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Taco Salad For One

Easy Single Serving Taco Salad Recipe - all the ingredients you love in tacos can be found in this healthy and hearty taco salad. Filled with seasoned ground beef and all your favorite taco toppings.

A bowl of taco salad filled with ground beef, tomatoes, avocados and cheese next to a bowl of chips.

Taco salads have been a dinner time staple at my house for years. Filled with flavor, a taco salad can be a hearty, healthy meal that takes very little time to prepare. This single serving taco salad recipe is the perfect one to use when you're craving tacos.

Why This Recipe Works

  • This delicious salad begins with crispy lettuce which is topped with spicy ground beef, shredded cheese, fresh vegetables, avocados, and black beans. Simple ingredients which yield amazing flavors!
  • Sometimes, you might see a taco salad served in a flour tortilla bowl which is nice, especially if you're entertaining. As for me, I like my salads to be simple and not fussy. I serve mine in a standard deep kitchen bowl.
  • You can easily double or triple the ingredient amounts if you want to make two or three salads.

Ingredient Notes

  • Olive oil: I use extra virgin olive oil.
  • Ground beef: You could use ground turkey or grilled chicken instead.
  • Salt, pepper, ground cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder: These spices season the ground meat perfectly.
  • Lettuce: I like to use iceberg lettuce but feel feel free to use romaine, spinach, arugula, or your favorite salad greens.
  • Shredded cheese, avocado slices, chopped red onions, and black beans: These ingredients make the salad even more delicious!
  • Salsa, sour cream, cilantro: These are totally optional.
A closeup of a bowl of taco salad filled with ground beef, tomatoes, avocados and cheese topped with sour cream

How To Make This Recipe

  1. Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the ground beef to the pan and break it up with a spoon. Add the seasonings and cook, stirring occasionally until the beef is browned, about 5-6 minutes.
  3. Transfer the ground beef to a paper towel lined plate to drain.
  4. Place the lettuce in a bowl, top with cooked beef and the remaining ingredients.

Expert Tips

  • To help make the most of your time, I recommend chopping and prepping the toppings while the ground beef is browning.
  • If you'd like to make this salad in advance, you can! This is great for meal prep. You may want to keep the cooked ground beef in a separate container and warm it up right before serving your salad.
  • This salad recipe is very versatile. You can add more or less of the ingredients called for in this recipe or use your favorite vegetables instead.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are a few taco salad variations?

* You can top the taco salad with salsa, sour cream, and chopped fresh cilantro, if desired.
* Enjoy your salad with homemade baked tortilla chips or store bought.
* Make a Dorito taco salad version by adding slightly crushed Doritos chips to the salad ingredients.
* Feel free to add any other kinds of taco toppings you like. Make this salad your own.

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How can I make this taco salad even healthier?

If you want to make this low carb taco salad healthier consider these tips:
Use ground turkey in place of ground beef.
* Use light sour cream or leave it out altogether. Consider adding guacamole instead.
* Add more vegetables to the salad such as, corn and chopped bell peppers.
* Steer clear of salad dressings. This taco salad is packed with flavor, you might not even think you need a dressing.
* If you do want to use a salad dressing, consider making your own.
* Cut back on the cheese. Leave it off the salad or add less.

What is the best salad dressing to use?

I actually don't use any dressing in this taco salad recipe. Instead, I mix in sour cream and salsa with the other ingredients and toss with the salad. It makes the best tasting thick and creamy dressing.

Can this salad be made in advance?

Yes! You can cook the ground beef ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator until you are ready to assemble the salad.

Placing a dollop of sour cream on top of a bowl of taco salad filled with ground beef, tomatoes, avocados and cheese next to a bowl of chips.

Serving Suggestions

What To Do With Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this taco salad recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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If you like this taco salad recipe, you might also like to try these single serving taco inspired recipes:

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Taco Salad For One

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Main/Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Calorie
Keywords: ground beef, salad, taco
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 466kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 ounces ground beef
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups lettuce
  • 1 medium Roma tomato chopped
  • 1/4 cup canned black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 avocado chopped
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped red onions
  • 2 tablespoons salsa
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • chopped cilantro, optional

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the ground beef to the pan and break it up with a spoon. Add the seasonings and cook, stirring occasionally until the beef is browned, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Transfer the ground beef to a paper towel lined plate to drain.
  • Place the lettuce in a bowl, top with cooked beef, tomatoes, beans, avocado, cheese, chopped onions, salsa, and sour cream.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • To help make the most of your time, I recommend chopping and prepping the toppings while the ground beef is browning.
  • If you'd like to make this salad in advance, you can! This is great for meal prep. You may want to keep the cooked ground beef in a separate container and warm it up right before serving your salad.
  • This salad recipe is very versatile. You can add more or less of the ingredients called for in this recipe or use your favorite vegetables instead.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 466kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 1181mg | Potassium: 966mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1638IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 187mg | Iron: 4mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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7 thoughts on “Taco Salad For One”

  1. have looked at every recipe on here they all look so good went to order your cook book from amazon cant wait to get here so i can start cooking for one i am 80 years old and a widow for almost 3 years now and cooking got very hard with leftovers to feed a Army

  2. Nikki Krakauer

    5 stars
    Bush’s brand has a “steak beans” mixture, small can, that I just rinse half and add to my onions & ground beef mixture while browning my meat & onions. I crush whatever chips I have, & mix all together with sour cream & salsa. Then serve from there. I usually have enough for two servings, so I plan it for lunch AND dinner!!! I LOVE this stuff! I use the leftover beans (unrinsed) in a later meal! They’re good as a side dish, or added to any salad. HTH!

    1. What I love about this taco salad is that it can easily be customized. Add ingredients you love and leave out those you don’t. As written, it is a low carb recipe and if you’re avoiding beans, you can leave them out and it’ll be absolutely keto-friendly.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this for lunch and I really enjoyed it. I do have to say that I SO APPRECIATE you providing ideas for the “extra ingredients”. I was thrilled to see this. This is what I struggle with on other sites. Cooking for one (or two) is wonderful but I do not like to waste the extras and having ideas are terrific. The suggestions are wonderful! Thank you again!

    1. Hi Nancy,

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the taco salad, it’s one of my favorite salads. Thank you for taking the time to let me know you find our site helpful.

      Have a wonderful weekend!
      Joanie

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