Skip the hassle of stuffing a shell with taco salad! Quick Taco Salad is a delectable mash-up of fresh lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and lean ground beef.
A great way to get a jump start on meals like this, is to cook meat, onions and taco seasoning mix ahead of time. Spoon into large resealable freezer-weight plastic bag; freeze. Keep seasoned meat in the freezer for nights when you’re out of ideas!   This was a big hit with the entire family! My favorite part was the way that all the ingredients were combined on the plate, rather than in a large serving dish (like other taco salads). This way, if there are leftovers, they don’t get soggy! Yea!! The ranch dressing was a delicious change.


12 ounces ground round 2 cups chopped yellow, red, or green bell pepper 2 cups bottled salsa 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 4 cups coarsely chopped romaine lettuce 2 cups chopped plum tomato 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese 1 cup crumbled baked tortilla chips (about 12 chips) 1/4 cup chopped green onions

Very easy…couldn’t believe how yummy it was when added the ranch dressing as described. Really quick, kids loved it!



  • 1 lb 95% lean ground beef*
  • 1 (1.25 oz) packet reduced sodium taco seasoning
  • 1 medium-large head of iceberg lettuce, chopped into bite sized pieces (if you’ve never chopped up a head of iceberg before you can
  • 1 medium-large tomato, diced
  • 4 oz 50% less fat or 2% sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (such as Cabot)
  • 4 oz nacho cheese Doritos, broken up a bit into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup light Catalina or French dressing (I used Kraft Lite Catalina)

*if you replace the ground beef with 99% lean ground turkey a cup will be 3 SP on WW Freestyle


  1. Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat, breaking it up into pieces with a wooden spoon. Add the packet of taco seasoning and stir until well coated. Set aside.
  2. In a large serving bowl, combine the lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and ground beef. When ready to serve, add the Doritos and dressing and toss to coat.
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: 4 per (1 cup) side dish serving* (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com) OR 3 SP per cup if you use ground chicken breast or ground turkey breast Weight Watchers Points Plus: 4 per (1 cup) side dish serving* (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Nutrition Information (per 1 cup side serving)*: 150 calories, 14 g carbs, 6 g sugars, 6 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 10 g protein, 1 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com) *If you’re eating this as a main dish I recommend a 2 cup serving size (8 Weight Watchers SmartPoints or PointsPlus, double the nutrition info)
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