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Taco Salad

Taco Salad - All the flavors of a taco in a healthy salad with a refreshing, tangy lime vinaigrette!

All the flavors of a taco in a healthy salad with a refreshing, tangy lime vinaigrette!

Taco Salad - All the flavors of a taco in a healthy salad with a refreshing, tangy lime vinaigrette!

The new year is always a fresh start for new things – run 4 miles a day, save money, reduce stress, volunteer, cut back on alcohol, and of course eat healthier. It sounds like a lot of resolutions that may or may not be possible, particularly cutting down on alcohol. But with the help of Del Monte® fruit and vegetables, you can most definitely accomplish the latter since you can add garden quality goodness to your table for delicious and nutritious meals your whole family will enjoy!

Taco Salad - All the flavors of a taco in a healthy salad with a refreshing, tangy lime vinaigrette!

Did you know that Del Monte® fruit, vegetables and tomatoes are picked at the peaks of ripeness, with the majority canned the same day they are picked to lock in flavor, vitamins, antioxidants and essential nutrients? And they even contain similar nutrients as fresh when prepared for the table!

Taco Salad - All the flavors of a taco in a healthy salad with a refreshing, tangy lime vinaigrette!

That’s why I love stocking up on Del Monte® products in my pantry to have garden quality fruits and vegetables at my fingertips since I’ll be making salads every single day of the year – or at least I plan on it with my New Year’s resolution!

Taco Salad - All the flavors of a taco in a healthy salad with a refreshing, tangy lime vinaigrette!

Now today’s salad is a twist on my favorite Mexican dish – a taco salad! On a bed of crisp, romaine lettuce, this salad is loaded with crumbled chorizo, tomatoes, corn, beans, avocado, cilantro and a refreshing lime vinaigrette garnished with crunchy tortilla strips. Now if all salads tasted like this, I’m sure I could eat a salad everyday!

Taco Salad

All the flavors of a taco in a healthy salad with a refreshing, tangy lime vinaigrette!

10 minutes5 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 ounces Mexican chorizo, casing removed
  • 5 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 cup Del Monte® Whole Kernel Sweet Gold and White Corn, drained
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, for garnish
  • 1/4 cup tortilla strips, for garnish

For the lime vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar, or more to taste


  1. To make the vinaigrette, whisk together olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lime zest and juice, and sugar in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add chorizo and cook until dry and crisp, about 2 minutes, making sure to crumble the chorizo as it cooks; let cool.
  3. To assemble the salad, place romaine lettuce in a large bowl; top with chorizo, corn, black beans, tomato and cilantro. Pour the dressing on top of the salad and gently toss to combine. Stir in avocado.
  4. Serve immediately, garnished with cheese and tortilla strips, if desired.

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was an excellent quarantine meal to have!  So fresh and we could use stuff we had.  We forgot to get corn, but added olives and had a can of trio beans.  The vinaigrette was really great and fresh.  Next time we’ll try the chorizo, we only had beef.  Thanks for the recipe!!

  2. I tried this salad although I really only used the chorizo, black beans, and lettuce. I also made the vinaigrette. This salad is delicious! Never thought I’d say that about salad.

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  5. My mouth is watering, and I’m ready for lunch after checking out this recipe! I’m putting together a post for my lifestyle blog, Kelsey Says, on salads you actually want to eat. Considering my reaction, I’m sure my readers will love it as well. I also love your photographs and would like to use one in the post. I would credit you, and link back to the site, of course, for both the recipe and the photo. Let me know if you have any problem with this.

    Thanks, and enjoy your day!

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  10. I always have peaches and green beans

  11. I keep beans, tomatoes and for fruit peaches and pears always on hand

  12. Del Monte tomatoes are an essential staple in our pantry

  13. Green beans! Goes great with anything!

  14. I like to keep tomatoes and pineapple.

  15. canned southern-style mixed beans

  16. I like lots, bananas, avocados, and all kinds of greens.

  17. I like to stock up on canned corn and green beans.

  18. Peaches are my favorite.

  19. I always have canned pears and peaches in the pantry.

  20. You would find apples and pears in my pantry 🙂

  21. I love to stock up on bananas my son eats them before his basketball games

  22. I love love love black olives and eat them by the can-full for meals sometimes (I know, I know, not good for me LOL), so I always have them in my pantry.

  23. I usually keep pineapple and tomatoes on hand.

  24. I like to have green beans, potatoes and onions in my pantry.

  25. I like to keep green beans & peaches in my pantry

  26. corn, tomatoes, spinach

  27. I like to stock apricots and canned peas in my pantry!

  28. look so fresh n yum!
    i keep canned tomatoes always

  29. Peas, mandarin oranges, pineapples and corn

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  30. corn and tomatoes!

  31. I always keep strawberries stocked when they’re in season.

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  32. I always have beans and tomatoes

  33. canned peaches

  34. Always have canned corn and beans stocked.

  35. I love to have canned pears stocked in my pantry. I can never have enough of them. susansmoaks at gmail dot com

  36. I like to stock up on canned corn and green beans as well as canned peaches.

  37. We always have cucumbers available. We use them in salads and the kids eat them as snacks.

  38. We keep canned peaches, pears and pineapple in the cupboard year round. And as for that taco salad, I’m making that for dinner tonight for sure.

  39. I always have tangerines.

  40. I always stock up on pineapples and tomatoes.

  41. I stock peaches and peas.

  42. I like to keep sliced peaches and applesauce in my pantry for a quick snack or a dessert.

  43. I always keep canned veggies in stock, like corn, when it’s in the winter. In the summer I like to have corn on the cob.

  44. Canned green beans are the fave here. We have them pretty often so we keep a bunch in the pantry. My daughter is crazy about peaches, so we always keep some on hand too.

  45. My favorite is Pineapple. It can be used in so many different recipes or just eaten by itself.

  46. I have corn, green beans, and peaches in my pantry. I also have tomatoes and pineapple.

  47. apples and pears

  48. I like to stock up on peaches and tomatoes

  49. Jicama because it’s so versatile.

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  50. My favorite to stock are diced tomatoes.

  51. I like to keep in stock canned corn, peas and tomatoes, mandarin oranges, pineapple chunks, pickles, olives and jars of artichoke hearts. Can always make something quick with those on hand.

  52. I keep a wide variety of fruit and vegetables in my pantry but my favorites are peaches, corn, green beans and tomato products.

  53. We keep tomatoes, beans and peaches

  54. peaches, corn, green beans

  55. canned tomatoes, green beans and peaches

  56. We love to stock up on mushrooms, potatoes, peaches, pears and peas!

  57. Mmmm, we like green beans in our house and it’s always good to have them on hand.

  58. I love to have canned peaches and corn 😉

  59. I try to keep a pretty good supply of several fruits and vegetables on hand, but the mainstay is tomatoes, in various forms.

  60. i usually always have canned corn, green beans, peaches and a variety of canned tomatoes in my pantry

  61. I go to Sam’s Club and buy cases of veggies. Corn and green beans are my must-haves. I do love a lot of variety, though.

  62. I always have canned tomatoes, pineapple, peaches, and green beans in my pantry.
    smchester at gmail dot com

  63. peaches are my pick

  64. I like to keep green chilis in my pantry

  65. i love canned corn and beans

  66. my favorite veggies to have on hand are beets and corn, and I like to have peaches
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  67. I always have canned tomatoes and pumpkin!

  68. tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/428538550431145984

  69. I love to stock up on canned green beans and pineapple chunks.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  70. I keep green beans, corn, and new potatoes on hand, and apples and bananas!

  71. I like green beans and tomatos

  72. My favorite pantry veggies are onions & potatoes.

  73. I like to stock green beans, all types of canned tomatoes, baby sweet peas and pineapple slices.

  74. My kids love manderin oranges, so we always keep those around. And corn and green beans because they go with so many different meals!

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  75. I always keep corn and green beans.

  76. My favorite fruits and vegetables to have in the pantry are peas, green beans, apricots, & peaches.

  77. I usually have corn, mixed vegetables and pineapple chunks cans in my pantry

  78. I keep corn beans and canned tomatoes

  79. I always have peas, corn, and diced tomatoes in my pantry.

  80. We always have apples and bananas. Much more in the summer!

  81. I like having corn, green beans, and peaches always on hand.

  82. We stock up on corn, peas and peaches

  83. My favorite fruits are peaches and pineapple. My favorite veggies are beans and black olives.

  84. My favorite fruit to stock in my pantry are apples.

  85. Entered the giveaway! This salad looks delicious, I’m definitely going to make it this coming week. https://twitter.com/hera_syed/status/424418567807709184

  86. What a colorful salad! I’m ready to be done with soups and casseroles and eat some fruits and veggies again.

    I always keep canned tomato products on hand along with canned peaches, pineapple, and mandarin oranges. Thanks!

  87. i stock up on canned corn and tomatoes

  88. I like to stock green beans and pineapple

  89. I stock up on canned tomatoes and beans.

  90. I like to keep tomatoes and artichoke hearts!

  91. I like having fruit on hand, like pineapples, especially for crazy mornings!

  92. I like to keep corn and tomatoes on hand!

  93. My favorite vegetables to stock in the pantry are sweetcorn, carrots, green beans and beans. I love to choose them all in a variety of recipes but I have to admit I am rather obsessed with green bean casserole at the moment!
    My favorite fruits to store are tangerines, pineapple and peaches! My children love to eat them straight from the cans and I like to use them in trifles.

  94. I stock green beans and corn

  95. Corn, canned fruits and every single type of tomato!

  96. I keep crushed pineapple, for my Zucchini Pineapple Bread, and for my Kale, pineapple, and coconut milk smoothies. Pumpkin to use with Brownie box mix, instead of eggs and oil, making the brownies only 110 calories a square. and yummy!!

  97. We love to stock up on canned peaches, fruit cocktail, corn, garbanzo beans, waxed beans and my favorite, sliced beets.

  98. Corn, fire roasted tomatoes and peaches.

  99. I keep canned peaches on hand for peach pies.

  100. I always have cans of corn

  101. I stock up on corn and green beans.

  102. I like to keep string green beans, corn, and peas in the pantry at all times, we use them often.

  103. I love having canned baby corn and artichoke hearts on hand!

  104. Carrots, spinach and boccoli

  105. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/421860586092101632

  106. I like to stock canned beans and pineapple in my pantry
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  107. I stock up on green beans, tomatoes, peaches and pears.

  108. I like to stock canned corn, peas, beets, and tropical fruit.

  109. We always have corn & green beans on hand! We love them!

  110. I always have corn and green beans in my cabinets.


  111. Have to have tomatoes with green chilies, mushrooms and pineapple.
    Thank you.

  112. i love to keep mandarin oranges on hand for snacking

  113. Several types of tomatoes, peaches, green beans, corn and pineapple

  114. I always keep a variety of dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, apricots, dates) on hand for snacks and add-ins to recipes.

  115. I like to keep apples stocked year round.

  116. I always have peas and pineapples in my pantry. they are so good. I love your gorgeous salad. can’t wait to try it out.
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  117. Well doesn’t that just look like the best salad ever?!

  118. Lots, always have a variety of beans (black,red,chili) and green beans, corn.

  119. corn – for turkey noodle soup!!!

  120. We keep tomato cans handy for chilli

  121. I stock lots of corn, beans, and pineapples

  122. Peas are my favorite veggie to have on hand

  123. Mmmm, I’m looking for a good taco salad recipe. This looks delicious.

    • Oops, I forgot to answer the question while salivating at the thought of this salad. My favorite fruits are bananas, mangoes, strawberries, and pineapples, all stockpiled in my freezer when they get too ripe to be used in smoothies later. Veggies? Pretty much anything except brussel sprouts.

  124. Corn, tomatoes and pineapple

  125. I always have apples, onions and lettuce. Then there is the huge variety of canned veggies/beans in the pantry.

  126. You put chorizo on a salad; this is why I love you. Seriously I want to dig into this right now.

  127. corn and tomatoes!
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  128. I love taco salads and your lime vinaigrette sounds so good. I always stock my pantry with Del Monte tomatoes!

  129. Black olives, banana pickles and canned No salt added tomato are essential for my pantry!

  130. I love stocking up on sweet corn and green beans!


  131. I always have onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, tomatoes and cucumbers on hand. My daughter likes fresh veggies for snacking.

  132. My favorite stocked fruit is peaches and pears!! [email protected]

  133. Peaches, corn, pears and green beans are usually found in my pantry.

  134. I keep peas, corn and peaches.
    I tweeted with “#SweepstakesEntry”
    I want to thank you for this awesome sweep 🙂

  135. Fabulous salad to start New Year with!

  136. I love taco salad! And, we always have canned corn and diced tomatoes on hand. Pantry staples, for sure! 🙂

  137. mandarin oranges and pineapple

  138. I LOVE tomatoes 🙂 From fat, juicy tomatoes off the vine to cherry tomatoes! They’re all so good 🙂 Lately, I’ve also started developing a thing for cucumbers. I don’t know why, but suddenly I am finding them super delicious 🙂

  139. I stock everything in my pantry: cranberries, beans of all types/sizes, green beans, corn, pineapples, potatoes, etc etc etc. I am a cannery!

  140. i subsitute the beef for chicken or fish.

  141. This salad looks AMAZING!!

  142. we love peas, corn and green beans, peaches and pears as well.

  143. I stock up on canned peaches, pears, corn, strings beans , baked beans and diced tomatoes.

  144. I like to stock my pantry with potatoes and green beans.

  145. I tweeted:



  146. That looks yummy! I love stocking green beans and tomatoes in my pantry as well as corn.

    Thank you for the nice giveaway!


  147. I’ll go with kidney beans, green beans, corn and mandarin oranges

  148. I like raspberries and blackberries the most!

  149. I like to stock up on canned fruit, like fruit cocktail or pineapple chunks. Thanks so much

  150. we stock up on canned sweet corn and lots of peas. also pinapple

  151. potatoes and onions along with oranges and lemons for juice or zest to add

  152. I have corn, green beans, peas, tomatoes, kidney beans, peaches, and mixed
    fruit in my kitchen pantry.

  153. I always have canned corn, canned peas and canned pineapple on hand!

  154. I keep a lot of canned pineapple stocked up in our pantry. I love it on a ton of things and its so healthy.

  155. I keep canned green beans, tomatoes, and peaches stocked in my pantry.

  156. My favorite to stock up on are green beans and peaches

  157. I always keep pears, creamed corn, and tomatoes stocked.

  158. I keep corn, tomatoes, peaches, and sweet potatoes in my pantry.
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  159. My favorite fruits and vegetables to have in stock are sweet potatoes, blueberries, sweet cherries, tomatoes, and peppers. 🙂

  160. I always have pineapple…A good roast is always wonderful in the crockpot.

  161. I have corn in my pantry.

  162. I usually stock up on green beans.

  163. my favorites to keep stocked are canned corn and green beans.

  164. I always stock up on green beans and corn.

  165. This is one good lookin’ taco salad. I quit making resolutions a few years ago because I never actually kept them. I suppose I’m stuck in my ways. Happy New Year!

  166. tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/420286928970211328

  167. My favorites are canned pineapples and corn.

  168. I always have diced tomatoes, black beans, pinto beans, corn and pineapple chunks on hand.

  169. I like to stock up on canned beans and tomatoes

  170. I love that this salad is filled to the brim with toppings! That always makes the salad more enjoyable to eat 🙂

  171. I like to stock canned tomatoes, kidney beans and corn.

  172. I would definitely eat more salads if they all looked like this. 🙂

  173. I always have beans, corn and diced tomatoes ready to go. This salad looks absolutely delicious.

  174. This salad looks taco-licious! (sorry, had to. :)) Pinning!

  175. I keep canned tomatoes on hand

  176. This taco salad looks like perfect, gorgeous and filled with flavor!

  177. I always have apples, tomatoes, and carrots on hand.

  178. This honestly looks like the best taco salad I’ve ever seen! Your photos are stunning! Thanks for this recipe. I have it pinned and excited to try it out!

  179. Looks like I’m gonna have to stock up on more beans ( kidney, black, garbanzo) in my pantry as this recipe is just begging to be made! Thanks for the delicious looking salad tip!

  180. Looks great. Pinning this one. Well be having this for dinner tomorrow night

  181. I always have diced tomatoes on hand-just for stuff like this! Love this taco salad. Pinning it now!

  182. my 2nd entry tweet https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/420187649236668417
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  183. I like to keep green beans, corn, tomatoes, and peaches in my pantry.
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  184. you can’t go wrong with a good taco salad – this looks so fresh and delicious!

  185. This looks amazing! I’m such a sucker for taco salads–I can’t get enough of them. Gorgeous pictures too 🙂

  186. Love this lightened up version of the classic! This looks perfect – from the salad to that tangy, lime vinaigrette! Yum!

  187. this meal looks tremendous–taco salad is a weekly occurrence at my house! i always, always keep my pantry stocked with tomatoes, corn, and black beans. 🙂

  188. Girl this looks AWESOME! I have a salad post coming soon and a few healthier/savory recipes and I could stare at your pics all.day.long. I admire your work, so much! I hope you know that! 🙂 pinned