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Healthified Taco Salad

Healthified Taco Salad

Don’t miss out on a south-of-the-border favorites - treat yourself to Taco Salad done light.

75% less sat fat • 61% less fat • 60% more fiber than the original recipe


  • 1 pound extra lean (at least 90%) ground beef
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 12 cups torn romaine or iceberg lettuce
  • 1 can (15 oz) Progresso™ pinto beans, drained, rinsed
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 medium green onions, sliced (3 tablespoons)
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese (3 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup Muir Glen™ organic salsa (any variety)
  • 3/4 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 3 ounces tortilla chips


  1. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until thoroughly cooked; drain.
  2. Stir in water, chili powder, cumin and ground red pepper; reduce heat to medium-low. Cook about 5 minutes or until most of liquid has evaporated.
  3. Divide lettuce among 6 salad plates; top each with meat mixture and remaining ingredients except chips.
  4. Arrange chips around salad.
  5. Serve immediately.

Prep Time 30 min | Total Time 30 min | Servings 6

Expert Tips:

We've replaced ingredients with great-tasting alternatives to create better-for-you recipes that are just as yummy as the originals.

In a hurry? Just toss all of the ingredients except chips in a large bowl and serve family-style with chips.

Avocado slices make a perfect garnish for this zesty salad.

You can make your own baked tortilla chips: Cut corn or flour tortillas into wedges or strips. Brush lightly with oil and place on an ungreased cookie sheet; bake at 375 degrees F for 8 to 12 minutes or until crispy.

Nutrition Information–Serving Size: 1 Serving Calories 380 Calories from Fat 110 Total Fat 12g Saturated Fat 3 1/2g Trans Fat 0g Cholesterol 50mg Sodium 480mg Total Carbohydrate 42g Dietary Fiber 10g Sugars 5g Protein 27g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 130% Vitamin C 60% Calcium 20% Iron 30%

Exchanges: 2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1

Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 3 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat

Carbohydrate Choice 3

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

Recipe and photo credit: Betty Crocker.


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