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HG's Rockin' Taco Salad
HG's Rockin' Taco Salad

Taco-tastic!
Taco salads have been around since the '60s. And they seem to be getting greasier and more calorie-packed as the decades pass. Not to worry -- HG is here with a version that has a mere FRACTION of the calories and fat of your typical taco salad. Here's the scoop...

Ingredients:
3 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1/2 package Boca Meatless Chili (or about 2/3 cup of another low-fat veggie chili**)
1/4 cup chopped tomato
1/4 cup shredded fat-free cheddar cheese
2 tbsp. fat-free sour cream
1 tbsp. chopped or sliced black olives
6 Guiltless Gourmet Tortilla Chips (any flavor -- or any other baked tortilla chips**), crushed

Directions:
Prepare chili as directed on package. Place lettuce in a big bowl. Top with tomatoes, chili and cheese. Then add the olives and sour cream. Finish off with the crushed tortilla chips, and enjoy! MAKES 1 SERVING

Serving Size: 1 salad (entire recipe)
Calories: 230
Fat: 3.5g
Sodium: 794mg
Carbs: 31g
Fiber: 10g
Sugars: 7g
Protein: 23g

PointsPlus® value 6*

Average Taco Salad w/Shell
Average Taco Salad w/Shell

Tortilla Terror!
OK, you don't have to be some sort of nutrition expert to know that if your salad comes in a ginormous greasy shell, it's probably not calorie-friendly or low in fat. And you really shouldn't need us to remind you of that. But we're here to do it anyway. Taco salads often contain disturbing amounts of calories and fat. Need proof? See below. The numbers here are so staggeringly high that you may find them hard to believe (but they're true, people!). Looks like the CRAZY grease-soaked shell, heaps of fatty beef, handfuls of cheese, and gobs of sour cream add up after all. Bottom line: Don't order taco salads when eating out. Instead, make 'em at home using HG's recipe. It's DELICIOSO!

Serving Size: 1 salad (including shell)
Calories: 945
Fat: 57g
Sodium: 1,910mg
Carbs: 72g
Fiber: 12g
Sugars: 8g
Protein: 38g

PointsPlus® value 25*

  **Recipe nutritionals calculated using the specific products mentioned. Exact numbers may vary with use of other brands.
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*The PointsPlus® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.