Bison Taco Salad with Avocado Ranch

by May 15, 2023

Taco salad is a fresh way to enjoy a pound of ground bison or beef and an easy way to achieve compromise family dinner if you have a pack of taco shells at the ready.

Bison Taco Salad with Avocado Ranch

makes 1¼ cup dressing, adapted from Rozanne Gold, Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs


Bison Taco Meat

  • 1 pound ground bison or beef
  • 1 tablespoon avocado or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning or chile powder Montana Mex red can or Penzey's Taco
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder or substitute chile powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin, ground
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons water up to 2 additional tablespoons

Avocado Ranch Dressing

  • ½–¾ cup buttermilk start with ½ cup and add more to get desired consistency
  • 1 medium avocado
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice from 1 or 2 limes
  • 1 scallion white part only, thinly sliced save the greens for the salad
  • a few dashes hot sauce


  • romaine lettuce, red cabbage, red bell pepper (or whatever greens and other sturdy vegetables you like or have on hand)
  • 1 avocado
  • pickled jalapeños Roots Kitchen Cannery

Toppings: tortilla chips (or strips of corn or flour tortilla tossed with a teaspoon or two of olive oil and toasted in the oven or in a frying pan on the stove), halved cherry tomatoes, cilantro leaves, red onion, shredded cheddar, and lime wedges for spritzing


Taco Meat

  1. Heat the avocado oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat and brown the bison, crumbing it smaller as you go using a wood spatula or spoon.

  2. Mix together the spices in a small bowl. Add water and mix to form a paste, adding more water one tablespoon at a time if you think it needs more. Stir into the browned meat and cook a few minutes. Remove from heat until you are ready to serve, you can heat it up again just before.

Avocado Ranch Dressing

  1. Add the buttermilk, avocado, olive oil, lime juice, sliced scallion, and hot sauce to a blender or food processor. Blend to combine.


  1. Compose the salad, top with a spoonful or two of taco meat, and decorate with sliced avocado, pickled jalapeño, etc. Enjoy!

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