Loaded Beef Taco Salad with Creamy Lime Cilantro Dressing

About a year ago I made a Loaded Chicken Taco Salad and it’s been such a hit with readers that I came up with a beef version.

It’s a perfect weeknight dinner because it’s easy, ready in 20 minutes, loaded with flavor, and a hit with everyone.

Loaded Beef Taco Salad with Creamy Lime Cilantro Dressing - Loaded with your favorite taco fixings, minus the shells, to keep things healthier without sacrificing any FLAVOR!! The dressing is easy, creamy and IRRESISTIBLE!!

My family loves tacos of any kind, even in salad form. Think tacos, minus the shells, and with more lettuce and plenty of veggies to keep things healthier.

Along with juicy beef, there’s crisp romaine, sweet corn, juicy tomatoes, hearty black beans, creamy avocado, and crunchy tortilla strips. So many flavors and textures in every bite.

Loaded Beef Taco Salad with Creamy Lime Cilantro Dressing - Loaded with your favorite taco fixings, minus the shells, to keep things healthier without sacrificing any FLAVOR!! The dressing is easy, creamy and IRRESISTIBLE!!

MY OTHER RECIPES

Feel free to mix and match toppings based on your favorite taco fixings and what you have on hand. Swap black olives for black beans or add red onions or bell peppers.

The creamy lime cilantro dressing is a duplicate of this one. It goes just as well with beef as it does with chicken and if you have any leftover, it makes a great veggie dip. You could also try this creamy avocado cilantro dressing.

Loaded Beef Taco Salad with Creamy Lime Cilantro Dressing - Loaded with your favorite taco fixings, minus the shells, to keep things healthier without sacrificing any FLAVOR!! The dressing is easy, creamy and IRRESISTIBLE!!

Loaded Beef Taco Salad with Creamy Lime Cilantro Dressing

This a perfect weeknight dinner because it’s easy, ready in 20 minutes, loaded with flavor, and a hit with everyone. Think tacos, minus the shells, and with more lettuce and plenty of veggies to keep things healthier. Along with juicy beef, there’s crisp romaine, sweet corn, juicy tomatoes, hearty black beans, creamy avocado, and crunchy tortilla strips. So many flavors and textures in every bite. The creamy lime cilantro dressing is wonderful and if you have any leftover, it makes a great veggie dip.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef (I used 85% lean)
  • one 1.25-ounce packet taco seasoning, divided (I use reduced sodium, medium heat), divided
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 cups romaine lettuce
  • 1 or 2 medium tomatoes, diced (I used Roma, vine-ripened or cherry tomatoes may be substituted)
  • 1 medium ripe Hass avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup Mexican shredded cheese blend
  • 1 cup tortilla chips, crushed
  • 3/4 cup corn (I used frozen, fresh may be substituted)
  • 3/4 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (lite okay)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (lite okay, plain Greek yogurt may be substituted)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons lime juice, or as necessary for flavor and consistency
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar, optional and to taste

Directions:

  1. To a large skillet, add the olive oil, beef, and brown over medium-high heat, breaking up beef and stirring frequently for even cooking.
  2. After beef has browned, optionally drain it (I didn’t need to) and evenly sprinkle with 2 tablespoons taco seasoning, add 1/4 cup water, and simmer over medium heat for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until sauce has thickened some. Allow beef to rest in pan off the heat while you assemble the salad.
  3. To a large platter or bowl, add the lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, cheese, tortilla chips, corn, black beans, and beef; set aside.
  4. To a small bowl, add the mayo, sour cream, lime juice, remaining taco seasoning, and whisk to combine.
  5. Add the cilantro and stir to incorporate. Add additional lime juice to thin out dressing if desired. Taste dressing and depending on how much lime juice was used, optionally add sugar to taste if desired. Evenly drizzle dressing over salad and toss to combine. Extra dressing will keep airtight for up to 5 days in the fridge and makes a great veggie dip.
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16 comments on “Loaded Beef Taco Salad with Creamy Lime Cilantro Dressing”

  1. Jon and I love a hearty salad and I haven’t made anything Mexican in a while. I think I’ll have taco Friday and make it this week. The chicken version was great and I love the dressing!!

    • Taco Friday sounds like a plan! Hope you enjoy it as much as the chicken version – LMK!

    • I made this last night and it’s every bit as good as the chicken version!! Can’t pick a favorite between the two. I have been on such a basil kick all summer so the cilantro dressing was a nice change-up. I just love fresh herbs in and on everything!

      • I love both basil and cilantro, sometimes I have to toss a coin to see which one I’m going to make a dressing, dip, sauce, etc out of! Glad you loved this as much as the chicken and you couldn’t pick a favorite :)

  2. this salad looks so great Averie!! xx

  3. The BEST kind of salad :D. And I love how it come together in just 20 minutes.

  4. I fermented a half gallon of salsa before I left for Costa Rica, so all I have been eating since I got back is fresh salads like this with salsa on it. I could eat it forever. I need to make this dressing though!

  5. Well great, now I won’t be able to sleep tonight. I’ll be way too stinking excited for Taco Tuesday tomorrow knowing that this is on the menu! Totally mouth-wateringly amazingly delish!

  6. This is seriously my favorite salad – ever. I dream about it sometimes. I need to try your dressing!

  7. Taco salad is the best…I love the crunchy chips and of course cilantro..

  8. Hey girl I would so love this! Yummy!

  9. This looks so delicious and your dressing sounds awesome! Taco anything is always a hit around here so I need to give this easy dinner a try!

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