Southwestern Turkey Taco Salad Recipe An alternative for Taco Tuesday

Just like your family, mine loves Taco Tuesday. But I love to change it up a bit every now and then. Last week, rather than regular tacos, I announced that we’d be having Taco Salad.

Naturally, I was hit with the whining and complaining. Sure, they like salads, but how dare I mess with Taco Tuesday?!

an alernative recipe for Taco Tuesday! this turkey taco salad is so good and easy for the family

Compromising, I picked up a box of Ortega Fiesta Flats Flat Bottom Taco Shells and created a dinner that everyone liked enough to tell their friends. (Don’t worry. They were permitted to leave the olives on their plates.)

Southwestern Turkey Taco Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

An easy 30-minute option for Taco Tuesday night, the Southwestern Turkey Taco Salad offers the same familiar crunch and flavor in a salad.


  • 1 pound ground turkey (you can use beef, bison, etc.)
  • 1 packet Ortega Taco Seasoning
  • 1 box Ortega Fiesta Flats Flat Bottom Taco Shells
  • 2 firm, ripe avocados
  • 2 16-oz cans of pinto, black or kidney beans, washed and drained
  • 3 ripe tomatoes, partially seeded and cut into small pieces
  • 1/3 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced and sauteed (I like to saute onions about once a month and freeze them in small bags until needed)
  • Small bunch of fresh coriander/cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 crisp lettuce head, shredded
  • Southwestern Vinaigrette Dressing
  • (optional) shredded taco cheese, salsa, sour cream, more cilantro

Get Cooking

  1. Warm Fiesta Flats in the oven.
  2. Cook turkey meat with taco seasoning as directed on the seasoning packet
  3. Core and slice avocados and place in large salad bowl with beans, tomatoes, olives, onion, coriander, lettuce. Mix gently.
  4. Place Fiesta Flats on plate and "fill" (or overfill) with salad and taco turkey meat. Sprinkle with cheese, top with optional toppings and dressing.

Click here for the Southwestern Salad Dressing Recipe.

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel ( and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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