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Easy Taco Salad (Low Carb, Gluten-free) Best Weight Loss Program

This easy low carb salad is like a beef taco in a bowl. Just 10 ingredients and ready in 20 minutes!

We’re probably smack in the middle of the hottest time of year right now. In my kitchen, that equals easy, one-pan dinners that avoid the oven and don’t require keeping the stove on for too long. Salads are perfect for checking those boxes, but of course you still need some protein in there to make it a full meal. That’s where this taco salad comes in.

You’ve probably seen taco salads at restaurants before, but in case you haven’t, it’s basically like an enormous Mexican taco in bowl form. No taco shell needed! Unlike most restaurant versions, mine is healthy, low carb, and gluten-free. Even better, it incorporates just ten ingredients and is on the table in merely twenty minutes. The only cooking involved is browning the ground beef on the stove for ten minutes or less. Easy, peasy. It also makes a generous amount – six large servings to feed even a larger family.

 

Easy Taco Salad (Low Carb, Gluten-free) - This easy low carb salad is like a beef taco in a bowl. Just 10 ingredients and ready in 20 minutes!

 

If you have Mexican night at your house, this salad will fit right in. It’s packed with all your favorite Mexican flavors. The smoky seasoned browned beef, juicy grape tomatoes, creamy avocado and sour cream, crispy Romaine lettuce, sharp cheddar cheese, and spicy (or mild!) salsa are all combined to perfection. It’s pretty incredible what a complex flavor profile you get, with multiple tastes in every bite, while using so few ingredients. The pre-made taco seasoning and salsa definitely help in that department.

Any salsa variety you like will work great here, and choosing different kinds is an easy way to get creative without adding complexity. Use mild salsa if you want it mellow, spicy if you want a kick, or go outside the box with more unique flavors like green chile or peach. You can totally make your own, too, but salsa is one of those foods that actually has plenty of store bought options without weird ingredients. Just read those labels.

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Easy Taco Salad (Low Carb, Gluten-free) - This easy low carb salad is like a beef taco in a bowl. Just 10 ingredients and ready in 20 minutes!

 

You can easily customize this salad to your liking. Feel free to throw in any other veggies you have on hand, or omit anything you don’t like. To make it paleo, you can omit the cheddar cheese and replace the sour cream with coconut cream and a little sea salt. Either way, you can’t go wrong with a 20-minute all-in-one dinner. Make it tonight and dig in!

 

Easy Taco Salad (Low Carb, Gluten-free) - This easy low carb salad is like a beef taco in a bowl. Just 10 ingredients and ready in 20 minutes!

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Easy Taco Salad (Low Carb, Gluten-free)
Easy Taco Salad (Low Carb, Gluten-free)
This easy low carb salad is like a beef taco in a bowl. Just 10 ingredients and ready in 20 minutes!
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
servings 10 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Ground beef
  • 1 tsp Avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp Taco seasoning (store-bought or home-made)
  • 8 oz Romaine lettuce (chopped)
  • 1 1/3 cup Grape tomatoes (halved)
  • 3/4 cup Cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1 medium Avocado (cubed)
  • 1/2 cup Scallions (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup Salsa (your favorite)
  • 1/3 cup Sour cream
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a skillet over high heat. Add ground beef. Stir fry, breaking up the pieces with a spatula, for about 7-10 minutes, until the beef is browned and moisture has evaporated.
  2. Stir taco seasoning into the ground beef until well combined.
  3. Meanwhile, combine all remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Add the ground beef. Toss everything together.
Notes
Nutrition Facts
Easy Taco Salad (Low Carb, Gluten-free)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 332 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Trans Fat 1g
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 2g
Protein 20g 40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Net carbs per serving: 5g

*Nutrition information is estimated based on 85/15 ground beef and typical tomato salsa.

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