8-Layer Taco Salad


This gorgeous and colorful 8-layer taco salad recipe is made healthier by using ground turkey in place of beef, adding Greek yogurt and bumping up the amount of vegetables. Serve this salad in a clear glass bowl and you'll have an eye-catching party-worthy dinner or potluck side in just 30 minutes.

Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
6 servings, about 1 2/3 cups each


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 1 pound 93%-lean ground turkey

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • 1 avocado, pitted

  • ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

  • 1 ½ cups crumbled unsalted tortilla chips

  • 1 cup prepared salsa

  • 1 15-ounce can pinto beans, rinsed

  • 5 cups thinly sliced romaine lettuce

  • ½ cup shredded Mexican cheese blend

  • 1 medium tomato, chopped


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add turkey, chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring and breaking up lumps, until cooked through, about 5 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, mash avocado, yogurt and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl with a fork until smooth.

  3. Transfer the turkey and any juice from the pan to a serving bowl. Layer chips, salsa, beans and lettuce over the turkey. Spread the avocado mixture over the lettuce. Top with cheese, then tomato.


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

383 Calories
20g Fat
29g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 1 2/3 cups
Calories 383
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 25g 49%
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Vitamin A 4747IU 95%
Vitamin C 10mg 11%
Folate 127mcg 32%
Sodium 665mg 29%
Calcium 160mg 12%
Iron 4mg 24%
Magnesium 69mg 16%
Potassium 810mg 17%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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