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.

taco salad bowl 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.

What Is A Taco Salad?

This delicious salad begins with crispy lettuce which is topped with spicy ground beef, shredded cheese, fresh vegetables, avocados, and black beans.

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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.


See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • olive oil
  • ground beef
  • salt and pepper
  • ground cumin
  • smoked paprika
  • garlic powder
  • lettuce
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • avocado
  • chopped red onions
  • black beans
  • Optional: salsa, sour cream, cilantro

See below for ways to use leftover ingredients.

Taco Seasoning

The ingredients to season the meat are listed in the ingredient list.

I like to make my own taco seasoning. Homemade taco seasoning is a lot less expensive than pre-packaged taco seasoning mix. Considering that this is a single serving taco salad recipe, you won’t have any waste from the packaged mix.

a closeup photo of a taco salad served in a bowl topped with sour cream.

How To Make Taco Salad

  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.


  • 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.

Healthy Taco Salad

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’s 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.

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What To Serve With Taco Salad

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
0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Main/Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: ground beef, salad, taco
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 466kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 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


  • 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.


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
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2 thoughts on “Taco Salad For One”

  1. 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!

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