South American Taco Salad

Sue Stone


Using quinoa is a great way to boost the protein in this simple salad.


★★★★★ 2 votes

45 Min
30 Min
Pan Fry


  • 1/4 c
    uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 c
  • 1 pinch
  • 1 lb
    ground beef
  • 1-1/2 tsp
    chili powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1
    head iceberg lettuce
  • 1-1/2 c
    chopped red onion
  • 1-1/2 c
    chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 c
    chopped tomato
  • 1 can(s)
    black beans (15 oz.), drained & rinsed
  • 1 can(s)
    kidney beans (15 oz.), drained & rinsed
  • 1 c
    sliced black olives
  • 3 c
    shredded 4-cheese mexican blend cheese
  • 1 small
    bag tortilla chips, coarsely crushed

How to Make South American Taco Salad


  1. To prepare quinoa: Put quinoa in a fine mesh strainer & rinse thoroughly to remove any bitter residue.
  2. Put rinsed, drained quinoa in a small saucepan with a drizzle of olive oil. Toast over med.-high heat, stirring frequently for 3 minutes.
  3. Add 1/2 cup water & pinch of salt to saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover pan & reduce heat to lowest setting. Cook for 15 minutes. Remove lid and fluff with a fork. Set aside.
  4. While quinoa is cooking, prepare ground beef: In a small skillet, brown ground beef until no longer pink; drain off fat. Add chili powder, cumin, garlic salt, and black pepper. Stir to mix in spices. Add cooked quinoa, mixing until combined. Set aside and let cool before adding to salad.
  5. In a large bowl, combine remaining salad ingredients, except tortilla chips. Add in cooled ground beef mixture. Stir to combine.
  6. Serve salad in individual bowls, topped with tortilla chips and your favorite dressing or salsa. I like to use: Salsa Pronto

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About South American Taco Salad

Course/Dish: Beef Salads
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Mexican

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