Sunday, September 1, 2013

Favorite Summer Recipe - "Taco" Salad

Family Recipe #1 “Taco Salad”


The recipes that I have posted so far are my own – this one is one that my mother started making when I was a teenager living in Fresno. You have to remember that we weren’t very sophisticated back then when it came to ethnic food. So I have renamed this the “trailer park taco salad” because it isn’t even remotely related to a taco or any other Mexican food. I have also changed the recipe a bit to lighten it up by using ground turkey instead of ground beef. This is something I make during the summer when it is hot and you don’t really want to cook. It is super easy and you can customize it any way you want to - for instance you can add green chiles or jalapenos if you wanted!

Ingredients
1 big bag of Doritos flavored tortilla chips
1 pound of ground turkey
1 jar of salsa – whatever kind and heat you like
Taco seasoning – Any brand
Romaine lettuce cut up into pieces
2 tomatoes - chopped
Shredded jack or cheddar cheese
1 can of black beans
Sour cream (non-fat works in this recipe because you have so much other stuff going on)
Chopped green onions
Directions
Brown the ground turkey in a large skillet until cooked through over medium high heat. This can take 10 minutes or so.
Add the taco seasoning to the meat but use 3 times the recommended amount and very little water. Just enough water to get the seasoning to stick to the meat.
Once that is that is mixed in with the meat, remove it from the stove to cool off.
Chop up the lettuce and the tomatoes while you are waiting for the meat to cool down.  About 15 – 20 minutes.
Open and drain the can of black beans and mix it into the ground meat – try not to smash the beans too much.
(If you get gassy from beans, pour the beans into a colander and rinse them a bit, that will help.)
In a big mixing bowl or salad bowl add –
Meat and Bean mixture
Lettuce
Tomato
Cheese
Salsa (not too much as you can add more individually)
Mix those together gently.
To serve
On a large plate or flat bowl – grab a handful of Doritos and put them as the base.
Add the meat mixture on top of the chips
Top with the sour cream, green onions, hot sauce or cheese etc… anything that you like.
Eat!

P.S.

If you put the chips in the meat mixture, they will get soggy when you put the leftovers in the refrigerator. Leaving them out and putting them on the plate at the time of serving will keep them crunchy. 

Julie