Fiesta Flair Taco Salad


Unleash a burst of vibrant flavors with our Fiesta Flair Taco Salad! This dish is a colorful, delicious mix of fresh greens, seasoned ground meat, and a variety of toppings, all infused with the spirited zest of Mexican cuisine. It's a perfect choice for a quick, satisfying meal or a fun party dish.

Fiesta Flair Taco Salad

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Yields 4 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 generous bowl

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 450 kcal
  • Total Fat: 25g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Cholesterol: 60mg
  • Sodium: 480mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Dietary Fiber: 8g
  • Sugars: 6g
  • Protein: 25g


  • Ground beef - 400 grams (14 ounces)
  • Taco seasoning - 1 packet or homemade mix
  • Romaine lettuce, chopped - 1 head
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved - 150 grams (5.3 ounces)
  • Black beans, rinsed and drained - 1 can (15 ounces)
  • Sweet corn - 150 grams (5.3 ounces)
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded - 150 grams (5.3 ounces)
  • Tortilla chips, crushed - 1 cup
  • Avocado, diced - 1
  • Red onion, finely chopped - 1 small
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped - for garnish
  • Lime wedges - for serving
  • Sour cream - for serving
  • Salsa - for serving

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Cook the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat until browned. Drain any excess fat.
  2. Stir in taco seasoning and cook according to packet instructions (usually with a bit of water, simmering until thickened).
  3. In a large bowl, toss the chopped lettuce, cherry tomatoes, black beans, and corn.
  4. Add the cooked taco meat to the salad.
  5. Top with shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips, diced avocado, and chopped red onion.
  6. Garnish with fresh cilantro. Serve with lime wedges, sour cream, and salsa on the side.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Feel free to customize the salad with your favorite taco toppings, like jalapeños or bell peppers.
  • For a healthier version, substitute ground beef with ground turkey or go vegetarian with quinoa.
  • Toss the salad right before serving to keep the tortilla chips crunchy.
  • Consider serving the salad with a lime-cilantro vinaigrette for an extra zest.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this salad ahead of time?

Yes, but add the tortilla chips and avocado just before serving to maintain freshness and crunch.

How can I store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, without the chips and avocado.

Can I use bottled taco seasoning?

Absolutely, but making your own allows for customization of flavors and control over salt and spice levels.

Your Fiesta Flair Taco Salad is a celebration in a bowl, brimming with flavors and textures that'll make your taste buds dance! It's not just a meal; it's a fiesta of deliciousness that brings joy and vibrancy to your table. Enjoy this delightful culinary creation!