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Shockingly Simple Black Bean Taco Salad

by Laura

This is a taco salad recipe with a little of a twist. It is one that my family loves. I got the recipe for Shockingly Simple Black Bean Taco Salad several years ago from a Quick Cooking Magazine, now known as Simple and Delicious.

I don’t add the tomatoes because my family is not a fan of fresh tomatoes. However, I do add a little garlic salt and pepper to the meat, but there is no other need for seasonings, since the flavor for this salad comes from the nacho cheese chips and Catalina dressing.

You could probably add other things to this salad that you like such as corn or fresh onion. We like it just the way it is. Also, in the original picture I took I used pinto beans instead of black beans because when I went to my pantry I was out of black beans. Hope you enjoy this quick and easy salad that won’t heat up the house. This is something I definitely enjoy on these hot July days.
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Shockingly Simple Black Bean Taco Salad


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 cups torn leaf lettuce
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup Catalina salad dressing
  • 4 cups nacho tortilla chips


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, tomato, beans and beef. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat.
  3. Arrange tortilla chips on a serving plate; top with beef mixture. Yield: 4 servings.
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This is the original photo from this post. The above picture was updated in August 2015.

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Kimberly July 27, 2008 - 4:52 pm

Yummm!! This looks great. I’ve printed it and we’ll be trying this out (minus the beans) after the next trip to the grocery store.

Congrats on being the saucy chef (yes, I’m behind)


~*Paty*~ July 26, 2008 - 10:02 am

Mmmmm….looks super yummy!

angie July 25, 2008 - 1:24 pm

We LOVE taco salad at my house. I’ve never used Catalina dressing though. I’ll have to try it.

Angela July 24, 2008 - 9:10 pm

Hope you enjoyed your saucy day!

Shannon July 24, 2008 - 6:18 pm

I was planning on making “regular” taco salad for dinner tomorrow night… I’m going to try this one, instead! Yum!

Bobbi July 24, 2008 - 4:53 pm

Congrats on being the SITS “reciper” of the day!

Tam July 24, 2008 - 3:30 pm

Congrats on for the saucy of the DAY. YUM

sassy stephanie July 24, 2008 - 12:04 pm

Looks yummy. And I so love simple.

lfamily5 July 24, 2008 - 11:21 am

Congrats on your SITS feature! Can’t wait to try this- I LOVE Taco Salad!

Jenn July 24, 2008 - 10:20 am

Congrats to you ! I like your site ,I’m going to add it to my list I read !

Stephanie July 24, 2008 - 9:15 am

congrats!!! This recipe looks great. Love your blog, it just looks so light and refreshing, gonna go take a peek at some other goodies. Thanks!!!!!

greedygrace July 24, 2008 - 9:13 am

Yummy! I love taco salad!

Amy July 24, 2008 - 8:30 am

Congrats on being featured! I love taco salad, I will definitely have to try this….with tons of sour cream too 🙂

Rhea July 24, 2008 - 8:17 am

Anything that’s shockingly simple is simply perfect for me. :o)

Sherri - KaysvilleMomma July 24, 2008 - 8:04 am

Yeah Congrats~~~ Have a Saucy Day!!!

Deanna July 24, 2008 - 8:03 am

YUMMY! Congrats on being today’s Saucy Chef. You are right… I am SHOCKED how simple and delicious this looks.

Lula! July 24, 2008 - 5:25 am

Oh, I will definitely be trying this one VERY SOON.

Sheri July 24, 2008 - 3:43 am

Congrats on being a featured SITSa, and YUMM! I get that magazine, too . . . delicious stuff in there!

Karen July 23, 2008 - 10:55 pm

Congratulations on being a saucy Chef 🙂

I like the look of this recipe….and I’m all for trying anything that won’t heat up the house!!


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