How To Make Wendy’s Taco Salad At Home

Wendy’s Taco Salad is one of the famous salads by Wendy’s. It’s probably the healthiest combination to serve with tacos. I love this salad for the element of freshness in it with a contrast of flavors from Wendy’s chili. You can easily try this recipe at home.

Wendy’s is a famous American chain of restaurants. They are famous for many food items, including salads. I’ve enjoyed this salad several times at Wendy’s. But with this recipe, you can also make this salad in the comfort of your home. It’s equally delicious and healthy. In case you want a low-sodium and low-fat version of this salad, have a look at the notes provided further down.

To make Wendy’s taco salad, add cooked ground beef, onions, celery, garlic cloves, pinto beans, kidney beans, olive oil, crushed tomato, chili powder, pepper, and salt to make Wendy’s chili. Place fresh hand-cut lettuce on a plate. Place diced tomatoes and Wendy’s chili on it. Garnish with shredded cheddar cheese, tortilla chips, sour cream, and salsa.

Below are the step-by-step instructions to make Wendy’s taco salad. Also, have a look at the similar video provided down the recipe card. Don’t forget to rate the recipe if you like it. You can also save it for later or some special occasion breakfasts.

Wendy's Salad

Wendy’s Taco Salad Recipe

Wendy's taco salad is a popular salad by Wendy's. This salad contains fresh hand-cut lettuce and fresh diced tomatoes topped with famous Wendy's fast-food chili. The cheese, tortilla chips, and salsa add more taste to the salad.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 451 kcal


  • Skillet
  • spoon
  • Pot
  • Bowl


For Wendy's Chili

  • 1 pound Ground beef (extra lean)
  • 1 can Pinto beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 can Kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 2 Yellow onions (diced)
  • 3 stalks Celery (fine chopped)
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 1 cup Beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 can Crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • Dried oregano
  • Sugar (optional)
  • Cayenne pepper (optional)

For Salad

  • 1 bunch Romaine lettuce (chopped)
  • 1 beefsteak Tomato (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • Tortilla chips (to serve)
  • Sour cream (for topping)
  • Salsa (for topping)


  • Brown the ground beef in a skillet.
  • Add onions, celery, pinto beans, kidney bean, crushed tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, beef broth, olive oil, coriander, pepper, and oregano to the pot.
  • Cover the pot and wait while it simmers for 1 to 1.5 hours, stirring every 15 minutes. Your Wendy's chili is ready.
  • Put 6 ounces of lettuce on each plate. Add 1 cup of warm chili on top of lettuce.
  • Garnish the salad with shredded cheddar cheese, chopped tomatoes, tortilla chips, sour cream, and 2 teaspoons salsa.
  • Your Wendy's taco salad is ready.


  • If you want to store this salad for 3-5 days, add chili at the bottom of the mason jars. Then layer cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, and pack tortilla chips in a separate bag. This way veggies remain fresh for 3-5 days in the refrigerator.
  • You can use Wendy’s chili in a variety of other meals.
  • If you want lesser calories, you can avoid tortilla chips in the recipe. This salad is delicious without tortilla chips too.
  • You can use non-fried corn tortilla chips for lesser calories.
  • To have a low-sodium and low-fat version of this salad: Use low-sodium beef broth, low-fat cheese, low-fat sour cream. Also, drain and rinse the canned beans to make sure the sodium is reduced.
  • You can substitute extra-lean ground beef with a leaner protein like chicken or turkey.


Calories: 451kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 27gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 1164mgPotassium: 873mgFiber: 4gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1125IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 201mgIron: 5mg
Keyword American cuisine, Beef, Wendy’s taco salad
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