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Tex Mex Salad with Ground Beef
and spicy cumin broccoli / bell peppers / pepitas

Active: 30 min Total: 30 min
This quick and easy weeknight salad is inspired by classic tacos with spiced ground beef, spicy roasted broccoli, and pepitas for crunch.
Smarts: Be sure to let the meat and broccoli cool slightly before assembling the salads. The hot ingredients can cause the lettuce to wilt.
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Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
Tex Mex Spice Mix:
  • Cumin, ground - 3 tsp
  • Chili powder - 2 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Coriander, ground - 1/2 tsp
  • Oregano, ground - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1/2 tsp
Tex Mex Salad with Ground Beef:
  • Bell peppers, any color - 1, chopped
  • Lettuce, romaine - 8 oz, chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Beef, ground and lean - 1 lb
  • Tex Mex Spice Mix (ingredients listed separately) - ~2 Tbsp
  • Pepitas / pumpkin seeds - 1/4 cup
Spicy Cumin Broccoli:
  • Broccoli - 1 lb, florets
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Cumin, ground - 1 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Paprika Vinaigrette:
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 2 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Paprika - 1/2 tsp
  • Honey - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp

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Prep

  1. Broccoli / Bell peppers - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make vinaigrette - Whisk together vinegar, mustard, paprika, and honey. Add olive oil while whisking. Season vinaigrette with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make spice blend - Combine cumin (portion for spice blend), chili powder, salt, ground coriander, oregano, black pepper, and garlic powder. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Lettuce - Chop lettuce.

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 400F / 204C.
  2. On a sheet pan, toss broccoli with cooking oil (portion for broccoli). Season with cumin (portion for broccoli), red pepper flakes, and some salt and pepper.
  3. Roast broccoli, shaking the pan halfway through cooking, until golden brown and tender, ~20 minutes.
  4. While broccoli roasts, heat a skillet with cooking oil (portion for salad) over medium heat. Add beef and spice mix and cook, breaking beef apart, until cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes.
  5. When broccoli is done roasting, squeeze lemon juice over top.
  6. Let beef and broccoli both cool slightly before assembling salads.
  7. Assemble salads with a bed of lettuce, topped with bell peppers, broccoli, beef, and pepitas on top. Serve with vinaigrette. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (71)
Gluten-free (6)
Paleo (5)
Vegetarian (9)

Most Helpful

Good! Like chili mac but not as heavy. To make it easier, I mixed the cheese in and didn't broil. I also used a bag of frozen broccoli that I microwaved and mixed in right before serving.

By: Nicole
Posted: Aug 13, 2020
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

50 reviews

Really good, easy taco salad. I steamed the broccoli a bit and just added it to the salad. Also added avocado.

By: Elissa
Posted: Sep 10, 2021
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Really liked the broccoli! The spice mix was a nice change from your usual “macaroni casserole”.

By: Pat
Posted: Sep 05, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was good. Heavier than I am used to eating (I don't usually do pasta), but this was good. Kids didn't like it, but hubs and I did. Not sure I would make it again since the rest of the crew wasn't a fan. I enjoyed mixing it up.

By: Kimberly
Posted: Jan 25, 2021
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Everyone loved it, I doubled the spices. Used sour cream in the kids' portion to cut any spiciness. They ate all of it!! I didn't have time to broil, and was fine without it. Used macaroni shaped pasta, and made extra of it to add till it looked right. Also added some leftover black beans and leftover cooked onions, and extra bell peppers to it, which made it even better. Broccoli was good too!

By: Kristine
Posted: Jan 03, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Put in a little extra spice because I used a pound and a quarter of ground beef. Lots of good flavor. Used a pack of pepper jack cheese. Good quick dinner. Update - I realized later that I forgot to add the water. There was just the right amount of sauce without it. It looked just like the photo.

By: Nancy
Posted: Dec 22, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

used whole pound of pasta - super easy and good!!

By: Erica
Posted: Sep 24, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful