Make-Your-Own Taco Salad

Enjoy this Mexican taco salad made with ground beef, beans and avocados - your flavorful hearty dinner!

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 6 hr 25 min
  • Servings 12

Ingredients

2
pounds lean ground beef
1
large onion, chopped (1 cup)
2
envelopes (1 1/4 ounces each) taco seasoning mix
2
cans (15 1/2 ounces each) pinto beans, drained
2
cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
1/4
teaspoon pepper, if desired
12
cups shredded lettuce
4
cups corn chips
4
medium tomatoes, chopped (3 cups)
2
medium avocados, pitted, peeled and chopped
3
cups shredded American or Cheddar cheese (12 ounces)
1 1/2
cups salsa

  • 1 Cook beef and onion in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat about 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until beef is brown; drain.
  • 2 Spray 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Mix beef mixture, taco seasoning mix, beans, tomato sauce and pepper in cooker.
  • 3 Cover and cook on low heat setting 6 to 8 hours.
  • 4 To serve, place lettuce and corn chips on individual plates. Top each with beef mixture, tomatoes, avocados, cheese and salsa. Beef mixture will hold on low heat setting up to 4 hours.

Expert Tips

In the (unlikely!) event there is any beef mixture left, bring it home and refrigerate it for lunch the next day. Reheat the beef mixture, wrap in a flour tortilla and serve with fresh toppings.

If ripe avocados aren't available, take along two containers of purchased guacamole instead.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
505
(
Calories from Fat
250),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
28g
28%
(Saturated Fat
11g,
11%
),
Cholesterol
70mg
70%;
Sodium
1240mg
1240%;
Total Carbohydrate
42g
42%
(Dietary Fiber
12g
12%
),
Protein
31g
31%
;
% Daily Value*:
Iron
30%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 2 Vegetable; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.