Turkey Black Bean Taco Salad

A flavorful, loaded taco salad that's layered with crisp romaine lettuce, protein rich turkey and black beans, fresh juicy tomatoes, creamy cheddar, and it's finished with a delicious cilantro lime crema (or salsa crema). The perfect weeknight dinner!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Keyword: Taco Salad
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 580 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


Turkey and black bean filling

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 20 oz 93% lean ground turkey
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp ancho chili powder (or another 1 Tbsp regular)
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed


  • 1 medium head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 5 oz Tortilla chips, slightly crushed
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or monterey jack cheese (or a Mexican blend. Low fat is fine)
  • 1 (10.5 oz) pkg. grape tomatoes, halved or 2 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • Optional - 1 avocado, diced and 1/3 cup chopped red onion

Salsa Crema

  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 6 Tbsp bottled salsa, such as Pace Medium Chunky
  • 2 tsp fresh lime juice


  1. For the turkey and black bean mixture: Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion and saute 3 minutes then add garlic and turkey, season with salt and pepper then cook, tossing and breaking up turkey occasionally, until turkey has cooked through. 

  3. Add in chicken broth, tomato paste, chili powder, ancho chili powder, cumin, coriander and paprika.
  4. Stir well to mix in tomato paste. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. 

  5. Stir in black beans and reduce heat to low, season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  6. Allow to simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes (you can add in 1 - 2 Tbsp more chicken broth if needed). Cover and keep warm until ready to serve.
  7. For the salad: on dinner plates layer lettuce, chips, cooked turkey and black bean mixture, cheese, tomatoes, avocado and red onion.
  8. Spoon Cilantro-Lime Crema or Salsa Crema over salads. Serve immediately.

  9. For the salsa crema: In a small mixing bowl stir together sour cream, salsa and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe Notes

  • Cilantro Lime Creme Recipe HERE (make that or salsa crema you won't need both). Nutrition listed in this recipe includes salsa crema.