Taco Salad and Cilantro Lime Ranch


In my opinion this is the ultimate taco salad recipe! We eat a lot of Mexican/Southwestern food in my home because I love the delicious flavors in it. This taco salad is full of exciting flavors that all blend so perfectly together. Anyone who tries this salad will want the recipe =). It is so simple to make! I love a good slow cooker recipe once in a while. Everyone have a great day and enjoy!

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Taco Salad and Cilantro Lime Ranch

Perfectly hearty loaded taco salad with chicken, beans, corn, cheese, avocado, ranch and chips!

Servings: 6
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes


  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh salsa (here is the recipe I use)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp taco seasoning mix (store bought or homemade, this recipe is great)
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 head green leaf or iceberg lettuce , cut or torn into bite size pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterrey Jack cheese or Cheddar cheese (I use a blend of both)
  • 3 Roma tomatoes , diced
  • 2 avocados , diced (optional)
  • Sour cream , for serving (optional)
  • 1 recipe cilantro lime ranch , recipe follows
  • 6 taco salad bowls or fried flour tortilla chips

Cilantro Lime Ranch

  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp buttermilk ranch seasoning mix
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (about a small handful)
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • Juice of 1/2 - 1 lime


  1. Place chicken in a slow cooker, pour salsa over chicken and sprinkle with taco seasoning. Place lid over slow cooker and cook on low heat for 5 hours. Remove chicken from slow cooker (leaving salsa broth in slow cooker), shred chicken and set aside. Pour black beans, pinto beans and corn kernels into salsa broth in slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  2. Gently stir in chicken and cook on low heat for about 15 minutes until all ingredients are heated through. To prepare each salad, layer flour tortilla chips, lettuce, chicken mixture (scoop chicken mixture out of slow cooker with a slotted spoon), cheese, avocados, tomatoes, sour cream and drizzle with cilantro lime ranch. Serve immediately.

Cilantro Lime Ranch

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until all ingredients are finely chopped. Store in refrigerator.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Taco Salad
Author: Jaclyn


  • JD: About how many pounds of chicken would 2 chicken breast halves be? November 2, 2015 at 1:04pm Reply

  • Kathryn George: Hi…not sure if this is true for everyone, but there is no link for the salsa and the taco seasoning. Has that disappeared?


    Kat February 17, 2014 at 12:46pm Reply

  • Morgan: I like taco salad February 19, 2013 at 4:16pm Reply

  • Anonymous: Great recipe – are you aware it is posted on EasyRecipes.com, without acknowledging you as the developer of the recipe? Apparently, all their recipes are taken, without permission, from other sites (such as Allotment2Kitchen.blogspot.com)
    Most despicable of them.
    God bless, Christine in Los Angeles November 16, 2012 at 8:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for letting me know Christine! I hope I can figure out how to get them removed soon! November 24, 2012 at 12:03am Reply

  • Erika – The Teenage Taste: Cilantro Lime Ranch dressing?! OK, something tells me this is going to bring my ranch dressing obsession to a whole new level! January 11, 2012 at 7:33pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Thanks Sara! November 26, 2011 at 10:37pm Reply

  • Sara: Wow, this looks fantastic! What a gorgeous taco salad…it’s making me very hungry! :-D November 21, 2011 at 3:52pm Reply

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