This quick efficient taco salad recipe is sure to please! I suggest assembling all the ingredients first and tossing them just before serving to keep the lettuce and chips crisp.

How To Make Three-Step Taco Salad

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10 mins
5 mins
15 mins


  • 1 lb ground sirloin
  • 1 1.25-oz. pkg. taco seasoning
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2/3 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 2/3 cup bottled salsa
  • 8 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 4 cup bite-sized baked tortilla chips
  • 2 cup chopped fresh tomatoes drained
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese shredded and divided
  • 1 15-oz. can kidney or black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup ripe black olives sliced


  • Cook the beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat until it browns. Stir frequently in order to crumble the beef. 
  • Next, stir in the taco seasoning and water. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Mix the sour cream and salsa in a small bowl. In a separate large bowl, combine the beef mixture, iceberg lettuce, tortilla chips, tomatoes, 1/2 cup cheese, and beans. 
  • Drizzle the sour cream mixture over the salad and toss gently. Sprinkle it with the remaining cheese and black olives then serve immediately. Enjoy!