This easy Taco Salad recipe is bursting with bold, satisfying Tex-Mex flavors and layers of fresh, creamy, crunchy textures. It’s beloved by everyone for lunch, easy dinners, potlucks, or parties and is guaranteed to become a repeat favorite. This easy Taco Salad recipe is loaded with common, pantry friendly taco ingredients so you can make it at a moment’s notice: spicy ground beef, crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, hearty black beans, creamy avocados, charred sweet corn, pepper Jack cheese all doused in creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing. You can customize the Taco Salad by using more or less of your favorite ingredients and/or make it healthier by using turkey and baked tortilla chips (instructions included). I’ve also included instructions on how to bake your own tortilla bowls! This Taco Salad recipe is perfect for make ahead entertaining, meal prep, on the go lunches or easy dinners any night of the week.
Taco Salad is often served in tortilla bowls at restaurants. These make a fun presentation and are deceptively easy to make (and healthy baked!), but I don’t suggest using them instead of chips but in addition to chips. You are going to want crunch in every bite and not have to tear your bowl apart as your eating your salad.
Taco Salad will last approximately 3 days in the refrigerator. The avocados should be removed from the salad if they’ve been tossed or else they will discolor and become mushy. The chips should be stored in an airtight container and added to the salad when ready to serve.
The secret to making taco salad ahead of time is to layer the ingredients so they don’t get soggy. This requires a specific order, with the most wet on the bottom. To prep Taco Salad ahead of time, layer the ingredients in the following order:
You will want to store the salad dressing separately and add the chips and avocados just before serving.
This classic Taco Salad can be customized with different options to make it Healthy Taco Salad such as:
You can easily swap the beef for turkey to make Turkey Taco Salad. If you do this, I suggest following the below recipe: