July 14, 2020

Recipe: Hearty Taco Salad With Rice

A hearty one-dish meal

Taco salad and tortilla chips in a bowl

This southwestern-inspired salad is great for a one-dish meal. For added nutritional benefit and flavor, try adding a cup of thawed frozen corn and/or a 15-ounce can of black beans, rinsed and drained.


Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy


1 pound ground sirloin
½ cup finely chopped onion
½ teaspoon minced garlic
½ teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
3 cups cooked rice, brown or yellow
6 cups mixed greens
2 tomatoes, chopped
½ cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
½ cup chopped red onion
¼ cup fat-free sour cream
¼ cup salsa
Low-fat tortilla chips (optional)


  1. In a large nonstick pan coated with nonstick cooking spray, cook the meat, onion and garlic over medium heat, stirring to crumble, about 5 to 7 minutes, or until the meat is done. Drain any excess fat.
  2. Add the cumin, salt and pepper and rice.
  3. Remove from the heat; cool slightly.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, red onion and rice mixture.
  5. In a small bowl, mix the sour cream and salsa.
  6. Toss the dressing with the lettuce rice mixture.
  7. Serve immediately with the picante sauce and tortilla chips, if desired.

Nutritional information

Per serving (serves six)

Calories 256 (20% calories from fat)
Protein 21 grams
Carbohydrates 30 grams
Fat 6 grams
Saturated fat 3 grams
Dietary fiber 2 grams
Sodium 168 milligrams
Dietary exchanges: 2.5 lean meat, 1.5 starch, 1 vegetable


Republished courtesy of Speaking of Women’s Health

Related Articles

Closeup of a lentil salad containing lentils, cauliflower, peppers, zucchini in a white bowl on a wooden table
February 13, 2024
Recipe: Herb-Friendly Lentil Salad

This delicious Mediterranean dish is packed with healthy protein and nutrients

Salad with vegetables, chickpeas and artichokes in white bowl on a light blue table
February 1, 2024
Recipe: Veggie, Bean and Artichoke Salad

Colorful and flavorful, this dish is a winner as an app, side or main course

Charred broccoli tossed with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, chickpeas and cooked bulgar wheat in a bowl
January 1, 2024
Recipe: Charred Broccoli Tabbouleh Salad

A tasty new twist on a Mediterranean classic

zesty bean salad
December 13, 2023
Recipe: Zesty Bean Salad

Filling, flavorful and beneficial

fruit spring rolls
April 17, 2023
Recipe: Fruit Salad Spring Rolls

A fun, fruity twist makes for a delicious and healthy dessert

Kale salad with chicken avocados artichokes tomatoes and bacon
September 19, 2022
Recipe: California Kale Cobb Salad

Colorful, hearty and tasty!

Fennel, orange and mint salad
August 29, 2022
Recipe: Fennel, Orange and Mint Salad

Simple and flavorful, this salad is sure to impress

A salad in a white bowl containing watermelon, tomatoes, corn, cucumbers and almonds
August 22, 2022
Recipe: Watermelon Salad With Cucumber, Tomato and Almonds

A surprisingly delicious combination

Trending Topics

glass of cherry juice with cherries on table
Sleepy Girl Mocktail: What’s in It and Does It Really Make You Sleep Better?

This social media sleep hack with tart cherry juice and magnesium could be worth a try

Exercise and diet over three months is hard to accomplish.
Everything You Need To Know About the 75 Hard Challenge

Following five critical rules daily for 75 days may not be sustainable

Person in foreground standing in front of many presents with person in background holding gift bags.
What Is Love Bombing?

This form of psychological and emotional abuse is often disguised as excessive flattery