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This Keto Catalina Taco Salad is sweet and tangy with a crunch that is exploding with flavor for a summertime favorite!

My mom can make a great Catalina taco salad and it is often requested at most family gatherings. I wanted to try a keto version of it and asked her for the recipe. I can’t believe I nailed the keto version the first time. My family loved it and said it was one of the best recipes I have made so far and they don’t even eat keto. I knew that it was going to be a hit when they told me that so I had to share with all of you. 

For this recipe, I made my own taco seasoning and Catalina dressing to make it more keto friendly. Store bought dressing and taco seasoning has so many added sugars and hidden ingredients that are not good for you so it’s best to make your own. To add the crunch to the taco salad is used Quest nacho cheese chips which are similar to Doritos but keto friendly. I think you are going to love this summer salad just as much as my family did. Enjoy!

Keto Catalina Taco Salad Ingredients

Serves 8

1 lb ground beef
Taco seasoning (see recipe here)
6 cups romaine or iceberg lettuce, chopped
1 cup tomatoes, diced
1 cup mexican shredded cheese
3 bags Quest nacho cheese chips
Keto Catalina dressing (see recipe below)
1/2 cup onion, diced (optional)
Sour cream for topping (optional)

Keto Catalina Dressing Recipe

1/4 cup no sugar ketchup (Heinz makes a good one)
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 cup swerve or 1/8 tsp stevia
Salt and pepper to taste

Put all of the ingredients in a jar or bowl and blend well with an immersion hand blender. Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container. Stir well before using.

How to Make Keto Catalina Taco Salad

In a non-stick skillet, brown ground beef over medium heat until fully cooked. Drain fat, add taco seasoning with a little bit of water and mix together. Set aside to cool.

Chop lettuce and tomatoes and place in a large bowl. Add shredded cheese to the bowl. If you want onions add them in also.

Add the Catalina dressing but start with 1/4 of the dressing first and add more if necessary to your liking and combine together. Crush bags of Quest nacho cheese chips and add to bowl and toss together.

Serve immediately. Use leftovers for tacos or eat.

Note: Don’t add the dressing and chips until ready to eat as it will get soggy. 

Keto Catalina Taco Salad

Keto Catalina Taco Salad

Yield: Serves 6
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This Keto Catalina Taco Salad is sweet and tangy with a crunch that is exploding with flavor for a summertime favorite!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • Taco seasoning (see recipe here)
  • 6 cups romaine or iceberg lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup mexican shredded cheese
  • 3 bags Quest nacho cheese chips
  • Keto Catalina dressing (see recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced (optional)
  • Sour cream for topping (optional)

Keto Catalina Salad Dressing

  • 1/4 cup no sugar ketchup (Heinz makes a good one)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 cup swerve or 1/8 tsp stevia
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

    1. In a non-stick skillet, brown ground beef over medium heat until fully cooked. Drain fat, add taco seasoning with a little bit of water and mix together. Set aside to cool.
    2. Chop lettuce and tomatoes and place in a large bowl. Add shredded cheese to the bowl. If you want onions add them in also.
    3. Add the Catalina dressing but start with 1/4 of the dressing first and add more if necessary to your liking and combine together. Crush bags of Quest nacho cheese chips and add to bowl and toss together.
    4. Serve immediately. Use leftovers for tacos or eat.

Notes

Don't add the dressing and chips until ready to eat as it will get soggy. 


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