Del Taco’s Classic Taco Salad Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

Ground Beef Mixture:

  • 1 pound ground beef (80/20 or 85/15 works best)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning (use your favorite brand or a homemade mix)
  • 1/2 cup water

Salad Base:

  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

Toppings:

  • Crumbled tortilla chips
  • Sliced avocado or guacamole (optional)
  • Sour cream (optional)
  • Del Taco’s “secret” sauce (see below) or your favorite salsa or taco sauce

Del Taco-Style “Secret” Sauce (Optional):

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Instructions

Make the Secret Sauce (if using):

  • Whisk together all sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Refrigerate until you’re ready to build your salad.

Cook the Beef:

  • Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Drain off excess grease.
  • Stir in taco seasoning and water, simmer for 5 minutes until liquid has mostly reduced.

Assemble the Salad:

  • Divide shredded lettuce among four bowls or plates.
  • Top lettuce with the seasoned beef, beans, diced tomato, and cheddar cheese.

Finish and Serve:

  • Add crumbled tortilla chips, sliced avocado (if using), Del Taco sauce or your preferred salsa, and a dollop of sour cream (if using).
  • Serve immediately.

Tips

  • Customization: The beauty of taco salad is it’s flexible! Add olives, hot sauce, different cheeses, or your other favorite taco fixings.
  • Lettuce Choices: Iceberg lettuce is closest to what Del Taco uses, but for a healthier option, try romaine or green leaf lettuce.
  • Make-Ahead: Prep the beef, chop the veggies, and make the sauce in advance. Store separately in the refrigerator, then assemble salads fresh when ready to serve.

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