Taco Toss-up

When I was young, I would get to choose what I wanted for my birthday dinner. Usually it was a toss-up between tacos and roast beef. I used to love trying to stuff my tacos as full as I could. I can still remember the c-r-u-n-c-h as I would bite into those tasty La Tiara shells. It has been a LONG time since I’ve had tacos that way, but just thinking about it brings back some good memories. This Taco Salad recipe was inspired by tacos from my childhood. My husband was so impressed by the flavor that he actually questioned if it was really Daniel Fast approved!

Taco Salad

Taco Salad

1 (14.5-ounce) can corn kernels, drained
1 (15.5-ounce) can pinto beans, undrained
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup diced onion
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 tablespoon Taco Seasoning
2 cups torn romaine or iceberg lettuce
Garnishes: Avocado slices, chopped green onions, sliced olives, and/or diced tomatoes

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spread corn kernels out in one layer on a lightly oiled 11 x 17-inch baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until corn is browned and slightly crunchy.

While corn is roasting, place pinto beans in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic powder and salt. Cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Using a fork or potato masher, mash beans until they are the consistency of refried beans. Lower heat, and continue to cook until some of the liquid has evaporated and beans have thickened, about 10 minutes more. Stir frequently to avoid scalding beans on the bottom of the pan.

Heat olive oil over medium heat, and add onions. Cook until onions are soft and translucent. Add black beans, corn, and taco seasoning. Stir well to coat. Reduce heat to low, and keep warm until pinto beans are done. To serve, place about 1/2 cup lettuce on each plate, and top with 1/4 cup pinto beans and a heaping 1/2 cup of black bean and corn mixture. Add desired toppings to salad.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups)


  1. I cant wait to try this recipe!! Thank you!

  2. Let me know what you think after you do! Thanks for your comment. 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    Just made this meal tonight, amazing:) thank you.

  4. I just started my Daniel Fast and this was supper number 1. It was great, and I cannot wait to try some more recipies. My husband and kids are not fasting with me, so I just browned some ground turkey, added the taco seasoning and added it to the top of theirs. Perfect!

    • I’m glad to hear you’re seeking the Lord through the Daniel Fast, and I’m thankful you enjoyed your first recipe from my website. 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

  5. Mama Paul says:

    This is a great recipe. I love it and my grown children love it. Made it four times in two weeks. Thanks.

  6. candace hunter says:

    Can we use salt during the daniel fast??

  7. you cant use taco seasoning barbecue on the label it states sugar as a additive, read the label

    • If you’ll click on the highlighted “taco seasoning” link, you’ll see my recipe, which doesn’t contain sugar or any additives. Therefore, it’s completely Daniel Fast friendly.

  8. This one is a winner!

  9. Oh. My. Word!!! This recipe is amazing!!!!! I found this site the first time I did the Daniel Fast a few years back but I didn’t try much… A few recipes here and there. But THIS ONE!!! I am a taco lover and I was so happy to find something spicy and FILLING! Holy cow! I could literally eat this every day!!! I put this over a bed of brown rice instead of as a salad, but I’m sure it’s great that way too. I added some homemade guacamole (I used a variation of your guacamole with a kick recipe from here too- how easy?!) on top and some homemade salsa! I literally love this! I plan to continue with the healthy foods I’ve been eating on the fast when it ends… And this will become a staple! Wow! Thank you so much!!!!

  10. Can you use frozen corn for this recipe?

  11. I have been reviewing your site to begin my fast. I’m excited to try some of the recipes posted. For many years now I’ve been quickened to eat as God told the children of Israel to eat so I have began to research my fast to draw closer to the Lord. I’m believing God will restore health unto me. I have been an insulin dependent diabetic for 30+ years so other complications are arising. I have faith that God is going to heal me from the “other” complications that go along with this dreadful disease. Thank you for your help in this. I am excited to begin this fast and to learn of ways that I should have been eating all along. God bless.

    • Hi, Tracy! Yes, God is faithful to help us when we trust Him. I’m glad you are submitting to the Lord in this area of healthy eating. He will show you the way to go. I pray, too, that His healing hand will restore your body and give you energy! He is Jevovah-Raphe, our Healer. Thank you for your comments. May the Lord fill you with His power and peace as you seek to honor Him!

  12. This was the first night for the fast and I fixed this for dinner. My famliy loved it!!!! Even my godson who was over visiting, he is 14 years old and a picky eater and he liked it. I’m so thankful for your recipes. I have a big family so I have to double the receipes. It’s 6 of us so this helps me to plan our meals. I’m excited to try more of the recipes! Thanks again! God Bless!

  13. Jean Fields says:

    I love this meal. I have tried several of your recipes and none of them have disappointed me or my family. Thanks so much for sharing your recipes and helping to make this fast a success.

  14. Tara Crane says:

    Hello. My church just started the Daniel Fast and there has been the question about Peanut Butter, if you can or cannot have it because sugar is in the ingredients. And also salad dressing?

    • Hi! I’m glad to hear your church is seeking the Lord through the Daniel Fast. Peanut butter is allowed, but only natural peanut butter (no sugar in the ingredients list). Smuckers has all-natural peanut butter. There are other brands, of course, but Smuckers is one you can find in most stores. Salad dressing is the same situation. Read the label carefully! It’s difficult to find Daniel Fast friendly dressings, so that’s why I provide a list of recipes on my website: . May the Lord bless you abundantly as you hunger for Him!

  15. Hi Kristen I made this dish tonight and it was delicious. I used the creole seasoning instead of the taco seasoning. I made taco salad shell with wheat tortillas.

  16. I have made so many of your recipes and i love them all. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Mark & Lila says:

    I made this for dinner last night – SO GOOD!!!! I had to switch it up a bit cause I have whole pinto beans but only refried black beans but YUM! We will be rotating this recipe into our diet throughout the year. Thank you.

  18. Sharonda Holloway says:

    This recipe is AMAZING! So simple to make and so good! I was shocked with how good it was. This is a meal I will eat even after fasting.

  19. Would like to partake in the Daniel fast was thinking to myself to start Monday then decided to check on internet how n what kind of vege this can only be God amen