Tasty Taco Salad

Last night was taco salad night. I had leftover Smokey Hickory Quinoa and Black Bean Burgers and decided to get creative with it. I fried the leftovers up with some spices and made a totally delicious taco salad.

If it is possible, it tasted better than this picture looks. Although this picture is pretty mouth watering.

Tasty Taco Salad


  • 1/2 a recipe Smokey Hickory Quinoa and Black Bean Burgers
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • pinch of fine sea salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil, for frying
  •  1 (220 g) bag corn chips or multigrain tortilla chips
  • 1 (284 g) package soy nacho or cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
  • 1 heart of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups salsa of your choice
  • 6 scallions, thinly sliced


  1. Place the leftover burger mixture into a medium mixing bowl.
  2. In a small dish combine the chili powder, garlic powder, oregano, paprika, sea salt and pepper. Add the spice mixture to the burger mixture and mix until combined.
  3. Heat the sunflower oil in a medium skillet on medium-high heat. Add the burger mixture and fry for 7-10 minutes, stirring continuously until browned and hot.
  4. Place a large handful of the corn chips onto a plate. Top with the burger mixture and shredded cheese. Microwave for 1-2 minutes to melt the cheese.
  5. Add the chopped romaine, salsa and green onions.

11 thoughts on “Tasty Taco Salad

  1. Looks tasty! I’ve been wondering how well crumbled veggie burgers could work in a recipe that traditionally uses ground beef, I’ll have to give it a try!

    I’ve been noticing sunflower oil in a lot of your recipes lately. Is there a reason for that preference, or did you just score a good deal?


    • Oh, I just read your last post explaining the sunflower oil! I only buy organic canola oil, and as much as possible I buy organic soy and corn products. Gotta avoid those nasty GMOs!


      • Sunflower seems like a good oil choice and isn’t too pricey, about $10.00/3L. I haven’t found organic canola oil anywhere. These burgers work well in this recipe, they are pretty firm. 🙂


  2. I bet this would work perfect in a burrito as well!… My boyfriend has been loving these burgers, and requests them often, so it’ll be a great way to switch it up a bit… Thanks for another kid/Dave friendly recipe!


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  4. We have been looking for a vegan taco salad that is similar to my aunts famous taco salad that I can never have enough of. This tasted just like it, except I added tomatoes and forgot to buy cheese. Never even noticed it was missing cheese it tasted so good. Thank you. Wonder what I will make next off your list of yummy recipes.


  5. hi, I just wanted to let you know that canola oil and soy are not good at all even if its organic it can cause a lot of problems to your health in the future.sere


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