Layered Taco Salad Recipe: Ready In Minutes

Perfect for a potluck or for just hanging out at home, this layered taco salad is filled with flavor. If you choose, make it a day ahead for ease on serving day. If you want a little extra zip, substitute Monterey Jack (pepper jack) cheese with peppers.


  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium taco seasoning
  • 6 ounces tortilla chips (about 60 chips)
  • 12 cups sliced iceberg lettuce
  • 6 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 large sweet yellow or red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup fat-free sour cream


  • In a small bowl, combine the salsa and lime juice; set aside. In a large nonstick skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Sprinkle with taco seasoning; stir to coat. Remove from the heat.
  • Divide tortilla chips among six plates. Layer with the lettuce, tomatoes, beans, cheese, yellow pepper, beef mixture, onion, salsa mixture and sour cream. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.