Tasty Taco Salad

Recipe posted in: Nutrisystem Food Hacks, Dinners, Main Courses

One of Nutrisystem members’ favorite recipes is taco salad. And why not? It combines a healthy and satisfying salad—unlimited vegetables, of course—with cheese, Nutrisystem’s delicious Chili with Beans entrée and some tortilla chips. In this week’s edition of our video series The Dish with Deanna, Nutrisystem’s own Deanna Otranto walks you through the simple steps to make a classic summertime dish. Watch and enjoy. Or better yet: Eat and enjoy!

Start with a crisp base of shredded lettuce, and pile on the goodness: Fresh diced tomatoes, a prepared package of the Nutrisystem Chili With Beans dinner entrée, shredded cheese and crunchy baked tortilla chips for one satisfying salad.

Healthy Hacks: Feel free to top your Tasty Taco Salad with your favorite toppings! Sliced olives, guacamole and salsa are super tasty. You can also incorporate more non-starchy veggies that you enjoy, such as bell peppers, spinach and onions. Just be sure to check the Nutrisystem Grocery Guide to account for these additions.


Hi, I’m Deanna Otranto with Nutrisystem. Today I’m going to show you how to make a really delicious taco salad using your Nutrisystem Chili with Beans dinner entree. All you’ll need with this recipe is three cups of shredded lettuce. One medium tomato, diced. A quarter cup of light cheddar cheese, shredded. And then, one ounce of whole wheat baked tortilla chips. To get started you’ll just make your Nutrisystem Chili with Beans according to the packaged instructions.

Remove the plastic lid, then pull off the metal seal. Replace the plastic lid on the container and then put it in the microwave for 45 to 60 seconds. When it’s done, leave it in the microwave for about a minute to cool off. When the chili is done, all you’re going to do is take your lettuce, and add it to your plate.

Add the diced tomatoes right on top and then you’re going to pour your chili right on top of that. Take your cheese and sprinkle it on top. [0:01:00] And because the chili’s nice and hot, it’s going to melt right in there. And then finally you’re going to use your baked tortilla chips. You can use this one of two ways, you can leave them on the side and dip into your dish, or you can actually crumble them right up. That’s what I like to do, so I’m going to go ahead and do that now.

Do you have a favorite Nutrisystem recipe? Share it with us on Facebook or Twitter. I’m Deanna Otranto with Nutrisystem.

Don’t miss out on Taco Tuesday just because you’re trying to lose weight! Try these 20 Mexican Recipes That Won’t Destroy Your Diet. >

Servings: 1

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 Nutrisystem Dinner, 1 PowerFuel, 1 SmartCarb and 4 Vegetables


  • 1 oz. baked whole wheat tortilla chips
  • ¼ cup light cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 cups lettuce, shredded
  • 1 whole medium tomato, diced
  • 1 Nutrisystem Chili and Beans


  1. To start, prepare the chili as directed.
  2. Remove plastic lid and peel off and discard inner metal seal.
  3. Replace plastic lid and heat for 45 to 60 seconds.
  4. Let cool for one minute.
  5. Then, mix the lettuce and tomato together in a shallow bowl.
  6. Next, top your mixture with the chili and your cheese.
  7. Serve with tortilla chips on the side, or crush them up and add them right in.
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