Taco Salad
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Taco Salad

I love taco salad, but I hadn’t made it for quite a while. When I got this month’s taco seasoning freebie from Penzeys, I took a look at what I had on hand and decided that taco salad was most definitely in order. I love making my own taco seasoning blend in big batches, but I don’t always have enough on hand, so this was perfect. One note though – this blend contains lactose, which I would have NEVER thought to check for, but a friend pointed it out, because she is lactose intolerant and was bummed to not be able to use the seasoning. You’ve been warned! Penzeys has instructions for making a taco dip, too, which sounds pretty tasty.

Taco Salad

All I did to make this taco salad was cook a pound of ground beef, drain off the fat, and then follow the directions on the jar (except I put the seasoning right on the meat and stir, then add the water): mix 4 TB. Taco Seasoning with 6 oz. cool water, add to 1 lb. browned, drained ground beef or cooked chicken or beans. Simmer 10 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken. Let cool a bit before serving.

I have a particular order that I like assembling my taco salad in, because I like the cheese to melt a bit down onto the meat, and I like keeping the coldest ingredients on top. So I broke up some tortilla chips in my hands, scattered some of the taco meat on top, sprinkled some shredded cheese on top of that (I used a Mexican blend), then topped that with some hot sauce, halved grape tomatoes, sliced red onions, leftover grilled corn, romaine lettuce, chunks of avocado and a dollop of sour cream. It was great! Total comfort food in my book!

Big Flavors Rating: 5 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

One Comment

  • Kumar's Kitchen

    till recently we didn’t know what was a taco salad and when we knew we got hooked to its irresistible combination of flavors and textures….this recipe is a winner and we can munch on this bowl full of crunchy taco twist everyday with a smile,thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe 🙂

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