Spanish Food A.K.A. Taco Salad


This is the first meal my husband made for me. :) Apparently his family had this meal a lot growing up, so he’s a pro at making it. He calls it Spanish Food… but I think it’s pretty much the same thing as a Taco Salad. There are a million different takes on the “taco salad” and this is probably not even technically “Spanish” food, but here’s our take on it.

This is one of those meals that is so EASY and YUMMY! It’s the perfect meal for those crazy “I don’t have time to think about dinner” nights. The kids will love it too, which is always a plus in my book!

easy taco salad recipe


Spanish Food A.K.A. Taco Salad


  • 1 lb. Hamburger
  • 1/2 Red, 1/2 Yellow and 1/2 Orange Pepper (Optional- you could just throw one in)
  • 1/4 cup taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Cooked Rice
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Salsa
  • Tomatoes
  • Salsa
  • Cheese
  • Sour cream


1. First things first cook your rice. That takes the longest. :)


2. Next brown your hamburger and chopped peppers. Once browned pour in water and taco seasoning. Simmer for about five minutes.

3. Once the hamburger and rice is done cooking you can start building your taco salad.



 I melt cheese on my tortilla chips. It makes it extra YUMMY!


Then layer the Rice and hamburger.

healthy taco salad recipe

Next comes the salsa, tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream and whatever other fix-in’s you like.

Hop you enjoy! This is definitely one of our favorite go-to meals!

Happy Tasty Tuesday!

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. piKa-pic broches posted on March 8, 2011 at 5:31 am (#

    It has a delicious looks!!
    I am Spanish and assure you that this is a Mexican food. We eat this type of food in Mexican restaurants or in house, but it is not of our gastronomy. Sorry… :(
    Good profit!

  2. Jennifer posted on March 8, 2011 at 5:54 am (#

    Looks really good! It's 6:00 AM here and I could totally eat this right now! hahaha!

  3. laxsupermom posted on March 8, 2011 at 6:44 am (#

    My boys love taco salads! I love setting the toppings out like a mini taco bar and letting them make their own. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Robert and Cassie posted on March 8, 2011 at 6:54 am (#

    Looks so yummy! Definitely be trying that out! We love cool ranch doritos with our "spanish food", it sounds weird but tastes oh so good! Love all your fun and oh so tasty recipes!

  5. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} posted on March 8, 2011 at 7:14 am (#

    Yum! Taco salad is my favorite Mexican dish. I love to make it at home! I've never seen a version of it quite like this. It looks delicious! (I'm definitely going to try the melted cheese trick next time!)

  6. STILLMAGNOLIA posted on March 8, 2011 at 9:11 am (#

    Looks yummy to me. My family always liked taco salad…and it looks pretty much like this minus the peppers which I will try next time I make it.

  7. Renee77 posted on March 8, 2011 at 9:13 am (#

    I am hispanic and my husband and I make this quite often. Minus the rice we add refried bean. Looks yummy to me! Maybe I will make this for dinner tonight lol!

  8. posted on March 8, 2011 at 12:29 pm (#


    Thank you for your nice comments on my blog, very nice!
    Feel free to add pictures to your blog.

    Hugs Nina

  9. Brett + Aisling + Aedan +Eli posted on March 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm (#

    in our house, we call that meal "stack-ups". And when cooking the hamburger, we'll add in an onion, a can of green chiles, and black beans (along with everything else you mentioned) It's delish.

  10. Natalie posted on March 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm (#

    DUDE. You got a husband that cooks!?! Lucky girl! Those look super yummy…I'll have to add it to my recipe box! Thanks for sharing! And thanks for your comment on my photography blog! How on earth did you find it!?! Nobody ever visits my photography blog…they usually just go to NatSprat. So…thanks! Totally made my day. Your pictures are FABULOUS, btw. I figured you already used photoshop!

  11. Summers Camp posted on March 8, 2011 at 7:51 pm (#

    Yeah, double the salsa! Such an important ingredient you need it twice ;) That's my kind of recipe! This is our version of Nachos Supreme. Love it! *B

  12. thesandwichpress posted on March 9, 2011 at 7:37 am (#

    Anything taco related is awesome in my books. This looks great! To try: Instead of rice, add kraft dinner… I know, crappy processed food, but let me tell you, it's de-lish.

  13. Lydia posted on March 10, 2011 at 8:48 pm (#

    My husband thanks you. The taco salad made me hungry- so now he will be fed):-

  14. Laurel @ Ducks in a Row posted on March 10, 2011 at 8:56 pm (#

    Delicioso! I'm not sure how to spell that but YUM!

  15. LambAround posted on March 11, 2011 at 9:31 pm (#

    Gosh darn it! Yours was going to be the last post I read from the Tatertots & Jello party before going to bed, but now all I can think about are the tortilla chips downstairs in the kitchen. I swear they're calling out to me! ;)

    If you get a chance, I'd love for you to link this up for my Not "Baaad" blog hop, which is up right now. It's unlike other linkies in that you actually compete with the other linked posts for my Best in Show award :)

  16. Real Life Reslers posted on March 12, 2011 at 10:43 am (#

    yum!! i can't wait to make this!