Fiesta Taco Salad


1 small head of lettuce, torn into small pieces

2 fresh tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup green bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey

1 small onion, chopped

1 (15.5-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained

3/4 cup salsa or taco sauce

baked tortilla chips, crumbled

additional salsa as desired

  1. Wash and prepare fresh vegetables.
  2. Put lettuce in a large bowl. Add tomatoes and green bell pepper.
  3. Brown meat and onion in a frying pan coated with cooking spray. Drain off the liquid.
  4. Mix meat, beans, and salsa. Add to the salad mixture.
  5. Serve with additional salsa and crumbled, baked tortilla chips.
  • Always thaw meat in the refrigerator and never on the counter.
  • Wash hands and everything that comes in contact with raw meat in hot, soapy water before touching other ingredients, equipment and work places. This avoids cross-contamination.
  • Try different beans, such as kidney beans or black beans.
  • Add shredded cheese for extra flavor.
Nutrition Facts: 

Serving size: 1 cup

Calories: 140

Fruit and Vegetables: 3/4 cup

Fat: 4 g

Fiber: 4 g

Sodium: 250 mg


This material was developed by the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program.

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