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Easy Taco Salad Recipe Kids Help Make

How much of our days are spent in the kitchen? Our family life completely revolves around our kitchen from our three main daily meals, snack time, family time, homework central, and everything else in between.

This past week, we have been trying really hard to get the kids hands-on in the kitchen with us as much as possible. We’ve tried a bunch of recipes having the kids help us make them. One day, they helped make lasagna, the next we made chocolate chip cookies, and another they each made their own tortilla pizzas. One of the favorites they enjoyed making together with us was an easy taco salad recipe!

Easy Taco Salad Recipe

Easy Taco Salad Recipe

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  • Chicken, diced
  • Homemade Taco Seasoning
  • Tortilla chips
  • Mixed greens or lettuce of preference
  • Tomatoes, diced
  • Grated cheese
  • Dressing, based on preference


Start by frying up your diced chicken, preparing as much chicken as is needed for your family. Plan about 1 chicken breast for every 2-3 people.

When the chicken is cooked through, mix in your favorite taco seasoning or try our homemade taco seasoning recipe.

Easy Taco Salad Recipe

Remove the fully cooked chicken from the heat and allow the pan to cool while you’re gathering and preparing the remaining ingredients.

Let your kids each grab a bowl and assemble their own meal. My kids all have their own preferences so some skipped lettuce, others skipped tomatoes – this recipe lets them just combine what they want to eat so there are no complaints!

Start by having them grab a handful of lettuce and ripping the leaves up with their hands, if needed, so they are bite size appropriate leaves. One or two small handfuls is plenty.

Taco Salad Recipe

Next, let the kids grab a handful of tortilla chips and break them up as well into small, bite sized pieces.

Now, let them scoop and add chicken to their salads from the cooled pan.

Easy Taco Salad with kids

Top the salads with chopped tomatoes, if desired.

My boys all loved the next step best! Let them grab a small handful or two of grated cheese and sprinkle it atop their salad.

Finally, help as they squeeze and drizzle salad dressing to top their taco salads. We used Ceasar and ranch depending on preferences, but most any dressing you prefer will work.

There you have it! Dinner is served and turned cooking time into family bonding time with everyone helping to prepare the meal!

Easy Taco Salad Recipe

My kitchen may never be spotless and perfect with four little boys in my home, but that’s okay. Our home is lived in and loved in because we are busy creating memories together. Even this easy recipe left a messy counter while the kids each happily ate their dinner they helped prepared. But isn’t that the point? They were excited about dinner because they got to take part. The mess can wait!

Easy Taco Salad Recipe

Do you embrace creating a mess in your home?

Compensation was provided by Delta via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Delta.

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Melissa @ This Girl's Life Blog

Thursday 4th of September 2014

Yummy! We need to have a taco salad night around here. So easy to do and makes a great quick meal.


Tuesday 2nd of September 2014

I'm glad you ended this the way you did. I love a happimess too!

Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty

Tuesday 2nd of September 2014

I LOVE taco salads! I just wish my picky eater would consider trying something like this!

Cam | Bibs and Baubles

Tuesday 2nd of September 2014

That looks really good! My kids like to get involved in the kitchen. This would be fun for us!

Travel Blogger

Tuesday 2nd of September 2014

I love anything that helps get kids in the kitchen! Plus, who can pass up a family favorite like Taco Salad?

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