After a long holiday weekend, there are sometimes a lot of leftovers from the backyard picnic or barbecue. This easy taco salad recipe is a great way to use some of them up in a hurry.
If you eat grain-free, you will love that the recommended tortilla chips are made from cassava flour and cooked in avocado oil.
To make the dish even easier, the recommended beans are prepared traditionally. This means that they are already soaked and cooked so you can drain and use right out of the glass jar.
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Homemade Taco Seasoning
It is very important to make your own taco seasoning for this recipe. The reason is that commercial versions typically contain irradiated herbs and/or additives and other substances that are best to avoid.
The taco seasoning recipe below is courtesy of Paula Jager, founder and head trainer at Crossfit Jaguar in Tampa, Florida. Thanks Paula!
Taco Salad Recipe (with easy homemade taco seasoning)
Easy, whole food taco salad recipe using fresh ingredients and grassfed meat to maximize nutrition. Includes recipes for homemade taco seasoning and dressing. Recommended tortillas are cooked in a healthy fat and suitable for those avoiding grains or corn as well.
- 1 pound grassfed ground beef
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1-2 jars white kidney beans cannellini beans, soaked and cooked
- 1 head iceberg lettuce preferably organic
- 1 bag grain free tortilla chips
- shredded cheese optional
- sliced olives optional
- sour cream optional
- salsa optional
- 2-6 tsp chili powder use more or less depending on desired spiciness
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp dried oregano or 3 tsp freshly and finely chopped
- 1 tsp sucanat optional
- 2 tsp raw apple cider vinegar
- 1-3 cloves garlic finely minced
- 1.5 cups diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 - 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
- sea salt
- 2 Tbl chopped cilantro
Cook the ground beef over medium heat in a large skillet. Drain the juices into a second skillet and saute the chopped onion with the homemade seasoning until slightly caramelized.
Mix the onion/seasoning mixture into the skillet with the ground beef and set aside.
While the ground beef mixture is cooling, chop the lettuce, drain and rinse the jarrred beans and crush the tortilla chips (before opening the bag).
Add lettuce, tortilla chips pieces, beans and optional cheese to a large bowl.
Mix in the meat mixture and serve with dressing and optional sour cream, and salsa.
I made this tonight and it tasted amazing!! The whole family loved it! So fresh and healthy, I felt good about making this for my family. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!
I like your recipe! Never thought about sauteing the onions! Lots of Cilantro please! That’s some good stuff! I searched for some Taco Seasoning recipes a few years ago and the nice thing about making your own is that you can omit the sugar!!! Today, it’s everywhere, it’s everywhere!!! I omit it every chance I get! Sugar feeds cancer and who wants to do that!!! Not I said the fly! Here is a couple of mine…
Yield: 3 Tbs. = 1 – 4 oz. Pkg.
1 Tbs. Chili Powder
2 tsp. Onion Powder
1 tsp. each:
½ tsp. Sea Salt
Yield: ¾ c.
½ tsp. Chili Powder
2 tsp. Onion Powder
½ c. Cumin
2 tsp. Garlic Powder
2 tsp. Smoked Paprika
2 Tbs. Chipotle Powder
2 tsp. Salt
This sounds delicious! and helpful to have the recipe for taco seasoning. I found it amusing that the first ad to pop up was for Macdonald on a heathy site. ????
Oh dear! That’s terrible. I will let my ad manager know! Thank you for the heads up! Sometimes these blocked companies find ways to slip through the ad filters.