This taco salad recipe is bursting with flavor and unique ingredients, much different from the heavy, sweet taco salad made famous in the 80s.

Chorizo Taco Salad: A unique alternative to traditional taco salad!

When’s the last time you got really excited about taco salad?

Has it been awhile?

If so, then I suggest you give this recipe a try.

How is this salad different? This taco salad uses Mexican-style chorizo instead of ground beef. I’ve never really cared for taco salads that use seasoned ground beef, so I decided to use chorizo instead. The chorizo gave this salad a totally different flavor.

I think you’re gonna love it.

Chorizo taco salad: Bright, colorful, and flavorful salad that's easy to make and totally customizable. Click through for recipe!

Customize Your Taco Salad

  • Make it cheaper: Use what you have on hand. Raid your fridge, freezer, and pantry for salad ingredients.
  • Make it vegetarian: Use Trader Joe’s Soy Chorizo instead of regular chorizo. It’s SO good – you must give it a try!
  • Add more fiber: Trying to get more fiber in your diet? Try Beanitos chips. They’re made with beans and are really delicious – especially the flavored ones (like the sweet chili & sour cream). You can also double up on the kidney beans or add black beans to the salad. It’s totally customizable!

Chorizo taco salad: Get the recipe for a super flavorful and budget-friendly taco salad to feed the whole family!

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Chorizo Taco Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

All of the ingredients listed below combine to make a hearty, delicious taco salad. To save money, you can omit or add ingredients based on what you have on hand.


  • Romaine lettuce
  • Chorizo sausage, cooked (I used Soy Chorizo from Trader Joe's)
  • Kidney beans
  • Red bell pepper, chopped
  • Diced cucumber
  • Sweet corn
  • Beanitos White Bean and Sweet Chili and Sour Cream chips (or tortilla chips)
  • Ranch dressing
  • Tomatillo salsa
  • Sour cream
  • Chopped scallions


  1. Prepare chorizo according to package directions.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large salad bowl. Otherwise, you can top romaine lettuce with each salad ingredient separately.

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