Judy's Taco Salad: Cinco de Mayo Recipe

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Judy is my sister-in-law and many years ago she shared this recipe for taco salad that instantly became a family favourite.  Salads were not something that my three boys loved when they were younger, but this one was often requested. Even as adults they will request this salad for family dinners when it is their turn to choose the family dinner menu. 

Judy’s Taco Salad


·     1 lb lean ground beef

·     1 onion, chopped

·     3 tomatoes, chopped

·     1 can of kidney beans – DO NOT THROW AWAY THE JUICE

·     1 c grated cheddar cheese (for DF use cheese of your choice)

·     1-2 heads of chopped lettuce 

·     1 bag of cheesy nacho chips (for GF&DF I use the sea salt or salsa rice chips)

·     ½ c vinegar

·     ½ c sugar (I use less sugar)



1.    Brown beef well with onion – drain as needed

2.    Make dressing and then set aside

·     Blend together the juice from the drained kidney beans, with the vinegar and the sugar

3.    In a bowl combine the drained kidney beans, tomatoes, and lettuce

4.    Just before serving:

·     Add ground beef

·     Add dressing – I do not use all of the dressing so add a bit and then toss the salad. Adjust the amount as needed. The remaining dressing can be stored in the fridge.

5.    Top with grated cheese of your choice and crushed chips (I do not crush the whole bag of chips at once. Crush a couple of handfuls at a time and add more as needed.)

**You could also serve this salad in a tortilla bowl and it would be delicious**

Kathy Watson

Kathy Watson co-founded Your Better Life with her husband, Tom. Kathy is a skilled Learning Support Teacher in Surrey British Columbia, Canada, and finds great joy in working with young children as they develop their literature skills. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Education and a Special Education Diploma, and has worked with students of all ages throughout her 24-year career in education. A former competitive swimmer, Kathy has developed a deep and long-lasting passion for fitness, nutrition, health and wellness. While working toward her Fitness and Nutrition Coaching Diploma, Kathy has learned the vital importance nutrition plays in a person’s overall wellness. To that end, Kathy has enthusiastically partnered with Nutrie, and is excited to bring the products and lifestyle to the Your Better Life community to make the achievement of personal health goals simpler. Kathy and the rest of the Nutrie team are excited to help you start making the little changes in your life – one day at a time – that will lead to BIG results and the best you! To learn more about how Nutrie can help you, visit Kathy’s website. Kathy and Tom have been married for more than 20 years and have three grown sons. Together, Kathy and Tom are dedicated to working with various communities to assist them in reaching their full potential, as is evidenced in their devotion to the success of Your Better Life.