Low Carb Taco Salad with Avocado Dressing

Taco Salad

Podcast Recommendation: NPR’s Morning Edition: January 21, 2015

Servings: 1

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 10-12 minutes


Ground Beef Topping:

  • 1/8 stick of butter
  • 1/4 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 onion (red or yellow), diced
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced
  • dash garlic salt (I used Trader Joe’s garlic salt grinder)
  • dash ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder


  • 3/4 head of romaine lettuce
  • 2 small tomatoes

Avocado Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup fat free sour cream
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • dash garlic salt (I used Trader Joe’s garlic salt grinder)


  1. add butter to pan on medium heat
  2. add onion and garlic, sauté for 2 minutes
  3. add cilantro and jalapeño, sauté an additional 2 minutes
  4. move veggies to the outer sides of the pan, forming an empty space in the middle for the ground beef
  5. put ground beef in the cleared space
  6. add cumin, cayenne pepper, ground black pepper, and more garlic salt
  7. brown beef for 6-8 minutes, breaking apart often so beef is crumbly and doesn’t clump together
  8. between browning beef, cut up lettuce into strips 1/2 inch wide and tomato into quarters
  9. add lettuce to bottom of serving bowl and layer tomatoes on top
  10. add ground beef mixture on top of lettuce and tomato, set aside
  11. scoop avocado into mixing bowl and mash
  12. add sour cream to avocado mash
  13. add cumin and garlic salt to avocado sour cream mash
  14. pour on top of and mix into salad

Adapted from this recipe.


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