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Healthified Taco Salad

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75% less sat fat • 61% less fat • 60% more fiber than the original recipe. Don’t miss out on south-of-the-border favorites—treat yourself to Taco Salad done right.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

1
lb extra lean (at least 90%) ground beef
2/3
cup water
1
tablespoon chili powder
1/2
teaspoon ground cumin
1/8
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
12
cups torn romaine or iceberg lettuce
1
can (15 oz) Progresso™ pinto beans, drained, rinsed
2
medium tomatoes, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
3
medium green onions, sliced (3 tablespoons)
3/4
cup shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese (3 oz)
3/4
cup Muir Glen™ organic salsa (any variety)
3/4
cup fat-free sour cream
3
oz tortilla chips

Directions

  • 1 In 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in water, chili powder, cumin and ground red pepper; reduce heat to medium-low. Cook about 5 minutes or until most of liquid has evaporated.
  • 2 Divide lettuce among 6 salad plates; top each with meat mixture and remaining ingredients except chips. Arrange chips around salad. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Info

The Quick Take: Healthified

  • Calories Reduced By 120
  • Fat Reduced By 19g
  • Dietary Fiber Added 6g
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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
360
(
Calories from Fat
120),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
14g
14%
(Saturated Fat
5g,
5%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
60mg
60%;
Sodium
520mg
520%;
Total Carbohydrate
33g
33%
(Dietary Fiber
6g
6%
  Sugars
4g
4%
),
Protein
25g
25%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
190%;
Vitamin C
15%;
Calcium
20%;
Iron
25%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 2 Vegetable; 2 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

The Original vs. Healthified

Live Better America lets you enjoy your favorite dishes without worry or guilt. Our nutritionists switch ingredients, reduce amounts and use other kitchen tricks to turn the original recipes into Healthified recipes that are good and good for you.

Before After
1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef 1 lb extra lean (at least 90%) ground beef
1 package (1 oz) taco seasoning mix 1 tablespoon chili powder
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (6 oz) 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 cup sour cream 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
6 oz tortilla chips 1 can (15 oz) Progresso® pinto beans, drained, rinsed
3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese (3 oz)
3/4 cup fat-free sour cream
3 oz tortilla chips
Nutritional Highlights
Calories
 
 
500 (before)
380 (after)
Dietary Fiber
 
 
4 g (before)
10 g (after)
Total Fat
 
 
31 g (before)
12 g (after)

Did You Know?

Expert Tips

We've replaced ingredients with great-tasting alternatives to create better-for-you recipes that are just as yummy as the originals.

In a hurry? Just toss all of the ingredients except the chips in a large bowl, and serve family-style with chips.

Avocado slices make a perfect garnish for this zesty salad.

You can make your own baked tortilla chips: Cut corn or flour tortillas into wedges or strips. Brush lightly with oil and place on an ungreased cookie sheet; bake at 375°F for 8 to 12 minutes or until crispy.

Ratings & Reviews

We calculated the nutrition of this recipe at the time it was created on 08/07/2013. NOTE: We do not include optional ingredients in our calculations. If concerned about gluten-free, non-dairy, vegetarian or vegan status, always read ingredient labels to make sure each recipe ingredient meets requirements. Products and ingredient sources can change.

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NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
360
(
Calories from Fat
120),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
14g
14%
(Saturated Fat
5g,
5%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
60mg
60%;
Sodium
520mg
520%;
Total Carbohydrate
33g
33%
(Dietary Fiber
6g
6%
  Sugars
4g
4%
),
Protein
25g
25%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
190%;
Vitamin C
15%;
Calcium
20%;
Iron
25%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 2 Vegetable; 2 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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