I love the texture of this taco filling. The bulgur gives it a good meaty bulk without actually using meat. The chili sauce bumps up the flavor and adds moistness. This salad is really fun to serve as a ‘salad bar’ when entertaining. Just put out bowls of different shredded greens or lettuces, toppings, cheeses, and chips and have each guest make their own salad. Combine yogurt and some of the chili sauce for a great dressing. You can use this filling for regular tacos too.


  • 1/2 - 1 cup Sweet Heat Chili Sauce (recipe here)
  • 1 cup bulgur
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (spanish if you have it)
  • 1 medium yellow or white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (16 oz) vegetarian refried beans (read the ingredients to be sure they are clean)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3 cups organic corn tortilla chips
  • 3 cups shredded lettuce or greens of your choice
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 green or orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup pitted and sliced black olives
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded (it’s best to buy a chunk of cheese and shred it yourself to avoid unnecessary ingredients)
  • 1/4 cup yogurt


  1. Cook bulgur according to package directions.
  2. Warm the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and cook about 2 minutes more or until the onion is tender.

    Add beans, cumin, bulgur and chili sauce to the cooked onion and garlic

  4. Reduce heat to low and stir in the beans, cumin, cooked bulgur and 1/2 cup (or more according to taste, reserving about 2 tablespoons for the dressing) chili sauce.

    Add chili sauce until you get the taste and texture you like

  5. Cook about 5 minutes or until heated through.
  6. Mix yogurt and 2 tablespoons chili sauce for the dressing.
  7. To serve, arrange a layer of 1/4 the tortilla chips on a plate. Top each with a layer of  lettuce, taco filling, tomato, avocado, pepper, olives, cheese and dressing.

Nutritional Info:

Makes 6 servings.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 357, Cal. from Fat: 168.5, Total Fat: 19g, Sat. Fat: 5.5g, Carbs: 39g, Fiber: 8g, Sugars: 4.5g, Protein: 11.5g, Sodium: 514mg, Chol: 20mg


This dressing is great for regular tacos or even as a dip for veggies!

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