I like to add a heaping tablespoon of sour cream. For me, this is comfort food AND a lot healthier than french fries or other fried foods. - 10/17/07

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  • O.K.
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I used 1/2 lb klean beef and added one can of low fat pinto beans - this reduce the fat and increased the fiber and taste - 10/17/07

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  • I've been making this for years. I am so glad to find it here. Thank you! - 8/7/11

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  • I don't know how many calories, but I did substitute baked chips and no cal dressing. - 2/27/10

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  • This was a good taco salad. Not a lot of work. - 2/20/10

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  • Sounds yummy, can't wait to try it :) - 9/8/09

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    How did this make it as a healthy taco salad. I don't see the healthy side of this. 35 grams of fat in one meal?? - 4/28/09

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I would sub TVP instead of the beef or extra lean ground turkey - 4/22/09

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I would go with ground turkey instead to save on some of that fat for sure and maybe some low sodium taco seasoning but it does sound good. Oh and dont forget the fat free cheese and this could be much healthier. The fat forthis one meal is more then half of my daily max. - 4/22/09

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I THINK THAT THE CARBS AND FAT READINGS ARE REVERSED THERE IS NO WAY THERE CAN ONLY BE 4.5 CARBS WHEN ONE OUNCE OF CORN CHIPS HAS 16 CARBS AND THIS RECIPE CALLS FOR 6 OUNCES - 4/21/09

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I don't see how this could be labed "lower fat" when it has 35.4 grams of fat per serving, not to mention the 545 calories. All the ideas on lowering fat are great, but then wouldn't it be a whole difference recipe that should be listed instead? - 4/21/09

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I appreciate the suggestions listed here to lower the sodium content and make this healthier. I love this kind of thing, but have to be very careful of sodium and fat contents. So thanks folks for all the alternative ideas! - 4/20/09

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I love taco salad. Will take lots of the suggestions to lower the fat and sodium into consideration when I ake it. Just have to be sure not to eat more of it than I should - 4/20/09

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Yum. I love taco salad. - 4/20/09

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    We've been making this for years; however, we use 98% fat free hamburg, add onions, black olives, cherry tomatoes and definitely FAT FREE cheese. We also use a Taco Seasoning packet made by Ortega. I put mine in a bowl while the meat is warm, shake it up and serve it. Great quick meal! - 4/20/09

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This mt favorite, been making it for years.
    Especially when my children were teenagers. - 4/20/09

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    willing to try sound great !!!! - 4/20/09

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  • O.K.
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I substituded ground turkey for the ground beef to cut down on the fat content and use low fat cheese. - 4/20/09

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    yes it sounds good(i love taco salad) But don't u think it would be better with chicken breast instead of beef way less fat and calories and use baked tortilla chips instead of regular ones....there is always ways to eat what u like just with lower fat and calories - 4/20/09

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I've been making this for years. I use ground turkey, add onions when cooking. We also use doritos to kick it up some times. Try using theses add ons to mix things up non fat sour cream, home salsa, green onions, mexican white cheese, hot sauce and beans. - 4/20/09

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  • O.K.
    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Why not cook a yellow onion, a diced green pepper and 2 cloves of garlic in with the meat. I also use lean ground turkey instead. My version is much more flavorful, and heart healthy. I also add a tsp. of cumin. - 10/20/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Instead of using ground beef I used ranch style beans - 10/18/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This is very good! - 10/18/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Love the recipe. Cut the fat then buy extra lean ground meat. I never have grease when I buy it extra lean. - 10/17/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    If you add chicken instead of hamburg and nix the corn chips it works. Love it! - 4/21/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    maybe cut down of the meat nix the corn chips make y'r own w/pita bread, less cheese - 4/20/08

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    love taco salads, this one is simple but goof - 4/20/08

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    My first thought was great a taco salad recipe. As I looked at the ingredients and calories, I had second thought about making this....I will give it a try but I will use ground turkey, my own spices, and baked taco chips. - 4/20/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I would use ground turkey instead of ground beef. I would also use a container of refrigerated salsa instead of the seasoning and tomatoes, etc. It's delicious! - 4/20/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    It seems to make it even lower in fat that you could use ground turkey. I am going to try it! - 4/13/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I didn't make this yet but plan to with the changes that are already on this site.This was one of my favorite meals before the diet. Now I can enjoy it again. Thanks - 4/10/08

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This is making me hungry. It is VERY high in fat. Could wash the beef with water after cooking or use ground turkey. Could cut the amount of meat and add more lettuse or tomatoes. There is always ways to cut the recipes we enjoy. I plan on trying this one. - 4/10/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    You could use ground chicken or turkey and leave out the taco season. Instead use some ground cumin and a little bit of chilli seasoning. Onions. Instead of the corn chips you could use baked tortilla chips instead. That would greatly cut down on everything. - 4/10/08

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  • Good
    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    good Iuse ground deer meat or ground turkey and never use the taco seasoning mix. My family likes it this way it sounds good with spinach and beans. - 4/10/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I LIKE TO PUT REFRIED BEANS ON BOTTOM AND SLICES OF AVACADO AND SOUR CREAM ON TOP - 4/10/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Use ground Turkey... MUCH better than beef and you don't taste the difference. I don't use ground beef in anything that needs it. I always get ground turkey. - 4/10/08

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I make a taco salad like this but I add refried beans to hamburger and about 0.5 cup water,for a taco bowl I take a whole wheat shell and a empty can and form it around it and bake it at 350 for 10-15 min until cripsy so good - 10/23/07

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I love taco salads, but I always use ground turkey and add a can of black beans with the meat and taco seasoning. It makes it much healthier. I also usually use whole wheat tortillas instead of chips. - 10/23/07

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Just reading this has clogged my arteries!! Need to cut some of the fat/cal/chol/sodium for me!! - 10/19/07

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Put browned meat in strainer and pour boiling water over (pan too) to help remove fat. Replace chips with whole wheat tortillas. - 10/19/07

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    sounds great planning on making it soon - 10/18/07

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  • Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    YUM! Lower in fat/cals than getting it at the restaurant! - 10/18/07

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Glad we got a taco salad with less calories great going Ida - 10/18/07

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I have made something similar to this, just add salsa and doritos - 10/17/07

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Want to cut the fat - after browning the meat, wash off all the fat, then add seasoning and water. - 10/17/07

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    i didn't make it yet but i just got it and will be making it this week-end thank-u shellbell27 - 10/17/07

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    When I try this, I'll either bake corn tortillas that have been sprayed with canola oil, or cut that out entirely and put the meat mixture on a bed of lettuce. I'd also add some nonfat sour cream. - 10/17/07

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I would use ground soy otherwise there's no way I could have it. Way too many calories. - 10/17/07

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I use vegetarian Boca Ground Burger and BAKED tortilla chips!!! - 10/17/07

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Instead of ground beef, I used ground turkey and really no difference in taste, at least for me....I use a lot of turkey and chicken, but then my husband and I are really not beef eaters...pork occasionaly....tahnk's for your recipe.. - 10/17/07

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