Mushroom-Beef Taco Salad

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Active: 45 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
This recipe is sponsored by Mushroom Council. When I was growing up, my dad would make tacos once a week, and taco salad is still one of my favorite dinners. Using mushrooms in the mix is a great way to lighten it up.



  1. Make the pico de gallo: Combine the tomatoes, red onion, lime juice, cilantro, 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl; mix well.
  2. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the yellow onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until softened, about 1 more minute. Add the ground beef and mushrooms and cook, breaking up the meat as it cooks, until the beef is no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, 3/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook, stirring, until combined and the spices are slightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and stir to combine. Continue to cook until the sauce is fully absorbed and the mixture is almost dry, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  3. Toss the lettuce with 2 tablespoons of the liquid from the pico de gallo in a large bowl. Divide among small bowls; top with the beef-mushroom mixture and more pico de gallo. Add beans, cheese, radishes, avocado, cilantro and/or sour cream.