A super-quick blend of reduced-fat sour cream and salsa serves double duty as salad dressing and seasoning for the meat in our updated version of Tex-Mex taco salad. Depending on the type of salsa you use, the salad will vary in heat. We keep this version light with lean turkey, but lean ground beef (about 95%-lean) would also keep the nutrition marks reasonable. Just hold the deep-fried tortilla bowl and instead serve this salad with baked tortilla chips and wedges of fresh lime.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, June/July 2006
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Combine salsa and sour cream in a large bowl.

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  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add turkey and cook, stirring often and crumbling with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, beans, cumin and chili powder; cook, stirring, until the tomatoes begin to break down, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in cilantro and 1/4 cup of the salsa mixture.

  • Add lettuce to the remaining salsa mixture in the bowl; toss to coat. To serve, divide the lettuce among 4 plates, top with the turkey mixture and sprinkle with cheese.

Nutrition Facts

447 calories; protein 42.4g 85% DV; carbohydrates 26.9g 9% DV; dietary fiber 10.4g 42% DV; sugars 4.7g; fat 19.3g 30% DV; saturated fat 7.9g 39% DV; cholesterol 107.6mg 36% DV; vitamin a iu 9277.1IU 186% DV; vitamin c 12.8mg 21% DV; folate 190.7mcg 48% DV; calcium 216.4mg 22% DV; iron 5.9mg 33% DV; magnesium 80.3mg 29% DV; potassium 1121.8mg 31% DV; sodium 686.4mg 28% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 22% DV.

Reviews (20)

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20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I was not highly impressed with this. Lacking salt and needs more spice. I would not say it is terrible but if you like bland Mexican food then try it. My problem is I have been to Mexico many times and expect a punch of hotness when I make a Mexican recipe. I even added red chile flakes and still not hot enough. This recipe is too Americanized. I like many eating well recipes but was disappointed with this one. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is an AWESOME recipe!!! I used ground beef though when making mine. If you leave out the beans sour cream and salsa and add everything else it makes wonderful soft taco's! My family really liked it in fact it's 100x's better than any mexican resturant that I have ever been too. So it's a keeper for us we are having it again tonight for the second time this week!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2013
adding more flavor I've made this taco salad for years. I add baby peppers sauteed with the onions cook the turkey & add 2 T. of tomato paste cumin chili powder pinch of cayenne add 1/8 cup water until absorbed then add black beans. I omit the cheese...love it but try to stay healthier if I'm eating it for dinner topped w/green onions. Delish! Pros: Healthy Cons: Lacks flavor Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This was pretty simple to put together. Liked the salad. My daughter did too and she tends to be very picky with her food. Definitely a keeper. Nelida Baker Harker Heights TX Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2013
Very yummy quick dinner!! LOVE THIS RECIPE!! I mix it up a little by using black beans instead (I am not a kidney bean fan) and using 3tsp of seasoning instead of 2tsp. I make a double batch of the meat mix and I either freeze it or eat it the next day as lunch in a tortilla or over brown rice or even just by itself!! Pros: Healthy quick tasty Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I've made this dish a few times and love it! So quick and easy and nutritious. I like to add diced mango green onions and avocado to it. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was really good the only thing I felt it was lacking was salt (this is a healthy recipe though). It tasted like authentic mexican resturants I had been too. If your used to prepackage taco seasoning...you will probably agree that it is lacking salt. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
9 ww points 9 points in ww Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2012
Quick and easy Use chicken instead of turkey and instead of chili powder and cumin used a low sodium taco mix to taste. Turned out excellant and very heathy. Read More