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Good For You Weeknight Recipe: Healthy Taco Salad

July 18, 2010


People ask me all of the time for healthier versions of recipes, and this is one of my all-time favorite main-dish salads. This Healthy Taco Salad recipe has only 184 calories, 4 grams of fat and 19 carbohydrates per serving. It’s so easy starting with a homemade taco seasoning blend for the beef and homemade baked corn tortilla strips. This recipe can also be gluten-free substituting gluten-free tortillas and gluten-free salsa. Enjoy for a simple, healthy weeknight dinner.

Healthy Taco Salad

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
3 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1 Cooking spray
11/4 teaspoon paprika, divided
3/4 pound extra lean ground beef
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup water
6 cups iceberg lettuce
3 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup salsa
4 tablespoons nonfat Greek yogurt
1 Avocado (optional)
1 For Gluten-free option, purchase gluten-free tortillas and gluten-salsa
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut each tortilla into 8 wedges and arrange wedges in a single layer on a baking sheet. Coat wedges with cooking spray and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon paprika. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp. Let cool.

2. In a large nonstick skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in chili powder, remaining paprika, cumin, garlic powder and salt, mixing well. Add 1/2 cup water. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally or until water has evaporated.

3. On each of 4 individual serving plates, arrange lettuce. Top evenly with ground beef, tomatoes, onion and tortilla wedges. Top with salsa, Greek yogurt, and avocado, if desired.


6 Responses to “Good For You Weeknight Recipe: Healthy Taco Salad”
July, 19 2010at 09:20 am
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July, 20 2010at 09:26 am
Yes, this is the perfect healthy taco. We love non fat greek yogurt for everything over here. xo
July, 20 2010at 09:29 am
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Christine says:
July, 19 2010at 09:12 am
Thanks so much for the idea -- we're going to have this tonight for dinner. We have a biz day and I was just thinking 'what to make' when your email popped into my inbox! Sounds delish!
Nisha says:
July, 18 2010at 03:54 pm
Hey Alison, this looks fabulous! I'm not a huge fan of ground beef, but I love taco salad. This is going on the menu plan next week. Thanks :)
Ethan says:
February, 21 2011at 09:10 pm
I love taco salads and knowing it's good for me is a bonus:) This looks great Alison! p.s. avocado is never optional ;)

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