Touchdown Taco Salad

Touchdown Taco Salad

Add this Recipe Makeover of the traditional taco salad to your tailgate or Super Bowl party. As a lower-calorie salad it scores a touchdown every time!

Per serving: 178 calories, 2.8g fat and 0.8g sat fat.

Saves: 604 calories, 48.2g fat and 20.5g sat fat!


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Serves: 8 person(s) Change

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins

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About this Recipe Makeover

Taco Salads are notoriously high in calories and fat - not what you'd expect from a "healthy salad". Touchdown Taco Salad scores healthy points by lowering the high-cal ingredients.

By replacing higher-fat ground beef with extra lean, regular cheese with fat-free cheese, deep-fried tortilla shell bowl with baked tortilla chips, and by omitting the sour cream, you can enjoy this salad guilt-free!

Ingredients Show Makeover Show Traditional

  • 1 1/2 lb extra lean (95%) ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cup (6 oz) shredded nonfat Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup salsa, divided
  • 8 cup salad greens
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1 1/2 cup black beans (if canned, rinse and drain)
  • 40 baked tortilla chips (optional)
  • 2 lb ground beef (80% fat-free lean)
  • 1 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 oz dry taco seasoning mix
  • 21 1/3 oz canned pinto beans
  • 1 large head iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 1 1/3 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 2 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 8 medium-sized deep-fried corn tortilla bowls
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup salsa


Brown the beef in large non-stick skillet; remove from heat. Stir in 1 cup shredded cheese and 1/4 cup salsa; mix until blended. Spoon onto serving platter.

In a large bowl, toss together salad greens, tomatoes, black beans, remaining cheese, and salsa. Spoon salad over meat mixture, top with tortilla chips and serve.

Thanks to Recipe courtesy of 3-A-Day of Dairy, adapted by CalorieKing

Nutritional Info (per serving)

CALORIES 178 cals
Kilojoules 744 kJ
Fat 2.8 g
Saturated Fat 0.8 g
Cholesterol 22 mg
Sodium 487 mg
Carbohydrates 21.2 g
Fiber 4.4 g
Total Sugars 2.5 g
Protein 17.6 g
Calcium 260.0 mg
CALORIES 782 cals
Kilojoules 3,269 kJ
Fat 51.0 g
Saturated Fat 21.3 g
Cholesterol 134 mg
Sodium 1,427 mg
Carbohydrates 43.4 g
Fiber 7.7 g
Total Sugars 5.9 g
Protein 37.5 g
Calcium 402.0 mg
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