Taco Salad for Dinner

Taco Salad in a tortilla shell bowl filled with spring mix, taco meat, corn, fresh peppers and tomatoes, black beans, shredded cheese and avocados.

Need a new Taco Tuesday Dish?  Check out my Taco Salad.  It’s delicious and an easy dinner idea the family will love.

Taco Salad in a tortilla shell bowl filled with spring mix, taco meat, corn, fresh peppers and tomatoes, black beans, shredded cheese and avocados.

Taco Salad for Dinner

Hello Taco Tuesday!  Or, any day of the week!  Taco salad is easy and scrumptious.  It makes a fantastic dinner and is a super way to mix up the regular taco night.  Check out how I make it.  It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 (wink).

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STEP 1:  We bake our taco shells and mold them into a bowl.  I have a taco shell shaping pan, which I love.  However, you don’t need those pans to create a taco bowl.  If you have the molds = excellent, if you don’t, you will need an oven save bowl or clean empty cans to simply drape the tortilla over.  

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  If you do have the molding pans, spray them with the cooking spray, place the shell in to fit the mold, baste or spray the other side and salt them.  Bake them for 7 to 10 minutes & they are DONE.

If you are using oven safe bowls or clean cans, turn them upside down on a baking sheet.  Spray the outside of them with the nonstick cooking spray.  Lay the flour tortillas over them, baste or spray the other side and salt them.  Bake them for the same length of time.

Let the bowls cool completely before adding the salad.

Step 2:  Make my Magic Taco Meat Recipe!

Taco Salad

Taco Salad in a tortilla shell bowl filled with spring mix, taco meat, corn, fresh peppers and tomatoes, black beans, shredded cheese and avocados.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • ½ cup onions, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper

Instructions

Traditional Taco toppings: shredded sharp cheese, romaine lettuce, diced tomatoes, sour cream, taco sauce, black beans, corn, etc.

Cook the ground turkey in a frying pan; draining off any excess juices. Add the onions and a clove of fresh garlic to the meat & cook until tender, stirring frequently.

Finely chop the spinach in food processor. Puree the tomatoes in food processor.

Add the spinach, pureed tomatoes & spices to the meat mixture. Stir & cook until the spices & other ingredients are evenly distributed & the mixture is hot.

Cut the Fold-its® in half & use each half like a soft shell taco. Fill the center with meet & add your favorite toppings. Enjoy a dinner with fresh vegetables in the mix the kids won’t taste.

FREEZE AHEAD: Double or triple this meat mixture, let it cool, divide it & freeze in plastic freezer bags or other airtight containers. Then on busy nights let it thaw, warm & serve = easy yum!

Notes

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STEP 3:  Prep the salad supplies which include;

  • Prep romaine lettuce or spring mix.
  • Prepare fresh frozen corn; fully thaw it, because it’s already cooked.
  • Bell peppers; wash them, remove the seeds, slice them and dice them.
  • Drain and rinse black beans.
  • Wash and dice tomatoes.
  • Shred sharp cheese.
  • Slice fresh avocados.

STEP 4:  Fill the bowl with the lettuce, top it off with the taco meat, add in some of the fresh veggies and sprinkle cheese on top.

Dressing?  I LOVE Simply Dressed Avocado Ranch on top.  Let me know your favorite in this combo by leaving me a note in the comments below.

The best part of this recipe?  Making the taco meat recipe in advance and freeze it.  Then on a busy night I simply thaw, warm and serve!

Looking for a yummy side Dish? Check out my black rice recipe that’s seasoned and tossed with fresh tomatoes, fresh corn and cilantro = yum, yum!

Black rice with corn kernels, dice grape tomatoes and fresh cilantro served as a side dish in a white bowl

Black Rice with Corn and Tomatoes Link

10 Comments on “Taco Salad for Dinner”

  1. Yep. That’s what I’m talking about….taco salad for dinner. It’s a great idea! This summer my kids are fixing their own dinner. (age, 15 and 11) They can make this. It looks really good!

  2. We love taco salads! Thanks for joining us at the Let’s Get Social Sunday party. Have a wonderful week 🙂 Diane @MamalDiane

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