Trim Taco Salad

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Craving tacos but eating healthy? Try my Trim Taco Salad recipe! Served on a bed of crispy romaine lettuce, with just enough dressing and tortillas to satisfy.

healthy taco salad in bowl


With a lot of 93% lean ground beef in the fridge, left over from the Guilty Pleasure Pepperoni Pizza Breadsticks I made a few days ago, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to make for lunch today. 

I was starving, and Mr. W and Em were restless and impatient.  Tacos sounded delicious!!!  But, I am eating healthy, so how about a Trim Taco Salad?  Even more fantastic!  Made over a bed of lettuce and Roma tomatoes with just enough dressing and tortillas to satisfy.  That is the perfect healthy lunch for us. We also love this pear and arugula salad with parmesan cheese.

Trim Taco Salad

Now, if you have it in your budget, I recommend using 96% lean ground beef. The calories are lower and the fat is remarkably lower!

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Trim Taco Salad

Donna Elick
Craving tacos but eating healthy? Try my Trim Taco Salad recipe! Made on a bed of lettuce, with just enough dressing and tortillas to satisfy.
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine Mexican
Method Mixed, Stovetop
Servings 1


  • 4 ounces 93% lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon Mrs Dash SW Chipotle seasoning
  • 3 cups romaine hearts, chopped (approximately 4 ounces)
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, ripe-chopped (approximately 6 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons reduced fat ranch dressing, I used Kraft-Light Done Right Ranch
  • 1/2 ounce tortillas, crushed with your hands
  • 1 tablespoon 2$ milk reduced fat Mexican four cheese blend, I used Lucerne from Safeway


  • Preheat a small non stick skillet over medium high heat. Lightly sprinkle with salt. When hot, add the beef and seasoning mix. Cook the beef, breaking into small-medium sized chunks as it cooks. About 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Meanwhile, place your lettuce, tomatoes, chips and ranch in a bowl and toss well to coat.
  • Pour salad mixture onto a large serving plate, add beef mixture. Garnish with a few reserved chip pieces and the cheese. Serve immediately.

Donna’s Notes

VARIATION FOR PICKY EATERS: I served the beef mixture over Peppered Baked Brown Rice then added the crushed tortilla chip, sprinkled the cheese and added 1 tablespoon of hot sauce. That was Mr. W’s lunch and he was tickled pink!!
This recipe serves 1. Double, triple, quadruple or whatever. I made 2 pounds of the ground beef mixture. Then served 3 ounces of the cooked meat for each person.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 453cal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 592mg | Sugar: 10g | Fiber: 9g | Calcium: 378mg | Iron: 8mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published July 2011.

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  1. We have taco salad for dinner at least once a month here ๐Ÿ™‚ its so delicious and can be healthy as you've shown here! My favorite dressing is to take a little sour cream (1-2T) and mix it with 1/4 c salsa. Creamy salsa dressing ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. My husband would love this but I'm not sure I could be so well behaved! I like my taco covered in cheese, sour cream and wrapped in a fried tortilla! I need to follow your example ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I'm forever making tacos. This would be such a nice change of pace. Thanks for suggesting it, Donna. I'm definitely looking forward to it.

  4. This looks great, Donna. I have taco salad on the menu for next week. Now, I'm thinking about making it sooner than that!

  5. I think I know what we are going to have for dinner tonight. This looks delicious and I really want to give your recipe a try. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  6. Mmmm I love Roma tomatoes.They are so plump and juicy.And what a great combination you made with other ingredients.I am sure they compliment each other and make the palet happy:)Greta recepie.

  7. Taco salad is such a favorite of mine but, I always feel guilty eating it. I love this lighter version. You still have all the yummy stuff.

  8. This sounds refreshing and perfect for a summer lunch! Love those colors on your salads.

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  9. our family loves tacos and taco salad is one of our favorite things to do. It is just so great and light and fun. Wonderful post and pictures

  10. HI, I just became your newest follower…and special fan of yours! What a FANTASTIC blog! I've benn all over it copying recipes all morning! Thanks for all the great food….yum!

  11. 5 stars
    This is such a great compromise. I love taco salad but hate how unhealthy they can be, this is the best of both worlds. All the ingredients go together so well, its delicious! I will be making this one as a weekly dinner!

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