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Simple Saturday: Quick and Easy Taco Salad

Quick and Easy Taco Salad - ready in less than 30 minutes makes it perfect for a weeknight dinner!

If you can imagine a crazy woman (probably with her coat still on), rushing around her kitchen to make dinner, then you get a pretty good idea of what my every night looks like.  On a good night I get home around 6 but most nights when I go to the gym after work it’s after 7 that I get home.  That gives me approximately 18.4 minutes to make dinner and eat before I’m likely to have a meltdown from hangriness.

This has gotten even worse lately because I haven’t been much into afternoon snacking.  I get so hungry for lunch that I eat a monster-sized lunch and don’t feel hungry for hours.  Then I get home, make a mess in my kitchen, eat a ton more, and get that fun pregnancy heartburn.  It’s a joy.

Quick and Easy Taco Salad - ready in less than 30 minutes makes it perfect for a weeknight dinner!

SO when I get home and need dinner like fifteen minutes ago, I need a meal that is quick and easy to make.  Enter: taco salads.  A.k.a. my fallback weekday meal.  It’s pretty much just an entire taco with extra lettuce, all chopped up, on a plate.  I don’t even make any fancy dressing for it – just salsa and sour cream.  But I’m telling you – this is one of both Marc and I’s favorite dinners.  Every time I make it, I wonder why I don’t make it every night.  It’s easy, filling, you guys – it’s so customizeable!

Some nights I add a ton of cheese on top and skip the avocado.  Sometimes I use taco chicken instead of ground beef.  I’ve also been known to add black beans and leftover rice or quinoa, too.  So many options.

Quick and Easy Taco Salad - ready in less than 30 minutes makes it perfect for a weeknight dinner!

Best yet – this meal is 100% Simple Saturday approved.  The ingredient list might be a bit longer but promise – these will take no longer than 30 minutes.  You can also use a packet of taco seasoning for the beef, but I typically forget to buy one so I’ll just make my own taco seasoning.

Other tips on making this a quicker dinner:

  • Chopping up your veggies the night before.
  • Use pre-made guacamole instead of avocado to cut down on that prep time.
  • Use bagged romaine instead of chopping your own

Quick and Easy Taco Salad - ready in less than 30 minutes makes it perfect for a weeknight dinner!

 

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Quick and Easy Taco Salad - ready in less than 30 minutes makes it perfect for a weeknight dinner!

20 Minute Taco Salad

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 to mato diced
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1 cup corn I used frozen and just heated it in the microwave for 2 minutes
  • salsa for topping
  • sour cream for topping
  • tortilla chips crushed for topping
  • green onions for topping
  • shredded Cheddar cheese for topping
  • 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce you can use bagged or chop your own

Instructions

  • In large skillet over medium-high heat, add ground beef.
  • Cook, breaking into small pieces, until no longer pink.
  • Meanwhile, you can cut up the tomatoes and avocado and crush the tortilla chips.
  • Once beef is cooked, add the seasonings and stir to evenly distribute.
  • Place 2 cups of lettuce onto each plate, then top with ~1/2 cup beef, tomatoes, avocado, corn, salsa, sour cream, tortilla chips, and green onions.
  • Serve and enjoy!
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  1. I feel ya girl! I’m the same way when I get home after work and the gym. If I don’t get food in me fast, it gets ugly. I can imagine it’s a million times worse when you’re pregnant too.

    Taco salads are my favorite and it’s even better when it only takes 20 minutes to whip together. Looks perfect for weeknight hangriness! 😉