Taco Salad (Light and Healthy)
- Ready In:
- 6 (1 3/4 ounce) low-fat flour tortillas
- 16 ounces 94% lean ground beef
- 1 1⁄4 cups water, divided use
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cumin
- 1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon seasoning salt
- 1 (14 -16 ounce) can pinto beans (rinsed and drained)
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
- 3⁄4 cup tomato sauce
For the salad
- 12 cups lettuce, chopped
- 1 cup cucumber, chopped
- 2 tomatoes, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 3 tablespoons scallions, sliced (about 3)
- 1 teaspoon fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- 3⁄4 cup fat-free sharp cheddar cheese (3 ounces)
- 3⁄4 cup salsa
- 3⁄4 cup fat free sour cream
- Preheat oven to 375°F
- Place ovenproof bowls upside down on a rimmed cookie sheet. Spray bowls with non-stick. Place 1 tortilla on each bowl. Gently press tortilla to bowl. Spray tortillas lightly with non-stick. Bake 8 to 12 minutes, until tortillas are barely brown and starting to crisp. Remove to wire rack to cool.
- While tortillas are baking, place beef and 1 cup water in a large non-stick skillet or dutch oven. Stir until beef has absorbed all water evenly.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until beef is cooked. Drain. Chop the salad ingredients while the meat is cooking and set aside.
- Add remaining 1/4 cup water, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, garlic powder, seasoned salt, beans, jalepeno and tomato sauce to skillet.
- Cook until liquid thickens, about 5 minutes.
- Combine lettuce, tomatoes, scallions, cucumber and cilantro and toss well.
- Divide among the 6 tortilla bowls.
- Divide meat mixture among the 6 bowls.
- Top each with cheese, salsa and sour cream.
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My husband, Walt and I live in Huntley, Illinois; about 1 hour west/northwest of Chicago O'Hare airport. I'm a stay at home wife with 3 adult children. I collect old cookbooks, enjoy reading, gardening, canning, candy making and jewelry making. I'm passionate about my savior, singing on the worship team and volunteering for a non-profit that provides free legal services to poor families. My favorite cookbooks are Taste of Home Contest Winning and those authored by Rachael Ray. A pet peeve is when a cook doesn't give an alternative for a difficult to find ingredient.