Sunday, November 16, 2008

Taco Salad

This is a must add to your recipe collection! My husband and I have loved this recipe for more than 15 years!

Taco Salad
1 lb ground beef or ground turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
1 packet Lowry's taco seasoning mix (2T from Costco's big pack), or make your own (recipe below)
1 can kidney beans
1 meduium head romaine lettuce, chopped
3 medium tomatoes
1 cup cheese, grated
1 bag (15oz) tortilla chips
1 bunch of fresh cilantro
Your choice of salad dressing (homemade recipe is listed below)
Brown ground beef and onion in skillet: drain off fat. Add taco seasoning and mix kidney beans into meat. Crush 2/3 bag of tortilla chips. Mix lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and crushed chips in a large bowl. Add beef mixture, taco salad dressing and toss well. Garnish with uncrushed toritilla chips, cilantro and tomato.
Taco Seasoning Mix
2t minced onion
1t salt
1t chili powder
1/2 t cornstarch
1/2 t crushed dried red pepper
1/2 t minced garlic
1/4 t dried oregano leaves
1/2 t ground cumin
Combine all ingredients. Place on a 6' square of aluminum foil and seal in a ziplock bag. Repeat recipe to make as many packages as desired.
Taco Salad Dressing
1/3 cup vingar
1 c catsup
1/2 c sugar
3/4 c oil
1t salt
1/8 t garlic powder
1/4 t onion powder
Blend well. Store in the refrigerator.
We have had hot (85 degrees) weather here latley, and we have the same forcast the rest of the weekend. As nice as it is, and as much as I LOVE salads... I am so ready for fall! Do you think we will have one this year?

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