Paleo Taco Salad

This recipe has been on the website since 2013 and we’ve gotten emails and social messages about how it’s made the regular dinner rotation in many homes. Delicious and easy to make!

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Taco Salad Recipe

This recipe has been on the website since 2013 and we’ve gotten emails and social messages about how this plate it’s made the regular dinner rotation in many homes. That’s exciting and thank you for all the kind words and enjoy this flavorful mix!

One of the reasons for the success of this dinner recipe is how easy it is to make, and how many flavorful ingredients it has. It doesn’t take long cooking, you can customize it and it’s really fresh and delicious.

Whole30 Taco Salad food to eat

Make Taco Seasoning Blend

The key ingredient is the super-simple Taco Seasoning. Skip the premade packets from the store that are loaded with preservatives and artificial colors and flavors. This recipe includes 8 basic spices you probably already have in your pantry.

Paleo Taco Salad

Taco Salad for a Crowd

While the recipe is good as-is for a family of 4 and no leftovers, we like more than that. So make sure to double the taco salad recipe if you want leftovers or have a larger family. We double it every time.

Taco Salad Recipe
Family Approved Taco Salad

Paleo Taco Salad

Yield: 5
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


Taco Salad

  • 1 lb Grass-Fed Ground Beef
  • 1 batch Taco Seasoning, recipe below
  • 1 bunch Romaine Lettuce, cut or torn into small
  • 1 Bell Pepper, any color
  • 1 can Black Olives, or 2 cans if you love olives like us, sliced
  • 1-2 Tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 Cucumber, seeded and diced
  • 1 Avocado, pitted and diced
  • Salsa, no added sugar, preferably homemade

Taco Seasoning

  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder


Taco Salad

  1. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over med-high heat.
  2. When the beef is no longer pink, add the taco seasoning and 1 Tbsp water to the skillet and stir until combined. Remove from heat.
  3. While the beef is browning, prep all the vegetables.
  4. Serve by layering the lettuce, beef, and all veggies on individual serving plates. Top with salsa.
  5. If you're primal, add some grass-fed sour cream (because sour cream is awesome!).

Taco Seasoning

  1. Combine all ingredients. Makes enough for 1 pound of ground beef.


  • Nutritional Facts do not include the salsa

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1 g
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 441Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 9gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 1791mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 7gSugar: 4gProtein: 18g

Nutrition is calculated by a third party and may not be 100% accurate

Grain Free Taco Salad (Paleo)


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  1. I feel like I should warn others, 1 Tbsp of chili powder is waaaay too much! I like a little heat, but the fire in my mouth is almost unbearable. I’m powering through because I don’t believe I’m wasting food. I’m just glad I didn’t feed this to my kids!

  2. Yum! Only thing: if this serves 4-6, it does not provide enough for a family AND enough for leftovers for lunch the next day. Plan accordingly.

  3. This is the best Whole30 recipe I’ve tried thus far. My husband and I are big on Mexican food and were impressed by the flavor of the taco seasoning. This is definitely not a bland meal! It wasn’t really filling enough for my husband – he’s a big guy – so it will need some tweaking before I serve it to him again.

  4. This was our first meal under the Whole 30 and I have to say it was fantastic. If the rest of your recipes are anything like this, then we are in for a real treat, and not as much of a challenge as I thought.

    This only made 4 meals for us, but that is pretty typical with a pound of ground beef.

    Caveats –

    I didn’t measure the taco seasoning additions, just used my best judgement and thought it was great, let’s see if I can recreate that again.

    Added jalapenos because I love spice

  5. REALLY good! Wasn’t sure I was going to like it, but it was a pleasant surprise. The taco seasoning was delicious. Will be making again

    1. The nutrition facts are for 1/5 of the meal (meaning this should give you 5 equal servings). Fat has more calories per gram than protein and carbs, so the avocado, olives, and beef increase the calorie count.

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