Taco Salad

Taco Salad Tortilla Bowls! (scroll down for printable recipe)

No rinky-dink taco salad, this one is served up in a flour tortilla bowl just like at Taco Bell. Except you make it at home, without the questionable ingredients. You can still have it with Taco Bell sauce, though, if you find a few packets in your glove box. And if you don’t have some old, sticky hot sauce pouches laying around, check out this Mexican Pizza recipe post to make your own Taco Bell sauce!

Taco Salad Recipe – Printable


Taco Salad

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  • Author: Hilah Johnson
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: varies


  • Flour tortillas, taco or burrito size
  • Spray oil
  • Choose any toppings you like:
  • Refried beans
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Cheese
  • Jalapeños
  • Avocado or guacamole
  • Sour Cream
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Salsa or hot sauce
  • Ranch dressing


  1. Set oven to 375ºF
  2. Soften tortillas by microwaving briefly if they are stale.
  3. For burrito size tortillas, get one small oven-proof bowl for each shell and a large baking sheet. Set the bowl(s) upside down on the baking shet and spritz lightly with oil. Press the tortillas around the bowls, pressing and folding them so they keep their shape. Spray outside lightly with oil.
  4. For taco-size tortillas, turn a muffin tin upside down. Spritz both sides of each tortilla lightly with oil and tuck into the space between muffin cups.
  5. Bake for 8 minutes. For large tortillas, after 8 minutes, carefully flip the tortillas off the bowls (lift away from you to avoid steam burning your hand) and return to the oven for another 2-4 minutes to cook completely. Small tortillas will be cooked after 8 minutes.
  6. Spread beans in the bottom, then top with meat or veggies of your choice, then salad ingredients.
  7. Serve warm.

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Try these filling ideas:

  • Leftover cooked chicken, shredded and sauteed with onion, chopped tomatoes or tomatillos, oregano, and garlic
  • Carnitas
  • Leftover pork roast, shredded and reheated with garlic, cumin and a splash of lime juice
  • Beef taco filling
  • Leftover steak, thinly sliced and reheated quickly in a hot pan with oregano and lemon juice
  • Vegetable saute of sliced poblano peppers, onions, carrots, summer squash, and/or corn. Add guacamole or sliced avocado
  • Tempeh taco filling – vegetarian!

taco salad bowl recipe


  1. The Other Randy on July 25, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Somehow I’ve thus far only managed to eat rinky dink healthy taco salads, namely when I was dating someone who loved taco salads and insisted that I have one whenever we visited their favorite taco salad emporium. There’d be a very small portion of tasty stuff on top and once you got through that it’d pretty much be the most boring lettuce salad ever.

    Just knowing that there’s refried beans awaiting at the bottom is enough to make me eager to make this. I’m going to make a triple batch of tempeh taco filling! Healthy does not have to be boring.

    • Hilah on July 26, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      The refried beans in the bottom are the best part!

  2. Jen on July 27, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Your name song is hilarious and full of win.

    • Hilah on July 29, 2015 at 9:41 am

      They’re so fun to write, too. I need to write a few more and then all my friends have a name song! 😛

  3. Gene Cox on September 7, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Taco Salads are one of my favorite meals. I liked the attention that you gave to the tortillas. I had never thought to do that. But that is great. Thanks.

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