Ground Beef Fajita Taco Salad

Here's a great-tasting taco salad with tons of flavor. It's worth the extra-effort to make your own dressing.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

Creamy Guacamole Dressing

1
medium ripe avocado, pitted, peeled and cut into chunks
1/4
cup sour cream
3
tablespoons milk
2
tablespoons lime juice
2
tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2
tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon ground cumin
1/8
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)

Salad

2
teaspoons vegetable oil
2
medium bell peppers, cut into bite-size strips
1
medium onion, cut into thin wedges
1
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1
package (1 oz) Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix
2/3
cup water
6
cups torn romaine lettuce
1
medium tomato, chopped (3/4 cup)
1
cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
2
cups crushed tortilla chips (about 4 oz)

  • 1 In blender, place all dressing ingredients. Cover; blend on medium speed 30 seconds or until smooth. Pour into small bowl. Cover; refrigerate until serving time.
  • 2 In 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook bell peppers and onion in oil 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Remove vegetables from skillet; set aside.
  • 3 In same skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Add taco seasoning mix and water; heat as directed on package.
  • 4 Place 1 cup lettuce on each of 6 plates. Top with beef mixture, vegetables, tomato, cheese and chips. Serve with dressing.

Expert Tips

If the dressing is too thick, thin it with a little additional milk.

A ripe avocado will be relatively firm, but will give to gentle pressure when squeezed.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
470
(
Calories from Fat
280),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
31g
31%
(Saturated Fat
10g,
10%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
75mg
75%;
Sodium
890mg
890%;
Total Carbohydrate
25g
25%
(Dietary Fiber
5g
5%
  Sugars
5g
5%
),
Protein
21g
21%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
100%;
Vitamin C
45%;
Calcium
15%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 3 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.