Taco Salad Recipe

Taco salad makes a delicious quick-fix supper or game day meal! This recipe comes together in minutes!

I think I owe you this. Taco Salad that is.

Especially after that loaded smashed potato fiasco the other day. What was I thinking?! I know we’re all supposed to be eating salads, drinking smoothies, and gulping down a gallon of water. So this taco salad is my peace offering.

I will admit, it still has some man-pleasing, carb-loving qualities about it though. Like the shell, sour cream, and cheese. But, those things just make this salad a taco salad. Otherwise, it would be…. um…. salad.

Whatever. I think I need more sleep or something along those lines.

One of the best parts of this salad is that it comes together in a jiffy, making it a great quick-fix supper idea. Also, it tastes amazing and presents well, so if you are having friends over for supper this weekend or planning ahead what you can serve for the Super Bowl, this taco salad really works well.

So, are we friends again? Let’s toast over water bottles!


Here’s my taco salad recipe. I think you’ll love it!

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Taco Salad Recipe

Taco salad makes a delicious quick-fix supper or game day meal! This recipe comes together in minutes!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 6 -8
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 4-5 tablespoons canola oil divided
  • 6-8 corn or flour torillas
  • 1 pound lean ground beef browned, crumbled and drained
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix
  • 1 cup enchilada sauce
  • 10 ounces Coke regular
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1 10-ounce can prepared refried beans
  • 4 cups lettuce greens
  • 1/2 medium red onion sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 8- ounces cheddar cheese shredded
  • 8 tablespoons sour cream divided


  • Add 1-2 tablespoons to skillet over medium-low heat. Add tortillas, one at a time. Cook for about 2-3 minutes per side, until just brown and crisp. Remove tortilla to a wire cooling rack with small bowls inverted over a baking sheet to cool. Place the tortilla onto the inverted bowls and using the tongs, pull the edges over to form a loose bowl shape with the cooked tortilla. Repeat until all tortillas have been prepared.
  • Wipe skillet clean with paper towels and add ground beef and taco seasoning to the skillet over medium-low heat. Brown ground beef, drain any excess grease, and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan prepare the dressing by adding the enchilada sauce, Coke, brown sugar and Sriracha sauce. Cook until reduced and thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. Set aside.
  • To assemble taco salads, place a prepared tortilla shell on each plate. Add about 1/4 cup refried beans, top with about 1/2 cup to 1 cup of prepared beef, then add lettuce greens, onion slices, tomatoes, and a dollop of sour cream.
  • Drizzle with a tablespoon or two of prepared sauce that has been set aside from earlier. Serve immediately.


Robyn xoxo

30 comments on “Taco Salad Recipe”

  1. Well, it sure is gorgeous! And I didn’t hold the potatoes against you. Just filed the recipe away for a cheat day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Nothing else will do for lunch now. Big time craving.

  3. Your sauce on this salad is to die for, I’ve got to try it! Taco salads are probably my single favorite thing to make and eat!

  4. This looks amazing and the sauce probably is so tasty!

  5. Robyn, stunning and looks so good. We eat Taco Salad all the time – I add all kinds of things to it. Happy weekend, friend!

  6. Ok you turned a taco salad into a piece of art – that is gorgeous!! My husband always has a coke or two in the house for “emergencies” ๐Ÿ˜‰ Would love to try this.

  7. the prettiest taco salad i have ever seen! stunning!

  8. My menu just changed from tacos to this beautiful salad for supper tonight!! The dressing sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

  9. Ooo, this looks great! I like the use of the tortilla. Usually my taco salads either have the tortilla crisps or have used Fritos. Can’t wait to try this!

  10. This would be perfect for one of our busy weeknights. And I love the colors!

  11. Oooh, this sauce is calling my name! Sounds fabulous!

  12. This is my kind of salad! Love all things taco!

  13. What a gorgeous salad! I love taco salads, this looks amazing!

  14. Taco salad – well taco of any kind – is one of my favorite meals. I love your take on it! Looks delicious. Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. I’m hungry now and it’s all your fault ; )

  16. This is my kinda salad!! You rocked it girl. Lets split one then take a nap. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. This is so bright and colorful! I love taco salads!

  18. Taco Salad is def one of my favorites. But I have never seen Coke in dressing before. It sounds so interesting. Of course, I’m going to need to try this out!

  19. So bright and appetizing!

  20. I love taco salad, I could eat it every day. This sauce sounds amazing, love that it has Coke in it!

  21. I do love it! Taco salad totally counts as keeping-my-New-Years-resolutions salad. Without salads like this, my resolutions don’t stand a chance! Great pictures, Robyn. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Taco salads are one of my go-to meals since *almost* all of my kids will eat it. My youngest daughter is easily satisfied with a bagel and fruit or a PB&J, so I don’t mind making her something different.

  23. I grew up with my mom putting Thousand Island dressing all over taco salad. I swore off taco salad for years. This. This is what I needed.

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  25. Can I come eat with you? Your recipes always sound like something I’d love to be eating! You know I’m pinning it!

  26. Awesome! You cook with Coke like I do! Do you use the stuff made here, or the little glass bottles from Mexico? I prefer those, because they still make Coke with sugar down there. When it comes to Coke, this Southern gal is a purist. lol

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  28. What is sriracha sauce ?

  29. What is your reason for using Coke in the recipe? ………Adding sweetness to a recipe is the only reason, I can understand, for adding Coke to any recipe. The ingredients that go into a bottle of Coke include sugar, or corn syrup, caramel, caffeine flavoring, carbonated water and what the company describes as “natural flavorings – a unique blend of spices and extracts from around the world”, which could include just about anything.

    Organic brown sugar or local, unprocessed honey works just as well and these two sugars are a world apart from the refined sweeteners that go into Coke… and in my opinion, healthier.

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