Ten Minute Taco Salad

Here's the Dish

This taco salad is one of my favorite go-to meals when I’m short on time, but still want to make something packed with flavor and is filling! I often use Morning Star meatless crumbles to sub as ground turkey when i’m short on time, which works great because it’s pre-cooked so it’s ready in minutes! Traditional taco salads are typically served in a ‘Taco Bowl’ which can pack as much as 500 calories and 20 grams of fat just for the ‘bowl’! I re-created the taco bowl in a simple way, that only adds 100 calories, and makes this taco salad fun to eat! (You could also skip this step and serve this salad in a regular bowl as well!)

So, the next time your thinking…”I don’t have much time to make a meal…What should I eat!?!” …Try this Ten Minute Taco Salad! You may be surprised how wonderfully easy it is to make healthy meals that taste this good!

Method

The estimated total time to make this recipe is 10 Minutes.

1

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Gather ingredients.

2

After removing the corn from the can, (I measure out 1/4 cup for my salad, and save the rest in a tupperware), remove the paper from the can, and place it on a sheet pan. (You could use any empty can you have on hand, or an oven safe mug or dish that you can drape the wrap over).  Drape the wrap over the can, and place in the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until the tortilla is golden brown, and crispy.

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3

While the tortilla is baking, add the taco sauce to the meat, and stir until well combined.

4

Measure out, and prepare the rest of the ingredients to put in the salad.

5

When the tortilla is cooled, take it off the can, (it only takes about a minute), and add the lettuce first, followed by the rest of the ingredients.

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6

Serve immediately and Enjoy!!!

Ingredients

2 cups Shredded lettuce
3/4 cup Meatless crumbles, de-thawed according to package directions (or 1/2 cup lean ground beef/ground turkey, fully cooked)
1/4 cup Taco sauce
1/4 cup Canned corn
1/4 cupSalsa
1 tbsPlain low-fat greek yogurt (or low fat sour cream)
1 Low carb wrap (such as La Tortilla™ or something with 100 calories/high in fiber)
Optional 1/4 cup Low fat shredded cheese, 1/4 cup black beans

Katie's Tip!

To create the bowl you could use any empty can you have on hand, or an oven safe mug or dish that you can drape the wrap over!

Nutrition Breakdown

1 Serving
300 Calories Per Serving
8 g Fat
44 g Carbohydrate
17 g Fiber
5 g Sugar
24 g Protein
8 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving

33 Comments

Liz @ IHeartVegetables said:

That looks SO good! I love taco salads, but you’re right, if you order them in a restaurant, they’re usually SO unhealthy!

May 12th, 2011 — 8:09am  |  Reply

Elena @ GagaForGrapefruit said:

i can’t WAIT to try this! thank you for the recipe lovely!

May 12th, 2011 — 10:20am  |  Reply

Kerryne said:

YUM. I cannot wait to make this!

May 12th, 2011 — 12:18pm  |  Reply

tasha said:

I love this idea for the taco bowl! I have some leftover taco soup in the fridge — I have a feeling it will make it’s way into a taco bowl tomorrow. ;)

May 12th, 2011 — 12:35pm  |  Reply

Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} said:

I love this! I can’t wait to give it a try. :-)

May 12th, 2011 — 6:12pm  |  Reply

Jordan said:

What a great idea to make the tortilla into a “bowl”! I can’t wait to try it!

May 13th, 2011 — 7:02am  |  Reply

Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily said:

What a great idea. I love the taco shell. I have a huge pack of tortillas in my frig that now have a purpose.

May 13th, 2011 — 1:09pm  |  Reply

Kerryne said:

Making this today for lunch, and my belly is rumbling just thinking of it :)

May 19th, 2011 — 10:37am  |  Reply

Nicole D. said:

ooooooo….how freaky, I have the EXACT same silverware!?! Sounds like a great recipe, too!! :) Thanks!

June 9th, 2011 — 5:48am  |  Reply

Quix said:

Found you through Prior Fat Girl. I loooove taco salads and I think my hubby would have so much more fun eating it out of a shell. This is great! I usually use lettuce, tomato, onions, and cilantro in mine but corn is BRILLIANT, I must try! Thanks for an awesome recipe. :)

June 9th, 2011 — 7:43am  |  Reply

Alison @ The Peacock Diaries said:

Followed the link from Jen’s website — thank you for this! Looks delicious, and just what I’m looking for in a quick summer meal. I am going to try it with the Trader Joe’s low-carb tortilla wraps!

June 9th, 2011 — 4:32pm  |  Reply

Amy said:

I just had this for lunch. it was SUPER good! and quick and low in calorie. just the way i like it! :]

June 12th, 2011 — 1:35pm  |  Reply

Tina said:

I just made this and it was delicious and filling!!

June 12th, 2011 — 6:34pm  |  Reply

jess white said:

I love this! so original, will definitely be cooking it myself!

June 23rd, 2011 — 2:56am  |  Reply

Watty said:

oh, I’m definitely trying this this week! I usually use greek yogurt instead of sour cream to get some added protein. Thank you!

June 27th, 2011 — 8:49am  |  Reply

AmberMiro said:

I just made this tonight! It was fantastic – original – and filling. Will make again – thanks so much, i’m a big fan of your blog!

June 27th, 2011 — 4:41pm  |  Reply

martin said:

I really want to eat now ;) I’ll give a try to this recipe…

October 27th, 2011 — 9:11pm  |  Reply

Melissa Klotz said:

I loooovee the morningstar meatless crumbles! My roommate recently became a vegetarian and I finally turn her on to them and she’s obsessed! This salad looks great!

January 24th, 2012 — 2:35pm  |  Reply

Gail said:

I made these last night and never told my husband I used the meatless crumbles. He loved the dinner and said wow this meat is so tender. I laughed and then told him what it was. He looked at me, smiled, and said can I have another helping! LOL

March 7th, 2012 — 12:12pm  |  Reply

Silvrgurl said:

Made this for dinner tonight.
I really enjoyed it & so did the husband.
Love making the tortillas into bowls by placing over the can.
Thx!!
Brett

June 1st, 2012 — 7:23pm  |  Reply

Rhoda said:

Just made this today. It was fabulous!! I just added some diced tomato and red pepper as well. Simply delish!

July 2nd, 2012 — 5:55pm  |  Reply

Josianne said:

Oh my, as I look at more recipes, my shopping list keeps growing! Yummy!

July 20th, 2012 — 10:20am  |  Reply

Rachael Maxwell said:

This was delish!! :) I’ve been using my muffin tin upside-down to make tortilla bowls, and now I have an even better, more healthy filling! Thanks!

October 4th, 2012 — 6:37pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Thanks Liz! I know.. it’s a shame what that people think they are eating healthy by getting a salad…and in fact it’s just as bad as the burger and fries!

May 12th, 2011 — 8:18am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

yeah! :) let me know how you like it elena! :)

May 12th, 2011 — 11:09am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks maryea! :)

May 12th, 2011 — 9:10pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

mmm…sounds good tasha! :) let me know how it goes!

May 12th, 2011 — 9:10pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks jordan! :)

May 13th, 2011 — 7:49am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks megan! :)

May 14th, 2011 — 4:14am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

ahhh…gail, I LOVE this! :) I do this to my hubby all the time! ;) They never have to know!!!

March 7th, 2012 — 3:56pm  |  Reply

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