Easy Taco Salad Recipe for a Quick Dinner!

 This quick and easy taco salad recipe is perfect for weeknights. The meat is also good for tacos, burritos, or nachos!

This quick and easy taco salad recipe is perfect for weeknights. The meat is also good for tacos, burritos, or nachos!

Today is my birthday, and I’m proclaiming that I deserve a day off. That’s why I’m dusting off this oldie but goodie and pretending like it’s a new recipe. The old photos were so unappetizing that it’s been shoved to the back of the vault for a while, so it’s practically new. I’ve been making taco salad this way for years and years, and it was one of the first recipes I shared with you here on The Weary Chef. It deserves to be shown off!

This quick and easy taco salad recipe is perfect for weeknights. The meat is also good for tacos, burritos, or nachos!

Not only does this recipe make for tasty and healthy taco salad, the leftover meat can be used in tacos, burritos, or nachos. This easy taco salad recipe is great for nights when you are in a hurry because you can get it on the table in about 20 minutes. I make my own taco seasoning mix now, but you can use a packet of taco seasoning instead if you prefer. I hope you enjoy this fun, quick, and easy dinner!

This quick and easy taco salad recipe is perfect for weeknights. The meat is also good for tacos, burritos, or nachos!
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This quick and easy taco salad recipe is perfect for weeknights. The meat is also good for tacos, burritos, or nachos!

15-Minute Taco Salad

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This easy weeknight dinner can be on the table in about 15 minutes, and it’s fun and delicious!

  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x

Ingredients

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  • 12 ounces mixed baby greens
  • 11/4 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 packet taco seasoning mix (or make your own)
  • 14 ounces red kidney beans canned, drained
  • 14 ounces whole kernel corn canned, drained (or 1/2-c. frozen corn)
  • 14 ounces petite diced tomatoes canned, drained (use Rotel if you like spicy)
  • corn chips
  • salsa I like Herdez brand
  • sour cream optional
  • grated Mexican cheese blend optional

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, brown and crumble turkey over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.
  2. When turkey is almost done, add seasoning mix, beans, corn, and tomatoes. Simmer 8-10 minutes.
  3. To serve, place a bed of lettuce in each large salad bowl. Top with meat mixture, crushed corn chips, and desired toppings (salsa, sour cream, grated cheese).

Notes

You can substitute 1 pound of diced boneless, skinless chicken breasts for the ground turkey.

  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Mexican

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Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.

15 comments

L_L
7 years ago

I have mad early this so many times. You cannot go wrong!!!

Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files
9 years ago

Oh this recipe took me back to when I was little. One of our weekly dinners, which happened to be my favorite, was taco salad night! Where then, there was more chips than lettuce ;) Nowadays, I have swapped those too. I love the addition of corn in yours…gonna have to try it out next time around!

Andi
9 years ago

I love taco salad too. I don’t even usually put chips in mine or maybe just a couple. There is enough flavor in the other ingredients, but it is nice to have that crunch! Thank you, Meg :)

Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet
9 years ago

I hope you had an amazing day off! And hope your birthday was wonderful! My favorite recipes are always the oldies!

Andi
9 years ago

Thank you, Nancy! I of course ended up working that night, but at least my post was done for the day ahead of time. I hope you are having a good weekend!

Beth
9 years ago

Happy belated Birthday Andi!! You deserve more than just one day off :)

Andi
9 years ago

Thanks so much, Beth! :)

Sherri@The Well Floured Kitchen
9 years ago

Happy Birthday!! Hope you are having a wonderful day! I love that you are dusting off old recipes, especially taco salad because it’s the best!

Andi
9 years ago

Thank you, Sherri! It was a good day, and today I went out to lunch and the nail salon with a friend. The birthday just keeps coming! :)

Melanie | Melanie Makes
9 years ago

Happy, happy birthday, amazing Andi! Hope your boys spoil your rotten! And I laugh as I’m sitting here enjoying a taco salad for lunch today. Great minds think alike!

Andi
9 years ago

Thank you, Melanie! I bet you make a mean taco salad!

Kacey @ The Cookie Writer
9 years ago

Happy Birthday, Andi! This looks awesome! I feel you with the photos. Sometimes certain foods are just harder to capture.

Andi
9 years ago

Thanks so much, Kacey! :)

Liz
10 years ago

So many nice recipes. Thanks so much.

Andi
10 years ago

You are so sweet. I need to retake the photos on this one, but it tastes really good!

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