Hello Friends! Taco Tuesday is here and I have a recipe for you! A Taco Salad qualifies perfectly for this occasion in my opinion, specially when you’re watching the size of your waistline ;). Not all Taco Salads are low in calories though; most of the ones I see are loaded with too many carbs & fats! Yikes! It defeats the entire purpose of a salad right?. As I gear up for my Figure competition (I’m 16 weeks out) things are starting to get more serious for me and have to watch my calories more closely. Thus, enter Skinny Taco Salad!
The beauty of this salad is that it’s so versatile. If I want more fat in it, I can add some cheese or avocado (usually I go for the avocado). For the tortilla chips you can either bake your own or use your favorite ones from the grocery store. I make my own by baking white corn tortillas for about 5 minutes. The key is to use low fat ground beef like 96% and salsa fresco (pico de gallo) as the dressing. Most salad dressings are heavy in fat making your salad very high in calories.
Tip: Make your salsa very juicy by adding lots of lime juice so you have enough to coat the entire salad. You can find my Salsa Fresca recipe HERE
- 1 lb 96% ground beef
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 2/3 cup water
- 2 heads romaine lettuce, washed and cut
- 9 white corn tortillas, sliced into strips or cut into small squares
- 1 Tbsp olive oil (optional)
- Salsa Fresca (recipe [url href="http://fit-fun-delish.com/2011/07/salsa-fresca.html" target="_blank"]here[/url])
- Avocado and cheese (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In a medium pan, brown ground beef over medium heat until all juices have been absorbed. About 15 minutes.
- Add the taco seasoning and water. Continue cooking until most juices have been absorbed. About 4 to 5 minutes.
- While the meat cooks, arrange the tortillas in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 5 minutes or until crispy.
- Optional: You may brush the tortillas with olive oil prior to cutting.
- Assemble your salad with all ingredients and mix well until the salad is coated evenly with the salsa.
Note: The following nutritional information is based on 100g of ground beef, 3 corn tortillas (55 calories each) plus 1 roma tomato. I don’t track the rest of the veggies (unless it’s avocado or if I add cheese)