Salad Shakers (Beef Crumbles) --
Lean Cut30 Minutes or Less
  • Total Recipe Time: 25 to 30 minutes
  • Makes 4 servings


  1. 1 pound Ground Beef (95% lean)
  2. 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  3. 1/4 cup water
  4. 2 tablespoons chili powder
  5. 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  6. 1 package (10 to 12 ounces) iceberg or romaine salad mix (lettuce, red cabbage, carrots)
  7. 1 cup diced tomato
  8. 1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed, drained
  9. 1/2 cup frozen corn, defrosted, drained
  10. 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, (optional)
  11. 1/2 cup prepared reduced-fat or fat-free ranch dressing
  12. 1/4 to 1/3 cup Crunchy Tortilla Strips (recipe follows) or crushed baked tortilla chips (optional)


  1. Brown Ground Beef with garlic in large nonstick skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, breaking beef up into 1/2-inch crumbles. Pour off drippings, if necessary. Stir in water, chili powder and cumin; cook and stir 1 minute to blend flavors. Cool slightly.
  2. Place salad mix, beef, tomato, beans, corn and cheese, if desired, in large bowl with lid. Top with dressing; close lid securely or cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Shake gently to combine. Top with tortilla strips, if desired.

    Crunchy Tortilla Strips: Cut 2 corn tortillas in half, then crosswise into ¼-inch-wide strips. Place strips in single layer on baking sheet. Spray tortilla strips lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Bake 4 to 8 minutes at 400ºF or until crisp.
  • Test Kitchen Tips
  • Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160ºF. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.
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