Turkey and Black Bean Taco Salad

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Who grew up with taco salad consisting of ground beef, a taco seasoning packet, lettuce, cheese, Doritos and a dressing made with mayonnaise and ketchup? It pains me to admit how much I enjoyed that taco salad. Thankfully, my taste buds have matured and moved on.

I call this Turkey and Black Bean Taco Salad because I do have other taco salad variations depending on the protein used.  Having said that, feel free to use what ever ground meat you prefer in this recipe.  And speaking of preference, add or omit any veggies of your choosing.  This is a great salad to serve with the components set out separately so everyone can construct their own.  Any way you make it or serve it, your family or guests will be love it!  Taco-bout delicious🌮🥗!! Ok, I had to write that in😉.

Turkey and Black Bean Taco Salad
serves 4

1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium yellow onion, minced
2 Tablespoons chili powder (I use Hot Mexican-style)
4 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 pound 93% ground turkey
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 hearts Romaine lettuce torn into bite-sized pieces (about 8 cups)
2.5-ounces Spring Mix greens (half of container)
2-4 medium plum tomatoes, cored and chopped
1-2 avocados, peeled, pitted and cut into bite-sized pieces
4-ounces pepper jack cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
2 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced

Serve with-
Lime wedges
Tortilla Chips

Heat the oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium heat.  Add onion and chili powder and cook until onion is softened, 3-5 minutes.  Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, bout 30 seconds. Add turkey and cook stirring often, until lightly browned, 6-8 minutes.  Stir in tomato sauce and simmer until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Add beans and stir to warm through. Season with salt and pepper to taste; set aside to cool slightly.  (While turkey mixture cools, make the dressing.)

Toss together Romaine and mix greens with 1/2 cup dressing.  Portion turkey mixture on top of salad and sprinkle with tomatoes, avocado, cheese, cilantro and scallions.  Drizzle remaining dressing over top of salad or pass separately.  Serve with lime wedges and tortilla strips. Enjoy!

Source: Adapted from The Best 30-Minute Recipe, America's Test Kitchen


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