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Taco Salad Cup with Fiesta Salsa Ranch

Smart Snack Approved as an entree. Meets calorie, fat and sodium requirements for center of plate. Provides 1 cup vegetable, 2 oz M/MA


Recipe Yield: 1 salad cup
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Amount Item
1  bag Foothill Farms® Salsa Seasoning Mix (#V425)
1  #10 can Dice tomatoes, low sodium, undrained
1  bag Foothill Farms® Ranch Dressing Mix - No MSG, Reduced Sodium (#V402)
3  qts Buttermilk
1  qt Mayonnaise, reduced calorie
8  lb Precooked beef crumbles
1 1/2  qts Hot water
1  bag Foothill Farms® Select Taco Seasoning Mix (#V413)
2/15  c Chopped red onions
2  Tbsp Shredded cheddar cheese, low sodium
1 1/2  c Chopped romaine lettuce


  1. For Salsa: Pour diced tomatoes into a large bowl. Add Salsa Seasoning (5.8 oz). Stir until well blended. Cover and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. For Ranch Dressing: In a separate large mixing bowl add Ranch Dressing Mix (3.2 oz) to buttermilk. Mix well with wire whisk or electric mixer at low speed. Add mayonnaise and continue mixing at low speed, about 2 minutes. Add in 1 qt of prepared salsa. Stir to combined. Set aside.
  3. For Seasoned Taco Meat: Combine hot water and contents of Taco Seasoning (6.6 oz) in full-size steam table pan. Mix well. Add meat and mix thoroughly. Cover and bake in 400ºF convection oven for 15-20 minutes; or until product reaches 180ºF. Cool.
  4. In a transparent 20 oz cup with lid, layer the following items in order: 2 Tbsp Salsa Ranch Dressing, 1/8 c onion, 1/8 c salsa, 2 oz taco meat, and 1 oz cheese. Lettuce goes on top so dressing will not wilt it. Cover with lid.
  5. When ready to eat, open lid and turn over onto a plate. Salad is completely prepared with lettuce on bottom and dressing on top.
  6. To request a sample of Foothill Farms Ranch Dressing Mix (No MSG, Reduced Sodium), Foothill Farms Salsa Seasoning or Foothill Farms Select Taco Seasoning go to the About Us tab above and click on Contact Us. Be sure to mention where you saw the ad.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Package
Amounts Per Serving
Calories 210
Calories from Fat

  Per Serving % Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
  Saturated Fat 6g 30%
  Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 480mg 20%
Potassium mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 3%
  Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
  Sugars 1g  
Protein 15g  
  Per Serving   Per Serving
Vitamin A % Vitamin C %
Calcium % Iron %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
  Sat. Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate   300mg 375mg
  Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Calories per gram:
Fat 9     Carbohydrate 4     Protein 4