Easy Taco Salad

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

My family loves this super easy, yummy taco salad all through the year, but it's especially good in the summer since you don't have to heat up the house to cook it!

Click here for printable recipe.

The ingredients:
1 lb. ground turkey (or beef)
1 to 1-1/2 packets of taco seasoning (depending on how spicy you like it)
1 onion, diced
1 (15 oz.) can black beans
1 bottle Catalina dressing (8 oz.)
Romaine lettuce, chopped
Chips of your choice (we like plain tortilla chips or Doritos)
Garnishments of your choice (we like tomato, sour cream, grated cheese, and guacamole)

Saute onion and brown meat. Then drain the meat, add 3/4 cup water, and taco seasoning (we usually use one and a half packages for more flavor). Simmer for about 5 minutes on low.

Then add beans and dressing to desired consistency. I usually end up using about 2/3 of a bottle rather than the whole thing. Don't be afraid to taste test at this point. You may want to add a little more seasoning or dressing. Simmer all together for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Now it's ready to serve any way you like it.

I like to layer it like this from the bottom up: Lettuce, chips, sauce, grated cheese, guacamole, sour cream, and tomatoes. Glen likes to start with his chips at the bottom...so feel free to be daring!



K October 29, 2008 at 1:11 AM  

You are so cool Lara! I love the pics with all the recipes!

annalisa November 1, 2008 at 2:06 PM  

i made this for my roommates the other night and it was a big hit! they all really liked it and it was so easy to make! i served it with corn bread and fruit salad.

Carrie May 4, 2009 at 10:37 AM  

We make this at our house all of teh time....recipe was from good ole' Mom! We do it with 2 cans of kidney beans, and green onions...but we have never added the dressing to the meat mixture, what a great idea! We always mix it up in a great big bowl, coating the "dry" ingredients with the "wet" dressing. So cool to see it done a bit differently!
(plus when we make it, dressing getting on all of the ingredients makes it so you cannot save it and eatit the next day, soggy chips are not good!)
BTW, I am enjoying your blog! Just found you!

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My name is Lara and while I'm definitely not a gourmet cook, I do love preparing tasty, healthy meals for my family. Finding new recipes to try and sharing the ones we've already fallen in love with is a passion I've had since college and the reason why I've started this blog! With five kids, I'm usually in a hurry, so you'll find most of these recipes kid friendly and simple to make.

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