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We’re probably smack in the middle of the hottest time of year right now. In my kitchen, that equals easy, one-pan dinners that avoid the oven and don’t require keeping the stove on for too long. Salads are perfect for checking those boxes, but of course you still need some protein in there to make it a full meal. That’s where this healthy taco salad recipe comes in.
You’ve probably seen taco salads at restaurants before, but in case you haven’t, it’s basically like an enormous Mexican taco in bowl form. No taco shell needed! Unlike most restaurant versions, my healthy taco salad is low carb and gluten-free. Salsa and sour cream stand in lieu of a dressing here, which works out surprisingly well.
Possibly the best part is that the whole thing incorporates just ten ingredients from start to finish. And, it’s on the table in merely twenty minutes. The only cooking involved is browning the ground beef on the stove for ten minutes or less. So simple.
This easy taco salad recipe also makes a generous amount – six large servings to feed even a larger family. But if you don’t need that many, don’t worry. It’s also super easy to adjust it to fewer servings if you need to.
If you have Mexican night at your house, this low carb taco salad will fit right in. When we do it, we often have the typical wraps and tacos (made low carb with my paleo, low carb tortillas) or spicy chicken cheddar nachos.
A taco salad is even easier than those, and it’s still packed with all your favorite Mexican flavors. The smoky seasoned browned beef, juicy grape tomatoes, creamy avocado and sour cream, crispy Romaine lettuce, sharp cheddar cheese, and spicy (or mild!) salsa are all combined to perfection. It’s pretty incredible what complex flavor you get, with multiple tastes in every bite, using so few ingredients. The pre-made taco seasoning and salsa definitely help in that department.
Any salsa variety you like will work great here, and choosing different kinds is an easy way to get creative without adding complexity. Use mild salsa if you want it mellow, spicy if you want a kick, or go outside the box with more unique flavors like green chile or peach. You can totally make your own, too, but salsa is one of those foods that actually has plenty of store bought options without weird ingredients. Just read those labels.
You can easily customize this healthy taco salad to your liking. Feel free to throw in any other veggies you have on hand, or omit anything you don’t like.
To make it paleo, you can omit the cheddar cheese and replace the sour cream with coconut cream and a little sea salt. Either way, you can’t go wrong with a 20-minute all-in-one dinner. Make it tonight and dig in!
Healthy Taco Salad (Low Carb, Gluten-free):
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