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Beefy Taco Salad

Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 15 mins | Total: 30 mins | Servings:4


Beefy Taco Salad
Beefy Taco Salad
Beefy Taco Salad
Taco Salads are those huge massive salads you'll see at Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurants. They're overflowing salads built, usually, into a gargantuan fried flour tortilla bowl, which has been made and fried with special equipment.

Here, we're going to do the same basic thing, but ... without all the special equipment and with a bowl made from cheese, instead! Yep! A bowl made of cheese!

The other big different would be the use of black soy beans, rather than refried or pinto beans.

You can assemble this with hot or cold ingredients, but the recipe is built with hot fresh ingredients in mind!

Note: The recipe and method for the cheddar cheese bowl is here.

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SaladCaloriesFatProteinCarbsFiberSA'sNet Carbs
1 lb (454g)  ground beef115390.877.180000
2 tsp (4g)  cumin seed, ground15.8801.76.4401.32
1 tsp (2g)  coriander seed, ground5.
1 small (74g)  red bell pepper, seeded and diced22.940.744.441.4802.96
2 each (6g)  garlic cloves, minced8002002
1 each (6.67g)  jalepeno chillies, seeds removed and finely diced2.
1 (15-ounce) can (425g)  black soy beans, drained and washed (Buy Now) 4202138.52824.503.5
4 each (454g)  cheddar cheese bowls (recipe)1804.86148.721125.5005.5
4 cup (288g)  iceberg lettuce, shredded40048404
1/2 cup (113.5g)  salsa mexicana (recipe)
1/2 lb (227g)  cheddar cheese, grated902.4374.36562.75002.75
1 whole (136g)  avocado, peeled, quartered and sliced22721312903
salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste0000000
DressingCaloriesFatProteinCarbsFiberSA'sNet Carbs
3/4 cup (172.5g)  sour cream33333.753.756006
2 tbsp (30.5g)  lime juice, freshly squeezed7.630.132.63.1302.5
2 tsp (4g)  cumin seed, ground15.8801.76.4401.32
1 tsp (2g)  coriander seed, ground5.
salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste0000000
Totals (of 4 Servings):4995.57392.23g297.45g85.92g43.54g1g41.38g
Per Serving:1248.8998.06g74.36g21.48g10.89g0.25g10.35g *


  1. In a large non-stick sauté pan, brown the ground beef with a little salt and pepper.
  2. When it is nicely broken up and mostly brown, add the spices, peppers, garlic, jalepeno and black soy beans. Stir and cover. Place on low and allow simmering for about 15 minutes.
  3. While the beef is simmering, make your dressing. Combine all ingredients and taste. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
  4. Fill your cheddar bowls with shredded iceberg lettuce.
  5. Drizzle a healthy amount of dressing on the lettuce.
  6. After roughly 15 minutes, place 1/4 of the hot beef mixture on each of the salads.
  7. Top the salad with salsa, grated cheese and sliced avocado. Serve!

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This looks yummy!  My question is...would the salad bowl work with other types of cheese?  I'm not a fan of "straight up" Chedder, so I always go for the Mexican 4-Cheese blend (Monterey Jack, Mild Cheddar, Queso Quesadilla and Asadero) or even tastier, Sargento Authentic Mexican blend (Queso Quesadilla, Asadero, and Queso Gallego,  Anejo Enchilado and Manchego cheeses)  Would those type of cheeses work?


 Carmen  1/26/2015


---Reply posted by DJ on 1/26/2015
Hi Carmen, I'm honestly not sure, but ... I'll go out on a limb and say, "Probably." You can always test by putting a small pile in the bottom of a non-stick pan and frying it. Or, place some on a piece of wax paper in the oven or microwave and see if it fries up. Testing it easy ... tasting is easier! ;) All this said, I might suggest avoiding those blends. The manufacturers add starch (often corn starch) to help keep the grated cheese from lumping and sticking to itself. It's always better to grate your own. Granted, the blends are still quite low in carbs, but that every little bit helps! :)

Theresa, I actually did something like that with Parmesan cheese. <a href="">Check these out</a>! They were DELICIOUS, too! :)

 DJ  4/12/2014


Oh gosh that sure looks yummy! I love a good taco salad, and what could be better than a bowl made of cheese?? I think I will also try making little ones, maybe draped over the back of a mini muffin tin…wouldn't they be the cutest little appetizers? :)

 Theresa Scholtz  4/12/2014


Hi Carla! Thanks for the kind words! I don't know that I seek out fat exactly, but I DEFINITELY don't shy away from it, either. I really just try and cut out sugars and starches. The rest ... I'm happy! Many people within this particular way of eating DO tend to up their fat and lower their carbs ... followed often by lowering their protein, too! I've seen fat intakes as high as 90%! Something like 90% fat, 9% protein and 1% carbs. To my mind, that would start to feel restrictive, but ... there are many that swear by this way of eating! You want to gain ... ? I say ... hit the gym and lift heavy! :)

 DJ  1/26/2013


I am SO GLAD to find somebody who WANTS fat in their food! I do & I don't watch my weight. If anything, I need to gain. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

 Carla Griffin  1/26/2013


Thanks, Nancy! This salad is VERY filling. The bowl alone is a big piece of the whole ordeal! Regarding the format, We'll see if I keep it up. So far the votes seem about divided. I want to keep feeling it out. I like it a lot, also, but ... those that don't like it ... REALLY don't like it. So, we'll see what happens! Thanks again! :)

 DJ  1/23/2013


This looks not only pretty but very filling. Loving your new format!

 Nancy  1/23/2013