GOALS – Frugal, Healthy Meals – Taco Salad (GF)

Taco Salad

1/2 lb ground beef, cooked and seasoned with taco seasoning ( I use a homemade recipe to ensure it’s gluten free)

1 head lettuce

1 cup frozen corn, thawed

1 avocado

1 red pepper, sliced into thin strips

2 corn tortillas, sliced into strips

2 tsp olive oil


Slice up your lettuce.

Stick the lettuce in a big bowl, and add the corn and peppers.  Slice the avocado up and add to the salad.

In a small saucepan, heat the oil.  Once heated, add the corn tortilla strips and fry ‘em up.  Salt them if you’d like.  For a healthier, but more time consuming option, you can bake them in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes or so, until they’re crispy.

When the tortilla strips are done, it’s time to serve.  Top each serving of salad with a small amount of the taco meat, salsa, and the tortilla strips.  The salsa works beautifully as a dressing, and keeps the salad moist.  Healthy and cheap!  Serves 4.

Taco Salad - Better on a Budget

The great thing about this salad is that you can add/omit what you like/don’t like.  If you like onion, throw some on!  Don’t like avocado?  Shred up some carrot instead. If you LOVE cheese and can’t have salad without it, add a little bit of that as well.

COST  (When items are bought on sale!!):

ground beef , taco seasoning- $1.10

Corn – $0.24

Red Pepper – $0.99

Corn tortillas and olive oil – $0.23

Lettuce – $1

Salsa – $0.25 (this is even cheaper when you make it yourself!)

TOTAL COST – $3.81

3 comments for “GOALS – Frugal, Healthy Meals – Taco Salad (GF)

  1. Dianna Thomas
    January 17, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    My favorite things to do on blogs is read recipes–I find so many that look good and when I make them are just delious– I can’t wait to try this out Im just not much of a cook… Thanks for the help–and sharing this

  2. February 23, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Yum! This looks so good! I’m adding it as a featured recipe on What’s Cooking Thursdays!


    • February 23, 2011 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks so much for the compliment! I’m excited to see it Thursday, and to check out all of the other YUMMY recipes that will be shared.:-)

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