|Place of origin||Mexico|
|Main ingredient(s)||Tortilla, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, Cheddar cheese, sour cream, guacamole, salsa|
|Food energy (per serving)||180 per cup kcal|
The salad is often served as a fried flour tortilla shell stuffed with shredded iceberg lettuce and topped with diced tomatoes, shredded Cheddar cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and salsa. The salad is topped with taco meat (ground beef) or seasoned shredded chicken. The salad may also have a base of refried beans and/or Spanish rice on the shell before the lettuce is added.
The taco salad also takes a twist in many American homes. Instead of using a tortilla or a bowl of Spanish rice as a base, the meal is based on top of crushed tortilla chips, making the dish similar to the Mexican dish of nachos, with the addition of lettuce and unmelted cheese.
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