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Easy Chopped Taco Salads

Skip the tortilla for Taco Tuesday with a lighter chopped taco salad! With the help of a chopped salad kit, this easy weeknight dinner goes from fridge to table in about 10 minutes. Swap the ground beef for black beans to go vegetarian, or switch it up with leftover rotisserie chicken, shrimp or steak.

Nutrition Tip: In one study, kids who ate lean beef took in more protein, iron, zinc, potassium, and B vitamins than kids who didn’t. Look for ground beef that’s at least 90 percent lean.

Easy Chopped Taco Salads

Easy Chopped Taco Salads

Skip the tortilla for Taco Tuesday with a lighter chopped taco salad! With the help of a chopped salad kit, this easy weeknight dinner goes from fridge to table in about 10 minutes. Swap the ground beef for black beans to go vegetarian, or switch it up with leftover rotisserie chicken, shrimp or steak.

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 package Chipotle & Cheddar chopped salad kit
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, sliced

Instructions

  1. Heat skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef and cook 5-7 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Add chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt and water. Stir well and let simmer until water evaporates.
  2. Divide salad kit and toppings among 4 bowls. Top with ground beef, tomatoes, avocado and dressing.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 358Total Fat: 21gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 434mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 6gSugar: 4gProtein: 27g

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Jodi Danen

About the Author

Jodi Danen

Jodi Danen is a registered dietitian and mother of two elementary-aged budding chefs. She is the voice of Create Kids Club, a food and nutrition blog for parents who desire healthy family meals but are short on time. Her recipes are simple to prepare, have a short ingredient list, and focus on fresh foods. With her background in school nutrition, she is passionate about getting children in the kitchen cooking at young ages & believes this is key to forming healthy habits for life.

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