This vegan taco salad recipe mixes up a mid-century, suburban party in a bowl. You’ve got your iceberg lettuce, your chips and your ground beef—in this case a plant-based substitute. The flavor is the same, and so is the fun.

There are infinite ways to prepare and customize this dish. This one is tweaked from The New York Times and their take on a popular salad cup served at Casa de Fritos, formerly at Disneyland.

This meal in a bowl also addresses the question: what do vegans do for protein? With pinto beans and plant-based meat, the answer is, well, this.

vegan taco salad with Fritos

Vegan Taco Salad

This taco salad is fast and easy to make, and fun to eat. It is low in calories and is easy to customize depending on what you have on hand and your personal preferences. Made with ground beef, iceberg lettuce and corn chips it is a riff on Mexican American meals of childhood.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 4 people
Calories 520 kcal


  • 12 oz vegan ground beef such as Impossible Burger (one package)
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • salt
  • 2 tbsp canola, grape or other neutral oil
  • 3 tsp cumin
  • 3 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 tsp chili powder
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 can (15.5-ounce) pinto beans, drained, ½cup bean liquid reserved
  • Corn chips, ideally Fritos
  • 2 cups grated vegan cheese, such as ChaoMexican Style Blend, or Cheddar
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges or bottled lime juice
  • 1/2 cub vegan sour cream such as Kite Hill
  • hot sauce
  • salsa to taste (optional)


  • Place oil in an iron pan on medium-high heat until it glistens.
  • Add vegan meat, and partially flatten in the pan, then sprinkle onions on top of the meat and add the spices. Let sear on one side, leaving pink on the reverse side. Wait until the meat is browned (about two minutes).
  • In the meantime, line four bowls with corn chips.
  • Once the meat is browned, sprinkle with spices, break into small pieces and stir. Add beans and bean liquid and reduce for about two minutes. Add salt to taste if needed.
  • Add the meat and bean mixture on top of the chips. Then top with the remaining ingredients, topping with a dollop of sour cream, salsa and hot sauce. Add lime to taste.