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Fiesta Taco Salad with Beans

Fiesta Taco Salad with Beans

Thousand Island dressing is named after the Thousand Islands in upstate New York. It was served to fishermen on 'shore dinners' and became so popular that the recipe spread throughout New York and across the U.S.


  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup taco sauce
  • 6 cups bite-size pieces lettuce
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 cup pitted ripe olives, drained
  • 1 cup corn chips
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat Thousand Island dressing


  1. In 2-quart saucepan, heat beans and taco sauce over medium heat 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until heated.
  2. In large bowl, toss lettuce, bell pepper, tomatoes, olives and corn chips.
  3. Spoon bean mixture over lettuce mixture; toss.
  4. Sprinkle with cheese.
  5. Serve immediately with dressing.

Prep Time 15 min | Total Time 20 min | Servings 5

Expert Tips:

One simple substitution of reduced-fat cheese cuts the fat back to 8 grams and trims the calories to 280 per serving.

For a heartier meal, add 2 cups cut-up cooked chicken to the salad and serve with 1/2 cup red or green grapes for a mere 3 Carbohydrate Choices.

Nutrition Information–Serving Size: 1 Serving Calories 40 Calories from Fat 30 Total Fat 14g Saturated Fat 6g Trans Fat 0g Cholesterol 25mg Sodium 720mg Total Carbohydrate 40g Dietary Fiber 10g Sugars 10g Protein 14g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 25% Vitamin C 50% Calcium 20% Iron 20%

Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1

Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat

Carbohydrate Choice 2 1/2

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Recipe and photo credit: Betty Crocker.


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