Nacho Taco Salad / Giveaway

Hi Everyone,

You know the big football game is coming and one of my favorite things to have on Super Bowl Sunday besides all those delicious finger foods is taco salad.  There is something about chips, cheese and hot sauce that calls me on that big day!  Oddly enough it is one of those foods that my Husband even loves.  I tell my family were having taco salad for dinner and all plans are dropped and they are home for dinner!  You can’t lose with taco salad!
Nacho Taco Salad
This taco salad has it all, chips, cheese, beef, jalapeno, salsa and of course lettuce and tomato. It is so filling, delicious and let me tell you my Husband ate more than half of it. It is crazy good! But what I also love about it, it’s not heavy!! Nothing like what you get at a restaurant. This is way better and more than half the calories. What inspired me to make this recipe was Van’s Natural Foods. They sent me a little package to try out their new products and since I have always been a BIG fan of Van’s Multigrain Waffles, I had to say yes! The inspiration wasn’t the waffles, but these fabulous Nacho, Nacho, Man! Multigrain Chips. Oh dear heavens are they good!  You can seriously eat a bag in a matter of minutes!
Vans Nacho, Nacho Man!  Gluten Free Multigrain Chips
The first thing out of my Husbands mouth was are you using real tortilla chips in it. I said no dear, I am using Van’s Gluten Free Chips. He didn’t say anything, but I know what he was thining. While I was taking photos of the food, my darling Husband dumped the remaining bag of chips on his plate. I said, what are you doing? I need those to photograph. He said, what there really good, as he shoved a mouth full of chips in his mouth. I always skimp on chips in my taco salad because I’m a dipper and I was planning on dipping the chips in some guacamole. This is all he left me.
Vans Nacho, Nacho Man! Gluten-Free Multigrain Chips
Not much here!! At least I got a few. The chips are light, cheesy and so darn good! 15 of them are 130 calories! Not bad! I added 30 of them into my taco salad and then baked cheese on them. I used a white cheddar cheese instead of a mexican cheese because I wanted a really cheesy, creamy salad.
Nacho Taco Salad
Then the spicy person that I am, I added some salsa and jalapenos.  Oh yah!!!
Nacho Taco Salad
Then I topped the salad with lettuce and tomato. I would have added my plain greek yogurt in it, but my Husband isn’t a fan of yogurt.
Nacho Taco Salad
I have to tell you this was a hit! I was pretty sad because I wanted leftovers for lunch, but as I stated above my Husband ate more than half of the salad and I ate the rest. It was just darn good. I added the Van’s Nacho, Nacho Man! Chips throughout the middle of the meat and it was the perfect flavor to the salad, so yes when I make taco salad again, I will be adding my Van’s Nacho, Nacho, Man! Mutligrain Chips to it. Maybe this time he will save me a few more chips!  I highly doubt it!
Nacho Taco Salad

Nacho Taco Salad
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 4
  • Serving size: ¼ of the pan
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
A quick,easy, filling, low calorie slightly spicy Mexican Salad made with ground beef, cheese and Nacho flavored chips.
  • 1 lbs. Grass Fed Angus Ground Beef (85% lean)
  • 2 tbsp. taco seasoning
  • ¼ cup water
  • 7 oz can diced green chilis
  • 30 Vans Nacho Nacho Man! Gluten Free Chips, divided
  • ¾ cup white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup salsa (your favorite kind)
  • ¼ cup jalapenos, sliced (I used pickled)
  • 4 cups romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 1 plum tomato, diced
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  3. In a skillet add ground beef and cook until no longer pink, stirring to break up the meat; drain the fat. Add taco seasoning, water and green chilies, stirring occasionally. Cook until the water is evaporated.
  4. In the baking dish, add half of the Nacho, Nacho Man! Chips, top chips with half of the ground beef mixture. Top the ground beef with remaining chips and top the chips with remaining ground beef. Sprinkle the cheese over the top and place in the oven; bake for about 3 minutes until cheese is melted.
  5. Top your beef and chip mixture with salsa, jalapenos lettuce and tomato. It's ready to serve!
  6. You can also add black olives, avocado, hot sauce and sour cream
Calories: 380, Fat: 21, Cholesterol: 67, Sodium: 917, Potassium: 205, Carb: 18, Fiber: 3, Sugar: 1.7, Protein: 28

Nacho Taco Salad
Van’s Natural Food also sent me a few other goodies to try out and I thought I would share my thoughts with you. They sent Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars in blueberry and strawberry. Ohhhh, peanut butter.  They taste so peanut buttery and are so soft. They are also gluten-free, contain 10 grams of whole grains and only 160 calories a bar. I ate a few and my Husband took the others for lunch.  He loved them too!!  They didn’t last long in the house!
Van's PB & J Gluten Free Bars
They also sent me this adorable plate that I have to share with you. I put this on my desk at work and everyone that walks in my office, said where did you get that? It’s so you! I got it from Van’s! 🙂
Fun Plate from Vans
Ready for the giveaway? Van’s Natural Foods is kind enough to let me do a giveaway for one of my readers.

What you get:

  • four free coupons for dry snacks (valid for any chips, snack bars, crackers and cereal)
  • four for the frozen line
  • Shopping Tote

Trust me if you are not gluten-free you will still love Van’s Natural Foods products. My Husband has no clue they are gluten-free and he loves them. I have been buying their gluten-free waffles for years and I love them with peanut butter and strawberries on top!!

To win all you have to do is tell me what is your favorite football snack?

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Have a super fabulous day!



Vans Gluten Free Products



  1. we love nachos, can’t wait to whip some up for every game, thanks, what a nice giveaway

  2. http://Julie%20B. says

    I love love love nachos!!!! I cannot wait to try these!!!! My favorite football food would be pretzels or baked potato skins.

  3. http://Betty says

    We love dips – veggies and healthier chips can be enjoyed for an extended time. A lot of the traditional game day food choices are not what you want to be munching off of for hours on end.

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  8. http://Beth%20B says

    Where do you get the adorable plate? Also, would you confirm the calorie count? Thanks for another great recipe.

    • Hi Beth, The plate was sent to me by Van’s! Sorry about the calorie count, I fixed it. The calories are 380 for 1/4 of the recipe.

  9. http://KaySue says

    We like to have nachos when watching the football game.

  10. http://KaySue says

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  11. http://Alice%20F says

    My favorite Super Bowl food is Nachos! Actually, I love them all the time, but there is just something about Super Bowl Sunday that just makes Nachos taste even better!!

  12. http://Alice%20F says

    I follow PB and Peppers and Van’s foods on Twitter.

  13. http://Alice%20F says

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  14. http://Alice%20F says

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  16. Spinach dip!

  17. http://Amanda%20Doege says

    Nachos of course!

  18. http://Shannon says

    I love brownies! But those are good any day 🙂

  19. http://Amye says

    Love cheese dip!

  20. http://Janet%20T says

    I like Chex party mix.

  21. http://Katie says

    Chips and guacamole!

  22. http://Katie says

    Following you on twitter!

  23. http://Katie says

    Following you on Pinterest!

  24. http://Melissa%20C. says


  25. http://Melissa%20C. says

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  26. http://itzia says

    i love chips and salsa

  27. http://itzia says

    I follow peanut butter and peppers on Twitter

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  29. http://itzia says

    I follow on Instagram

  30. http://itzia says

    I follow peanut butter and peppers on Pinterest

  31. http://itzia says

    I like peanut butter and peppers on Facebook

  32. http://Melissa%20Sullivan says

    My favorite is Rotel cheese dip!!!

  33. I loooove taco salad – or anything nacho!!

  34. http://Angie%20J. says

    I know it’s horrible for me but I love buffalo chicken dip. I try to sneak and swap ingredients to make it a bit healthier. Also, use things like veggies and pretzels to dip!

  35. http://Angie%20J. says

    Liked on fb!

  36. http://Shelly says

    I love queso dip.

  37. http://Shelly says

    I follow you and Van’s on Twitter.

  38. http://Shelly says

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  39. http://Shelly says

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  40. http://jill says

    Anything I can dip!

  41. http://karina says

    Shrimp cocktail!

  42. http://Stephanie%20Hobson says

    Anything with beans, cheese and avocado! And chips of course!

  43. http://suzi says

    Nachos are always awesome, and we love popcorn popped in coconut oil too!

  44. http://Bethany%20C. says

    My favorite football snack is guacamole.

  45. http://Ashley says

    I love chips and salsa!

  46. http://Ashley says

    I follow on twitter

  47. http://Ashley says

    I tweeted

  48. http://Ashley says

    I follow on facebook

  49. http://Ashley says

    I follow on Pinterest

  50. http://Mary says

    chili cheese dip- velveeta chees and a can of hormel chili, no beans, cocktail hot dogs in crescent rolls or chili sauce and grape jelly.

  51. I love carrots and hummus!!

  52. I love carrots and hummus!!!

  53. I follow you on FB!

  54. I follow you on Pinterest!

  55. I follow you on IG!

  56. http://Geena%20O%20Joseph says

    Love love love the Buffalo Chicken from you…!

  57. http://Geena%20O%20Joseph says

    I follow you n Vans on twitter…

  58. http://Geena%20O%20Joseph says

    I follow u both on Facebook too

  59. http://Geena%20O%20Joseph says

    Following U on Instagram too….omg, i feel like a stacker now…lolz

  60. http://bella211 says

    Pita with hummus!

  61. http://bella211 says

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  62. http://Kelli says

    I can’t stop eating tortilla chips & salsa.

  63. http://Kay%20L. says

    I stick with the veggies and fruit. Heavy things don’t make my body happy ever.

  64. http://Kay%20L. says

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  65. http://julie says

    my fave football snack is onion dip and chips

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  67. http://Gianna says

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  68. http://Marsha%20A. says

    Nachos are my favorite

  69. http://Marsha%20A. says

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